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Toyota RAV4 review

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Hands up who knows what the acronym 'RAV4' stands for, as in the Toyota RAV4? If you’re currently arm extended and shouting “Me sir, me…” busting to blurt out “Recreational Activity Vehicle (4-wheel drive)”, you’re wrong. It used to be that, but as Toyota’s aim was to make this fifth-generation model both more rugged and more family-friendly, it has since rebranded it to 'Robust Accurate Vehicle (4-wheel drive)'. Marketing folk, aye.

If you’re contemplating a diesel engine for your next large SUV, look elsewhere. You’ll not find one here: this is a petrol-electric hybrid only. That makes its primary competitor the Honda CR-V, which also comes as a hybrid, but you may well wish to extend your net a little further and to include the excellent Peugeot 5008 and Mazda CX-5.

Another thing that may preclude you buying a RAV4 is it’s a five-seater only, while other cars, such as the 5008 and Skoda Kodiaq offer up to seven seats. If that’s not an issue then carry on reading and we’ll furnish you with all the RAV4 facts. When you’re done and ready to make a purchase, check out our New Car Buying section, where you could save thousands on your next new car.

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Excel
Lots of standard equipment but you pay for it. Probably best avoided, because the RAV4...View trim
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We’d take the small hike in price and go for this trim because it adds front parking se...View trim
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Excel
Well equipped but getting a little pricey. Adds 18" alloy wheel, blind spot monitoring...View trim
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Mostly adds styling features such as black alloy wheels and black roof to the Excel gra...View trim
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