Toyota’s home-grown success in the crossover market has been updated and refreshed to deliver more features and value than ever before. For 2012, the Toyota RAV4 gets additional high-value options, an enhanced audio system and more of the selection that has helped make it an ongoing bestseller.
According to Toyota, the 2012 updates bolster the model’s already award-winning reputation and market position.
“As one of Canada’s favourite built in Canada vehicles, the Toyota RAV4 delivers a winning combination of driving fun, functionality that fits busy modern lifestyles, safety, comfort and style, and the fuel efficiency and quality that Canadians demand,” said Tony Wearing, Senior Managing Director of Toyota Canada. “And as one of Consumer Reports Top Picks for 2012, Canadian drivers can have confidence that they’re driving a vehicle that leads in safety and reliability.”
Checking out the 2012 RAV4? Note that “Limited” models, with both four- and six-cylinder engines, are now equipped with leather seats, including heated front seats. A 6.1-inch display is also included for the audio and navigation systems.
All RAV4 models get an upgraded audio system as standard, which includes Bluetooth capability and steering wheel mounted audio controls. A USB audio connector is fitted to all models as well.
The advanced audio systems are just part of Toyota’s effort to connect with a more savvy shopper than ever and allow playback of the driver’s favorite tunes from virtually any device they’re stored on. For instance, the USB audio port facilitates an easy transfer of music files from your PC or laptop to the vehicle’s stereo system, without the need for a bulky CD case.
The Bluetooth audio interface, which also handles hands-free phone calls, works with a totally automatic connection with compatible phones and MP3 players, and allows music to be wirelessly ‘streamed’ out of compatible devices and into the RAV4’s stereo.
Bluetooth and steering wheel mounted audio controls make it easy to handle phone calls and music playback while on the go without distraction.
RAV4 models continue to offer two powerplant and two drivetrain options, giving shoppers the choice between two- or four-wheel drive, and between one of two high-efficiency engines.
Utilizing aluminum construction and Dual Variable Valve Timing with Intelligence (Dual VVT-i), the RAV4’s four- and six-cylinder engines are designed to perform responsibly. The 2.5- and 3.5-litre units are rated for 179 and 269 horsepower, respectively. Fuel consumption figures as low as 8.3 litres per 100 kilometres combined on the front-wheel drive, four-cylinder model.
For long-term durability, all RAV4s are enhanced with a heavy duty battery, starter, alternator and heater, as well as a stainless steel exhaust system designed to stand up to the severe conditions dished out by Canadian winters. After all, as a Canadian-made favourite, the RAV4 is built by people who live, play and work in the same climate in which the popular model is driven.
Pricing for the 2012 Toyota RAV4 starts at $24,865, and models are available for test drives at dealers now. Ask your sales representative about the long list of standard features on each model, as well as available option packages and dealer-backed accessories.