The new 2023 Toyota RAV4 emphasizes multimedia, connectivity and safety upgrades

Toyota today unveiled a series of upgrades for the new 2023 RAV4, a series of enhancements focused on improving life on board with new multimedia systems and a new customizable digital display of the driver’s instruments. Safety is also enhanced with new features added to Toyota Safety Sense systems.

The changes are rolling out across the full range of electric hybrid and plug-in hybrid models, making the world’s original and best-selling leisure SUV an even more desirable proposition.


The new RAV4 adopts Toyota’s latest multimedia system which includes a new 10.5-inch screen with a high-definition color display.

The standard system provides cloud-based navigation that enables precise trip planning with constantly updated information, as well as live details of traffic and road events and how easy or difficult it is to find a parking space. parking near your destination.

With the included four-year live ‘Smart Service’ data package, customers can access Toyota’s latest multimedia and navigation systems without having to pair their smartphone to the vehicle.

The user experience is seamless with the accompanying MyT smartphone app, so customers can track various vehicle information, such as driving analytics, fuel levels, warnings and vehicle tracking.

Smartphone integration with Android Auto® is available and for added convenience, wireless smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay® is standard.

There are more ways to communicate with your car using the new in-car voice agent that will respond to voice requests to adjust the climate, choose media options, make a phone call or open and close windows. “Hey Toyota” is designed to understand conversation, so if you say “I’m cold” it will respond by closing the windows or increasing the air conditioning temperature.

Another optional multimedia system is also available, offering additional functions. It introduces an inbuilt navigation system that will work when no data connection is available. It also recognizes road signs and can provide local weather alerts and notify the driver of restricted LEZs (low emission zones).


The new RAV4 comes with more remote functions that the driver can use, without having to be in or near their vehicle. The familiar worries of whether you left a window open, the doors unlocked, or the lights on after you walked away from your car are addressed with remote notifications to confirm the vehicle is secure. This feature is standard on all new RAV4 models.

You can also lock and unlock the doors – a handy feature if someone without a key needs access, for example to drop off a package or to clean the car. The hazard warning lights can also be flashed, making the vehicle easier to spot in a large parking lot or busy parking lot. These features are now standard on mid-range models, along with remote operation of the air conditioning to warm or cool the cabin before setting off on a journey.


It’s a feature of all new Toyota models that the driver can view and enter key vehicle data at a glance, so they are less distracted from concentrating on the drive and the road ahead. The new RAV4 introduces a new digital combimeter to the instrument cockpit that comes with flexible display settings. There is a choice of four styles and three layouts and customization options for the large 12.3-inch TFT display so the driver can choose the most relevant information needed between the digital speedometer and digital dials, as well as other information such as eco-driving meter, song information or adaptive cruise control display, among others.

These layouts come in four different style themes for a more personalized look of Casual, Smart, Sport, and Tough.

The new unit is standard on all grades except the entry level model which uses a 7 inch version of the combimeter.


The new RAV4 benefits from enhanced Toyota Safety Sense features that can warn the driver and help avoid a wider range of common road accident risks.

The Pre-Collision System (PCS) benefits from intersection support that can help make safer turns at intersections. It will detect if the car is about to cross the path of any oncoming traffic and if there are pedestrians crossing the road in which the vehicle is traveling, alerting the driver and, if necessary, initiating control of the braking to help avoid an impact.

Emergency Steering Assist is also newly provided, helping the driver avoid a pedestrian who has entered the road, while keeping the car under control and in its lane. On the RAV4 Plug-in, the system will also recognize and react to parked bicycles and vehicles. The RAV4 Plug-in’s PCS also gains the ability to detect oncoming vehicles in the car’s driving lane and reduce the risk of a head-to-head collision.


A new Platinum White Pearl exterior color is introduced for all versions of the RAV4 Plug-in Hybrid and Hybrid except the Adventure version. The Style note will see the introduction of a two-tone Platinum White Pearl with Midnight Black Metallic for both variants.


Introduced in 2019, the fifth-generation RAV4 features a 2.5-liter Hybrid Dynamic Force engine built on the GA-K platform delivering 218 DIN hp in front-wheel drive and 222 DIN hp with intelligent electric all-wheel drive ( AWD-i), offering progressive changes in power, responsiveness and efficiency, with best-in-class levels of fuel economy and emissions.

The RAV4 Plug-in Hybrid sits at the top of the RAV4 range as the most powerful model in the lineup to date with 306 DIN hp. With a fuel consumption of 1.0 l/100 km and 22 g/km of CO2, the RAV4 Plug-in Hybrid offers both class-leading power and efficiency.

Production of the 2023 Toyota RAV4 will begin in the third quarter of 2022.

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