Prospective buyers of the 2024 RAV4 will have a choice of six trims: LE, XLE, XLE Premium, Adventure, TRD Off-Road, and Limited. All come with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 203 hp and 184 lb.-ft. of torque; an eight-speed automatic transmission completes the powertrain.
Most New Englanders will want to upgrade the standard front-wheel drivetrain to all-wheel drive. The Adventure and TRD Off-Road trims automatically get an upgraded torque-vectoring AWD system with rear driveline disconnect. This specialized system maximizes stability and responsiveness by sending as much as 50% of the engine power to the rear wheels as well as distributing more to either rear wheel as needed for traction. As for towing, all trims max out at 1,500 lb.
The FWD versions of the LE, XLE, and Limited achieve an EPA-estimated 27 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway; this changes to 28 city/34 highway with the FWD XLE Premium. With AWD, the LE returns 27 city/34 highway, while the XLE and XLE Premium get 27 city/33 highway. The AWD Limited and Adventure pull off 25 city/33 highway, and the TRD Off-Road is rated for 25 city/32 highway.
The LE is equipped with an array of practical features like remote keyless entry, auto on/off LED headlights, three USB ports, a 7-inch digital gauge cluster, and a 60/40-split folding second-row seatback. The XLE heightens the experience with proximity keyless entry, push-button start, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, roof rails, heated side mirrors, two extra USB ports, and dual-zone automatic climate control.
The XLE Premium adds a power liftgate, a moonroof, LED fog lights, synthetic-leather upholstery, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. While the Adventure lacks the power liftgate and moonroof from the XLE Premium, it welcomes raised roof rails, striking orange interior contrast stitching, a 120V power outlet, and trail-centric Multi-Terrain Select drive modes, including Mud & Sand, Rock & Dirt, and Snow.
The TRD Off-Road comes with the power liftgate and moonroof while adding Falken all-terrain tires, a TRD-tuned suspension, a front skid plate, red interior contrast stitching, and all-weather floor mats. The Limited builds on the XLE Premium with heated and ventilated front seats, position memory for the driver’s seat, a power-adjustable front passenger’s seat, blue ambient interior lighting, an auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink, and a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster. Several of those upscale amenities are available as options for the lower trims. Along with those, all but the LE, XLE, and Adventure can be optioned with a wireless phone charger and a digital rearview mirror. A heated steering wheel is offered for all but the base LE, as well.
Each RAV4 trim comes with the Toyota Safety Sense 2.5 suite, which bundles a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, full-speed range dynamic radar cruise control, lane departure alert with steering assist, lane tracing assist, automatic high beams, and road sign assist. Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert is added at the XLE level, while the Adventure, TRD Off-Road, and Limited receive downhill assist control; the Limited adds front and rear parking sensors. A panoramic view monitor is available for the TRD Off-Road and Limited.
The multimedia system in most trims consists of an 8-inch touchscreen with wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming, SiriusXM satellite radio, and a six-speaker audio system. The TRD Off-Road and Limited both move up to a 10.5-inch touchscreen, which is optional for the XLE Premium and Adventure. The Limited goes further with an 11-speaker sound system (available for the XLE Premium, Adventure, and TRD Off-Road).