Asian carmakers are currently the mainstays in terms of sales in Mexico and the United States. Of the latter, gasoline and hybrid SUVs are going through a critical moment in the market and the most successful currently belong to, well, Toyota.
As of 2023, the Toyota RAV4, which is also available in Mexico, competes head-on in the US – across all segments – with the Tesla Model Y. With 84,704 units delivered, the first quarter closed as the fifth best-selling vehicle in the country, while the 30,386 sales registered in April take the total to 115,090 registrations after the initial four-month period.
Its growth has been a talking point since last year, when it was established not only as the most successful Toyota model out there, but also as the leading SUV and the fourth most registered vehicle across the country. I went. Having contextualised this, let us move on to the features offered by both its most accessible variant and the top of its range.
Toyota RAV4 LE 2023
Toyota RAV4 LE is the Access version of this model. It is equipped with a 2.5 four-cylinder engine that produces a maximum power of 203 horsepower. It records fuel economy of up to 27 MPG in the city (miles per gallon is used in the United States as a unit of measurement equivalent to kilometers per liter) and up to 35 MPG on the highway.
It has 8.6 inches of ground clearance, an eight-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel drive. In terms of equipment, the Toyota RAV4 LE gets LED daytime running lights and an eight-inch central multimedia screen that is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
With a range of exterior colors limited to five options – Magnetic Gray Metallic, Ice Cap, Midnight Black Metallic, Ruby Flare Pearl and Silver Sky Metallic – Toyota’s 2023 price tag for this initial version is $28,275.
Toyota RAV4 Prime XSE 2023
The RAV4 reaches its peak with the Prime, which, in addition to having hybrid technology, boasts the highest power of the model. Its performance is 94 MPGe and its plug-in hybrid system produces a combined output of up to 302 horsepower. It offers up to 42 miles (67.6 km) of range in electric mode alone and, via its all-wheel drive, accelerates from 0 to 60 mph (0 to 100 km/h) in 5.7 seconds .
The true top of the range is the RAV4 Prime XSE Edition. This equipment includes 19-inch sports alloy wheels, two-tone bodywork with midnight black metallic roof, bi-LED headlights, softex upholstered seats with sporty red stitching and fabric inserts, paddle shifters behind the steering wheel, 12.3 digital MID Display and included. Other 10.5 Multimedia. It’s price? It is received in exchange for US$46,960.