2022 Toyota RAV4: Preview, Photos, Release Date

Justin Cupler
Automotive Editor - April 29, 2021

Model Preview

The fifth-generation Toyota RAV4 arrived in 2019 with a bold, rugged look. This design has remained the same since, and we expect it to remain a carryover model when the 2022 Toyota RAV4 hits showrooms.

The fifth-generation RAV4 ushered in a new era for this compact crossover. It dropped its softer design of years prior and adopted a bold, new look that added an upright stance, a flat nose, a sharp truck-like grille, flared wheel wheels, rugged body cladding, sharp body lines, and more. It looks and feels like a legit off-road crossover, especially in its TRD Off-Road trim. As a carryover, we expect the 2022 RAV4 to carry on with the same looks.

Inside, the fifth-generation RAV4’s ruggedness continues with its sharp dash that includes plenty of hard lines and cuts, large HVAC knobs, a blocky steering wheel center, a stubby gear shifter, and more. In some trim levels, it also gets bold contrast accents. The RAV4 also has no shortage of cubbies to store items, including one under the passenger’s side of the dash. We anticipate no changes to the 2022 RAV4’s interior.

The current RAV4 comes well-equipped with standard cloth upholstery, 17-inch wheels, a split-folding rear seat, a 7-inch touchscreen, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. These features will likely remain the same in the 2022 RAV4.

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Under its hood, the RAV4 has a single engine option, a 2.5-liter four-cylinder unit with 203 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. This power flows through an eight-speed automatic transmission and out to the front wheels as standard. There are two optional all-wheel-drive systems too. In the LE and XLE trims, the optional all-wheel drive shifts power front and rear as needed. In the TRD Off-Road, Limited, and Adventure trims, a more sophisticated torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive system shifts power front-to-back and side-to-side for optimal traction. We expect these powertrain options to remain the same in the 2022 RAV4.

All current Toyota RAV4 models include automatic emergency braking, active lane control, adaptive cruise control, and automatic high beams. Buyers can also add optional blind-spot monitors. The IIHS rates the current RAV4 a Top Safety Pick, but this only applies to its Hybrid Limited trim, which is the only model with the required available “Good”-rated LED projector headlights. All the standard RAV4 headlights are rated “Marginal,” knocking it out of Top Safety Pick contention. In all crash tests, though, the RAV4 has “Good” ratings. We expect these ratings and features to remain the same in the 2022 RAV4.

Pricing & Release Date

The 2022 Toyota RAV4 has no official release date, but fleet order guides indicate that we may see the popular crossover arrive sometime in late 2021.

The 2022 RAV4’s pricing is also not available. With no big changes in the works, we expect its MSRP to remain close to the current model at $27,425 to $37,155 (destination fees included).

This rugged crossover will battle the Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, and Mazda CX-5.

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