Best decision ever
After realizing that diesel engines in cars in Australia are basically being phased out, we decided to look at the alternatives. Fuel economy was no.1 on our list as we drive 180kms a day. Luckily, after doing some homework, we took the Rav 4 hybrid for a drive. Very surprised by the performance, cab space and standard features against the competitors and it was cheaper! What's more,Toyota offered a guaranteed buy back price after 4 years, which was about 50% of the original value and that's doing 45,000kms a year. It's a few kms over for the 1...st service at 15,000, and no issues to attend to apart from the service and that's a 1st for me! Well done Toyota and the team at Launceston Toyota, awesome to deal with backed up by their service department.
Purchased in July 2019 at Launceston Toyota.
Rav4 Hybrid: Apple CarPlay not worth the effort
This is not a review of the RAV4 Hybrid, its a pretty good all round car but I just picked my car up from the dealer after the Apple CarPlay "upgrade". The poor girl trying to show me how the Apple CarPlay worked was stumped and so was I neither of us could find it. Until she went and asked the Tech. YOU NEED A CORD! The car has wireless charging for goodness sake. So the answer is if you want Apple CarPlay you will need to connect your phone via a cord to enable it, as you proceed to place it down for wireless charging. Not sure why Toyota bothered. I was disappointed.
Purchased in September 2019.
great car BUT
had this new since 2013 serrvices all done current mileage 55400km highway consumption 7 litres per 100km at 90k 8 litres at 100k BUT BUT around town and i drive smoothly i only get 18litres per 100k
being a pensioner this is making my car unaffordable and noone can tell me the problem i would be checking local consumption before u buy this model in all other reespects its ba great car but the servicing is expensive when not much is done
Purchased in January 2013.
Glimpse of automotive future
4 months wait to get the combination I wanted - Pearl White AWD Hybrid Cruiser with tan leather, sunroof and dash cam. When I picked it up in early September 2019, I was told the wait time for this model had blown out to 8 months.
Adaptive cruise control is brilliant on the freeways and around town, keeping you the correct distance behind the car in front, even when they brake suddenly. The automatic lane keeping is a little hit & miss where the road markings are not absolutely clear - you still need hands on the wheel. 360 camera makes ...parking and tight spaces a breeze. The controls are complex and take a lot of reading of the manuals and practice to be comfortable. Having said that, the car is brilliant to drive, 6 l/100km and feels very solid and safe. Fuel economy is the same around town and on the highway. My experience is that you are best to let the hybrid computer drive itself and ignore the changeover from battery to petrol. Battery power is quiet and good for leaving basement parking early in the mornings. Lucky to get 1km on battery before engine kicks in. The car cost $49,000 On the road, including 5 years roadside assist and 5 years of annual servicing @ $210 per service. ACT Govt stamp duty is rebated fro Hybrids, a savings of $1,500.
Purchased in September 2019.
A solid car.
Has plenty of room for my needs, is fuel efficient, has a great build and is very robust.
The ease of use is brilliant and the seller offers great service if required
I ordered a white GXL Hybrid AWD without even test driving one in April 2019. This beautiful machine arrived 10 days later with towbar fitted. What can I say, Toyota have absolutely nailed it this time.
Its generally quiet, composed, refined, and everything I wanted from a vehicle. Best car I have owned in 35 years of driving.
It ticked every box, and then some: AWD, power, economy, comfortable cloth seats, auto wipers, reliable, big boot, small enough to park, tows 1700kg, full size alloy spare wheel, radar cruise to zero, auto lights, auto ...
Purchased in April 2019.
Love my rav4
I have loved my experience with my rav4. We use it for family transport, we've done a ltttle off roadinf, I cna fit sooooo much stuff in it you wouldn't believe the space inside! Lots of little storage spots and an awesome boot compartment underneath the floor of the already massive back section of the car. Love it.
Purchased in June 2018 for $8,000.00.
A car that does its job
This is my daily driver.
Bought it just over 18 months ago, and over that time I've been getting 8.8 l/100km, which I can't really complain about. That's over a general mix of peak-hour traffic (17km each way) and easier weekend driving.
It has all the bells and whistles I need - active cruise control, AEB, rear camera, parking sensors, lane departure warning. The only thing I'd like would have been to include Apple Carplay/Android Auto. As it is I leave an iPod in the car, so all music is played off that. If I want to listen to something str...eamed, it plays via bluetooth audio from my phone without a problem. The inbuilt GPS works, but it's just easier to use it from my phone. Have been taking it back to the dealer for servicing, as it's just easier. Have been happy with them so far, and capped-price servicing makes budget planning a bit easier.
- XA40 GXL 2WD 2L Petrol Auto CVT
- Verified purchase
My first Toyota & a very pleasant surprise overall!
In the last few years I have owned several different SUVs, including the Hyundai IX35, & Tucson, and the Mazda CX5. I changed brands again this time when I bought the 2018 Toyota Rav4 GXL automatic, in June with less 5000 kms on the Odometer.
I was impressed with its comfort, safety features and the huge amount of space when the back seats are down. It is the last model Rav4 from Toyota to have a CD player, which for me was a real plus!
The 2 Litre engine has plenty of power but at the same time is very economic on petrol - consumption av...eraging far less than 7 litres per 100 kms on my local roads. Being automatic it is very smooth and so easy to drive in traffic. Responsive when extra power is necessary but content to cruise at 80 kms per hour on our local highways. Many safety features are standard with this model - far more than I have had in any of my previous cars. In heavy city traffic, this is indeed a bonus. Regular Toyota servicing is capped at only $180 each 6 months. It has the balance of its 3 year warranty but I am not anticipating any major problems as so far, it has been very reliable. The warranty runs till July 2021. Of course it has been overshadowed by the arrival of the new 2019 model, now available as a hybrid.
Purchased in June 2019 for $31,000.00.
I can't buy the RAV4 because the alerts sound levels and/or frequency are wrong for anybody with hearing difficulties
After I tested a number of SUVs, I was planning to buy the current model RAV4 only to be disappointed when I found that I couldn't hear any of the alert signals (e.g Lane Departure , Blind Spot Monitoring, Parkins Sensors etc).
I asked sales rep if anything can be done to make the sound louder but the answer was NO,
This is highly surprising (at least to me) because as I see it most of the safety related benefits of a new car are reliant on alerts and although some of them are also displayed visually (buried in the small display which is p...artially hidden by the steering wheel) aural alerts must be of the right volume and frequency to be heard by someone with hearing difficulties (I am challenged but I am not totally deaf and I could clearly hear all such alerts in similar Hyundai or Kia models). I hope I am wrong in my assessment of things (I will approach another dealer before I make a final purchase decision) and if I am I will update the review and the rating accordingly.
Love it! Perfect car!
I have this car for over a year. I bought it as a new car in 2018(the last generation of Rav4 before the new model was coming). Easy driving, great rare camera and smart mirrors. Everything in this car is perfect and it’s Toyota, it always keeps the value.
Purchased in July 2018 at Toyota Illawara for $33,500.00.
Bumpy worst than small cars
My gxl Rav4 2018 is very bumpy worst than small cars. It is sad to have such quality when you buy an SUV. Except that it's all good, gps is great, possibility to lock/unlock the car without using the remote control buttons, the cruise control ability to brake automatically and resume etc. Many great features. 6 months service is another issue, that's too much..
Purchased in June 2019.
- XA40 GX 2WD 2L Petrol Auto CVT
- Verified purchase
Reliable car from always reliable Toyota
Big fan of Toyota. We had to update the family car with a baby on the way so Toyota was a pretty easy choice. It’s not the most powerful car but that’s not much of an issue. Clean layout inside, knobs, buttons etc don’t feel cheap. Boot space is great (we have a big pram so it was a big consideration). Very happy with purchase
This is our 3rd RAV4. We just keep coming back because of the quality, reliability, practicality and space that the RAV4 offers compared to its mid size 4x4 competitors. We've never had one mechanical problem with our RAV4s. Invest in some good rubber like BFG for off-road or a wider profile tire for superior grip. Also impressed with the fuel economy. Heated seats in winter are amazing!
Purchased in March 2015 for $31,000.00.
Great Vehicle with so many extras included
I had a RAV4 Cabrio back in 1997...?? when they first came on the market. I loved this vehicle. We needed to upgrade and required a larger vehicle so decided, due to our previous positive experience, to go with the RAV4 again. A great all round vehicle with so many extras included. Love the lane indicators on the side mirrors, great for when vehicles are in your blind spot. It also has a lane alarm that tells you if you are straying out of your lane, another great safety aspect. The anti dazzle rear view mirror is also great and something...i cannot do without at night. The seats are comfortable and its a great drive. My only disappointment is with the suspension. It is harder than I would have liked and not something that was really noticeable on a short test drive nor pointed out by the salesman when making our purchase. GREAT value vehicle and you cannot surpass the Toyota brand for reliability.
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Suits my lifestyle really well
Can't believe how much I save on petrol compared with my last car. Very comfy to drive and still plenty room for the grandchildren. Lots of clever features which one day I will master, I hope!!
Purchased in November 2018.
Best investment I could have made
Use for work & recreation. Great on fuel economy, has all the bells and Whistles. Always do log book service. This car will now see us out past retirement. Lovely car to drive. Wasn't cheap but well worth the money spent. The service & support we have had from Toyota surpasses all expectations. We paid the extra to get paint protection, rust proofing and interior protection.
Purchased in June 2018 for $36,000.00.
Great SUV, exceeds expectations
Spent over 6 months reviewing online and test driving a range of mid-sized SUV's. Ended up buying the RAV4 due to this model being the new, 5th generation with stiffer sub-frame, lots of tech safety, Toyota's renowned (I have had several Toyota's over the last 4 decades) durability, low service costs. My concerns were:
1. Size of vehicle - the RAV4 has been getting larger over the last decade with each new model
2. Running costs and fuel efficiency.
We've had it 3 months now and couldn't be happier. Yes, it is a little larger than I would have ...
Purchased in June 2019 at Charlestown Toyota for $40,000.00.
I have a 2010 Rav4 Cruiser which went in for a service. I was given a 2019 Rav4 as a loan car. Drive was nice and smooth but car felt bigger than mine. Technology was awesome like lane assist and blind spot monitor and LED lights. Only downfall is the run flat spare tyre and non adjustable back row seats. I was expecting a compact car feel but it felt bigger than what it looked like. Overall it was great but I still prefer my 2010 Rav4.
Bought this car in 2012 with 140k on it. Drove it from WOLLONGONG to Bega for 6 years for work. Serviced every 10k replaced brakes pads, rear wheel bearings and finally clutch at 270k.
This has to be the best car I’ve ever owned and I’ve owned a few in 40 years of driving, expect 500k with no problem.
Just bought another RAV4 2004, if it half as good as this one I’ll be very happy.
Purchased in February 2012 for $11,000.00.
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Questions & Answers
Have rav 4 2012 ,and fitted after market reverse camera. It will only work if you put the car in reverse before the radio appears on the screen ( you have 4 seconds approx. ,Toyota symbol first) if you beet the radio it will then work as normal until the ignition is switched off and on again. Has anyone seen this problem?
How does the rav4 hybrid go in snow and ice conditions
Sorry havent had to drive on snow or ice yet, but i think it would be OK, but you will get more wheel slip. I have driven in wet, mud and gravel, and you know the car is correcting itself and feel quite safe, whereas other permanent AWD cars didnt slip at all for me, the wheels just locked together. The Hybrid is also quite heavy which probably helps it dig in.
Cheers Brian for your quick response. Unfortunately there is very limited unbiased info out there. If you ever get the chance to drive in snow and ice conditions would love to get your thoughts. Garry
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