2009 Toyota RAV4 review and pictures

Posted on Thursday, 7 August 2008 , 16:08:29 byVeronica

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Toyota RAV4

Toyota announced the suggested retail prices for the 2009 RAV4 compact sport utility vehicle. The price will increase by 0.9% for the RAV4 equipped with different enhancements. The 2009 model will arrive at Toyota dealerships at the beginning of September. The carmaker offers it in three distinct grades: base, performance-oriented Sport and Limited and with a choice between an all-new 4-cylinder and powerful V6 engines with either front-wheel drive or electronic on-demand four-wheel drive. The base version will be priced at $21.500 and the Limited one at $27.810. All models will also offer Extra Value Packages. Savings on the packages range from $570 on Base, $1.000 on the Sport and $2.000 on Limited. For 2009, RAV4 adds an all-new 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that is actually more powerful and more fuel efficient than the previous 2.4-liter engine. All models provide enhanced safety and security with the addition of standard front seat active headrests and an engine immobilizer. Comfort, convenience and user technology are also significantly enhanced in 2009 RAV4 models. On the outside, the design of the 2009 model is freshened with new front and rear styling with a revised grille and front bumper and improved fog light trims and redesigned tail lamps. The Base and Limited grades feature new 17-inch alloy wheel designs, and the Limited also adds over-fenders, new color-keyed power heated turn signal side mirrors and a unique grille design with chrome accents. The redesigned 4-cylinder engine is partnered with a new 4-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission that is more compact, lightweight and efficient than the previous 4-speed transmission. The available 3.5-liter V6 is capable of developing 269 horsepower and 246 lb. ft. of torque. The engine is also equipped with dual independent VVT-I to maximize performance and efficiency while reducing emissions.