The 2015 Toyota RAV4: many perks in a well-rounded package

November 20th, 2015 by

2015 Toyota RAV4

Toyota RAV4

The 2015 Toyota RAV4 stands as a well-rounded compact SUV that offers features, passenger space and every-day utility all in one great package. Continue reading to learn more about the many perks of the newest RAV4.

Plenty of Space: While the RAV may be classified as a compact SUV, but its interior measurements are actually larger than most. The cargo bay offers 38.4 cubic feet and with second-row seats folded, space expands to a mega 73.3 cubic feet – one of the largest in the class.

Though taller individuals may not find the low-mounted rear seat as comfortable as those with shorter legs, the flat load floor it creates is a huge pro because it makes loading and unloading cargo much easier. Especially convenient for loading and unloading is the power-operated and height-adjustable lift gate.

Safety in All Areas: For safety on the road, the 2015 RAV4 makes a solid choice with its lengthy list of safety equipment and high crash test scores. All models on the 2015 RAV4 lineup, include: antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, whiplash-reducing front head restraints, front-seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags and driver knee airbag, plus rearview camera.

In government crash tests, the RAV4 scored high with four-out-of-five stars in overall protection, four stars in frontal protection and a full five stars in side-impact protection. The RAV4 also received the highest scores in testing by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in these areas: moderate-overlap and small-overlap frontal-offset impact tests, as well as side-impact, roof-strength and head-restraint tests.

Great Content on a Great Lineup: There are three trim levels available on the 2015 RAV4 lineup. Each houses content that will meet the needs of most. The entry-level LE comes with a good amount of upscale basics and a more-than-generous amount of electronics. Wheels are 17-inch steel, headlights are automatic, mirrors are power-folding and accessories are full power. Also enjoyable is the keyless entry system. Electronics include a rearview camera, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity and six-speaker sound system with a 6.1-inch touchscreen, CD player, auxiliary audio jack and iPod/USB audio interface.

There-s a lot to gain from the middle XLE trim that boasts upgraded content and tech features. It adds fog lights, heated side mirrors with integrated turn signals, roof rails, sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control and extendable sun visors. Front seats get a sporty flavor and also included is a cargo cover. The audio system gets good bonuses that include satellite and HD radio, traffic and weather. There are a few optional items available to the XLE that are worthwhile, like a height-adjustable power lift gate, navigation system and Toyota-s Entune smartphone app integration.

Toyota packs even more into the top Limited trim like a navigation system paired to a premium 11-speaker JBL audio system. What really sets the Limited apart from the rest is its optional packages. The Technology package equips the RAV4 with a blind-spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alerts, a lane-departure warning system and automatic headlights with high-beam control. The Blizzard Pearl Premium package features exterior add-ons like 18-inch machine-finished wheels with black accents.

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