Toyota releases details of 2014 RAV 4
Toyota released the full specifications of the 2014 RAV 4 today. Using the Toyota Media Site, Toyota placed the full specifications for the media with no summary. The basic news is that Toyota has not upped the horsepower of the RAV 4 and has not announced any new chassis changes that might help it pass the small frontal offset crash test conducted by IIHS.
The RAV 4 dropped the mighty 3.5 liter V6 option when it was redesigned. Since there is room in the engine bay some had hoped the V6 option might make a comeback for 2014, but at least as far as this announcement, it will not. Instead it will offer just the base 176 horsepower four cylinder. The Ford Escape, which leads the segment in sales, does offer a powerful 240 horsepower engine. Toyota was also one of many compact CUVs that did poorly on the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s new small frontal overlap test. Thus, Toyota cannot market the RAV 4 as having the Top Safety Pick+, which is the highest safety rating. Embarrassingly, Toyota’s rival (of which it owns a substantial stake) the Subaru Forester aced the test.