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Toyota RAV4 Gets Welcome New Infotainment System For 2023

One change RAV4 shoppers and fans have wished for is a new infotainment system. Here is why the 2023 RAV4, RAV4 Hybrid, and RAV4 Prime may be a bit easier to use in the coming model year.


Toyota Europe has announced that the 2023 RAV line will get an updated infotainment and multimedia system for 2023. The new system will address some of the weaknesses of this very popular crossover SUV line.

Toyota says the new infotainment system will feature wireless Apple CarPlay standard, but that Android users (globally the largest majority) will still have to plug in. There was no indication that an over-the-air update to address the Android plug would be coming later.

A glance at the old vs the new infotainment screen shows that the new one has one knob, for volume, versus the two that are now present on the U.S. spec RAV4 line’s screen. The RAV4 seems to be getting a version of the new multimedia system Toyota and Lexus has been rolling out. To our eyes, it looks just like the one in the new Lexus NX line and Toyota Venza line. Both share a lot with the RAV4.

Does anyone use native built-in nav anymore? We can’t imagine why if they do, given Google Maps’ superiority in so many ways. In any event, Toyota’s new system will have optional Nav. For those who opt out of using their phone’s better Nav, Toyota will supply a subscription-based Nav that is included (in Europe) for four years.

Toyota says there are added ways to communicate with your 2023 RAV4 using the new onboard voice agent. It will respond to spoken requests to do things like adjusting the climate control, choose multimedia options, make a phone call, or open and close the windows. Called “Hey Toyota,” it is designed to understand conversational speech, so if you say “I’m cold” it will respond by closing the windows or raising the air conditioning temperature.

New for 2023, the RAV4 introduces a new digital combimeter with a 12.3-inch TFT display in the driver info display that comes with flexible display settings. A choice of four styles and three layouts are available. Four different style themes called Casual, Smart, Sport, and Tough offer a more customized look-and-feel of. The new TFT combimeter is standard on all grades apart from the entry-level model which uses a 7-inch version.

The RAV4 is a global vehicle for Toyota, so we assume these changes will apply to the North American versions of the RAV4 line. Watch for a formal announcement from Toyotas North America shortly.

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Dan G. (not verified)    June 22, 2022 - 6:29PM

Well, my new Volvo XC60 T8 ER has Google OS with Google Maps native in the infotainment screen. And my 2019 Porsche Macan (and my 2018 Panamera 4 ST E-Hybrid before that) both have a great "native" map and navigation system in the Porsche PCM screen -- none of which need Apple CarPlay for that reason.

StupidDetector (not verified)    October 7, 2022 - 3:24PM

In reply to by Dan G. (not verified)

Did you stop to think before posting stuff online? Or did you just need to brag? Obviously this article is not directed to you. It is expected for a luxury vehicle to have navigation, this is an every day people SUV.

Don (not verified)    June 25, 2022 - 11:07PM

I've lost the ability to use goggle maps off my phone in some high mountain areas. Wish I had a nav system in those areas.

Mircea Munteanu (not verified)    June 27, 2022 - 2:12PM

Dedicated navigation it's very useful when you don't have cell phone data coverage, or up in the mountains, as all the maps are already in memory,

Mira (not verified)    April 3, 2023 - 5:05PM

I recently purchased a 2023 RAV4 Hybrid XLE Premium and I am unhappy that I cannot have onboard navigation. Although the ability to have the cloud based nav is good, it however does not work unless you have a consistent and reliable data connection. This is not ideal for areas where you lose connectivity. This is also the case when using any of the other nav tools such as Google or Waze. I am now having to go backwards and have a map book or dust off the old Garmin.

W. van Dijk (not verified)    June 20, 2023 - 10:10AM

Very good upgrade for the 2023 RAV4, exept for ONE major bummer: no more AM reception, NO AM coverage, be warned. I listen to AM (medium wave) a lot and I was unpleasantly surprised the new unit lacks AM. I seriously would have reconsidered buying this car, may seem strange but I bought the car (my second one from the current model) trusting AM would still be featured. It disappeared silently, no comment on my complaints by Toyota Holland other than “it can’t be updated”. Customer care? They could have offered me another unit e.g. by replacing the EU unit for the Australian unit that is very similar but that version still has AM. So I will try to get a unit from Australia if Toyota refuses to help me.