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2022 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid’s Coolest Safety Feature That You Haven’t Noticed

A detail orientated 2022 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid owner shared his observation of a very cool safety lighting feature that is more useful than you think.


With new cars, a lot of safety features are starting to become part of our daily driving routine. Things like the car beeping in reverse which we only used to see in trucks, a beep for the seat belt, a beep when you can’t drive in a straight line, or a beep when the camera on your dash sees that you are sleeping. All these beeps and sounds are meant to keep you safe so that you can either drive better or not crash.

However, there are some safety features that we don’t even notice. A few of these features that we don’t notice are actually very helpful. Features like lane-keeping assist and the radio. Did you know that some people actually consider the radio in your car to be a safety feature? It’s true, the radio can help you not fall asleep when driving at night. Just tune some disco or heavy metal and I guarantee you won’t fall asleep.

On the other hand, a recent Facebook Toyota RAV4 Hybrid group post showed us that there is something really cool about the keyless entry in the 2022 RAV4 hybrid. Fernando Jarach said that he noticed, “When you get close enough to your RAV with the key on your pocket, the interior lights turn on even before touching the handle.”

This is cool. Considering that sometimes I don’t know where the door handle to my car is late at night, I think the interior lights lighting up before I even open the doors are a very nice safety and convenience feature.

For example, say you are alone at night in a bad part of town. You just finished whatever it was you were doing and now you are on your way back to your 2022 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid. You don’t want to fiddle with your keys or anything and you just want to get into your car, lock the doors, and drive home. Mind you, you can't see a thing. Then all of a sudden, the lights in your car turn on as you’re getting close to the door. It illuminates the surroundings and now you feel 80% safer than you did 10 seconds ago.

User Michelle Mitchell said, “The lighting is a safety thing, proximity to the vehicle brings up interior lighting just by virtue of you being close with the fob.”

I think that these sort of “behind the scenes” safety features are a very useful and convenient feature for late-night drivers, people who live in bad neighborhoods, or people who simply can’t see that well.

2022 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid’s Coolest Safety Feature That You Haven’t Noticed

I hope to see more of these features in the coming years as Toyotas just keep getting better and better. With more technology at an affordable price, there wouldn’t be any negatives to even speak of.

What do you think? Have you noticed the quick light that comes on when you walk up to the car? Let us know in the comments section below.

Harutiun Hareyan is reporting Toyota news at Torque News. His automotive interests and vast experience test-riding new cars give his stories a sense of authenticity and unique insights. Follow Harutiun on Twitter at @HareyanHarutiun for daily Toyota news.


Rj (not verified)    April 27, 2022 - 1:18AM

Toyota added the auto interior light feature on the 2004 Gen2 Prius along with many other advancements like variable speed electric ac compressors in part to justify the vehicles higher price compared to standard cars. By 2010, Prius had an option for Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Pre-Collision Braking System, Lane Keep and Intelligent Parking Assist. Today these features and more are standard in most models.

BillyBob Shapiro (not verified)    April 29, 2022 - 5:02PM

Everybody knows about this feature. It has been around for at least 10 years. yzou can't help but notice that your interior lights are on when you walk up to your car. Comlete waste of an article.