This is the time of year when people looking to buy vehicles have a decision to make. Is it better to purchase the current model year, or is it wise to wait for the upcoming model year?
Car dealerships typically advertise big specials to clear out their current inventory and make room for incoming vehicle shipments.
However, the ongoing vehicle shortage will play a part in these proceedings this year (more on that later).
Toyota RAV4 is no exception.
2022 Toyota RAV4
RAV4 and RAV4 Hybrid fans were greeted with a number of key upgrades for the 2022 model year. New headlight and wheel colors / designs. A new 2022 RAV4 Hybrid SE. Lockable glove boxes. And illuminated interior switches.
These are all RAV4 updates that buyers should find important and may play a part in them wanting to buy a 2022 Toyota RAV4 or Toyota RAV4 Hybrid.
2023 Toyota RAV4 Changes
Yes, the previously mentioned updates are very good. But new features coming for 2023 RAV4 may be looked at as even more significant. Yes, that includes you too, 2023 RAV4 Hybrid.
Toyota has added its new state-of-the-art infotainment system – Toyota Audio Multimedia – to its entire 2023 RAV4 and RAV4 Hybrid lineup. The 2023 RAV4 Prime was not described in detail in the Toyota press release, but I feel Prime will carry this system as well).
Wireless Android Auto and wireless Apple CarPlay, all-new graphics and stereo options, easy and extensive voice commands, larger multimedia touch screens up to 10.5 inches, and faster processing speeds will greet 2023 RAV4 and RAV4 Hybrid owners.
Plus, look for modern multi-information displays up to 12.3 inches in size. Cool stuff.
Also, 2023 Toyota RAV4 is updating its safety package to Toyota Safety Sense 2.5. Drivers will now have intersection support and evasive steering assist to help prevent potential accidents.
RAV4 Video: My 2023 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Woodland Edition walkaround
A new trim level, the 2023 RAV4 Hybrid Woodland Edition, is available as well. This new Toyota offering provides both great gas mileage (40mpg combined) and more off-roading capabilities than ever before in a RAV4 Hybrid.
How Vehicle Shortage Affects Toyota RAV4
And now this brings us to the ultimate question for today. Should you buy a 2022 RAV4 or a 2023 RAV4? Or 2022 RAV4 Hybrid or 2023 RAV4 Hybrid?
A 2023 Toyota RAV4 will have more equipment, but I would anticipate it will cost more too. Hopefully slightly more and not much more.
For me, the updates coming to 2023 RAV4 are significant enough to make it tempting to hold out for the incoming model year. One of my vehicle hot buttons is multimedia technology, so this is a no-brainer for me personally.
However, the 2022 Toyota RAV4 is more than worthy and is still the best-selling SUV in the entire country.
This will have to be a personal decision that each person will make based on different criteria and situations.
My advice to many of you is altered these days due to the worldwide vehicle shortage affecting just about all manufacturers.
I say if you can find a Toyota RAV4 or RAV4 Hybrid or RAV4 Prime and it is configured the way you like, and if it also fits your budget, you should go ahead and buy it.
Many people have been waiting months and months and months for their RAV4 to come in, so it will be a welcome relief when your vehicle arrives.
Time for Your Toyota RAV4 Comments
Have you been waiting for a Toyota RAV4, RAV4 Prime, or RAV4 Hybrid? How long? Do you have an estimated delivery date yet? Are you wondering if you will get a 2022 RAV4 versus a 2023 RAV4?
I would love to know your situation, as it may make for interesting story content that may help other people too.
Thanks for reading everyone. See you next story.
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