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by Matt Brogan

Toyota has upgraded its nine-model RAV4 range with a package of active and passive safety features, as well as new technology and comfort features for 2009.

Safety features including active front-seat head restraints have been adopted as standard equipment across the RAV4 range, as has the inclusion of a driver’s knee airbag as standard equipment on seven models, and is available as an option on entry level four-cylinder CV.

CV can also be optioned with a safety pack that not only includes the driver’s knee airbag, but side and curtain airbags and dual zone climate control. All models now feature standard (switchable) ESP, Traction Control and Hill-Start Assist with automatic models also gaining Downhill Assist Control.

ZR6 and four-cylinder Cruiser L adopt an electro-chromatic interior rear-view mirror and CX6 gains climate control, whilst RAV4 Cruiser, Cruiser L, SX6 and ZR6 now have auto on/off headlamps.

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Exterior changes include new designs for the headlamps, front fog-lamps, radiator grille, front and rear bumpers and rear combination lamps which is said to give the RAV4 a sharper appearance. As well, exterior mirrors now have built-in turn signal indicators.

Despite the added value of the new features for RAV4, the prices on most models have not changed. Full list pricing is expected soon.




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