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The Toyota RAV4 has been updated for the 2014 model year, with new safety technology, a revised model line-up and higher prices headlining the changes.

Now starting at $28,690 – up $200 on the 2013-specification model – the number of variants in the Toyota RAV4 range has been cut from 16 to 12.

In a move Toyota says reflects consumer demand, manual variants of the all-wheel-drive petrol-powered GX, GXL and Cruiser have been deleted along with the manual all-paw diesel-powered Cruiser.

Now featuring a reversing camera and a 6.1-inch audio display system for the first time, the entry-level front-wheel-drive RAV4 GX continues to team its 107kW/187Nm 2.0-litre petrol engine to either a six-speed manual or, for $2500, a continuously variable transmission (CVT).

In GXL trim, the price rises to $32,690 – also up $200 – but adds USB and auxiliary inputs to the 6.1-inch audio display unit. A full-size spare continues as a $300 option for both GX and GXL models.

Becoming the first Toyota vehicle sold in Australia to be fitted with Reverse Cross Traffic Alert and Lane Departure Alert, the flagship AWD RAV4 Cruiser is now $1800 dearer at $47,290 with the 132kW/233Nm 2.5-litre petrol engine and $50,790 with the 110kW/340Nm 2.2-litre turbo-diesel.

2013 Toyota RAV4 Cruiser

Now exclusively tied to a six-speed automatic transmission, the Cruiser also gains an 11-speaker JBL sound system with DAB+ digital radio, automatic high beam and back guide monitoring for its reversing camera.

Larger 18-inch wheels fitted with wider and lower-profile tyres (235/55) replace the 2013-spec Cruiser’s 17-inch wheels and rubber (225/65).

Effective from November 2013 production, the updated 2014 Toyota RAV4 includes capped-price servicing, priced at a maximum of $170 per service.

This year marks 20 years since the first-generation RAV4 made its Japanese and European debut in 1994.

2014 Toyota RAV4 manufacturer’s pricing:

RAV4 GX 2WD petrol manual – $28,690 (+ $200)
RAV4 GX 2WD petrol CVT – $31,190 (+ $200)
RAV4 GXL 2WD petrol manual – $32,690 (+ $200)
RAV4 GXL 2WD petrol CVT – $35,190 (+ $200)

RAV4 GX AWD petrol auto – $34,690 (+ $200)
RAV4 GXL AWD petrol auto – $38,190 (+ $200)
RAV4 Cruiser AWD petrol auto – $47,290 (+ $1800)

RAV4 GX AWD diesel manual – $35,690 (+ $200)
RAV4 GX AWD diesel auto – $38,190 (+ $200)
RAV4 GXL AWD diesel manual – $39,190 (+ $200)
RAV4 GXL AWD diesel auto – $41,690 (+ $200)
RAV4 Cruiser AWD diesel auto – $50,790 (+ $1800)




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