(TORONTO) –The built in Canada Toyota RAV4 is the compact SUV that’s all about choice – and no matter what you choose, you’ll enjoy the RAV4’s fun to drive nature, bold styling and very functional design. Choose the extra fuel efficiency of a two-wheel-drive four-cylinder, the added confidence of four wheel drive, or the additional power of a V6.
 
“As one of Canada’s favourite built in Canada vehicles, the Toyota RAV4 delivers a winning combination of driving fun, functionality that fits busy modern lifestyles, safety, comfort and style, and the fuel efficiency and quality that Canadians demand,” said Tony Wearing, Senior Managing Director, Toyota Canada Inc. “And as one of Consumer Reports Top Picks for 2012, Canadian drivers can have confidence that they’re driving a vehicle that leads in safety and reliability.”
 
What’s new for 2012:
  • The RAV4 Limited and RAV4 V6 Limited are now standard equipped with leather seats, including heated seats for the driver and front passenger, plus a 6.1” display audio system with navigation.
  • All models receive an upgraded audio system as standard, adding Bluetooth capability, a USB audio input and steering wheel-mounted audio controls.
  • All models now feature all season floor mats as standard.
Power and performance
 
The 2012 Toyota RAV4 delivers big fun in two sizes, with a choice of two sophisticated engines that combine power and efficiency.
 
Available on four models, RAV4’s 2.5L four-cylinder engine delivers up to 179 horsepower and a peak 172 lb-ft of torque. This is paired with a four-speed automatic Super ECT transmission.
For more power, choose one of three RAV4 V6 models and enjoy a 269-peak horsepower 3.5L V6 that delivers up to 246 lb-ft of torque and is mated to a five-speed automatic Super ECT transmission.
 
Both engines are built around lightweight aluminum alloy blocks and feature Dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (Dual VVT-i), sequential multi-port electronic fuel injection and an Acoustic Control Induction System (ACIS) to maximize power and efficiency and deliver a Tier 2 Bin 5 emissions rating, while their matching transmissions feature overdrive, a gate type shifter and transmission cooler.
 
All RAV4s are enhanced with a heavy duty battery, starter, alternator and heater plus a stainless steel exhaust system for long life and reliability in Canadian winters.
 
The 2.5L 4-cylinder RAV4 is one of the most fuel-conscious vehicles in its class, achieving a combined city/highway fuel efficiency rating of 8.3 L / 100 KM in its 2WD configuration and 8.6 L / 100 KM for 4WD models. The additional power enjoyed by the RAV4 V6 is remarkably efficient too, at 9.4 L / 100 KM combined.
 
Need to haul or tow cargo? All RAV4s have a 375 KG payload rating, plus towing capacity of 680 KG (1,500 lbs) for the four-cylinder models and 1,587 KG (3,500 lbs) for those equipped with the V6.
 
Handling and Control
 
Control starts with steering, and every RAV4 features highly responsive, fuel efficient electric power steering.
 
Four-wheel drive models feature Toyota’s Active Torque Control System with Four-Wheel Drive Lock Switch to aid in all-road capability under wet, snowy or icy conditions. An electronically controlled coupling at the front and rear differentials distributes torque between the front and rear wheels as needed. This allows 4WD RAV4s to switch on the fly between front and four wheel drive as conditions warrant, enhancing stability while improving fuel efficiency.
 
The RAV4’s front suspension is built around finely tuned MacPherson struts to improve roll rigidity and linear steering feel. At the rear, the RAV4 features an exclusively designed trailing type double wishbone suspension, with the rear shock absorbers located to maximize the rear cargo area. Sport grade models feature specially tuned suspensions for enhanced road feel and feedback.
 
Control of RAV4 V6 models is further enhanced with Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) and Downhill Assist Control (DAC). HAC automatically applies pressure to the brakes when starting on an incline, to help prevent the vehicle from rolling back, while DAC helps control the vehicle during steep descents.
 
Safety
 
From its impact absorbing structure to advanced active and passive safety systems, every 2012 Toyota RAV is engineered to help prevent accidents, and to protect driver and passengers if an incident occurs, offering peace of mind to drivers and passengers:
  • All RAV4 models are standard equipped with the Toyota Star Safety System, a suite of six active safety technologies designed to protect occupants by helping drivers avoid accidents in the first place. The Toyota Star Safety System includes Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC), Antilock Braking System with electronic brakeforce distribution and brake assist enhancements, plus Smart Stop Technology;
  • The RAV4 surrounds driver and friends in a suite of six airbags, including dual-stage driver and front passenger airbags, front seat mounted side airbags, and roll-sensing front & rear side curtain airbags;
  • A carefully engineered body structure including impact absorbing side beams that helps channel impact forces away from occupants and protect pedestrians in the event of an accident;
  • Front ventilated disc and rear disc brakes;
  • Three point lap and shoulder belts for all seating positions, plus pretensioners and force for the front seatbelts;
  • Active front headrests with whiplash protection;
  • Anchor points for child-restraint seats and child protector rear door locks;
  • High visibility, long lasting LED brake lamps.
Full featured
 
Every RAV4 features a stylish body design and a comfortable, functional and versatile interior with a full suite of convenience and style features as standard. These include:
  • A six-speaker audio system featuring AM/FM stereo/CD with MP3/WMA capability, auxiliary audio and USB inputs for portable music players, the Automatic Sound Levelizer system, Bluetooth connectivity and steering wheel-mounted audio controls;
  • Air conditioning with dust/pollen/odour filter and rear seat heater ducts;
  • Adjustable front bucket seats;
  • A 60/40 split fold-down second-row seat with fold-down centre armrest and remote release in the cargo area;
  • Power door locks with keyless entry;
  • A full suite of instrumentation, including high-visibility Optitron gauges, a fuel economy meter, dual trip odometer, tachometer, outside temperature gauge and digital clock;
  • Cruise control;
  • Dual vanity mirrors;
  • Power windows with driver’s side auto up/down function and high solar energy-absorbing glass;
  • A modern interior featuring dark silver brushed metallic trim;
  • A three-spoke steering wheel on a tilting/telescoping steering column;
  • Convenience lighting throughout, including illuminated entry, illuminated ignition key, cargo lamp and map lamps;
  • Clever in-cabin storage, including a large capacity storage box under the rear deck, front centre console box, upper and lower glove box, front seat back pockets, front and rear cup holders, overhead sunglass storage, cargo area tie-down rings, door map pockets and coat hooks;
  • Impressive cargo capacity: up to 35.9 cubic feet behind the rear seat, and up to 73.2 cubic feet with the rear seat folded;
  • A 12-volt accessory power outlet;
  • Engine immobilizer;
  • Dual power adjustable and heated mirrors with integrated signal lamps;
  • A boldly-styled body featuring colour-keyed mirrors, front and rear splash guards, rear bumper protector and rear spoiler;
  • Variable intermittent wipers with intermittent rear window wiper/washer, plus windshield wiper de-icer;
  • Halogen headlamps;
  • And more.
Models and Packages
 
The 2012 Toyota RAV4 is available in seven models:
 
The Toyota RAV4 2WD features the 2.5L four-cylinder engine, fabric seat coverings, 16” steel wheels with full wheel covers, a colour-keyed molded spare tire cover, and more.
  • Add the Touring Value Package and receive: 17” styled steel wheels, premium cloth seats, rear privacy glass, a power moon roof, colour-keyed exterior door handles, roof rack and a tonneau cover.
The Toyota RAV4 4WD features the 2.5L four-cylinder engine, fabric seat coverings, 17” styled steel wheels, roof rails and crossbars, a colour-keyed molded spare tire cover, and more.
  • The Touring Value Package adds 17” aluminum alloy wheels with locks, premium cloth seats, rear privacy glass, power moon roof, colour-keyed exterior door handles and a tonneau cover.
The Toyota RAV4 4WD Sport features the 2.5L four-cylinder engine, a sport-tuned suspension, premium cloth seats, rear privacy glass, a tonneau cover, 18” aluminum alloy wheels with locks, roof rails and crossbars, fender flares, a colour-keyed molded spare tire cover, colour-keyed exterior door handles, power moon roof, sport badging, a unique sport grade rear spoiler and black headlamp surround, the automatic headlamp system, fog lamps, and more.
  • Add the Leather Package for the following enhancements: eight-way power adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats, leather seat surfaces, an auto-dimming rear view mirror with integrated backup camera, and leather door trim.
The Toyota RAV4 4WD Limited features the 2.5L four-cylinder engine, an upgraded audio system with integrated XM Satellite radio, 6.1” display audio with navigation and steering wheel-mounted Bluetooth controls, dual zone automatic climate control, an eight-way power adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats, leather seat surfaces, an auto-dimming rear view mirror with integrated backup camera, rear privacy glass, a tonneau cover, leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, interior chrome trim, the Toyota Smart Key System with Push Button Start, 17” aluminum alloy wheels with locks, unique Limited grade front grille and badging, roof rails and crossbars, fender flares, a colour-keyed hard-shell spare tire cover, colour-keyed exterior door handles, automatic headlamp system, fog lamps, and more.
 
The Toyota RAV4 4WD V6 features the 3.5L V6 engine, fabric seat coverings, rear privacy glass, 17” styled steel wheels, roof rails and crossbars, a colour-keyed molded spare tire cover, and more
  • The 7-Passenger Package adds room for two more with a 50/50 split’n’stow third row bench seat. It also features third row seat under-floor storage and 17” aluminum alloy wheels with locks.
The Toyota RAV4 4WD V6 Sport features 3.5L V6 engine, a sport-tuned suspension, premium cloth seats, rear privacy glass, a tonneau cover, 18” aluminum alloy wheels with locks, roof rails and crossbars, fender flares, a colour-keyed molded spare tire cover, colour-keyed exterior door handles, power moon roof, sport badging, a unique sport grade rear spoiler and black headlamp surround, the automatic headlamp system, fog lamps, and more.
  • Add the Leather Package to enjoy an eight-way power adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats, leather seat surfaces, an auto-dimming rear view mirror with integrated backup camera, leather door trim;
  • Add the Sport Appearance Package for unique style and comfort, including all items in the Leather Package plus a cargo-area mat, chrome inner door handles, rear trunk chrome trim and red badges. With run-flat tires and a tire pressure monitoring system, this model also needs no spare tire mounted on the rear door.
The Toyota RAV4 4WD V6 Limited features the 3.5L V6 engine, an upgraded audio system with integrated XM Satellite radio, 6.1” display audio with navigation and steering wheel-mounted Bluetooth controls, dual zone automatic climate control, an eight-way power adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats, leather seat surfaces, an auto-dimming rear view mirror with integrated backup camera, rear privacy glass, a tonneau cover, leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, interior chrome trim, the Toyota Smart Key System with Push Button Start, 17” aluminum alloy wheels with locks, unique Limited grade front grille and badging, roof rails and crossbars, fender flares, a colour-keyed hard-shell spare tire cover, colour-keyed exterior door handles, automatic headlamp system, fog lamps, and more.
 
Customization
 
Drivers may also personalize their 2012 Toyota RAV4 from a range of Toyota and TRD parts and accessories. Visit www.toyota.ca for the most up to date list of options by model.
 
Pricing and availability
 
The 2012 Toyota RAV4 is now on sale at Canadian Toyota Dealers. The RAV4 starts at suggested MSRPs as follows: RAV4 2WD: $24,865; RAV4 4WD: $27,500; RAV4 4WD Sport: $30,810; RAV4 4WD Limited: $35,045; RAV4 4WD V6: $30,115; RAV4 4WD V6 Sport: $32,565; RAV4 4WD V6 Limited: $37,300.
 
About Toyota Canada Inc.
 
Toyota Canada Inc. (TCI) is the exclusive Canadian distributor of Toyota, Lexus and Scion cars, SUVs and trucks. Toyota is the first full-line manufacturer to make all of the elements of the Star Safety System standard on every 2011 vehicle. The Star Safety System includes Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC), Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA) and Smart Stop Technology (SST). TCI’s head office is in Toronto, with regional offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal and Halifax and parts distribution centres in Toronto and Vancouver.