Toyota RAV4 Canada
The Toyota RAV4 is a compact SUV manufactured by Toyota since 1994, with current production in Woodstock, Ontario by TMMC (Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada). The RAV4 arrived in Canada in 1996 based on the Toyota Corolla platform mounted on a larger frame and roomier interior, Toyota's first compact/crossover SUV which later became so popular it paved the way for other compact SUVs in Canada like the Nissan CR-V, Ford Escape and Mazda Tribute.
Toyota RAV4 1994-2000
The first generation RAV4 that arrived in Canada was available in 2 or 4-door models, with an optional 4-wheel drive. It came standard with 5-speed manual transmission or 4-speed automatic. The RAV4 was mounted with a 2.0L engine with 128HP. In 1998 the Toyota RAV4 received a minor face-lift and a 2-door convertible version was included to the line-up which was later dropped in 1999. The newer design also included a tweaked motor increasing its power slightly to 127HP.
Toyota RAV4 2001-2005
The newly redesigned Toyota RAV4 arrived at Canadian dealers in the summer of 2000 as a RAV4 2001 model. The new design was noticeably different with a slick exterior and roomier interior. The new RAV4 was equipped with a new 2.0L 4-cylinder engine which it shares with the Toyota Camry, featuring variable valve timing (VVT), significantly improving power, torque and fuel economy. All-wheel drive came standard for all models with optional ABS brakes.
The 2004 RAV4 in Canada received some minor improvements, including enhanced security features with standard Vehicle Stability Control. The 2.0L engine was replaced by a 2.4L engine with 161HP, also used by the new Toyota Matrix and Highlander crossover. In 2005 the RAV4 received a face-lift, with a more aggressive design making way for the next generation.
Toyota RAV4 2005-present
The new RAV4 was completely redesigned using a new platform, it made its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2005. The RAV4 in Canada is available with in two motors, a 2.4L 4-cylinder engine or V6 3.5L engine which it shares with the Toyota Sienna minivan and Venza.
In 2003 Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada (TMMC) announced a new Toyota production plant would be built in Woodstock, Ontario; TMMC began production of the Toyota RAV4 in 2008, the first RAV4's manufactured outside of Japan. The 2011 RAV4 in Canada is available in 2WD or 4WD with a few trim models.
The 2011 RAV4 2WD is available in base model, RAV4 Sport 2WD and RAV4 Limited 2WD; they all share a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine with 174HP, dual VVT-i, sequential multiport electronic fuel injection and Acoustic Control Induction System (ACIS). The base and Limited RAV4 share a front and rear MacPherson suspension with stabilizer bar, while the RAV4 Sport 2WD comes with a sporty tuned suspension with MacPherson gas struts and stabilizer bar. They include vehicle stability control, traction control (TRAC) and limited slip differential with ventilated anti-lock ABS brakes, brake assist and Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD).
The 2013 Toyota RAV4 four-wheel drive is available with the same 2.5L engine or an optional 3.5L V6 engine upgrade on the RAV4 V6 4WD, RAV4 Sport V6 4WD and the fully loaded RAV4 Limited V6 4WD. With active torque control, Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), traction control (TRAC), hill-start and downhill assist control, equipped with 5-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission (Super ECT). The new RAV4 can be described with just three words; rugged, athletic and aerodynamic.