2009 Toyota RAV4 Values

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2009 model year changes

The RAV4 gets a mild restyling, an upgraded interior, and a number of other changes for 2009. Most notably, the base 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine has been replaced by a new 2.5-liter one that's not only more powerful but also more fuel-efficient. Front and rear styling has been redone for 2009, with a new grille and bumper in front, and redesigned tail lamps. Most models also get a redesigned rear step-up bumper with black protector molding. Inside there's a new standard seat fabric. Front-seat active headrests are added to the roster of safety features, and a rear backup monitor is newly optional. Turn-signal side mirrors are now offered on the Limited, and Base and Limited models get a new alloy wheel design. A Sport Appearance Package is also new and brings a redesigned rear door without the spare tire, plus chrome accents throughout and an exclusive exterior color, Elusive Blue Metallic.

Competitive comparison

Freshened styling; roomy interior; fuel economy; safety features; 3-row seating available

Special features for 2009

The RAV4 straddles the line between compact and mid-size SUVs, but its price is more in sync with compact competitors, making it a good deal for those who want space for the family. Its fuel economy is also enviable, especially with the 4-cylinder engine. Yet with the optional V6 it's very quick--faster than some sport sedans. And with the new Sport Appearance Package, shoppers who don't like the style set by the external spare tire finally have an option.


For 2009, the Toyota RAV4 crossover SUV gets restyled front and rear fascia, a redesigned wheel, new interior seat fabrics, front active headrests and an engine immobilizer. Toyota RAV4 standard equipment features a new, more powerful 2.5L four-cylinder engine that generates 179 hp and 172 lb-ft of torque, paired to a four-speed automatic transmission. Optional is a 3.5L V6 engine that produces a powerful 269 hp and 246 lb-ft of torque and is coupled to a five-speed automatic transmission. A choice of either front-wheel or four-wheel drive is available. EPA fuel estimates for a four-cylinder, front-wheel-drive RAV4 rate 22 mpg city/28 mpg hwy and 24 mpg combined, while the 4WD gets 21/27/24 mpg. The V6 front-wheel drive achieves19 mpg city/27 mpg hwy and 22 mpg combined, but four-wheel drive drops that 1 mpg on the highway. Safety equipment includes stability and traction control, antilock disc brakes, active front headrests, front-seat side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags. With the V6 engine or optional third-row seats, hill-start assist and downhill assist are offered.