With 12 Trim Options, Which 2022 Toyota RAV4 Is Right for You?

March 11th, 2022 by

A red, a white, and a blue 2022 Toyota RAV4 is shown parked overlooking a body of water.

If you’ve made the excellent decision to buy a new 2022 Toyota RAV4, let us congratulate you! Choosing a RAV4 means you’re getting behind the wheel of a stylish crossover with tons of interior space for passengers and cargo. It bears the legendary Toyota emblem, which means you’re also opting for one of the most reliable brands on the planet, and shopping at Haley Toyota of Richmond, your Richmond Toyota dealership, means you will have an amazing team at your back. It’s a win-win, for sure.

Your choice to buy a RAV4 represents a great first step, but you’ll still have to make a few more decisions. Namely, which trim will you buy? The RAV4’s twelve available trims are enough to give buyers a severe case of analysis paralysis, but even with so many options, there are a few indicators that might make choosing easier, as well as finding a trim that fits your individual budget.

Many buyers have a set of must-haves – options and features they can’t live without. This is a great place to start because Toyota has designed the RAV4 trim lineup so you can easily identify the version that ticks all the boxes. Some trims focus on performance, while others are reserved for luxury seekers. All it takes to discover the difference is to read our quick buyer’s guide below.

I Want to Optimize Capability

If you’re a weekend adventure seeker, boy, do we have good news for you! The 2022 Toyota RAV4 lineup features not one but two trims tailor-made to accompany you on all your backcountry travels. The first is the aptly-named RAV4 Adventure. The second is the RAV4 TRD Off-Road, a familiar nameplate to off-roading Toyota fans.

The Adventure combines tons of capability with trim-specific exterior and interior features that discern it from the rest of the RAV4 lineup. The RAV4 Adventure features special 19-inch matte-gray wheels and two-tone bumpers that are body color on top and black on the bottom. Special Adventure badging is appropriate since this trim comes with take-you-anywhere Dynamic Torque Vectoring All-Wheel Drive.

The TRD Off-Road includes 18-inch TRD alloy wheels and trim-specific bumpers that contribute to a more aggressive curb profile. A power one-touch moonroof is also standard. Red shock absorbers outfit the undercarriage, and heated power-folding outside mirrors keep drivers aware of their surroundings even in the coldest weather conditions. Only the TRD trim receives a specially-tuned MacPherson strut front suspension.

Inside both the Adventure and the TRD Off-Road, drivers will find a selectable drive mode toggle with settings for Mud & Sand, Rock & Dirt, Snow, and Trail modes. Both models offer SofTex-trimmed seats. You’ll find orange stitching in the Adventure and red stitching in the TRD. The TRD receives all-weather floor mats to catch any mud and dirt you might track in.

A person is shown pushing the start button in a 2022 Toyota RAV4 Limited.

I Crave Luxury and Comfort

Buyers seeking a refined cabin and every imaginable comfort and convenience feature should turn their attention to the RAV4 Limited. This top-of-the-line trim comes in front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive, or hybrid powertrain versions, but regardless of the one you choose, it tips the scales on premium equipment without going far over the $40,000 price range.

The Limited features dual-zone automatic climate control with rear vents and an integrated dust and pollen filter. The Plush SofTex seats are heated and ventilated in the front, with 8-way power adjustability. Even rear heated seats are available as part of an add-on package. Elegant dark brown interior accents add warmth to the dash and doors and complement the standard blue ambient lighting.

A 9-inch infotainment touchscreen is standard, along with a premium 11-speaker JBL audio system that includes a subwoofer for rich, concert-grade sounds. Opting for the panoramic glass roof creates a convertible-like connection to the sky, brightening the cabin for front and rear passengers. The standard power moonroof is yet another luxury feature you’ll find on the upscale Limited trim.

On the RAV4 Limited’s exterior, you’ll find standard LED headlights and taillights with automatic high beams, as well as integrated LED fog lights. A special dark gray front grille woven with a metallic hexagon pattern looks great with the Limited’s chrome accenting around the door handles. A power liftgate is also included and features height adjustability and an available foot activation system.

I Love New Technology

If you’re a tech nerd, we have some great news for you. The 2022 Toyota RAV4 is loaded with the latest safety and entertainment technology, along with a plethora of connected services that turn your smartphone into a vehicle hub. While every model includes a touchscreen with smartphone connectivity capabilities, higher-end RAV4 trims offer the most technology features.

Consider a fully loaded RAV4 Limited with the optional technology package. Inside, you’ll find a 9-inch infotainment touchscreen with connected navigation. Directions include real-time traffic updates, so you’ll always find the shortest route. Also included is an 11-speaker JBL audio system with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. The system is also compatible with Amazon Alexa.

As for advanced safety features, the RAV4 is loaded with them. All trims receive Toyota Safety Sense 2.0, a series of six semi-autonomous driving systems that work together to ensure drivers stay alert and aware. Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection sends audible alerts to help avoid a crash, while Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist nudges you back in your lane when it senses the vehicle has drifted.

Convenience-oriented features in the Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 suite include Automatic High Beams, and Dynamic Cruise Control, along with Road Sign Assist. Dynamic Cruise Control helps you stay a comfortable distance from the vehicle ahead, automatically adjusting speed to keep up with traffic flow. Meanwhile, Road Sign Assist monitors changing speed limits and alerts the driver to adjust accordingly.

The Limited offers an available Bird’s Eye View Camera with a 360-degree view of the area surrounding the vehicle. The view is available at low speeds and when the RAV4 is in reverse, making it helpful for parking or maneuvering in tight spaces. Front and rear park assist are also available as part of a technology package on the Limited, but all RAV4 trims receive a backup camera with project path guidelines.

A blue 2022 Toyota RAV4 XSE is shown parked on a city street after leaving a Richmond Toyota dealership.

I Need Something Fuel-Efficient and Fun

Whichever RAV4 suits your individual lifestyle, it’s good to know that you’ve chosen a crossover with fuel-sipping characteristics. In fact, most RAV4 trims are available with a hybrid powertrain that delivers fuel economy ratings of 41 MPG city and 38 MPG highway, making it a great choice for long-range commuters or buyers who want to keep ownership costs low.

The RAV4 offers a max cargo volume of 69.8 cubic feet, which is easily accessible with the 60/40 split rear seat. Even with five passengers on board, you’ll still get 37.6 cubic feet of space to stow your gear, so don’t be surprised if your buddies ask you to drive on the next road trip. Rear seat passengers won’t grumble since the RAV4 offers 37.7 inches of legroom and 39.5 inches of headroom in the back seat.

With a starting price of well under $30,000, the RAV4 is a great choice for first-time buyers or budget seekers. Even the most expensive trims offer tons of value since the Toyota nameplate means your vehicle will hold its value. Toyota offers the RAV4 with 16 different exterior colors/color combinations, including versions with a trendy two-tone roof, so finding one that matches your aesthetic is easy.

Can’t Decide? We Can Help

Head down to Haley Toyota of Richmond and test drive a 2022 Toyota RAV4 today. Be sure to bring your must-haves list, so our team can help you find the exact trim for your lifestyle and budget. Buying a Toyota RAV4 is a great decision, thanks to the wide variety of available trims and configurations, each priced for affordability.