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The RAV4 and Lexus RC Top APEAL Study

July 25, 2016 lacarguy Toyota Tags: , , , , , , ,

Every year J.D. Powers comes out with its APEAL study, letting auto buyers know which vehicles buyers are most satisfied with, and which they are least satisfied with. This study is an important one because it can let you know which vehicles you are going to enjoy and which ones you should be skipping over. It’s nice to have a quick snapshot of the best and worst options. According to the 2016 study both Lexus and Toyota vehicles are worth considering if you want to be happy with your purchase, specifically the RAV 4 and RC vehicles.

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What the Study Means

The appeal study is now considered in industry benchmark when it comes to figuring out which vehicles and automakers are producing the most desirable vehicles of the bunch. It gets in contact with new car owners that have had their vehicles for approximately 90 days. This study asks the buyers about their experience with the vehicle to try and find out whether or not they are enjoying vehicle ownership or not. Each of the buyers are asked to rate their vehicles on a scale from 1 to 1,000 and they will rate the vehicle in a bunch of different categories. The final numbers that they come up with from all these questions will help determine which automakers are considered the most desirable and which are considered the least desirable.

Toyota Comes Out Ahead

In the study both Toyota and Lexus vehicles came out ahead of many of the other vehicles on the list. Particular the 2016 Lexus RC and the 2016 Toyota RAV4 did well on the study. Owners of both of these vehicles were very pleased with their purchases, and enjoyed the cars much more than most other auto buyers today. Both the RAV4 and the Lexus RC received segment awards, which means that the RAV4 was the favorite compact SUV of the bunch, and the Lexus RC was the favorite luxury sport sedan of the bunch. That’s a pretty big accomplishment that should be celebrated.

That doesn’t mean that you should run out and purchase a RAV4 or a Lexus RC, but it does mean that Toyota really cares about the quality of its vehicles and pleasing customers. That means any of the Toyota vehicles that you pick up should be of higher quality and designed to satisfy customers.

If you are trying to figure out which vehicles are going to satisfy you the most, it makes a lot of sense to pay attention to APEAL scores from J.D. Powers, to figure out which ones are making the most customers happy currently. After all, if a vehicle is making a bunch of others happy, it’s likely to make you happy as well.

Before you pick up your next vehicle take a long look at the 2016 APEAL study results. You’ll quickly see which vehicles stood out compared to the others, and that’s what you should be considering for your next purchase.

The 2016 RAV4 Hybrid is Truly Impressive

May 3, 2016 lacarguy Toyota Tags: , , ,

SUVs are considered many things, but efficient is seldom one of them. That’s not the case with the 2016 RAV4 Hybrid. This mid-sized SUV manages what most other mid-sized SUVs and even sedans can, a combined fuel efficiency rating of 31 MPG. That level of efficiency is very admirable in a mid-sized SUV and provides buyers a good reason to consider the already capable RAV4 hybrid.

2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

Tops in Fuel Efficiency

According to Consumer Reports the 2016 RAV4 SUV Hybrid has the highest fuel efficiency of any of the mid-sized SUVs on the market. With 36 MPG highway and 26 MPG city the middleweight SUV is pretty forgiving at the pump, something that will mean a bit more if fuel prices fluctuate in the other direction anytime soon.

Quality Enhancements

Not only is the latest RAV4 more efficient, it’s also improved in a number of other ways as well. It’s decidedly smoother when going down the road with much better soundproofing than what you’ll find on other models. The SUV also comes with an improved media system and spacious interior seating. It’s capable, roomy and efficient, all while offering all-wheel drive that so many SUV buyers continue to be more and more interested in.

Overall, the 2016 RAV4 Hybrid SUV has a lot going for it and not too much to go against it. If you opt for the hybrid version you’ll of course spend a bit more money in order to acquire it, but not as much as you’d think. The Hybrid XLE is just $700 more than the standard XLE and that’s a small price to pay for such an efficiency boost.

If you’re looking for a reliable SUV that’s efficient and spacious enough for a family to use comfortably, you’d have a tough time finding something more suitable than the RAV4 hybrid. Even when you spend the extra money to bump up to a Lexus 300h or RX 450h you won’t be getting the same levels of fuel efficiency.

Toyota is Likely to Release a RAV4 TRD in the Near Future

February 17, 2016 lacarguy Toyota Tags: , , , ,

The RAV4 is one of the top selling SUVs from Toyota, so it’s no wonder that the automaker is beginning to release exciting variants like the RAV4 TRD to really get the public excited.  This variant isn’t guaranteed yet, but officials from Toyota have all but specifically said that it’s going to be released soon, to it makes sense to look out for it. It’s also not much of a stretch to consider that a performance RAV4 will be released since there is a rally cross version of the vehicle being used to race today.

RAV 4 Toyota Rallycross

The Changes aren’t Certain Yet

Toyota hasn’t even confirmed that a TRD version of the RAV4 is going to be released, but has said that it’s very likely to happen in the future. Since there is no confirmation yet, there also isn’t any information about what such an enhancement would mean for the RAV4. It’s like that the changes would include some suspension improvements as well as a power increase, but it’s only speculation at the moment.

Enhanced Power

The standard RAV4 is equipped with a 2.5 liter four-cylinder engine that produces 176 HP and 172 lb.-ft. of torque. It’s fair to assume that it will get beefed up a bit for the TRD edition of the RAV4, but it’s doubtful that the vehicle will offer anywhere near the 500HP that you’d find in the Rally version of the vehicle used in racing competitions.

Other Expected Improvements

It’s hard to say exactly what enhancements will be added to the RAV4 TRD version but it’s like that some suspension enhancements, brake improvements and powertrain adjustments will be made. Along with exterior styling cues to help set it apart from the other models. This will make the vehicle even more enjoyable to drive, and might even inspire some off-roading enthusiasts to pick up the RAV4 for the very first time.

Priced at the Top of the Range

Just like with all the other Toyota TRD models, the RAV4 TRD can be expected to be priced at the top of the range and considered a top trim-level. That means it will come with all the other technologies that you get in the other RAV4 versions, making it a highly technical vehicle as well as a capable off-roader.

It’s unclear when the RAV4 TRD version is going to be released but we’re already excited about it. It takes all the great aspects of the RAV4 and makes supercharges them for more fun.

A Look At The All New 2013 Toyota RAV4

March 12, 2013 lacarguy Toyota Tags: , , , , , , , , 0 Comments

The RAV4 is a keystone in Toyota’s lineup. Through three generations, it has been the entry level crossover vehicle for over one million families.  In the last 10 years the small crossover segment has grown from virtually nothing to almost 20% of the new car market.  Because it is a segment filled with many first time car owners, or the first new car people have purchased, it’s also a critical segment for building long term customer loyalty.

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The acceleration in development in this segment has been very brisk and what looked new and fresh just two or three years ago, looks cheep and outdated today.  In to this Toyota brings its fourth generation RAV4, looking to cement its place among the volume sales leaders in the segment.

Toyota says that they have sold 1.7 million RAV4’s since the model came to market in 1994 and that 80% of them are still on the road today.  The compact SUV market has gone from just a few models in the early 90’s to now 45 different models today.

In many ways what Toyota is doing with the trim levels of the new RAV4, harkens back to the days of the mid 80’s when, there would be two or three trim levels and few options to choose from.  The fourth generation RAV4 comes in three trim levels, LE, XLE and Limited..  Toyota’s philosophy was to bring trim levels to a spec where each model offers 90-95% of the options that customers tend to order.  This philosophy gives RAV4 customers more bang for their buck when they go to purchase. For 2014, all RAV4 models will come with a 6.1” touch display as well as a backup camera, Bluetooth connectivity and projector beam headlights with auto off.

As you move up trim specs you will get ENTUNE with Navigation, 17” alloy wheels, (18” alloys are exclusive to the Limited model), power moon roof and dual zone climate control.  Cloth is the material of choice for LE and XLE, with Soft-Tex being offered on the Limited models.  Toyota describe Soft-Tex as, “leather, without the cost”.  There are soft touch materials through the cabin in all trim levels, and some hard plastic materials in high touch point areas for controls like the window switches, and the gear shift.

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The RAV4 comes standard as front wheel drive, with All Wheel Drive being an option.  Toyota also note that 65% of RAV4 purchasers will choose the AWD option.  New in the AWD models is active torque control, which works to put the power where it’s most needed, and aids in sharpening handling on dry pavement.  Sensors in the system will direct power to the wheels to aid in turn-in for corners giving the RAV4 a sporty feeling when driven on twisty roads.  It is still possible to lock the differentials in AWD mode for off road driving, or in snow or muddy terrains, and Toyota has now made this a maintenance-free system as well.

Also aiding in handling, the RAV4 is 1.2 inches lower than the out going model, though it still maintains a healthy 6.3 inches of ground clearance.

A big change for the new RAV4 is the elimination of the V6 as an option.  Across the range there will be one engine choice, a 2.5 -iter four-cylinder producing 176 horsepower at 6,000 RPM and 172 ft/lb of torque at 4,100 RPM. While the peak power is higher in the engine range, Toyota is bringing the RAV4 into the modern age by dropping the previous models four-speed automatic gearbox for a standard for the class six-speed unit.  With more gears spaced closer together, the RAV4 looses little in acceleration to the previous V6, yet sees considerably gains in fuel economy.

The 0-60 sprint takes 8.9 seconds and the EPA rating for the RAV4 is 24 city, 31 highway and 26 combined for front drive models, and 22/29/25 for AWD models.

Pricing for the 2013 RAV4 starts at $23,300 for the front-drive LE model, $24,290 for the XLE and $27,010 for the Limited, the AWD option adds a $1,400 premium.  Toyota estimates that 45-50% of buyers will choose the XLE model, which will come with a moon roof, dual zone climate control and sports seats.  There will be the option of Navigation with Entune for $1.030.

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One of the trademarks of the RAV4 has been the spare tire carrier out back, and the swing open door to the rear cargo area.  With the 2013 model, both of those are now gone.  The spare tire is housed below the cargo floor and the rear hatch opens traditionally, and now with power assist and the ability to set an opening height for those that are short of stature or in areas with low overhead ceiling height.  Not only does this aid in functionality, it also in rearward visibility.

Special attention was focused on making the cabin of the 2013 RAV4 much quieter.  Acoustical glass was used for the windshield, and extra sound deadening materials were placed throughout the cabin.  Driven back to back with the outgoing model there is a noticeable difference in wind and road noise that protrudes into the cabins of the two RAV4 generations.

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While the new RAV4 lacks the fore and aft adjustments for the rear seats that the outgoing model had, the rear seat of the 2013 RAV4 has more leg room over the outgoing model, and the rear seats do recline for added passenger comfort.  With the rear seats up, the cargo area has 38.4 square feet of cargo room and with the seats folded down it increases to 73.4.

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The dashboard and the driver’s cockpit now look modern in the new RAV4.  The use of soft touch materials and French stitching bring a new level of refinement.  Going back and forth between the old and new RAV4’s lets you see just how much of a leap forward the new car is.  Toyota is using what they call a “color block concept” in the interior, and it gives a strong bold look to the interior that refrains from being over the top.

Out on the road the new RAV4 is miles above the outgoing model in every way.  The ride, handling, comfort, and NVH levels are noticeably better right off the bat.  The new RAV4 has electric power steering for the first time. What buyers of RAV4 will notice is that below 10 miles an hour the steering is effortless, yet, picks up weight and feel as speed increases to give good feedback and confidence when going down the road.

Previous owners of the RAV4 will take note of is that there is no longer an option of third row seating.  Toyota’s research deemed, that customers looking for seven passenger accommodations would be better served by stepping up to the larger Highlander.  In making the RAV4 a five-passenger only configuration, they felt they could maximize space efficiency, passenger comfort and legroom.

With the 2013 model, the RAV4 is now competitive in its market segment.  Some of its competitors may offer more space, and/or more power, however, it comes at price that is often times far north of the RAV4’s.  What the RAV4 brings to the market is a solid product with exceptional value that stays true to what made it so popular, yet now, is competitive with its modern interior, amenities and numerious convenience features that buyers today expect.

LAcarGUY Presents The West Hollywood Auto Show On The Sunset Strip

November 9, 2012 lacarguy LAcarGUY News & Events Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , 0 Comments

This Saturday and Sunday is The West Hollywood Auto Show on the World Famous Sunset Strip across from The Roxy. In addition to all the coolest new cars, come for the live entertainment, food, fun, photo booth and more surprises, and LAcarGUY is the presenting sponsor.

We will have nine vehicles and a salesman at this even both Saturday and Sunday from each of our stores involved, Fisker Santa Monica, Toyota Hollywood, Subaru Pacific, Lexus Santa Monica and Volkswagen Santa Monica. We will have our tent set up and small give aways available. The cars we will have on display will include:Toyota Rav 4

  • Toyota RAV4
  • Toyota Prius C
  • Subaru XV Crosstrek
  • Subaru Outback
  • Lexus ES
  • Lexus CT
  • Volkswagen Jetta
  • VW – Beetle
  • Fisker Karma

The event is free to the public and starts at 11am each day and runs until 5pm, and we expect huge crowds!

The location is on Sunset Blvd, Across the street from the ROXY Theatre. 8950 West Sunset Blvd.

Hope to see you out there!

Get To Know The Toyota RAV4 EV

October 31, 2012 lacarguy Electric Vehicles, Green Articles, Green Auto Technology, Toyota Tags: , , , , 0 Comments

At a quick glance, the Toyota RAV4 EV looks a lot like the gas-powered RAV4; however, upon closer inspection Toyota has done a lot to differentiate the two RAV4 models that serve very different purposes.


As noted in the video below, Toyota incorporated a more aerodynamic front-end design to the RAV4 EV, as well as power saving LED headlights and daytime running lights.  Revisions extend to the rear end too, where unique taillights sit below an extended rear spoiler and next to a tailgate that forgoes the RAV4’s signature hatch mounted spare tire (the latter feature being available to the gas-powered RAV4 as well).

Design changes reach underneath the car too. Redesigned spats near the wheels, and a smooth underbody aid in vehicle aerodynamics.

Inside, the RAV4 EV gains a new gauge pack and center console controls that reflect the high-level of technology the car packs. Watch the video below to see these new features in action on the Toyota RAV4 EV.

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Living with an electric vehicle doesn’t mean having to live with compromise. To assist owners of the new RAV4 EV, Toyota has designed its Entune app to specifically accommodate their needs.

From the vehicles multimedia system owners can access Entune’s variety of apps, one of which is a list of the nearest charging locations. Owners can also set the time their RAV4 EV will begin charging if leaving it on a charger for an extended period of time. This feature can save RAV4 EV owners money as charging during off-peak hours is often less expensive.

Other interesting features include the ability to set a “pre-climate” mode from the owner’s smart phone. Selecting this mode engages the vehicle’s air-conditioning system before the driver arrives at the vehicle so that the RAV4 EV’s interior temperature is already set to his or her preferences. But don’t take it from us, watch the video below to see the RAV4 EV’s Entune features in action:

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Toyota, Lexus and Scion Dominate J.D. Power 2012 Vehicle Dependability Study

February 16, 2012 lacarguy Lexus, Scion, Toyota Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , 0 Comments

Eight Lexus, Toyota, and Scion models captured segment awards in the 2012 J.D. Power and Associates Vehicle Dependability Study, a performance equal to all other vehicle brands combined and more than twice as many as the runner-up nameplate.

The study also found:
  • Lexus is the number one nameplate improving by 23 fewer problems/100;
  • Toyota is the highest ranked non-premium nameplate and tied for third place overall, improving by 18 fewer problems/100; and
  • Scion achieves its highest ever position at fifth place, jumping up 17 positions and improving by 55 fewer problems/100.
“We are extremely pleased that not only did we win awards in eight of the 14 model segments, but that in two segments we finished one-two and made the podium in 12 segments overall”, said Jim Lentz, President and Chief Operating Officer Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.
2012 Vehicle Dependability Study performers by segment
Sub-Compact Car
Toyota Yaris
Scion xD
Compact Car
Toyota Prius
Toyota Corolla
Compact Crossover SUV
Toyota RAV4
Compact Multi-Purpose Vehicle
Scion xB
Compact Sporty Car
Scion tC
Entry Premium Car
Lexus ES350
Midsize Car
Toyota Camry
Midsize Crossover SUV
Toyota Highlander
Midsize Van
Toyota Sienna
Midsize Premium Crossover SUV
Lexus RX350
Large Premium Car*
Lexus LS460
Large Car
Toyota Avalon
Large Pick Up
Toyota Tundra
Lexus Nameplate
Toyota Nameplate
3 (tie)
Premium Brands Industry Average
Non-Premium Brands Industry Average

Additional examples of Toyota’s commitment to the highest standards for quality, safety, reliability and retained value include:

Toyota Confirms Limited Production Of Electric RAV4 And Scion iQ In 2012

January 19, 2012 lacarguy HybridCars.com, Scion, Toyota Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , 0 Comments

by: Zach McDonald Hybridcars.com

Toyota’s chief executive in the United States confirmed last week that electric versions of the Scion iQ and the Toyota RAV4 will enter the production cycle in 2012. The two electric vehicles have been promised for a couple of years, so hitting the delivery dates on time is good news. The bad news is how tentative the production numbers will be.

Toyota Motor Sales president and chief operating officer, Jim Lentz, told reporters at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show that both the electric iQ minicar and the battery-powered RAV4 SUV will be small-scale production vehicles and used to “gauge consumer preferences, usage patterns and daily requirements.” In other words, Toyota will continue to sit on the sidelines and study EVs, while Nissan (and others) aim for the biggest possible volume for its electric vehicles.

Lentz also confirmed that the Toyota RAV4 EV will have a range that exceeds 100 miles. It will become the only all-electric SUV available in the US when it hits dealerships-mainly in California-later this year. The second-generation RAV4 EV is also Toyota’s first fully-electric vehicle sold in the United States since it halted sales of the legendary old-school RAV4 EV in 2003. This time around, Toyota will team up with the startup EV-maker Tesla for design and production of RAV4’s drivetrain. Tesla’s Roadster and forthcoming Model S are both capable of ranges well in excess of the 100-mile barrier other fully-electric consumer vehicles have failed to break.

Lentz said the electrified Scion iQ will have a range of 50 miles or less, and that the minicar will be a fleet-only vehicle. It’s expected that most of the 100 or so Scion iQ EVs will be sold to car-sharing programs in urban areas in the US. According to Lentz, gauging consumer preferences means that Toyota will “test” both electrified vehicles for three years, at which point the automaker will determine whether or not the technology is ready for mass production.

Pricing information for both vehicles is still unknown.