2023 Toyota RAV4 gets multimedia and safety upgrades

The 2023 Toyota RAV4 has unveiled a series of upgrades and a raft of enhancements that focus on improving life on board with new multimedia systems and a customisable new digital driver’s instrument display. Safety is enhanced, too, with new functions added to the Toyota Safety Sense systems. The changes are rolled out across the full range of hybrid electric and plug-in hybrid electric models, making the world’s original and best-selling recreational SUV an even more desirable proposition.

2023 Toyota RAV4: new multimedia system

The new RAV4 adopts Toyota’s latest multimedia system which features a larger,10.5-inch screen with a high-definition colour display.

The standard system provides cloud-based navigation that allows for accurate journey planning with information that’s constantly updated, plus live details of traffic and road events and how easy or hard it might be to find a parking place near your destination.

Thanks to the included four-year over-the-air “Smart Service” data package, customers can access Toyota’s latest multimedia and navigation systems without having to pair their smartphones to the vehicle.

2023 Toyota RAV4

The user experience is seamless with the accompanying MyT smartphone app, so customers can keep track of various vehicle information, such as driving analytics, fuel levels, warnings and “find my car” function. There’s also the time-saving convenience of being able to use the app to book service and maintenance appointments at Toyota centres.

Smartphone integration with Android Auto® is available and for added convenience, wireless smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay® is featured as standard.

There are more ways to communicate with your car using the new on-board voice agent that will respond to spoken requests to adjust the climate control, choose multimedia options, make a phone call, or open and close the windows. “Hey Toyota” is designed to understand conversational speech, so if you say “I’m cold” it will respond by closing the windows or raising the air conditioning temperature.

A further, optional multimedia system is also available, offering additional functions. It introduces an embedded navigation system that will operate when no data connection is available. It also recognises highway signs and can provide local weather alerts and notify the driver of restricted LEZs (low emission zones).

Remote services

The new RAV4 comes with more remote functions the driver can make use of without having to be in or near their vehicle. The familiar worries about whether you have left a window open, the doors unlocked or the lights on after you’ve walked away from your car are addressed with remote notifications to confirm the vehicle is secure. This feature is standard on all new RAV4 models.

You can also lock and unlock the doors – a handy feature if someone without a key needs access, for example to drop off a parcel or to clean the car. The hazard lights can also be flashed, making the vehicle easier to spot in a big or busy car park. These features are newly standard on mid-grade models, together with remote operation of the climate control to warm up or cool the cabin before making a journey.

2023 Toyota RAV4: new digital combimeter

It’s a feature of all-new Toyota models that the driver can view and take in key vehicle data at-a-glance, so there is the least distraction from their focus on driving and the road ahead. The new RAV4 introduces a new digital combimeter in the instrument binnacle that comes with flexible display settings. There is a choice of four styles and three layouts and personalisation options for the 12.3-inch display so the driver can choose the most relevant information needed between the numerical speedometer and digital dials, as well as other information such as an eco-driving meter, audio track information, or Adaptive Cruise Control display, among others.

2023 Toyota RAV4

These layouts are presented in four different style themes for a more customised look and feel: Casual, Smart, Sport and Tough.

The new unit is standard on all grades apart from the entry-level Icon model which uses a 7-inch version of the combimeter.

2023 Toyota RAV4: enhanced Toyota Safety Sense

The new RAV4 gains enhanced Toyota Safety Sense functions that can warn the driver and help avoid a wider range of common road accident risks.

The Pre-Collision System (PCS) gains intersection support that can help with safer turns at junctions. It will detect if the car is about to cross the path of any oncoming traffic, and if there are any pedestrians crossing the road into which the vehicle is moving, alerting the driver and, if necessary, initiating braking control to help avoid an impact.

Emergency Steering Assist is also newly provided, helping the driver avoid a pedestrian who has stepped into the road while keeping the car under control and within its traffic lane. On the RAV4 Plug-in, the system will also recognise and react to bicycles and parked vehicles. The RAV4 Plug-in’s PCS also gains the ability to detect oncoming vehicles in the car’s traffic lane and reduce the risk of a head-to-head collision.

New exterior colour

A new Platinum White Pearl exterior colour is being introduced for all grades of the RAV4 Plug-in Hybrid and Hybrid. Dynamic grade will see the introduction of a Platinum White Pearl bi-tone with Midnight Black Metallic for both variants.

Production of the 2023 Toyota RAV4 will begin during the third quarter of this year.

All information is correct at the time of publishing.

237 comments

  1. Have you got any set date for model change? I am currently waiting for my RAV4, which i have ordered in October 2021. Delivery is ETDed for September, but my car is still not produced, according to My T app. So, will I receive a new model my2023, or my2022?

    1. Hi Marcin,
      Thanks for your comment.
      We would advise you to contact your Toyota centre for details on your order.
      Thanks.

  2. The New multimedia was just what the RAV4 needed once it gets the new multimedia a great car just got better

    1. Hi
      Ive ordered a 2023 Dynamic plugin in pearlescent white due March 23. Will I get the new white colour introduced for 2023 cars instead? Thanks.

      1. Hi Paul,
        Thanks for your order.
        As you ordered your car in Pearlescent White, this will be the colour which you recieve.
        Thanks.

      2. So could you clarify for me is the platinum colour completely new for 2023? or is it just a renamed pearlescent white which is on my order form? The pictures published in the bulletin are unclear.
        If it is a new colour, is avaialable to specify now for 2023 cars? Thanks.

      3. Hi Paul,
        Yes, the White Pearl colour is completely new for 2023.
        This is available to order for 2023 cars.
        Thanks.

  3. I ordered my rav4 November 1st and just got it be careful as I have to pay £500 a year road tax as they say the value is over £40000 now but not when I bought it in November the tax was £200 a year so the car is great but not happy with Toyota 40000.00 now . But when I bought it in November the tax was £200 a year not £500 so I asked Dvla why I am paying £500 and they say Toyota tell us it’s worth over £40000.00 all you get from Toyota is that’s Dvla as I said I asked Dvla they say it’s Toyota telling them all you do is going round in circles so it’s costing me about £1500 pounds more so not happy with Toyota uk

    1. Hi Richard,
      Congratulations on your new car.
      The Government bases vehicle taxation on the current vehicle list price, which is unfortunately higher now than when you ordered your car in November.
      We are really sorry about that, but it is out of our control as a vehicle manufacturer.
      Thanks.

      1. Actually you are wrong Toyota, you have an automated system which tells the DVLA what the price is but you should be basing prices on what the price is when purchased. Toyota have to inform the DVLA what the actual price is of the vehicle when purchased not price it is. This is Toyota being lazy and not wanting to say they are wrong. The issue also comes from how long it takes for a car to arrive now, which going by all car manufactures prices are going up quarterly.

    2. Richard, contact the vehicle ombudsman, as your V5c form will state your vehicle purchased price is above £40000 but going by what you said it’s not so Toyota have to change this, also send them your vehicle purchased statements, they should into this for you and any evidence you have. With increase in living costs it is not right we are being charged a higher tax amount then we should

  4. Hi,
    Does the New 2023 Rav 4 Dynamic come with a JBL sound system automatically, or is it part of the optional multimedia system upgrade you can have? I have ordered my new 2023 RAV 4 and would just like clarification on this.

    1. Hi Prathap,
      Thanks for your comment.
      The current estimated ETA for the RAV4 Plug-in is May 2023.
      Thanks.

  5. Hearing about new features is incredibly frustrating as I am just about to take delivery of the 2022 PHEV version. It would be good buisness to keep Toyota customer alive to buy new Toyotas by rolling out the additional saftey sense features to the older 2022 models. Is that planned?

    1. Hello, thanks for your comment.

      We have no information on any retrofit changes to the RAV4 PHEV at the moment. We constantly improve and upgrade our model offerings and cannot communicate these changes ahead of time.

      Thanks,

      Toyota UK

  6. Will the model year 2023 models get the 360 camera option soon as ive been told by my dealership that it is not available on the y23 models?

    1. Hi,
      Thanks for your question.
      Unfortunately, we don’t have any information on this at the moment.
      Please keep an eye on our blog and social media channels for the latest information.
      Thanks.

  7. What colours are available for the ’23 model?

    I really wanted the red, but have been told its been discontinued. The red was the best colour of the lot, is it coming back?

    1. Hi Adam,
      Thanks for your interest in RAV4.
      The colours available should be:
      -Urban Khaki
      -Obsidian Blue
      -Silver Blade
      -Decuma Grey
      -Galaxy Black
      -Tokyo Red
      -White Pearl
      Thanks.

  8. Hi,
    When will your brochures etc be updated with new 2023 model year of the RAV4 Hybrid & Plug-in hybrid so that we can see the specifications etc?
    Thanks

    1. Hi Gavin,
      Thanks for your question.
      The brochures should be updated with the correct information soon.
      We apologise for the inconvenience.
      Thanks.

      1. Your above response (Sept 2022) suggested that the MY23 spec RAV4 brochure would be issued soon – it’s now January 2023 and the Toyota website still only has the May 2022 brochure (MY22). When can we expect the promised MY23 update?

        Also, can you confirm that MY23 HEV RAV4’s are now in production?

      2. Hi Andy, thanks for your comment.

        As the MY23 RAV4 is currently off sale, the brochure has been removed from the website. We would recommend contacting your Toyota Centre for information on MY23 RAV4 specifications.

        Please also contact your Toyota Centre for updates on your RAV4 PHEV order.

        Many thanks.

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