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.


  1. The RAV4 is not listed in the latest price list and is still not available to order in the UK apparently due to supplies problems. However a quick Google shows that the RAV4 is still available to order in France , Germany and Ireland. Why is it that Toyota UK are having problems with supply while other markets are not?
    With the Corolla Cross also not being available in the UK market this leaves Toyota UK without a mid size SUV.
    I’m onto my 5th RAV , and 9th Toyota but as it stands Toyota UK have not got a replacement to offer me when I come to change.

    1. Hi Keith, thanks for your question.

      We appreciate your loyalty to Toyota.

      We would recommend signing up here for the latest updates regarding the MY24 RAV4.


    2. Keith, I have just ordered a new Rav gr Sport model, new for 2023. This was at my local dealer. Should arrive by Sept/Oct 2023. I asked about the lack of being able to order. They said it was due to waiting for the new upgraded model. It has only been the last few days customers can start ordering again. I asked about the Corolla Cross but no news of it arriving on UK shores just yet.

      1. Don’t hold your breath about being able to order a RAV4 has had my local Toyota dealership ring me has they know I need to have a new RAV4 by August 2024 or I will move brand after 22 years but there were only a few colours and models again UK are not seeing the cars being delivered in Europe. This has been very poorly handled by Toyota and all they do is tell you to sign up or talk to your dealer. Honestly the dealers are fed up has they have nothing to tell, knowing they are loosing loyal customers

    1. Morning Mike.

      Thanks for your question.

      The RAV4 XLE isn’t currently available in the UK so we have no details on that, sorry.

      Thank you.

  2. Hi

    Just had a phone call Toyota that my rav4 has arrived when I ordered it the rate was 1.9% this was in 2021 will it be the same as I have waited this long

    1. Morning Dave.

      We’re pleased to hear your new car has finally arrived.

      Your local Toyota Centre will be able to check your finance details for you.

      Thank you.

  3. Where can i access the Rav 4 MY 2023 Dynamic Pan
    full UK Spec?

    I ordered a MY 2021/2022 Dynamic Premium but ive been told by dealership I wont get that ill be getting MY23 Dynamic Pan Roof (no JBL…, No HUD, No Vented Seats, No Power memory seats) but they dont have the correct full spec of the MY2023 Dynamic Pan PHEV

    1. Hi John, thanks for your question.

      Are you referring to the RAV4 Plug-In Hybrid or the RAV4 Hybrid?


  4. I ordered a Rav 4 in April 2022 I have been advised it will be delivered later this month (hopefully) and I am told it will be the latest model. Willit be the 2023 model or the end of the line of 2022 models

    1. Congratulations Gerard and thank you for choosing Toyota.

      Your local Toyota Centre will be happy to check and confirm this for you.

      We hope you’re not waiting too much longer.

      Thank you.

  5. Hi

    I have Toyota RAV4 2019 but when press map button I got message navigation is not available on your system, how can I add it please ?

  6. Dear Toyota
    I have had on order Rav 4 Dynamiic Premium since March 22 which will not now be supplied but replaced with a Rav 4 Dynamic with Pan roof. The order is still waiting to be covered by toyota. I have two questions: 1 When will Toyota be in a position to cover my order. 2 Will Toyota price protect the cost of the new car with the agreed discounts at the time of the original ordering as in good faith to a loyal customer to the brand. Please do not ask me to speak to my dealer as I know they are sick of these questions not being able to answer them. Please treat us with respect

  7. Hi,

    We ordered a new Rav 4 Hybrid 2.5 back in February 2022 we are still waiting and recent update was showing July 2023.

    However I go on the App today and still just says ” Processing Order” so that to me tells me I won’t see it any time soon due to time it takes to build and deliver to the UK.

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