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. Hi
    I noticed the online order for Rav4 is now open ? Could you please confirm that?
    I would like to order a Rav4 Excel AWD with Panoramic sunroof.
    Many thanks
    .

    1. Hi Mehrzad, thanks for getting in touch.

      We are pleased to hear of your interest in Toyota!

      We can confirm that this model is currently available to purchase online.

      Please let us know if you have any further questions.

      Thanks.

    2. Thanks for your reply.
      Is this car also available to order with Panoramic sunroof through the Vantage Toyota dealers ?
      Actually I have reserved a show room Rav4 Excel AWD 3 months ago in a Vantage Toyota delaer which will release in December, but it doesn’t have Panoramic sunroof. I contacted them but they told me they are not able to order a Rav4 Excel with Panoramic sunroof as this not available. However, I can see this car is available to online order with Panoramic sunroof, but they told me if I order online by myself they will not refund the deposit I paid for the showroom car. They told me only they should order for me otherwise they will not refund my deposit. Also they told me the online orders are wrong and there is panoramic roof ,and if I order online with panoramic sunroof, I will not receive this car.
      Is that right ?
      What should I do in this situation? I like this car with Panoramic sunroof.

      Many thanks.

  2. Hello. I ordered a RAV4 PHEV Dynamic Premium last March. The car has just arrived but the spec is very different to the car ordered – no full leather, JBL stereo, memory seats, head up display – the list goes on! This will be our 4th Toyota but planning to cancel now – so disappointed! You have lost a loyal customer – the treatment has been appalling. Darren Chaplin

    1. I ordered the same model and spec in May 22 in red. Delivery was to be March this year. I got a call August/ September to say they had discontinued the red. So I had to chose another colour. I then got a call in November to say there would be a 6 months delay. When I next inquired I was told build would be October and delivery December 23. About 6 weeks ago my phone bleeped to say car was in build.
      Yesterday (20-07-2023) it bleeped to say it was at the dealers. I rang the sales man and asked if this was correct. He said yes “but”. As with Darren above, Toyota have decided to discontinue the top spec without notice and all the above are missing off mine including a panoramic sun roof. I am accepting the car but the shine has gone off it. Very disappointing and shoddy treatment. The dealership have been very good, the fault is entirely with Toyota. Brian Martland

  3. I am in the uk and interested in a RAV 4 plug in , can you tell me if there is a choice of colour for the interior and also what is the delivery time . Thank you

    1. Hi Robert, thanks for getting in touch.

      We are very pleased to hear of your interest in Toyota!

      The Rav4 Plug-in is only available to purchase with black fabric interior. This can be viewed online when ordering: https://fal.cn/3zHZs

      The estimated ETA of this vehicle is currently November 2023.

      Please let us know if we can assist you further with your purchase.

      Thanks.

    2. I’m in the Uk ordered my design plug in hybrid last May 2022. I’m expecting it in Nov 2023 will it sill be called a Design?

      1. Hi Nick, thanks for getting in touch.

        Yes, the ‘Design’ title of your vehicle will remain the same as at the time of purchasing.

        Thanks.

    1. Hi, thanks for your comment.

      Please can you provide your vehicle registration so that we can look into this for you.

      Thanks.

    1. Hi Nick, thanks for your comment.

      Yes, all grades of the MY23 UK specification Toyota RAV4 should come equipped with a Spare Tyre.

      Hope this helps.

      Thanks.

  4. Hi, via an online car sales platform UK Toyota dealers are offering the Icon specification, but I can’t find this in the Toyota UK website only the higher specs. Please could you confirm if I order the Icon spec my order will be fulfilled and I’d also be grateful if you could let me know the approximate wait times. Thank you.

    1. Hi Paul, thanks for getting in contact.

      We are pleased to hear of your interest in the Toyota RAV4!

      Currently, the Toyota RAV4 is unavailable for order through our website. However, the following grades are:

      Toyota RAV4
      – Design
      – Excel
      – GR Sport

      Toyota RAV4 Plug-in
      – Design

      For information on the restocking of the Toyota RAV4 Icon, we suggest checking the website regularly. Alternatively, please contact your nearest Toyota Centre where they can keep you informed.

      Hope this helps.

      Thanks.

  5. Hi.
    May I ask, does Rav4 Icon 2023 have remote start with fob key? I know the remote climate control through app is only available from design model and not Icon . But how about simple way with Key fob ? I heard that if I press 3 times the lock button on key fob and hold it I can start engine remotely? Does this way work on Icon 2023? If not, can I pay to active this feature?
    I just want a way to start engine to warm up before getting in.
    I didn’t buy this car yet but I plan to buy a Rav4 Icon from a Vantag Toyota dealer.
    Thank you very much.

    1. Hi Nima,
      Thanks for your question.
      Please provide the vehicle registration for the RAV4 so that we can check this for you.
      Thanks.

      1. Hi Nima, thanks for providing this information.

        This should not be available for this vehicle.

        Thanks.

  6. Hi, when will the plug-in be available in Excel version ?. We ordered one back in March with our dealer but it currently seems its only in Design.
    We currently have a 2021 hybrid model and are very excited about getting the plug-in even having had home electrics upgraded and power installed for the charger. Also told no removable tow bar available for our bike rack.

    1. Hi Kevin,
      Thanks for your question, we are glad to hear that your RAV4 Hybrid is serving you well.
      Unfortunately, we do not have any further specification to share at this time.
      Please let us know if you have any further questions.
      Thanks.

  7. Hi, I am awaiting delivery of Toyota RAV4 Hybrid MY23 Dynamic 5dr 2.5CVT 4×2 with Pan Roof in Bi-Tone Grey/Black.
    Is there anywhere I can veiw full spec? I’m aware some reports are saying spec is different to what was ordered. David

  8. I have just ordered a new Rav 4 with panoramic roof. This will be my third one. You are not showing the option on the website? I am now worried what I have ordered is not what I will get. Surely if you can order this option it should be shown on both the car and on the website. As I said this will be my 3rd car and I am ordering exactly the same as before but with the updated media and satnav etc.

    Also on my Toyota App it will not let me update my email address?!!

    1. Hi, thanks for getting in touch.

      Congratulations on your recent Toyota purchase!

      You order should remain the same as at the time of purchase. To confirm this please consult your local Toyota Centre.

      In terms of your Toyota MyT App, we would recommend contacting our Connectivity Team to resolve these issues. They can be found here: https://www.toyota.co.uk/help-centre/connectivity

      Thanks.

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