Toyota RAV4

Toyota has quietly put a mysterious 2.5 litre inline-4 Dual VVT-i engine into its updated 2009 Toyota RAV4 for the US market. The new 2.5 litre engine replaces the old 2.4 litre inline-4 VVT-i and has variable valve timing on both the intake and exhaust.

The new engine is more powerful, producing 179hp at 6,000rpm and 233Nm of torque at 4,000rpm versus the 2.4 litre’s 166hp and 224Nm figures. Toyota says the 4-speed transmission mated to this engine is a new unit that is more compact, lightweight and efficient compared to the outgoing model.

No matter what, it’s still a 4-speed unit Toyota! Even compact budget Volkswagens are now available with 6-speed or 7-speed DSG boxes. Even Honda is putting at least a 5-speed in all of their cars now, except for the compact JDM K-cars. Anyway, expect this new 2.5 litre Dual VVT-i inline-4 to replace the 2.4 litre 2AZ-FE in some if not all markets.

The higher end 3.5 litre V6 unit remains unchanged, putting out 269hp at 6,200rpm and 333Nm of torque at 4,700rpm. The rest of the changes with the 2009 model RAV4 include different styling on the front and rear and various other different bits and pieces.

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PHOTO GALLERY: US market Toyota RAV4 Facelift
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