Aug 102017
History Of The Toyota RAV4 in Epping, NH

Current Model – Toyota RAV4

History of the Toyota RAV4

The Toyota RAV4 has made its mark on the industry as a versatile and affordable crossover. The customizable styling options and tech-savvy features have made it a favorite of drivers of all ages. The RAV4 has been through a lot in its near-25 years of existence. Here’s a brief history of the Toyota RAV4.

The Original

The original Toyota RAV4 debuted in 1995. The name itself stands for “Recreational Active Vehicle with 4-wheel drive.” The first-generation model was boxy and designed for drivers who wanted the function of an SUV with the efficiency of a sedan.


The second-generation RAV4 launched in 2000 and saw major styling changes that appealed to younger drivers. An electric model, the RAV4 EV, saw a limited run in the early 2000s. While less than 1,500 units were sold, a third of them were still in use as of 2012.


Just five years later, the third-generation Toyota RAV4 hit the streets. It rode on a new platform and saw immediate success among more active drivers. The 2009 model year saw a refresh that included an all-new four-cylinder engine. A V6 engine was also available.


The current fourth-generation model officially hit roadways in 2013. It’s curvier engines and smoother contours combined with an updated interior made it a hit among drivers. Sales leapt to 218,000 units in 2013 alone. By 2016, sales topped 350,000 units, making the Toyota RAV4 a major success on all accounts.

Find One

You can find the latest RAV4 here at Hurlbert Toyota.

Apr 202015

2015 Toyota RAV4

Not only was the Toyota RAV4 we all know and love refreshed for the 2016 model year, the automaker added the RAV4 Hybrid to its lineup of efficient and eco-friendly vehicles. The RAV4 Hybrid is Toyota’s eighth hybrid vehicle and it made its grand debut at the New York International Auto Show earlier this month.

Anyone looking for less time spent filling up the tank and more power cased within a sporty compact package will recognize the RAV4 Hybrid as a great option. In particular, Toyota views the model as ideal for “young adventure-seeking couples looking for a vehicle that provides utility, versatility, capability and excellent fuel efficiency.”

In addition to its gas-electric powertrain, the 2016 model will offer amenities such as revised design for interior storage compartments, more premium materials, an added USB port in the front and a 12V power outlet in the rear, a 7-inch touch-sensitive display audio touch screen, and the new Bird’s Eye View Monitor to name a few.

Stay tuned for more information on Toyota’s 2016 RAV4 Hybrid. We at Hurlbert Toyota expect the model to arrive this fall.

Nov 122013
2014 Toyota RAV4 - Technology Upgrades

The 2014 Toyota RAV4 and 2014 Camry received upgraded technology for the new model year.

Picture yourself in a brand new Toyota.  Aside from seeing the open road before you and the feel of the gear shift in your hand, what is one element that new-car fantasies just can’t be without? The music. Every time we whisk ourselves away to envision the perfect joy ride, our favorite cruising music is turned up full-blast as we cruise the streets of Epping. Continue reading »