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Toyota has seen fit to offer its touchscreen Display Audio system as standard equipment, along with a backup camera integrated into its 6.1-inch display.
The main reason to step up to the Limited is because you want simulated leather upholstery (SofTex), a power driver seat, a keyless ignition and the power liftgate.
You'll find a 6-inch touchscreen in the middle of the dash, and a backup camera and Bluetooth are both standard equipment as a result.
The Limited model includes exclusive features including Softex seating surfaces (leather is no longer available), which Toyota says is more durable and breathable.
All-wheel drive adds $1,400 to any of the models.
The 2015 Toyota RAV4 is offered in LE, XLE, and Limited models. We tend to think that the base RAV4 LE or mid-range XLE models are the best value. All-wheel drive is a $1,400 option on all models.
The base-model RAV4 LE includes power locks, windows, and mirrors; air conditioning; cruise control; tilt/telescoping steering; steering-wheel audio and phone controls; and an AM/FM/CD player controlled through a 6.1-inch LCD touchscreen.
The XLE adds dual-zone automatic climate control, a sunroof, and fog lights, to which the Limited adds a leather-wrapped steering wheel and a SofTex synthetic-leather material on its seats and even on a trim panel extending across the dash. It also gets a power driver seat, heated front seats, a power tailgate that can be programmed at different opening heights, and pushbutton start.
Major options on the RAV4 include navigation on the XLE and Limited, with Entune app connectivity and satellite radio; and on the Limited, a JBL audio system with 576 watts of power and 11 speakers. Blind-spot monitors with cross-traffic alerts are available on the top trim level, and lane-departure warning and automatic high beams are wrapped into the Technology Package that's only available on the RAV4 Limited.
Infotainment options are plentiful in the RAV4. There are four different levels of Entune touch-screen audio available, with the top two levels incorporating the App Suite—Bing for search; iHeartRadio and Pandora for audio streaming; MovieTickets.com, OpenTable®, and Yelp for going out; and real-time traffic, weather, fuel prices, sports and stocks.
The RAV4 makes the most sense in value-laden XLE and LE trim levels.