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Toyota's giving the 2009 RAV4 crossover more power--at least in its base form.

The new RAV4 arrives in showrooms next month with a base price slightly higher than the 2008 version shown above, Toyota says. And in base four-cylinder form, there's a smidge more power to be had. A new 2.5-liter four-cylinder replaces the existing 2.4-liter engine, and as a result the RAV4 now makes 179 horsepower, up from 166 hp. Torque rises to 172 pound-feet from 165 pound-feet, and a new four-speed automatic comes with the engine. Fuel economy is 22/28 mpg with front-drive four-cylinder versions, 21/27 mpg with all-wheel-drive models. The V-6's power remains unchanged.

For the new year the RAV4 also gets a slight face-lift, mostly around the grille and bumpers, along with new taillamps. A Sport Appearance package and new wheel designs round out the cosmetic changes.

Other new standard equipment includes active front headrests and an engine immobilizer. The Limited version gets a Smart Entry keyfob that allows drivers to open the door without the key; XM satellite radio is now available, and Sport and Limited versions can be ordered with a backup camera.

Three versions of the RAV4 will be offered: Base, Sport, and Limited. The base version's sticker starts at $21,500, and the top Limited with the V-6 will sticker at $27,810 base.

Link - http://blogs.thecarconnection.com/blogs/marty_blog/2009/more-power-to-you-2009-toyota-rav4/

Lots of goodies here. Do you think GM can get the Theta products up to speed to compete. I hope so!
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It would seem like the 3.5L Rav4 would be pretty fast
 

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On paper it's the best in it's class, but something about the interior I don't like when I'm in one. I'd rather have a Vogue.
 

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Its hard to believe that they are sticking with the 4 speed auto. If an AMERICAN auto maker does that the press is all over them, but when a FOREIGN car maker does it they ignore it.
 

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Its hard to believe that they are sticking with the 4 speed auto. If an AMERICAN auto maker does that the press is all over them, but when a FOREIGN car maker does it they ignore it.
It's actually kinda funny that the Equinox/Torrent uses an Aisin 5-Speed automatic. Toyota, of course, owns the majority stake in Aisin.
 

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Engine type 2AR-FE
No. of cyls. & arrangemen 4 cylinder, in-line type
Valve mechanism 16-valve DOHC, chain drive with Dual VVT-i
Bore X Stroke mm (in.) 90.0 X 98.0 (3.54 X 3.10)
Displacement cm3 (cu. in.) 2494 (152.2)
Compression ratio 10.4:1
Fuel System SFI
Max. output hp/rpm 179/6000
Max. torque lb-ft/rpm 172/4000
Fuel Economy (L/100km) City/Hwy/Comb 9.7/7.2/8.6 ( Canadian number)


i got these from where i work, about the new 2.5L rav4
 
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