Toyota Motor Corp. said today that pricing of the 2009 RAV4 crossover will start at $22,245, with a slightly larger four-cylinder engine that gets an extra 1 mpg each in city and highway driving.
Other than a $60 increase in shipping, Toyota said it will leave prices unchanged on all base RAV4 models.
On average, the entire RAV4 lineup will increase by about $350, which includes the shipping increase. It will arrive at Toyota dealerships early next month.
The base 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine will get 22 mpg city/28 mpg highway. The engine also produces 13 more hp than the 2008 models 2.4-liter engine, Toyota says.
A 3.5-liter V-6 also will be available, but the EPA-estimated 19 mpg city/27 mpg highway for that engine is no improvement from the 2008 RAV4.
Like most other automakers, Toyotas overall U.S. sales have slipped this year, with slumping truck sales to blame. Toyota Division truck sales are down 15.8 percent during the first seven months compared with the same period last year. The RAV4 has dropped 17.8 percent, to 83,522 units.