Toyota RAV4 Hybrid prices are on the rise, waiting times are running out to 18 months

The Toyota RAV4 range is set to get a long list of upgrades towards the end of this year, with prices expected to rise to $3,000. It is unclear what this means for the price of orders that have already been signed.


Toyota dealers have been advised to expect extensive upgrades across the Toyota RAV4 range – as well as significant price increases – during the last three months of this year.

Meanwhile, a number of Toyota dealerships are now quoting waiting periods of up to 18 months for the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid – to avoid customer disappointment – although most examples are delivered between six and nine months.

Dealers have been advised to expect price hikes of between $1,500 and $2,100 on most model grades, while high-end variants can go up by $2,100 to $3,000 — according to a prospectus sent to Toyota dealerships.



While the price hike is important, good news for buyers on a budget: The Toyota RAV4’s affordable gasoline variants remain an option in most model classes, even though more than 70 percent of the demand is a gasoline-electric hybrid option.

The challenge now for Toyota dealers is to balance the final price of required vehicles long before technical upgrades are announced.

Usually, car companies and car dealers are obligated to fulfill the price agreed upon on the sales invoice when the customer ordered the vehicle.



However, since the coronavirus pandemic, production delays have prolonged arrival times for so long that the car in demand is often no longer made – and has been replaced by an updated version.

to cut He understands that Toyota is considering applying two prices to signed orders in the future: one at today’s price, and an anticipation of what the price might rise if additional equipment is added on the production line as part of the ongoing changeover.

Annual upgrades – or ongoing changes – that coincide with technical updates, additional equipment, and modest price increases are common in the auto industry.



Historically, ongoing changes to vehicles and prices were not a major concern since there was a constant supply of new cars – and stock levels were so high that customers often had to choose the new or the old model when both were in stock during changeovers at intervals.

However, with current delivery delays of three to 14 months across most major brands, many new car buyers are facing a higher purchase price than they registered – because the cost of the vehicle has increased due to technical upgrades and additional equipment.

Customers who do not wish to pay the price premium on vehicles affected by the technology-related price hike are offered to refund their deposit. However, most buyers pay the increase because they do not want to lose their place in the waiting list.



Meanwhile, every model in the Toyota RAV4 2023 range is scheduled to undergo a technical update in the second half of this year.

Below is a list – model by model – of the expected changes as of October 2022, according to information shared with merchants.

Toyota RAV4 GX Petrol and Hybrid (Expected increase: $1,500 to $2,100)



• satellite tracking unit
• Cloud-based navigation
• 7-inch display (from 4.2 inches)
Intersection collision detection
• Help maintain lanes in an emergency
• USB-C charging ports (instead of USB-A)

Toyota RAV4 GXL Petrol and Hybrid (Expected increase: $1,500 to $2,100)

• satellite tracking unit
• Cloud-based navigation
• 7-inch display (from 4.2 inches)
Intersection collision detection
• Help maintain lanes in an emergency
• USB-C charging ports (instead of USB-A)

Toyota RAV4 XSE (Expected increase: $2,400-$3,000)

• satellite tracking unit
• Cloud-based navigation
• 12.3 inch display (above 7.0 inch)
• 10.5 inch infotainment screen
Intersection collision detection
• Help maintain lanes in an emergency
• USB-C charging ports (instead of USB-A)
• Mandatory premium paint $675

Toyota RAV4 Cruiser Petrol and Hybrid (Expected increase: $1,700 to $2,300)



• satellite tracking unit
• Cloud-based navigation
• 12.3 inch display (above 7.0 inch)
• 10.5 inch infotainment screen
Intersection collision detection
• Help maintain lanes in an emergency
• USB-C charging ports (instead of USB-A)

Toyota RAV4 Edge Petrol and Hybrid (Expected increase: $2,100 to $2,700)

• satellite tracking unit
• Cloud-based navigation
• 12.3 inch display (above 7.0 inch)
• 10.5 inch infotainment screen
Intersection collision detection
• Help maintain lanes in an emergency
• USB-C charging ports (instead of USB-A)
• Front headlights

Joshua Dowling has been an automotive journalist for over 20 years, spending most of that time working for the Sydney Morning Herald (as an automotive editor and one of the early members of the Drive team) and News Corp Australia. He joined CarAdvice/Drive in late 2018, and has been one of the world’s automotive judges for 10 years.

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