For 2009, RAV4 adds an all-new 2.5L four-cylinder engine that is more powerful and more fuel efficient than the previous 2.4L engine, with EPA efficiency estimates of 22mpg city/28mpg highway on 4x2 models and 21mpg city/27mpg highway on 4x4 models.
The range-topping V6 engine generates 269hp at 6,200 RPM and 246lb-ft of torque at 4,700 RPM. The EPA estimates fuel economy ratings of 19mpg city/27mpg highway for 4x2 models and 19mpg city/26mpg highway for 4x4 models.
Externally, the design of the 2009 RAV4 is freshened with new front and rear styling with a revised grille and front bumper, improved fog light trims and redesigned tail lamps. All models, except the 4WD V6 with the new Sport Appearance Package, include a redesigned rear step bumper with a black protector molding while the Sport Appearance Package receives a clear rear bumper protector.