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The Ultimate Guide to Toyota SUVs & Crossover Vehicles

Looking for a new Toyota SUV, but not sure which one to choose? Toyota has a wide range on the market that differs depending on your needs, ranging from city SUVs to family SUVs. Knowing which one would suit you the best, from features to towing capacity, may not be simple. To make it easier, we have broken down each of the models with what they have in common and how they differ from each other.

There are multiple benefits to owning an SUVs. SUVs are known for having higher seats, allowing for better visibility, more legroom/headroom, great towing abilities & great fuel economy. 

Best Toyota SUVs for the City

Toyota C-HR

The Toyota CH-R has two different engine options. A 1.8L Petrol Hybrid with 122hp & 53.2 – 57.6 MPG or 2.0L Petrol Hybrid with 184 horsepower & 49.5 – 53.2 MPG. There are 7 different models available of the C-HR, 4 available with the 1.8L & 3 available with the 2.0L. 

If you chose a 2.0L engine, choose from the Icon, Design, Excel & GR Sport. For the 2.0L, choose from the same model except the Icon. Here are some of the main differences:

Icon – Not Available as a 2.0L

  • ・Lane Trace Assist 
  • ・8” Toyota Touch 2 infotainment system 
  • ・Reversing Camera 
  • ・Dual-Zone automatic air conditioning 
  • ・Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Smartphone connectivity 

Design 

  • ・8” Toyota Smart Connect infotainment system with Apple car play 
  • ・Heated seats 
  • ・Front and rear parking sensors 
  • ・Simple Intelligent Parking Assist 
  • ・Smart entry

Excel

  • ・Heater steering wheel 
  • ・Puddle lights 
  • ・Blind spot monitors 
  • ・Adaptive front light system (LED) 
  • ・18” Dark Chrome Alloy wheels 

GR Sport

  • ・GR Sport badging
  • ・GR Sport Scuff plates
  • ・GR Sport Rear Diffuser 
  • ・Smoke tinted headlights 
  • ・Rear Cross Traffic Alert

If you are looking to use the C-HR for towing, all specs have a kerb weight of 1425-1460 KG & a maximum trailer weight of 725 KG. 

Toyota Yaris Cross

Available as a 1.5L petrol hybrid, with either FWD or Intelligent All Wheel Drive, the Yaris Cross is a Compact SUV packed with technology. Just like the C-HR, the Yaris Cross has four different options: the Icon, Design, Excel, Dynamic. However for the Intelligent AWD, the dynamic is only available.  Here’s what you get from each model:

 

Icon

  • 8” Toyota Touch 2 
  • ・Pre-collision System 
  • ・Reversing Camera 
  • ・Adaptive range cruise-control 
  • ・A/C

Design

  • ・Adaptive Cruise Control 
  • ・8” Toyota Touch 2 
  • ・Privacy Glass
  • ・Projector headlights
  • ・Aluminium roof rails

Excel

  • 9” HD Toyota Smart Connect 
  • ・Blind Spot Monitor 
  • ・Heated steering wheel 
  • ・Intelligent front & rear parking sensors

Dynamic

  • 9” HD Toyota Smart Connect, 
  • ・Heated Seats 
  • ・Adaptive Cruise Control
  • ・Dual-zone automatic air conditioning

Toyota RAV4

This spacious 5 seater RAV4 has been described by Toyota as the “original SUV”. Available with two different engines, the RAV4 has a few different options to choose from, to match your driving style. 

Only available as a hybrid, the RAV4 comes with a 2.5L Petrol automatic hybrid engine with either front-wheel drive or ‘Intelligent All-Wheel Drive’. Looking at models, choose from the Icon, Design, Excel or Dynamic. The Icon is not available as the ‘Intelligent All-Wheel Drive’.

As per most cars on this list, the different models of the RAV4 differ by specification including: the infotainment system, alloy wheel size or smart entry. Some of the main differences include driver aids (including pre-collision systems, Lane Trace Assist and Blind Spot Monitor) and infotainment such as the ‘Toyota Touch 2 with Go Navigation’ and ‘Smartphone integration’.

Best Toyota SUVs for the Family

Toyota RAV4 Plug-In

Equipped with a 2.5 Petrol Hybrid AWD-i engine with a 306hp, the Toyota RAV4 with 282.4 – 282.4 mpg. The two options available are Design & Dynamic. 

The Design has the Toyota Touch 2 infotainment system with Apple Carplay & Android Auto. Features also include a remote control dual-zone automatic air conditioning, Pre-Collision System, Cross Traffic Alert and power back door. 

The Dynamic includes the 9” Toyota Touch 2 infotainment system with built-in Apple Carplay & Android Auto, wireless phone charging, dual-zone automatic air conditioning & a power back door. 

Both of these RAV4 have a maximum trailer weight of 1500 KG. However, the Design has a kerb weight of 1910-1975 & the kerb weight of the Dynamic is 1930-1995. 

Toyota Highlander

This 7 seater SUV is equipped with a 2.5L Petrol Hybrid engine, with ‘Intelligent All-Wheel Drive’, 248 horsepower & 39.2 – 39.7 mpg. The Excel Premium is fitted with everything you could possibly need, including heated steering wheel, heated front, passenger & rear seats, heads-up display, pre-collision system & smart rear-view mirror. 

If you are wanting to use the Excel Premium for towing, the Highlander has a maximum trailer weight (unbreaked) of 700 KG & a kerb weight between 2050 – 2105 KG. 

Best Toyota SUVs for Off-Road

Toyota Land Cruiser

The Toyota Land Cruiser is a 7 seater diesel SUV, capable of towing up to 3 tonnes. The Land Cruiser has a 2.8L diesel engine, with 204 horsepower & 27.9 – 31 miles per gallon. There are 4 different options of Land Cruiser, including the Invincible & 3 different types of Active:

  • ・3 door, 5 seater
  • ・5 door
  • ・7 seater, 5 door

But what is the difference between the Active & the Invincible? Here are some of the differences. 

Active Invincible 
  • ・17” Silver alloy wheels.
  • ・9” Toyota Touch 2 with Apple CarPlay & Android Auto.
  • ・Cruise Control.
  • ・Sliding & reclining 2nd & 3rd row rear seats.
  • ・Reversing camera & reversing parking sensors. 
  • ・19” Bi-tone dark grey machined-face alloy wheels.
  • ・Toyota Touch 2 with Go Navigation
  • ・Heated passenger & driver seats 
  • ・Panoramic view monitor 
  • ・Multi-Terrain Select 

Toyota Hilux

Similar to the Mitsubishi L200, the Toyota Hilux is “the world’s toughest icon, since 1968”. Capable of towing 3.5 tonnes, the Hilux is a great option for anyone looking to tow a caravan or trailer. Available in 4 different engine types, the Hilux has the widest range of variety, compared to any other SUV on this list. 

When buying a Toyota Hilux, your choice of engines include: 

  • ・2.4L Diesel – Manual, all-wheel drive (28.5 – 31.7 MPG)
  • ・2.4L Diesel – Automatic, all-wheel drive (28.8 – 30.7 MPG) 
  • ・2.8L, 204hp Diesel – Manual, all-wheel drive (31.3 – 33.2 MPG)
  • ・2.8L, 204hp Diesel – Automatic, all-wheel drive (28.5 – 30 MPG)

There are 12 different models to choose from, split depending on the different engine. Below, we have broken down each model available, which engine it comes with and how they differ from each other. 

The Active comes in three different sizes:

  • ・2 door, single cab
  • ・4 door, extra cab
  • ・4 door, double cab

Active2.4 Diesel – Manual AWD

  • ・Pre-Collision system with pedestrian and cyclist detection 
  • ・4X4 – rear differential locks  
  • ・Adaptive Cruise Control 
  • ・Bluetooth 
  • ・Auto headlights

Icon – 2.4 Diesel – Manual & Automatic AWD

  • ・Reversing Camera 
  • ・Toyota Touch 2 infotainment system 
  • ・8” infotainment screen 
  • ・DAB radio 
  • ・Apple CarPlay & Android Auto

Invincible2.4 Diesel – Manual & Automatic AWD2.4 Diesel – Manual & Automatic AWD, 2.8L – Diesel Manual & Automatic

  • ・LED Projector headlights 
  • ・Front & rear parking sensors 
  • ・Smart entry 
  • ・Heated driver & passenger seats 
  • ・Dual-zone A/C.

Invincible X – 2.4 Diesel – Manual & Automatic AWD, 2.8L – Diesel Manual & Automatic

  • ・Toyota Touch 2 with Go Navigation 
  • ・Privacy glass 
  • ・Heated front & rear seats 
  • ・Panoramic View Monitor display 
  • ・Power adjustable seats

GR Sport – 2.8 Diesel – Automatic AWD

  • ・9 Speakers 
  • ・JBL Premium Sound System 
  • ・Front and rear red monotube shock absorbers 
  • ・Toyota Touch 2 with Go Navigation 
  • ・Reversing camera

 

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