Toyota RAV4 is a compact crossover that was launched in Japan in 1994. The first generation was marketed by Toyota as a car for young people for an active holiday; so there is the origin of the name (Recreation Active Vehicle), the number "4" indicates a permanent four-wheel drive.
The first generation of RAV4 was created on the basis of Toyota Celica GT-Four. The manufacture of the body was launched with three doors. Since 1995 it has begun production of 5-door body. The car has installed engines volume of 2.0 liters, 3S-FE and 3S-GE with a capacity of respectively 135 and 178 HP. RAV4 of the first generation was fitted either with mechanical transmission or automatic one and had either front drive or all-wheel one. In 1998 RAV4 of the first generation also received a version of the body with fabric roof and had minor restyling.
RAV4 of the fourth generation was presented at the motor show in Los Angeles at the end of Nov 2012. The crossover markedly increased in size compared to predecessors. The base engine remains a 2-liter gasoline engine that produces 150 HP, which is aggregated with six-step "mechanics" or CVT with Toyota RAV4 headlights. But instead of the 2.4 liter engine (170 HP) there is the power unit volume of 2.5 liters, which produces 180 HP, which is paired only with automatic transmission.