While the crossover SUV market has become a billion-dollar business 

it is hard to remember a time when seeing a car-based four-wheel drive vehicle was a novelty 

But if we jump in our Delorean and set our flux-capacitor for 1996, we can enter

a world where Toyota introduced the US to its Recreation Activity Vehicle with Four-Wheel Drive 

conveniently known as the RAV4 for short. 

Since that time when the first RAV4 drove onto the scene

we have seen an explosion of crossover vehicles that the RAV4 has done battle with 

 like the Mazda CX-5, Honda CR-V and Kia Sportage

But for 2023 Toyota brings us a RAV4 that is even more versatile, practical, and affordable. 

As with most cars and trucks these days, things are moving from gas to electric, and the ever-evolving RAV4 is no different. 

 In its traditional gas-powered versions, thrust comes by way of a 2.5-liter aluminum block and head, DOHC inline-4 that makes 203-horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque

That power is then funneled through an 8-speed automatic transmission on its way to all-four wheels, as expected 

But you can also get your RAV4 in front-wheel drive only, though that is not called a RAV2. 

That power is then routed through an electronically controlled continuously variable transmission (ECVT) as opposed to a traditional automatic unit, and then on to all-four wheels yet again