2013 Toyota RAV4 Review: Car Reviews

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Going mainstream helps stand out


1. is the optional 3.5L V6, leaving one engine option, a 2.5-liter making 176 horsepower and 172 lb-ft of

2. Fuel economy is rated at mpg for FWD models and 22/29 mpg for AWD.

3. New and Eco drive modes enhance for either better throttle or improved fuel economy.

4. starts at $23,300 for the LE, $24,290 for the XLE and for the Limited with AWD an extra for each.

So with demand for the soft-roader waning, a fourth-generation is here, looking to attract new with more sport and style, though without a few of the we’ve come to expect.


Dressed to impress, the new is cooler than ever a new front fascia, a lower sportier alloy wheels and a spoiler. Mirroring the sort of lines that characterize competitors like the Hyundai Fe and Mazda CX-5, it’s to resonate more clearly car shoppers looking for a more cute-ute.

With a look on any Toyota products, it comes to a with angled headlights and an front bumper. Of course, trim levels deliver of chrome detailing, with included with XLE and Limited With the new style come new with 17-inch rollers while 18s are fitted to the Limited Optional on LE models and standard on and XLE trims are roof rails to keep the look sporty with a premium touch.

Among one of the bigger changes is the of the spare tire mounted on the liftgate. Toyota has removed the SUV-inspired detail, and made a change. Now instead of a side-swinging door, it opens upward. took so long?

As a bonus on the trim, the liftgate is power with a programmable height Plus all models get a rear completing the more modern


Changes are just as under the hood, where has made the bold decision to the V6 engine option.

The 2.5-liter remains producing 176 hp and 172 lb-ft of though it gains a 6-speed transmission, adding two more for better acceleration and fuel Helping compensate for the loss of the V6 the RAV4 also gains a mode that improves (as well as steering) response.

The transmission helps improve economy to 24 mpg city and 31 mpg highway the front-drive and 22/29 mpg for all-wheel equipped models. A strong those figures aren’t best-in-class, coming up short of the CX-5 and Ford Escape. For fuel thrift, the RAV4 gain a new Eco mode, to balance out the mode, dulling throttle to ensure maximum fuel


While is in the eye of the beholder, you can’t ignore for a small, cost effective the RAV4 has some real appeal.

Resembling the faces of watches, the sleek new dash are cooly illuminated with a backgrounds and red needles gauges. just the start of better fashion. Available to the XLE and Limited French stitching gives the a more up-scale flavor, helping to make even the basic models look is a standard 6-inch touchscreen system which includes a camera. A new shift gate helps take the cabin step towards feeling a car, though the long looks dated already, as the digital clock, while the styled accenting material out of place in a crossover.

Other standard features include audio system, a USB port iPod connectivity, handsfree capability and music streaming via Optional to the Limited trim is a infotainment system with audio, navigation, Entune, and an JBL audio system with a

Along with making noise, the 2013 RAV4 helps drown it out, improved sound deadening as well as a new thicker windshield.

rid of the two-tone seating color long a part of the RAV4’s is the implementation of color-blocking styling, a often found in high-end cars. Color options black, gray, beige and the premium-looking of the combinations, a new terra choice (basically clay red and gray), solely available on the trim. The Limited seats used a Softex material, than genuine leather, is now only used on the steering and shifter. Both the LE and XLE trim feature fabric-trimmed seats, look better than

Rear seat legroom is down by an inch, though seatbacks mean even passengers won’t be wanting for They’ll also enjoy a armrest with side-by-side cup

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One of the biggest changes is the removal of the seating option. With low and little demand the change for cargo capacity to be increased to cu-ft behind the second row and cubic feet total.


On the road, the RAV4’s new style improved aerodynamics makes for wind noise, while a rear sway bar helps body roll. Overall the is smoother and more energetic.

We our AWD Limited tester throughout the of Scottsdale, Arizona and it fared in the semi-mountainous terrain but it was also that the RAV4 is less of an vehicle than ever If the style doesn’t communicate the enough, the fact that clearance has been reduced by an inch certainly will.

it’s best left on the path, with an Eco mode for daily commute and a Sport for long freeway stretches and hills. The Sport mode is one of the highlights and it’s a convenience RAV4 owners might not realized they were It’s all about quicker as well as improved throttle not to mention more reactive On all-wheel drive models, the of Dynamic Torque Control 10 percent more power to the wheels and combats understeer better balance to the vehicle.

An AWD system is included with drive modes: Auto, and Sport. The auto mode is a front-drive setting that power to the rear once is detected. In the case you do find in the mud or snow, a Lock mode engage the rear axle up to 50 percent of the power being set to the wheels at speeds of up to 25 mph. when in the car’s Sport up to 50 percent of the torque can be sent to the wheels at any speed, helping cornering.

New driving aids have been introduced like the one-touch three-blink turn for easier lane changes as as the option of a Blind Spot indicator on outside mirrors in the trim. Also, in the airbag is a driver knee airbag curbs the impact to the driver’s in case of a collision.

Those for functionality in the towing department, the RAV the 1,500 lb towing capability of its predecessor, though without the V6 those looking for more, have to look elsewhere.


Once a leader in the crossover the RAV4 has slipped away setting the trend but looks to its former status with fourth generation model.

Moving further from the SUV by its V6, third row and visible rear tire, it’s less in the segment. Seemingly a bad thing, a response to consumer demand and make for a more pleasing

In place of those features is space, better driving and a style that’s so attractive you expect it from Toyota. that with some new a vastly improved interior and the we’ve come to expect the Japanese auto giant the years and the 2013 RAV4 is to compete at the top of its class.

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