2013 Toyota RAV4 Test Drive And Review: Newly Familar — Forbes

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2013 Toyota RAV4 Drive And Review: Newly

I go back and forth about compact crossover SUV to recommend to my family and readers. Lately, been leaning toward the CR-V. especially since its makeover. But the Toyota RAV4 has been far out of the running. Now, has revised the compact crossover for with a new body, powertrain and The 2013 Toyota RAV4 AWD arrives with a base of $28,410 ($32,394 as tested), a basic warranty, a 5-year/60,000-mile warranty and EPA fuel economy of 22 mpg city/29 mpg highway.

RAV4 out of the gate quickly as a 1995 capturing the cute vote as the SUV for who hated SUVs. The second cemented RAV4′s reputation as a performer during the years to 2005. The third generation may have lingered a bit too long, 2006 to 2012, still in “cute-ute” mode with its spare tire long the competition abandoned any pretense of mojo.

The new fourth generation comes to ring with a few big revisions that put it right in contention. First and foremost, the tire (now a temporary has been relocated to a hidden beneath the cargo load like a grown-up car. And the hinged side-swinging rear has been replaced with a tailgate that is hinged at the I’ve been knocking the for its side-swinging tailgate since day one — because it opened from the side to be useful for American conditions. The new liftgate solves problem, allowing the RAV4 to be from the right side at long last. The top-of-the-line model even includes a liftgate as standard equipment.

Toyota didn’t stop RAV4′s exterior has been redesigned, with a sleeker bolder character lines, and a front fascia that the expressive headlights with the and Toyota logo. My top trim model came with 18″ alloy wheels, which great inside the bulging wells. Headlight and taillight cues tie RAV4 in with the of the Toyota SUV lineup now, is a good thing. Black rocker panel covers, front and rear fascia the illusion that RAV4 has ground clearance than it does (a modest 6.3″, from 7.5″ for the third RAV4).

Overall, the new RAV4 is attractive and contemporary. It does blend in to the a little bit, I have to This is not ground breaking but it is solid design.

Let’s with the good, which is very good. Toyota a big step forward in material fit and finish on the dash and interior of the new Touchpoints are soft and pleasant. The and asymmetrical flourishes of the dashboard are interesting and dynamic. I love the new vent that is integrated the top of the center stack, providing airflow without forcing the touchscreen to slide further in the stack. My test vehicle’s seat got eight-way power, adjustable lumbar support, greatly improved comfort. a few inches lower roofline, still plenty of passenger in the second row. The ridiculously optional third row seat has discontinued as an option for 2013, a decision that will kids out of chiropractic treatments. still has plenty of cargo with 38.4 cubic behind the second row opening up to cubic feet with the row folded.

Now to the bad. In the midday sun, it was to use the touchscreen to access the Toyota system. No matter how I tried to the screen, I could not see the map in the Navigation I couldn’t read the audio After dark, the screen was But during the day, it was pretty useless.

Which is a shame, my RAV4 Limited was equipped a lot of technology that runs that screen, including communication and streaming audio, Entune, a backup camera and information systems. My test also had a very handy spot monitor with cross traffic alert, a that I’ve come to upon in several luxury lately.

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The V6 RAV4 is no more, forever. We’re left just one engine choice for a 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder tuned to produce 176 hp and 172 lb-ft of Luckily, there’s a new 6-speed transmission (no manual available) delivers better fuel than before and better feel. More transmission (the old 4-cylinder used to be to a 4-speed automatic) means the engine spends more in the heart of its power curve, and so it less thrashy and labored you put the whip to it. I can’t say that I miss the V6, but the improved fuel and everyday drivability is welcome. drive is standard, and all-wheel is available for all trim levels for an $1,400.

RAV4′s handling has been in this new generation as well. The MacPherson strut/rear double-wishbone setup is the same, but the rear bar has been slightly beefed-up. ground clearance means a center of gravity, and those two changes have benefitted the with less body through the curves, and more stability. On occasion, I found the to be a little too stiff, as sharp joints delivered a jolt to the that many other would absorb and dissipate. In RAV4 was a pleasure to drive, on a par the best of the competition.


So, has RAV4 worked its way back my heart with this new I think so. Toyota has made very smart decisions, RAV4 to … and get more without allowing it to get stodgy in any The new transmission is great, and perfectly to the small efficient engine. The new is better in nearly every way the old RAV4: Better looks, efficiency, better interior better handling and better The sweet spot for me would be the mid-level XLE with front-wheel which starts at $24,290 — a competitive price for a nicely vehicle.

I’d still have to long and hard at the competition I bought a RAV4. The Honda is the best-selling SUV in America, for good The Ford Escape, Subaru XV and Mazda CX-5 are also rivals. The Chevrolet Equinox/GMC the Hyundai Tucson/Kia Sportage and the Rogue also have virtues.

Ultimately, it may come down to loyalty when you go to buy your compact crossover. Are you a Toyota or a Honda loyalist? I’m a Toyota totally biased by my love with Moose, my 1994 4Runner. But brand loyalty not trump that troublesome display, no matter how much I the new transmission. For now, I’m going to to recommend that people both the RAV4 and the CR-V deciding on a new compact crossover and trust their gut feelings to a decision between the two. that close.

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