2013 Toyota RAV4 |MotorWeek

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Episode 3225

The 1995 RAV4 was a real game as the first small SUV to use a car-like chassis. Its success prompted other compact crossovers the Honda CR-V and Ford But, as they became popular, the RAV4 faded. It didn’t evolve enough to ahead of rivals. Well, is out to change that for 2013 an all new RAV4. So, let’s see if we can now rave the RAV.

The first change see in the 2013 Toyota RAV4 is one you see, anymore at least. The tire that used to be on the “love-it-or-hate-it” side swinging door is no more. In its place is a conventional lift-gate with the tire moved inside, the cargo floor.

It’s of a whole new, if more look that is sleeker and athletic than previous The expressive front end leads to a steeply raked windshield; roof rails on XLE models to a large hatch-mounted spoiler. lights jut out from the rear and the concave lines of the rear give a very modern XLE’s come equipped 18-inch alloys, but even the 17-inch steel wheels hubcaps look pretty

Not surprisingly, aerodynamics are greatly over the last RAV thanks to the shape, new underbody covers, and “aero” corners. Exterior are all down a bit from last mostly due to the removal of the outside except for wheelbase which at 104.7-inches.

And while it’s doubtful RAV owners will venture off with the optional all-wheel system, it performs well in and snow. AWD includes an electronic center diff for true torque split at speeds up to 25 and can help dial back at any speed, thanks to new dynamic control.

The MacPherson strut suspension and trailing arm double rear do a good job of soaking up And when back on dry pavement, a stabilizer bar helps reduce Combined with fairly electric steering, the RAV has a more if not necessarily sportier, ride before.

It’s also a very quiet driving and you can now tailor the driving experience to liking with ECO and Sport ECO dials back the a/c and throttle while Sport boosts response, changes both and how quickly the transmission shifts, and steering feel more

The sole engine is a carryover I4 rated at 176-horsepower and 172 lb-ft. of The V-6 is no more. The automatic transmission is upgraded from an antiquated to 6, contributing to both a peppier and a 7-8 percent rise in fuel

Indeed, Government Fuel Ratings are 22City, 29-Highway, and with all-wheel-drive, while drivers rate 24-City, and 26-Combined, all on regular grade

The redesigned interior is where the new makes its biggest strides. the drab living space of is a good blend of both feel and increased refinement; a wide, soft-touch dash the comfort and work zones, and an almost cockpit feel.

Front seats are wide and more comfortable than And even though exterior is a bit smaller, everything is roomier most noticeably in the back where legroom now rivals mid-sizers, and in the cargo area you’ll find 38.4 feet of space with the up. Fold them, which is than before, and it expands to a best 73.4 cubic-ft.

A camera is standard, while spot monitoring can be added to models, which come a power rear lift-gate. standard are 8-airbags, including one for the knees.

Prices are up, but just so, and still a strong point. levels have also simplified to make the buying easier, and that process at $24,145 for a base LE model. A XLE will cost you $25,135 and the up Limited stickers for $27,855. can be added to any model for an additional bucks.

Change always has the to be good or bad. Well, in the case it is good and much Buyers looking at the new RAV4 find a roomier, more more efficient, and yes, looking compact crossover. why we picked the 2013 Toyota as our MotorWeek Drivers’ Choice Small Utility of the year. one more reason that plenty to rave about the new

Long Term Updates

August 2013


It’s one thing to give a new an award, like we did the all-new RAV4, our Drivers’ Choice Small Utility of the Year, and something else to live it day-in and day-out just real owners.

Well, so day-in and day-out, our long RAV4 is living up to our hype. about 6 weeks with us, the is nearing 6,000 miles, and fuel economy is an outstanding miles per gallon of regular. mostly highway work but around town it’s in the mid-twenties.

Our five-passenger Limited is decked out, including memory and navigation, although the screen is a bit small. We like the start button is not hidden the steering wheel. In Sport the RAV4’s 176-horsepower 2.5-liter I4 with 6-speed automatic surprisingly big power for passing. switch to ECO MODE and the skinny on the right almost goes

The latest RAV4 is a huge and we’re enjoying every we log in it.

Date: September 2013


There is no more vehicle segment than the crossover utility. So, for us to proclaim the Toyota RAV 4 our Drivers’ Choice is saying something.

Bigger and more versatile before, our long term, drive 2013 RAV 4, in Limited is exceeding even our expectations in utility, and even economy. In ECO we’re averaging 27.3 per gallon of regular after two of the daily grind. And that’s impressive.

The odometer has passed miles and there has been of hiccup in quality. A few lament the of a third row option in the new design, but it wasn’t that useful.

So our for the RAV4 continue.

Date: 2013

Mileage: 11,500

daily we’re asked our time with this RAV4 compact crossover.

We with praise for the 5-seat reliability, practical room for and cargo, and a driving experience borders on sporty.

Fuel is a big reason smaller utilities are in demand. We’re averaging miles per gallon of regular in a mix of city and highway driving.

in four months and some there has not been a hint of a problem.

Date: January

Mileage: 12,000

It’s almost a year since we the 2013 Toyota RV4 as our Driver’s Best Small Utility. we’re happy to say, still happy with our after living with a for 6 months and some 12,000

It’s roomy, comfortable, and in routine use. It also nicely, is well controlled good energy, and quite at speed. Plus, it’s trouble free.

The test fuel economy of 24.7 miles per gallon of in mostly urban driving is and right on with the government’s number.

Our Limited all-wheel is very well equipped, and we rate Toyota’s EnTune audio/nav interface with Apps as most effective.

from push button to an adjustable height power if you like gizmos in a rock compact ute, the Toyota is a great choice.

Date: 2014

Mileage: 18,200

if ever there was a winter to the mettle of an all-wheel drive this one is it. It’s not just the but the radiator freezing cold. our long term 2013 RAV4 has made quick of all of it.

We can attest to the fact that you hit the push button start, the and defroster warm rapidly. when set on “High”, our Limited’s hard heated seats get too hot.

Cold also to expose weak mechanical in a vehicle. But, at 8 months and miles our RAV4 hasn’t a single one.

More weather idling was offset by time on the highway. So, our fuel average of 27.2 miles per of regular pleased us plenty.

And our feeling overall. The Toyota is a roomy, versatile, and most in winter weather, reliable CUV choice.

Date: May 2014


We really loved having a RAV4 in our long term during the never ending of 2014. It made quick of the coldest driving conditions.

that spring is here, a few road trips will test the RAV4’s warm versatility. Besides a comfortable for four adults, along plenty of room for their the competent all-wheel drive in the RAV4 can tackle unimproved easily. Plus, if it gets a locking center diff help ensure forward

And you can do it pretty frugally. 26.9 per gallon of regular after 9 and 20,000 miles speaks for a 2.5-liter powered compact Plus, our RAV4 has been fault free.

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