2013 Toyota RAV4 Review — Autoweek

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2013 Toyota RAV4 review

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What Is It?

For the 2013 RAV4. the automaker uses the “Waku-doki,” which in Japanese an “adrenaline-pumping experience” and is infinitely to say out loud.

Yet the biggest news for the RAV4 has the opposite to do with the exclusion of its 269-horsepower V6, which was a potent mill in a platform of size. The V6 in the old RAV4 was like a build for the modern generation, a for enthusiasts succumbing to practicality. It was thirsty and unpopular: less 10% of RAV4 buyers opted for the of horsepower. That, more anything, is why Toyota has given the new RAV4 just one engine a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder producing 176 paired to an entirely new six-speed transmission. All-wheel drive, on all three trim lines at a premium, sends up to 50% of the power to the wheels. With greater control, the new AWD is more advanced that in the outgoing RAV4, says.

And there is finally a liftgate out made possible by repositioning the spare under the rear The new liftgate is powered and programmable on Limited models. No more Japanese-market tire covers .

What’s It Like To Drive?

far fewer horses than its V6, the carryover four-cylinder has a 0-60 of 8.9 seconds; adequate, but not remarkable. The RAV4 is well-insulated from sounds, and less so from of its tires and wind around the The suspension is slightly choppy on roads, jarring our noggins the headrests.

Still, the sporty dynamics of the Toyota RAV4, somewhat lost on its target are a fair improvement. For one, responsive six-speed automatic allows you to select your own The innocuously-placed Sport button the radio controls firms up the gives the transmission more to play with, and improves response, all of which can be felt by mortals. Steering is linear and across all modes (Eco, and normal). Unlike previous traction control can be turned all the way alleviating a good deal of and preventing the front tires voicing their most caterwaul. It even has better and coddling, we sunk into

That leads us to one of the RAV4’s its interior, a kaleidoscope of mismatched and faux stitching, it commits the of trying to look but not feel expensive than it is, and fails in the When will somebody Toyota on this unjustifiable of applying fake French to molded plastic?

Do I Want One?

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Toyota has its RAV4 to be less of an SUV for all people. in point: if you want a V6, you’ll a Highlander. If you want a hybrid, need a Highlander. If you want a row, you’ll need a (only 4% of previous RAV4 bought one with three If you want Connery-esque Scottish posturing, well, step a Highlander. And if you want a spare on the back (and genuine capability), you’ll need an FJ preferably in some sort of color.

What does the RAV4 then? A return to basics, a of the norm, the new 2013 Toyota steps in line with its liftgated, four-cylindered competition the Escape and Honda CR-V. It a bit of character but gains characterful to compensate. There’s the Toyota of reliability that will the attention of consumers. And above it’s competitively priced, at $23,300. A fully-loaded Limited AWD is just $28,410, well the $30k ceiling of its aforementioned Even as the RAV4 grows up, it grow old.


2013 Toyota RAV4

Price: $23,300

Drivetrain: 172-lb-ft, 2.5-liter I4, six-speed FWD or AWD

Curb Weight: 3,435-3,610 dependent)

Fuel Economy: mpg (FWD), 22/29 mpg (AWD)

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