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 .

It Like To Drive?

With far fewer horses its former V6, the carryover four-cylinder has a time of 8.9 seconds; adequate, but not The Toyota RAV4 is well-insulated engine sounds, and less so that of its tires and wind the A-pillars. The suspension is slightly on bumpy roads, jarring our against the headrests.

Still, the driving dynamics of the Toyota while somewhat lost on its demographic, are a fair improvement. For that responsive six-speed finally allows you to select own gears. The innocuously-placed Sport below the radio controls up the steering, gives the transmission revs to play with, and throttle response, all of which can be by mere mortals. Steering is and sharp across all modes Sport, and normal). Unlike generations, traction control can be all the way off, alleviating a good of understeer and preventing the front from voicing their energetic caterwaul. It even has seats—supportive and coddling, we sunk them.

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 offer, then? A return to a straightening of the norm, the new 2013 RAV4 steps in line its five-doored, liftgated, four-cylindered the Ford Escape and Honda It loses a bit of character but gains styling to compensate. There’s the trait of reliability that capture the attention of consumers. And all, it’s competitively starting at $23,300. A fully-loaded with AWD is just $28,410, below the $30k ceiling of its competition. Even as the RAV4 up, it doesn’t 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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