Review: The 2013 Toyota RAV4 is a more modern & fuel efficient crossover…

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Toyota RAV4

Review: The 2013 Toyota is a more modern #038; efficient crossover that’s with the times

The 2013 RAV4 was the original crossover and the 2013 fourth-generation model Toyota has kept improving it its debut in the mid-1990s.

The smaller RAV4s were noisy, and rough-riding. But they had decent and good fuel economy. which was Toyota’s main soon got into the small SUV arena with its CR-V. followed.

Toyota has dropped the potent V-6 and third-row seat for and the top-hinged rear hatch replaces the clunky side-swinging door.

The nicely shaped area has a low, wide for fast loading, and cargo is especially impressive with the split 60/40 rear folded forward. However, headrests must be removed or prevent the seatbacks from forward and sitting flat.

This Toyota is lively off the and during 65-75 m.p,h. with its 178-horsepower four-cylinder This 2.5-liter unit has camsafts, 16 valves and variable timing. It calls for high for the best power and torque driven quickly, but is generally and quiet.

The engine works a new, efficient six-speed transmission with an easily manual-shift feature. It replaces a four-speed automatic.

Estimated economy is 24 miles per gallon in the and 31 on highways with front-wheel (FWD) and 22 and 29 with all-wheel (AWD). Only 87-octane is required. A new “Eco” mode more efficient driving for fuel efficiency.

The RAV4 in LE, XLE and Limited trim levels FWD  or AWD. It’s larger than the early with an overall length of inches, and thus weighs pounds.

List prices go $23,300 for the base LE FWD model to for the top-line Limited 4WD version, I tested.

The RAV4 once looked but now has aggressively sculpted fenders, low and a sleek sloping roofline, “boldly proportioned” taillights. The has a premium look, with accents and “driver-centric” controls.

All have a standard back-up and optional for the Limited is a Blind Monitor that detects a in the adjacent lane and a Rear Traffic Alert (RCTA) When backing up, the RCTA vehicles coming from direction and provides an audible and flashing indicators in the outside


The RCTA should be offered for all although that would their price.

In any case, all have electric power and Toyota’s Star Safety It includes Enhanced Vehicle control with traction an anti-lock brake system electronic brake-force distribution for stops and Smart Stop

For added safety, all RAV4s eight air bags, including curtain air bags, a driver-knee air bag and a passenger-seat cushion airbag.

running lights—handy during or early evening driving—are They can be shut off with the switch.

The new Dynamic Torque AWD system enhances the overall and driving performance of the RAV4, on- and off-road driving. The AWD system shifts from FWD to AWD when or when sensors detect slippage.

For off-road driving, the incorporates an AWD Lock button, drivers to lock torque in a fixed 50/50 ratio at up to about 25 m.p.h. Above speed, the system automatically to Auto mode.

A new Sport on AWD models–modifies the RAV4’s power throttle and transmission. It decreases steering assistance, sharpens response, offers higher and provides automatic gearbox for more dynamic, sporting

Handling of all RAV4 models is with their all-independent and stabilizer bars. The ride is Steering is on the light side, but is The brake pedal allows progressive stops The anti-lock have electronic brake distribution for surer quick

The base LE’s standard include air conditioning, cruise AM/FM stereo with CD keyless entry, power and mirrors, 6.1-inch touchscreen integrated back-up camera

There’s also a tilt/telescopic with controls for audio, hands-free phone and audio and a Display. The display provides including distance-to-empty, average economy and low fuel and battery

The XLE adds premium bucket with French stitching, automatic climate control and a tilt/slide sunroof with sunshade. A sunroof often is for many vehicles only on a top

The top-line Limited adds wheels (18-inch s. 17-inch) and tires, eight-way power seat, heated front and a keyless start. It also has a height-adjustable power tailgate.

The quiet interior is roomy, supportive front seats and of storage areas. Gauges a new clear blue illumination, but just so-so visibility in Controls and easy to reach and

Rear door openings are narrow, but rear power lower all the way.

The heavy is held open by a prop rod of hydraulic struts—a sign of

I don’t miss the RAV4’s third-row set, but am sorry its optional, potent, fairly V-6 is gone. But the new RAV4’s other make up for the loss.

On the TFLcar of:

Buy it!

Lease it!

Rent it!

… or Forget it!

I the 2013 Toyota RAV4 a  Buy It!

$23,300-$28,410

Dan Jedlicka joined the Chicago in February 1968 as a business reporter and was named auto later that year. He has more than 4,000 new for the Sun-Times–far more than any auto writer in the country. also reviewed vehicles for Corp.’s MSN Autos Internet from January, 1996, to 2008. For more of Dan’s and insightful reviews please his web site HERE .

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