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.

Toyota is lively off the line and 65-75 m.p,h. passing its 178-horsepower four-cylinder engine. 2.5-liter unit has dual-overhead 16 valves and variable valve It calls for high revs for the power and torque when quickly, but is generally smooth and

The engine works with a efficient six-speed automatic with an easily used feature. It replaces a dated automatic.

Estimated fuel is 24 miles per gallon in the city and 31 on with front-wheel drive and 22 and 29 with all-wheel drive Only 87-octane fuel is A new “Eco” mode promotes efficient driving for maximum efficiency.

The RAV4 comes in LE, XLE and trim levels with or AWD. It’s considerably than the early RAV4s, an overall length of 179.9 and thus weighs 3,435-3,600

List prices go from for the base LE FWD model to $28,410 for the Limited 4WD version, which I

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 interior is roomy, with front seats and plenty of areas. Gauges have a new blue illumination, but provide so-so visibility in sunlight. and easy to reach and use.

door openings are rather but rear power windows all the way.

The heavy hood is open by a prop rod instead of struts—a sign of cost-cutting.

I miss the RAV4’s tight set, but am sorry that its potent, fairly fuel-efficient V-6 is But the new RAV4’s other improvements up for the loss.

On the TFLcar scale of:

Buy it!

it!

Rent it!

… or Forget it!

I give the 2013 Toyota a  Buy It!

Prices: $23,300-$28,410

Dan Jedlicka the Chicago Sun-Times in February as a business news reporter and was auto editor later year. He has reviewed more 4,000 new vehicles for the Sun-Times–far than any newspaper auto in the country. Jedlicka also vehicles for Microsoft Corp.’s MSN Internet site from 1996, to June, 2008. For of Dan’s thoughtful and insightful please visit his web site .

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