Toyota has totally redone the Rav4 for 2013. They have the tough task of making a very successful SUV even better. So did they pull it off? Let’s find out!
On the outside the first thing you’ll notice is that the spare tire on the rear hatch is gone. It also opens from the top now too. Toyota is going after a larger market share with the Rav4 and so it now looks a bit more main stream.
Inside the interior feels polished and new. Although Toyota obviously has to worry about pricing with the Rav4, the interior doesn’t feel cheap. The materials are nice, and everything is right where it should be. Storage with the seats in place is 38.4 cubic feet, but drop down the rear seats and you will increase that to 73.4 cubic feet of storage.
Power comes from a 2.5 liter DOHC 4 cylinder engine which produces 176 horsepower and 172 lb. ft. of torque, mated to a 6 speed automatic transmission which while in Sport mode will provide blip throttle downshifts! That will be good enough to make the sprint to 60 mph in 8.9 seconds.
Fuel economy for front wheel drive Rav4’s is rated at 24 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. Expect 26 mpg overall unless you opt for all wheel drive which will decrease your economy by 2 mpg’s. The AWD system is maintenance free and uses magnets.
The Rav4 comes in 3 different trim levels, LE, XLE and Limited. The LE starts at $23,300, the XLE $24,290, and the Limited starts at $27,010. All Wheel Drive adds $1400. If you want V6 and or seating for 7 go for the Highlander.
The Limited has blind spot warning and 18 inch alloy wheels up from the standard 17’s. The entry level LE has 17 steel wheels that look like alloys. The Limited has an 11 speaker JBL greenedge system. With the Limited you also get Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) an audible beep if it senses cross traffic in a parking lot setting.
The Rav4 has both an ECO and a Sport mode, with the sport mode increasing steering feel and throttle response. New for the 2013 model Rav4 are 2 airbags, and Aero Stabalizing Fins to increase fuel economy.
I tested the Rav4 in Carefree, Arizona and I even got to spend some time off road. I found it to be a very capable SUV. Even in LE trim, it felt nice and polished. Of course the Limited was really nice and it also comes in some very attractive two tone interior colors.
I think Toyota did pull it off well with the all new Rav4. It has become bit more mainstream which is good for Toyota and also for the car buying public. With three models to choose from and many different options, it will be easy to pick your favorite. I’m Drivin’ Ivan Katz. See my full video review at the link below!
Toyota Rav4 Video Review by Drivin’ Ivan Katz