Redesigned and re-engineered, the 2013 Toyota RAV4 delivers function, comfort and usability. It's better than the old car by a decent amount, and it will still do exactly what a small SUV should. Unfortunately, it won't do any more than that, and it isn't fun to drive. It also, most definitely, won't handle off road.
Alex Lloyd filed this NewCarTestDrive.com report after his test drive of the Toyota RAV4. Alex is based near Indianapolis.
Model Line Overview
Toyota RAV4 LE ($23,300); XLE (24,290); Limited ($27,010)
Safety equipment (standard):
eight airbags (driver and front passenger, driver knee, front passenger seat cushion, driver and passenger side, front and second row side curtain), seatbelt pre-tensioners, LATCH anchors on second row, whiplash injury lessoning seats, electronic stability control, traction control, anti-lock brakes, electronic brake-force distribution, brake assist
Safety equipment (optional):
rear view camera, all-wheel drive
36 months/36,000 miles
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSRP):
Toyota RAV4 XLE ($24,290)
dual zone air conditioning, premium fabric-trimmed 6-way power adjustable driver's seat (4-way passenger), seat bolstering and French stitching, 6.1-inch touchscreen with rearview camera, remote keyless entry, day/night rearview mirror, Eco/Sport mode, tire pressure monitor system, AM/FM CD player with MP3/WMA playback, six speaker audio, auxiliary jack, USB port with iPod connectivity, Bluetooth, power tilt/slide moonroof with sunshade, roof rails, power heated outside mirrors with integrated turn signal along, chrome accented grille with silver highlighted lower grille, fog lights, 17-inch alloy wheels
Options as tested (MSRP):
Navigation ($1,030), AWD ($1,400)
Gas guzzler tax:
Price as tested (MSRP):
Horsepower (hp @ rpm):
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm):
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:
Head/hip/leg room, f:
Head/hip/leg room, m:
Head/hip/leg room, r:
73.4 cu. ft.
independent, MacPherson strut with stabilizer bar
double wishbone coil spring with stabilizer bar
vented disc 11.7-inches/vented disc 11.7
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle.
All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) effective as of February 18, 2013.
Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges.
N/A: Information not available or not applicable.
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