Summary, Prices, Specs

By February 20, 2013


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 report after his test drive of the Toyota RAV4. Alex is based near Indianapolis.

Model Line Overview
Model lineup:Toyota RAV4 LE ($23,300); XLE (24,290); Limited ($27,010)
Engines:2.5-liter inline-4
Transmissions:6-speed automatic
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
Basic warranty:36 months/36,000 miles
Assembled in:Canada
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSPR):Toyota RAV4 XLE ($24,290)
Standard equipment: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 (MSPR):Navigation ($1,030), AWD ($1,400)
Destination charge:$845
Gas guzzler tax:N/A
Price as tested (MSPR):$26729
Layout:all-wheel drive
Engine:2.5-liter inline-4
Horsepower (lb.-ft @ rpm):176
Torque (lb.-ft @ rpm):172
Transmission:6-speed automatic
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:22/29 mpg
Wheelbase:104.7 in.
Length/width/height:179.9/72.6/67.1 in.
Track, f/r:61.7/61.8 in.
Turning circle:34.7 ft.
Seating Capacity:5
Head/hip/leg room, f:38.9/na/42.6 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m:N/A
Head/hip/leg room, r:38.9/na/37.2 in.
Cargo volume:73.4 cu. ft.
Payload:900 Lbs.
Towing capacity:1500 Lbs.
Suspension, f:independent, MacPherson strut with stabilizer bar
Suspension, r:double wishbone coil spring with stabilizer bar
Ground clearance:6.3 in.
Curb weigth:3585 lbs.
Brakes, f/r:vented disc 11.7-inches/vented disc 11.7
Fuel capacity:15.9 gal.
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle. All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSPR) effective as of February 20, 2013.Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. N/A: Information not available or not applicable. Manufacturer Info Sources: 800-468-6968 -