2013 Toyota RAV4 AWD 4dr XLE
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|Engine :||2.5L 176.0hp|
|Drivetrain :||All Wheel Drive|
|Doors :||4 Doors|
The long-awaited redesign of the Toyota RAV4 is well executed, as this compact crossover SUV now has the performance, features and cabin accommodations to keep up with the leaders in this class. Although it's still not a standout in any one area, Toyota's entry is worth a look.
In just half a decade, crossover SUVs have become the go-to choice among car buyers. It's no accident; the full-size SUV craze of the late '90s and early 2000s addicted most American drivers to cavernous cargo spaces, elevated driving positions and eye-watering gasoline bills. The Toyota RAV4 was among the first models to downsize that addiction into a manageable package.
The 2013 Toyota RAV4 does, however, get a six-speed transmission to replace the old four-speed automatic. It improves fuel economy and makes the crossover more responsive during merging and passing maneuvers.
Further, the RAV's styling is more sculpted and aggressive this year. Its physical dimensions have barely changed, though, as the old RAV4 already had plenty of interior room. One major upgrade is the debut of a roof-hinged liftgate, which replaces the old side-hinged gate that swung out to the right and hindered curbside loading. Even better, the spare tire is now housed under the cargo floor, rather than on the tailgate, so the latter isn't as heavy as in years past.
With its ample cargo capacity, improved fuel economy and agreeable ride quality, the new RAV4 is definitely one to try.
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2.5L DOHC SFI 16-valve I4 engine
6-speed automatic transmission -inc: eco & sport modes
All wheel drive -inc: dynamic torque control
Independent MacPherson strut front suspension -inc: stabilizer bar
Rear double wishbone coil spring suspension -inc: stabilizer bar
Pwr assisted rack & pinion steering
Pwr assisted ventilated front & solid rear disc brakes
17" aluminum wheels
P225/65R17 all-season tires
165/80R17 temporary spare tire
Pwr tilt & slide moonroof -inc: sunshade
Color-keyed rear spoiler -inc: LED center high-mount stop light
Chrome accented grille -inc: silver highlighted lower grille
Projector headlamps -inc: auto-off feature
Integrated fog lights
Color-keyed folding heated pwr mirrors w/integrated turn signals
High solar energy absorbing glass
Acoustic noise reducing front windshield
Washer linked variable intermittent windshield wiper
Intermittent rear window wiper
Color-keyed outside door handles
60/40 reclining split bench fold flat 2nd row seat -inc: center armrest
Center armrest -inc: console storage box
Tilt/telescopic steering wheel -inc: audio, display & Bluetooth controls
Pwr windows -inc: driver auto up/down, jam protection
Dual-zone automatic air conditioning -inc: micro dust & pollen filter, info display
Rear window defogger w/timer
(2) 12V aux pwr outlets
(8) cup/bottle holders
Door panel storage pockets
Dual sun vanity mirror visors w/extenders
Illuminated entry system -inc: key illumination, interior light, front personal light
Shift lever w/silver accents
Interior tonneau cover
Anti-lock brake system (ABS) -inc: brake assist (BA), electronic brake-force distribution (EBD), Smart Stop Technology (SST)
Side impact door beams
Front energy absorbing crumple zones
Daytime running lights
Driver & front passenger advanced airbag system w/occupant classification sensor
Driver & front passenger front seat-mounted side airbags
Front & rear roll-sensing side curtain airbags
Driver knee airbag
3-point seat belts for all seating positions -inc: adjustable front seatbelt shoulder anchors
Driver & front passenger seatbelt pretensioners w/force limiters
Driver emergency locking retractor (ELR)
All passenger automatic & emergency locking retractor (ALR/ELR)
Driver & front passenger seatbelt warning system
Child protector rear door locks
Lower anchors & tether anchors for children (LATCH) for outboard 2nd row seats
Tire pressure warning system
Front whiplash injury lessening seats