2013 Toyota RAV4

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2013 Toyota RAV4
2013 Toyota RAV4

New For 2013

The 2013 Toyota RAV4 is all new. The sole gasoline engine is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder. It makes similar power compared with the previous base RAV4 but gets better fuel economy, as it’s now paired to a six-speed automatic rather than a four-speed.


The RAV4 essentially created the mold for the modern compact crossover when it debuted in the late 1990s, but the all-new 2013 model clearly conforms to trends set by competitors. Specifically, the RAV4 no longer offers six-cylinder power, which has fallen out of fashion, and likewise loses its optional third-row seats. That’s something of a shame since those features made the RAV4 stand out in a crowded segment. On the other hand, the RAV4’s expressive new styling is far less likely to blend in. And the vehicle is still noticeably more spacious than many of its competitors, with cargo volume when the seats are folded that rivals some mid-size crossovers’. The sole gasoline engine is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder. It makes similar power compared with the previous base RAV4 but gets better fuel economy, as it’s now paired to a six-speed automatic rather than a four-speed. You’ll note that we specified “gas” engine; there is in fact another, altogether different, available powertrain: a 154-hp electric motor developed with Tesla. Available only in California, the RAV4 EV, which is actually based on the last-generation model, can travel more than 100 miles between charges and is rated at an mpg equivalent of 78/74 mpg.


Front, side, and side curtain air bags; ABS; traction and stability control; and a tire-pressure monitoring system are standard.

You'll like:

  • Expressive new design
  • Lots of cargo volume
  • Improved fuel economy

You won't like:

  • Not a ton of power

Key Competitors For The 2013 Toyota RAV4

  • Chevrolet Equinox
  • Ford Escape
  • Honda CR-V
  • Hyundai Santa Fe
2013 Toyota Rav4 Bill Fay Michael Dee
Sometimes, you're just lucky. And lady luck smiled on Michael Dee of Levittown, New York, not once, but twice recently. Unbeknownst to Dee, he was Toyota Motor Sales' 50 Millionth U.S. customer. While casually enjoying a backyard barbecue, Dee was approached by Bill Fay, vice president of Toyota Motor Sales, with balloons, and the title to his recently-purchased 2013 Toyota Camry, announcing the company had paid off his car loan.
2013 Toyota Rav4 Profile
Disappointed by poor crash-test results, Toyota is engineering mid-cycle updates for at least three models to improve their performance in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's new small-overlap crash test. The Toyota Camry, Prius V, and RAV4 were all rated "Poor" in the new test.
2013 Toyota RAV4 IIHS Profile
The 2013 Toyota RAV4 received a "Poor" rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in its rigorous small-overlap crash test. Vehicles that score highly on the small overlap test are eligible for the IIHS' Top Safety Pick+ award, but due to these results, the 2013 Toyota RAV4 will keep only its existing Top Safety Pick designation.

The small overlap test is designed to evaluate how a vehicle performs in a crash where another object impacts only part of the vehicle, simulating crashes into poles or glancing impacts with other vehicles. The test requires a vehicle traveling 40 mph to hit a stationary barrier that impacts just 25 percent of the car's frontal width. Previously, the IIHS reported that Toyota requested a delay before the 2013 RAV4 was evaluated in the small overlap crash test. The latest small overlap test results apply only to models manufactured after April 2013.

In the test, the IIHS reported that the 2013 Toyota RAV4 received a "Poor" rating for several reasons. First, the crash-test dummy's head moved too far sideways to hit the airbag, and the seatbelt allowed the dummy to move excessively far forward. In addition, the door hinge and pillar moved into the passenger compartment, potentially injuring the dummy's left leg and trapping its foot inside the foot well.

A statement from Toyota said, "The IIHS periodically develops new, more severe or specialized tests that go beyond federal requirements. With the small over-lap test, the Institute has raised the bar again, and we are responding to the challenge. We are looking at a range of solutions to achieve greater crash performance in this area." The automaker also noted that a total of 21 Toyota, Lexus, and Scion vehicles are rated Top Safety Picks by the IIHS.

The 2013 Toyota RAV4 isn't the only crossover to fail the demanding small overlap crash test. In May, the IIHS announced that the 2013 Buick Encore, 2013 BMW X1, 2013 Ford Escape, 2013 Honda CR-V, 2013 Hyundai Tucson, 2013 Jeep Patriot, 2013 Jeep Wrangler two-door, the 2013 Kia Sportage, 2013 Mazda CX-5, 2013 Nissan Rogue, and 2013 Volkswagen Tiguan all scored either "Poor" or "Marginal" in small overlap testing.

The 2013 Toyota RAV4 debuted late last year with a fresh design, an updated interior, and slight powertrain revisions. A 176-hp, 2.5-liter inline-four engine and six-speed automatic transmission are standard; buyers pick between front- and all-wheel drive.Pricing for the 2013 Toyota RAV4 starts at $24,145, including an $845 destination charge.

Sources: IIHS, Toyota
2013 Toyota RAV4 LE Side View
The Toyota RAV4 is new for the 2013 model year, and today the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave dealers another selling point. The 2013 RAV4 has been deemed a Top Safety Pick; the crossover hasn't yet been evaluated in the new small overlap front test and does not yet qualify for the Top Safety Pick + award.
Cuoco With Rabbit In RAV4
With Super Bowl XLVII just a week away, automakers are starting to tease their ads for the big game. First Mercedes-Benz showed off its CLA with supermodel Kate Upton, now Toyota has previewed a clip with actress Kaley Cuoco and Volkswagen has shown off a clip using, uh, a whole lot of other clips.

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2013 Toyota RAV4 Specifications

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2.5L I4Engine
Fuel economy City:
24 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
31 MPG
176 hp @ 6000rpm
172 ft lb of torque @ 4100rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats (optional)
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)

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