2013 Toyota RAV4

LE FWD 4-Dr Sport Utility I4 auto trans

2013 toyota rav4 Reviews and News

2013 Toyota RAV 4 Front Three Quarters
Never mind the outskirts of Phoenix, where the saguaro cactus are everywhere. The 2013 Toyota RAV4 might look like a sport-utility meant for the open spaces of America, but it only begins to make sense to us when its cross-traffic alert system goes off while we're backing out of a space in the parking lot at Target.
Times might have changed but Americans still know that a utility vehicle makes sense in a way that a sedan does not. The thing is, it's more stupid than ever to own a fuel-swilling hauler when you really only have to go to the store. That's why concerns about affordability and fuel efficiency have made the compact crossover the kind of utility that everyone is buying. Say what you will about midsize sedans, but the compact crossover is the new American car. The Target parking lot is thick with them, as the RAV4's alarm system warns us.
It's a little hard at first to be romantic about a vehicle that isn't so different in purpose and presentation than the big, red, plastic shopping baskets at Target. Yet the sight of the 2013 Toyota RAV4 in the cold winter light of Arizona is pretty impressive. Though it started out as a Celica All-Trac with a wagon-esque body in 1999 (Automobile of the Year, as it happens), the RAV4 has now become surprisingly handsome, the best-looking vehicle with a Toyota nameplate that you can buy - not that the bar is very high at Toyota, of course.
We're motoring down the freeway north of Scottsdale in the fast lane and it comes to us that the RAV4 looks pretty good in the crowd of dress-to-impress Euro crossovers swirling around us. The interior looks very, very good, thanks to two-tone colors and soft leather upholstery. Factor in a 176-hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and standard six-speed automatic transmission, plus the choice of front- or all-wheel-drive, and the RAV4 seems pretty compelling. It even has a power-operated liftgate, too. A nearby Mercedes-Benz GLK seems to wobble for an instant as the 2013 RAV4 punctures the Benz's little bubble of entitlement.
Just like a full-size luxury crossover, the 2013 RAV4 has an impressive suite of consumer-friendly standard features that include active and passive safety, comfort and convenience, and electronic connectivity. What we notice first is the power-operated cargo hatch, which can be programmed to open to the height you prefer, whether this is to accommodate a shorter driver or avoid banging the low ceiling in an apartment garage. You'll find a 6-inch touchscreen in the middle of the dash, and a backup camera and Bluetooth are both standard equipment as a result. Optional niceties like blind-spot warning, cross-traffic backup alert and Toyota's simple but usable Entune multimedia system are also available. This is a lot of stuff.
For all the Toyota imagineering, though, the vehicle beneath the stylishly sculpted sheetmetal is much the same as before. The RAV4's dimensions are virtually identical, as it rides on a wheelbase of 104.7 inches while measuring 179.9 inches in overall length (the spare tire is now packaged beneath the rear cargo floor instead of behind the cargo hatch), 72.6 inches wide and 65.4 inches high.
We drove around Scottsdale all day, and we grew impressed by the 2013 RAV4's improved refinement, especially the way the double-layer windshield muffled engine noise. Yet we also realized that this remains a compact package, best for couples and young families. When you're behind the steering wheel, you feel more comfortable thanks to lower seating position, a more upright steering wheel and more fore-and-aft seat travel. Even so, you're always rubbing elbows with your neighbor, and there's not as much storage convenience as we'd like, even though overall cargo capacity behind the front seats remains best in class at 73.4 cubic feet.
The 2013 RAV4's liveliness makes up for this, as the direct-injected 2.5-liter inline-4 delivers 176 hp and 172 lb-ft of torque, although the real secret is a smooth yet crisp-shifting six-speed automatic transmission with both Eco and Sport modes. We have no bad things to say about the electric-assist power steering, while the AWD system incorporates a center differential that's programmed to distribute power to the rear wheels according to circumstance, including steering angle and speed of input. More important, a torque-vectoring function distributes power side to side to help the RAV4 turn more responsively when the traction is poor. The mid-grade trim level of the AWD RAV4 represents 3585 pounds to pull, so the acceleration won't exactly make you forget the discontinued RAV4 V-6 model, which has been the quickest car to 60 mph that you could by with a Toyota label for some time.
Altogether this is a more refined and poised Toyota RAV4, though the suspension still seems short on compliance. You can choose 235/55R-18 99H tires for crisper steering if you like, but there's a noticeable amount of harshness that we could feel even on Scottsdale's incredibly smooth asphalt, so we think the 225/65R-17 102H tires are a better deal.
For all this, it's the price that will send the 2013 Toyota RAV4 on the way to an anticipated 200,000 customers in 2013. There are just three grades (and no third-seat option). For FWD models, the MSRP stacks up like this: LE $23,300; XLE $24,290; and Limited $27,010. For AWD models, the MSRP stacks up like this: $24,700 LE; $25,690 XLE; and Limited $28,410.
Now that compact crossovers like the 2013 Toyota RAV4 really combine all the comfort and convenience of a big-time SUV in an affordable, fuel-efficient package that fits those tiny parking spaces down at Target, we're totally prepared to say that they are a good thing for almost everybody. As an everyday American-style car, a compact crossover seems smart, not dumb.

2013 Toyota RAV4 XLE AWD

On Sale: March 2013
Base Price (with destination): $26,535
Engine: 2.5-liter Inine-4
Horsepower: 176 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque: 172 lb-ft @ 4100 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Drive: All-wheel
Wheels and Tires: 17-inch aluminum wheels
225/65R-17 102H Dunlop ST30 Grand Trek tires
Curb Weight: 3585 lbs
Capacities:
Doors/Passengers: 4/5
Cargo: 38.4/73.4 cu ft
Legroom (front/rear): 42.6/37.2 in
Headroom (front/rear): 39.8/38.9 in
Towing: 1500 lbs
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.

Overview

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.

Safety

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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$21,425

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2013 Toyota RAV4 Specifications

Quick Glance:
Engine
2.5L I4Engine
Fuel economy City:
24 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
31 MPG
Horsepower:
176 hp @ 6000rpm
Torque:
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)
Vehicle
36,000 miles / 36 months
Powertrain
60,000 miles / 60 months
Corrosion
Unlimited miles / 60 months
Roadside
25,000 miles / 24 months
Maintenance
25,000 miles / 24 months
Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:50
Component
EXTERIOR LIGHTING
Summary
Southeast Toyota Distributors, LLC (SET) is recalling certain model year 2013-2015 Toyota Rav4 vehicles manufactured June 1, 2013, to December 29, 2014, and equipped with an accessory trailer light module. The software within the module may incorrectly detect an electrical short and preventively turn off the electrical current and the trailer lights.
Consequences
If the system incorrectly detects an electrical short and turns off the trailer lights while the trailer is being towed at night, there is an increased risk of a crash.
Remedy
SET will notify owners, and dealers will replace the trailer light module with a new unit with corrected software, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin February 23, 2015. Owners may contact SET customer service at 1-866-405-4226. SET's number for this recall is SET-15A.
Potential Units Affected
1,140
Notes
Southeast Toyota Distributors, LLC


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:50
Component
TRAILER HITCHES
Summary
Southeast Toyota Distributors, LLC (SET) is recalling certain model year 2013-2015 Toyota Rav4 vehicles manufactured June 1, 2013, to December 29, 2014, and equipped with an accessory trailer light module. The software within the module may incorrectly detect an electrical short and preventively turn off the electrical current and the trailer lights.
Consequences
If the system incorrectly detects an electrical short and turns off the trailer lights while the trailer is being towed at night, there is an increased risk of a crash.
Remedy
SET will notify owners, and dealers will replace the trailer light module with a new unit with corrected software, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin February 23, 2015. Owners may contact SET customer service at 1-866-405-4226. SET's number for this recall is SET-15A.
Potential Units Affected
1,140
Notes
Southeast Toyota Distributors, LLC


IIHS Front Small Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Front Side
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Rollover
Not Rated
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
N/R
IIHS Overall Side Crash
N/R
IIHS Rear Crash
N/R
IIHS Roof Strength
N/R

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5-Year Total Cost to Own For The 2013 Toyota RAV4

Depreciation
29.2%
Loss in Value + Expenses
= 5 Year Cost to Own
Depreciation
$8,933
29.2%
Insurance
$6,425
21%
Fuel Cost
$9,399
30.8%
Financing
$2,374
7.8%
Maintenance
$1,999
6.5%
Repair Costs
$1,041
3.4%
State Fees
$378
1.2%
Five Year Cost of Ownership: $30,549 What's This?
Value Rating: Excellent