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Toyota knew what buyers wanted even before the industry had a term for it. And although it was one of the first crossover SUVs to hit the market, the RAV4 wouldn't be called "crossover" until many years after its 1996 debut.
Heading into 2013, Toyota has heightened the RAV4's enduring appeal with all-new interior and exterior design. Sporting a sloped hood, sleek lines and a stunning cabin, the RAV4 proves the facelift was worth the wait.
The RAV4's V6 option is no more, however, leaving only a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 176 horsepower and 172 pound-feet of torque -- relatively low for its class. A six-speed automatic transmission delivers power to the front wheels in the standard configuration. You can opt for all-wheel drive. A front-wheel drive RAV4 manages 24 mpg city and 31 mpg highway; the heavier all-wheel drive system reduces efficiency to 22 mpg city and 29 mpg highway.
Towing ability is low, even for a crossover. While a Ford Escape can tow 3,500 pounds, a RAV4 is limited to 1,500 pounds. Another drawback is its lack of V6 or turbocharged four-cylinder options, leaving the RAV4 well behind many competitors.
The LE comes standard with: projector-beam headlights; a limited-slip differential; a chrome-accented grille; power side-view mirrors with black housings; 17-inch steel wheels; a noise-reducing windshield; air conditioning; a rearview camera; a Display Audio system with a 6.1-inch touchscreen display, AM/FM/CD/MP3 capabilities, an auxiliary jack, a USB port, iPod connectivity and Bluetooth audio streaming; cruise control; cloth upholstery; power windows and locks; keyless entry; and an illuminated-entry system.
The Limited includes: automatic headlights; a power rear hatch; 18-inch alloy wheels; an auto-dimming rearview mirror; a leather-wrapped steering wheel with integrated audio, MID and Bluetooth controls; a leather-trimmed shifter knob; SofTex-wrapped and heated seats with an eight-way power driver’s seat; and Toyota’s Smart Key System with push-button starting.
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|Build & Price|
2013 Toyota RAV4$22,616 | 19,058 mi
2013 Toyota RAV4$22,742 | 19,594 mi
2013 Toyota RAV4$22,873 | 18,120 mi
2013 Toyota RAV4$23,341 | 26,080 mi
2013 Toyota RAV4$23,998 | 24,145 mi
2013 Toyota RAV4$24,512 | 18,447 mi
2013 Toyota RAV4$24,653 | 19,720 mi
2013 Toyota RAV4$26,931 | 7,327 mi
2013 Toyota RAV4$29,998 | 4,209 mi
2012 Toyota RAV4$18,494 | 36,374 mi
2012 Toyota RAV4$24,885 | 34,636 mi
2012 Toyota RAV4$25,642 | 34,724 mi
2012 Toyota RAV4$25,990 | 23,384 mi
2012 Toyota RAV4$26,259 | 9,477 mi
2012 TOYOTA RAV4$27,777 | 3,325 mi
2011 Toyota RAV4$17,991 | 36,345 mi
2011 Toyota RAV4$18,776 | 26,510 mi
2011 Toyota RAV4$18,988 | 28,435 mi
2011 Toyota RAV4$18,995 | 17,956 mi
2011 Toyota RAV4$19,484 | 40,566 mi
2011 Toyota RAV4$21,495 | 37,115 mi
2011 Toyota RAV4$21,995 | 37,477 mi
2011 Toyota RAV4$23,991 | 35,279 mi
2010 Toyota RAV4$17,900 | 88,374 mi
2010 Toyota RAV4$19,995 | 51,153 mi
2009 Toyota RAV4$18,495 | 74,284 mi
2009 Toyota RAV4$19,995 | 49,358 mi
1997 Toyota RAV4$2,988 | 165,135 mi
Peppy optional 2-liter engine, 3,500-pound towing and sexy body, but underpowered base engine
Powerful engine lineup, sleek body and long warranty, but lacks mpg and a little pricey
Massively powerful optional V6 and 3,500-pound towing capacity, but a little expensive and not as stylish
More standard power, Honda quality and decent mpg, but minimal towing capability and no optional engines