Toyota’s fourth generation of the compact crossover SUV was all new for 2013. The latest RAV4 combines a four-cylinder engine with a standard six-speed automatic transmission, seating for five, excellent cargo room and available high tech features. The RAV4 is a well-executed alternative to other popular models like the CR-V from Honda.
What's New for 2014
Toyota adds new Entune Audio systems and an available new Technology package for the Limited model. It also includes a complimentary maintenance plan for two years or 25,000 miles with your purchase or lease.
Choosing Your Toyota RAV4
Standard across the line is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that produces 176 horsepower and 172 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic is standard, and the RAV4 is available with either front- or all-wheel drive.
The front-drive RAV4 returns an EPA-estimated 24 mpg city, 31 mpg highway, and 26 mpg combined. The all-wheel drive model, meanwhile, achieves 22 mpg city, 29 mpg highway, and 25 mpg combined.
The most important factor in your RAV4 is trim level and your choice of front- or all-wheel drive.
If you don’t need V6 power or third-row seating, the redesigned RAV 4 is the best RAV4 yet. The look is sleek inside and out with lots of cargo space. Our pick is the well-priced and well-equipped XLE. Skip all-wheel drive unless you live in a climate that needs it.