2013 Toyota RAV4 Pricing, Specs & Reviews

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$23,300-$28,410
$21,786-$26,563
23 /CITY / 30 /HWY
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What's New for 2013:

  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Normal, Eco, and Sport driving modes
  • Dynamic Torque Control AWD system with Auto, Lock, and Sport modes
  • Electric steering
  • Redesigned inside and out
  • Increased fuel economy
  • More rear-seat room
  • Greater cargo space
  • Side-hinged tailgate replaced by top-hinged liftgate
  • Spare tire moved from tailgate to location under cargo floor
  • 8 standard air bags
  • Optional blind-spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert
  • V-6 engine dropped
  • Sport trim level dropped
  • Third-row seat option dropped

Exterior Features
The 2013 Toyota RAV4 is a 5-passenger crossover SUV offered in LE, XLE and Limited trim levels with a 4-cylinder engine and front- or all-wheel drive. Standard equipment for the RAV4 LE includes dark-tinted rear privacy glass, power exterior mirrors, auto-off headlights, and 17-inch steel wheels.

One big change for the 2013 RAV4 is from a swing-out rear cargo door with a door-mounted spare tire to a traditional swing-up liftgate with the spare tire mounted beneath the cargo floor.

Interior Features
The redesigned 2013 RAV4's interior offers soft-touch materials in key locations, Clear Blue gauge and control illumination at night, slim front seatbacks to improve rear-seat leg room, and additional cargo capacity. With the rear seat in use, the RAV4 can accommodate 38.4 cubic feet of cargo, and with the rear seat folded down, it handles up to 73.3 cubic feet of cargo.

The 2013 Toyota RAV4 LE is equipped with air conditioning, power windows, power door locks, remote keyless entry, cruise control, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, and a 60/40-split folding and reclining rear seat. A Display Audio system with a 6.1-inch display screen is also standard, and includes a reversing camera and Bluetooth hands-free calling.

Optional Features
Toyota says that the new RAV4 LE trim level is offered with roof rails and a cargo tonneau cover, which indicates that buyers seeking additional upgrades must consider the RAV4 XLE trim level.

The 2013 Toyota RAV4 XLE is equipped with 17-inch aluminum wheels, fog lights, body-color heated exterior mirrors with embedded turn signal indicators, roof rails, and a power sunroof. Dual-zone automatic climate control is included for this trim level, as well as sport-bolstered front seats, height-adjustable driver seat, cargo tonneau cover, and upgraded French-stitching accents for the cabin.

Options for the RAV4 XLE include satellite radio, navigation system, and Entune smartphone connectivity and multi-media services. With Entune, the RAV4's owner can pair a smartphone and stream music via Bluetooth, run applications, and more simply by using the in-dash touch screen.

At the top of the lineup, the 2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited is equipped with automatic projector-beam headlights, adjustable power liftgate, and 18-inch aluminum wheels. Inside, the Limited trim level gets SofTex leatherette seating, heated front seats, 8-way power driver seat with memory, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and Smart Key passive entry with push-button ignition.

The RAV4 Limited can be upgraded with satellite radio, navigation system, Entune multi-media services, premium audio system, and a blind-spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert.

Under the Hood
For 2013, the only engine choice for the redesigned RAV4 is a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder generating 176 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 172 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,100 rpm. A 6-speed automatic transmission is standard, delivering power to the front wheels.

Eco, Normal and Sport driving modes are offered to help calibrate the powertrain to driver preferences. In Eco mode, the RAV4's powertrain works to maximize fuel economy. In Sport mode, the engine feels more responsive, the transmission shifts more decisively, and the steering offers improved feel and response, Toyota says.

Dynamic Torque Control all-wheel drive is optional, and it offers a torque-vectoring handling effect by transferring power to the rear wheels based on a lack of yaw rate and, in Sport mode, the amount of steering angle that is dialed in.

Additionally, Dynamic Torque Control AWD offers three drive modes of its own: Auto, Lock and Sport. In Auto mode, the RAV4 operates primarily as a front-wheel-drive (FWD) vehicle, delivering power to the rear wheels only when necessary. In Lock mode, power is split evenly between the front and rear wheels at speeds up to 25 mph. In Sport mode, the system provides greater throttle response, sharper transmission shifts, heftier and quicker steering response, and torque vectoring for improved handling, according to the automaker.

Notably, the new RAV4 is equipped with a 4-wheel independent suspension and a 4-wheel-disc braking system.

Fuel Economy
EPA fuel-economy estimates for the 2013 Toyota RAV4 are:

  • RAV4 with FWD: 24/31/TBD mpg (city/highway/combined)
  • RAV4 with AWD: 22/29/TBD mpg

Safety
The 2013 Toyota RAV4 is equipped with 8 air bags, traction control, stability control, 4-wheel-disc anti-lock brakes with brake assist, and Smart Stop technology that is designed to make it impossible for the crossover SUV to accelerate if the brake pedal is pressed. A reversing camera is also standard, and the RAV4 Limited can be upgraded with a blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert.

As this overview is written, neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has performed crash tests on the 2013 RAV4.

What's New for 2013:

  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Normal, Eco, and Sport driving modes
  • Dynamic Torque Control AWD system with Auto, Lock, and Sport modes
  • Electric steering
  • Redesigned inside and out
  • Increased fuel economy
  • More rear-seat room
  • Greater cargo space
  • Side-hinged tailgate replaced by top-hinged liftgate
  • Spare tire moved from tailgate to location under cargo floor
  • 8 standard air bags
  • Optional blind-spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert
  • V-6 engine dropped
  • Sport trim level dropped
  • Third-row seat option dropped

Exterior Features
The 2013 Toyota RAV4 is a 5-passenger crossover SUV offered in LE, XLE and Limited trim levels with a 4-cylinder engine and front- or all-wheel drive. Standard equipment for the RAV4 LE includes dark-tinted rear privacy glass, power exterior mirrors, auto-off headlights, and 17-inch steel wheels.

One big change for the 2013 RAV4 is from a swing-out rear cargo door with a door-mounted spare tire to a traditional swing-up liftgate with the spare tire mounted beneath the cargo floor.

Interior Features
The redesigned 2013 RAV4's interior offers soft-touch materials in key locations, Clear Blue gauge and control illumination at night, slim front seatbacks to improve rear-seat leg room, and additional cargo capacity. With the rear seat in use, the RAV4 can accommodate 38.4 cubic feet of cargo, and with the rear seat folded down, it handles up to 73.3 cubic feet of cargo.

The 2013 Toyota RAV4 LE is equipped with air conditioning, power windows, power door locks, remote keyless entry, cruise control, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, and a 60/40-split folding and reclining rear seat. A Display Audio system with a 6.1-inch display screen is also standard, and includes a reversing camera and Bluetooth hands-free calling.

Optional Features
Toyota says that the new RAV4 LE trim level is offered with roof rails and a cargo tonneau cover, which indicates that buyers seeking additional upgrades must consider the RAV4 XLE trim level.

The 2013 Toyota RAV4 XLE is equipped with 17-inch aluminum wheels, fog lights, body-color heated exterior mirrors with embedded turn signal indicators, roof rails, and a power sunroof. Dual-zone automatic climate control is included for this trim level, as well as sport-bolstered front seats, height-adjustable driver seat, cargo tonneau cover, and upgraded French-stitching accents for the cabin.

Options for the RAV4 XLE include satellite radio, navigation system, and Entune smartphone connectivity and multi-media services. With Entune, the RAV4's owner can pair a smartphone and stream music via Bluetooth, run applications, and more simply by using the in-dash touch screen.

At the top of the lineup, the 2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited is equipped with automatic projector-beam headlights, adjustable power liftgate, and 18-inch aluminum wheels. Inside, the Limited trim level gets SofTex leatherette seating, heated front seats, 8-way power driver seat with memory, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and Smart Key passive entry with push-button ignition.

The RAV4 Limited can be upgraded with satellite radio, navigation system, Entune multi-media services, premium audio system, and a blind-spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert.

Under the Hood
For 2013, the only engine choice for the redesigned RAV4 is a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder generating 176 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 172 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,100 rpm. A 6-speed automatic transmission is standard, delivering power to the front wheels.

Eco, Normal and Sport driving modes are offered to help calibrate the powertrain to driver preferences. In Eco mode, the RAV4's powertrain works to maximize fuel economy. In Sport mode, the engine feels more responsive, the transmission shifts more decisively, and the steering offers improved feel and response, Toyota says.

Dynamic Torque Control all-wheel drive is optional, and it offers a torque-vectoring handling effect by transferring power to the rear wheels based on a lack of yaw rate and, in Sport mode, the amount of steering angle that is dialed in.

Additionally, Dynamic Torque Control AWD offers three drive modes of its own: Auto, Lock and Sport. In Auto mode, the RAV4 operates primarily as a front-wheel-drive (FWD) vehicle, delivering power to the rear wheels only when necessary. In Lock mode, power is split evenly between the front and rear wheels at speeds up to 25 mph. In Sport mode, the system provides greater throttle response, sharper transmission shifts, heftier and quicker steering response, and torque vectoring for improved handling, according to the automaker.

Notably, the new RAV4 is equipped with a 4-wheel independent suspension and a 4-wheel-disc braking system.

Fuel Economy
EPA fuel-economy estimates for the 2013 Toyota RAV4 are:

  • RAV4 with FWD: 24/31/TBD mpg (city/highway/combined)
  • RAV4 with AWD: 22/29/TBD mpg

Safety
The 2013 Toyota RAV4 is equipped with 8 air bags, traction control, stability control, 4-wheel-disc anti-lock brakes with brake assist, and Smart Stop technology that is designed to make it impossible for the crossover SUV to accelerate if the brake pedal is pressed. A reversing camera is also standard, and the RAV4 Limited can be upgraded with a blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert.

As this overview is written, neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has performed crash tests on the 2013 RAV4.

Available Trims for the 2013 Toyota RAV4
Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
Name LE (FWD 4dr (Natl)) Transmission Automatic MSRP 23300.00 Engine 2.5L/152 City/Hwy MPG 24/31
Name LE (FWD 4dr (GS)) Transmission Automatic MSRP 23300.00 Engine 2.5L/152 City/Hwy MPG 24/31
Name LE (FWD 4dr (SE)) Transmission Automatic MSRP 23300.00 Engine 2.5L/152 City/Hwy MPG 24/31
Name XLE (FWD 4dr (Natl)) Transmission Automatic MSRP 24290.00 Engine 2.5L/152 City/Hwy MPG 24/31
Name XLE (FWD 4dr (GS)) Transmission Automatic MSRP 24290.00 Engine 2.5L/152 City/Hwy MPG 24/31
Name XLE (FWD 4dr (SE)) Transmission Automatic MSRP 24290.00 Engine 2.5L/152 City/Hwy MPG 24/31
Name Limited (FWD 4dr (Natl)) Transmission Automatic MSRP 27010.00 Engine 2.5L/152 City/Hwy MPG 24/31
Name Limited (FWD 4dr (GS)) Transmission Automatic MSRP 27010.00 Engine 2.5L/152 City/Hwy MPG 24/31
Name Limited (FWD 4dr (SE)) Transmission Automatic MSRP 27010.00 Engine 2.5L/152 City/Hwy MPG 24/31
Name LE (AWD 4dr (Natl)) Transmission Automatic MSRP 24700.00 Engine 2.5L/152 City/Hwy MPG 22/29
Name LE (AWD 4dr (GS)) Transmission Automatic MSRP 24700.00 Engine 2.5L/152 City/Hwy MPG 22/29
Name LE (AWD 4dr (SE)) Transmission Automatic MSRP 24700.00 Engine 2.5L/152 City/Hwy MPG 22/29
Name XLE (AWD 4dr (Natl)) Transmission Automatic MSRP 25690.00 Engine 2.5L/152 City/Hwy MPG 22/29
Name XLE (AWD 4dr (GS)) Transmission Automatic MSRP 25690.00 Engine 2.5L/152 City/Hwy MPG 22/29
Name XLE (AWD 4dr (SE)) Transmission Automatic MSRP 25690.00 Engine 2.5L/152 City/Hwy MPG 22/29
Name Limited (AWD 4dr (Natl)) Transmission Automatic MSRP 28410.00 Engine 2.5L/152 City/Hwy MPG 22/29
Name Limited (AWD 4dr (GS)) Transmission Automatic MSRP 28410.00 Engine 2.5L/152 City/Hwy MPG 22/29
Name Limited (AWD 4dr (SE)) Transmission Automatic MSRP 28410.00 Engine 2.5L/152 City/Hwy MPG 22/29
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INTERIOR
  • Automatic limited-slip differential
  • Fabric-trimmed seats -inc: 6-way manual driver seat, 4-way manual passenger seat, seatback pockets
  • 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 down
  • Pwr door locks
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Cruise control
  • Engine immobilizer
  • Air conditioning -inc: micro dust & pollen filter
  • Rear window defogger w/timer
  • (2) 12V aux pwr outlets
  • Digital clock
  • (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
  • Fabric-trimmed seats -inc: 6-way manual driver seat w/sport bolsters, 4-way manual passenger seat w/sport bolsters, seatback pockets
  • Pwr windows -inc: driver auto up/down, jam protection
  • Dual-zone automatic air conditioning -inc: micro dust & pollen filter, info display
  • Shift lever w/silver accents
  • Interior tonneau cover
  • SofTex synthetic leather-trimmed seats -inc: 8-way pwr driver seat w/sport bolsters, driver memory, driver pwr lumbar, 4-way manual passenger seat w/sport bolsters, seatback pockets
  • Heated front seats
  • SofTex covered sliding center armrest -inc: console storage box
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Smart Key remote keyless entry -inc: push button start, pwr liftgate
  • Dual-zone automatic air conditioning -inc: air, micro dust & pollen filter, info display
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Leather-wrapped shift lever -inc: silver accents
EXTERIOR
  • 17" steel wheels -inc: wheel covers
  • P225/65R17 all-season tires
  • 165/80R17 temporary spare tire
  • Color-keyed rear spoiler -inc: LED center high-mount stop light
  • Chrome accented grille
  • Projector headlamps -inc: auto-off feature
  • Black folding pwr mirrors
  • High solar energy absorbing glass
  • Acoustic noise reducing front windshield
  • Privacy glass
  • Washer linked intermittent windshield wiper
  • Intermittent rear window wiper
  • Color-keyed outside door handles
  • 17" aluminum wheels
  • Pwr tilt & slide moonroof -inc: sunshade
  • Roof rails
  • Chrome accented grille -inc: silver highlighted lower grille
  • Integrated fog lights
  • Color-keyed folding heated pwr mirrors w/integrated turn signals
  • Washer linked variable intermittent windshield wiper
  • 18" aluminum wheels
  • P235/55R18 all-season tires
  • Projector headlamps -inc: auto-on/off feature
  • Pwr liftgate -inc: jam protection
MECHANICAL
  • 2.5L DOHC SFI 16-valve I4 engine
  • 6-speed automatic transmission -inc: eco & sport modes
  • Front wheel drive
  • 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
  • All wheel drive -inc: dynamic torque control
PACKAGE
    SAFETY
    • Anti-lock brake system (ABS) -inc: brake assist (BA), electronic brake-force distribution (EBD), Smart Stop Technology (SST)
    • Traction control (TRAC)
    • Enhanced vehicle stability control (VSC)
    • 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
    ENTERTAINMENT
    • AM/FM stereo w/CD/MP3/WMA player -inc: 6.1" touch-screen display w/integrated backup camera, aux audio jack, USB port w/iPod connectivity, Bluetooth hands-free phone system, (6) speakers, vehicle info w/customizable settings

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