The 2013 Toyota RAV4 made its comeback to the game after being overshadowed by more advanced, innovative and powerful rivals and now the car receives a redesign to make its place among its rivals. The new 2013 Toyota RAV4 has everything that a compact size SUV must have and so it is expected that the 2013 Toyota RAV4 will once again become the market leader.

Comfort, Styling and Utility

2013 Toyota RAV4 - Exterior

The look of the new 2013 Toyota RAV4 is a bit more aggressive and modern that has now a rear door swinging up instead of moving out and a modified overall look and body style as compared to the previous generation. The interior is offering a good space for 5 passengers, a leather like material named Softex upholstery, carbon fiber finishing around the gear shift and doors, comfortable driver seat and power folding seats. Unfortunately, the car missed out decent control buttons on the dash and also has a decreased rear leg room. The overall cabin size is bigger because the overall size of the car is increased in the comparison with its predecessors. The new 2013 Toyota RAV4 measures 1.2 inches wider widths and is 8.1 inches longer and has a curb weight up to 1660 kg.

2013 Toyota RAV4 - Interior

Trim Levels

The 2013 Toyota RAV4 has three different trim levels, the base model LE, XLE and the Limited.

The standard features of the base model LE are power windows and mirrors, cruise control, remote locks, USB port, wireless cell phone rearview camera and digital media player connection. As compared to the base model, the XLE and Limited are more advanced and adds a list of modified features.

Powertrain and Performance

The 2013 Toyota RAV4 employs a range of powertrains including 2.0 liter petrol engine produces 145 horsepower and 137 lb ft of torque, 2.5 liter petrol engine produces 177 horsepower and 171 lb ft of torque and a 2.2 liter diesel engine produces 147 horsepower and 250 lb ft of torque. The average EPA rated fuel economy is 24 mpg city and 31 mpg highway. the car accelerates from 0-60 mph in 8.9 seconds that is about 2 seconds quicker then the former engine. The new 2013 Toyota RAV4 is mated with an automatic six speed transmission, the first and second gear is for urban drive while the fifth and sixth will make you able to enjoy an overdrive. The EPA rated fuel economy is 24 mpg city and 31 mpg highway for FWD and 22 mpg city and 29 mpg highway. The last year’s fuel economy of the car was 22 mpg city and 28 mpg highway.

2013 Toyota RAV4 - Performance

Safety Features

This year the Toyota RAV4 recieves an updated safety integration that now includes 8 airbags including front, side, side curtain and driver’s knee airbags, Bluetooth rearview camera, blind spot monitors and cross traffic alerts.

2013 Toyota RAV4 - Safety

Reliability and Driving Impression

Tyota’s brand name is a sign of trust and reliability because Toyota always tried to offer some top notch vehicles to the market. The new 2013 Toyota RAV4 also carries the conventional reliability of the brand. This is an updated version which is more powerful and efficient than ever. This year Toyota added some top speed gravel sections to the car and an off road course that is making it more strong and firm while driving. The all wheel drive setup, the torque control system and hill start assist functions are making it a perfect choice in the segment of mid size crossovers.

2013 Toyota RAV4 - Driving impression

Pricing and Availability

The 2013 Toyota RAV4 comes at a base price starting from $24,145 to $28,410. The car is backed by manufacturers 3 year unlimited miles warranty. The car is on sale from January 2013.

2013 Toyota RAV4

Rivals

Within the same price range and almost similar features, there are four top rivals of the 2013 Toyota RAV4 are Honda CR-V with 2.0 liter 4 cylinder petrol and 2.4 liter petrol engine, Subaru Forester with a 2.0 liter 4 cylinder engine and Kia Sportage with 2.0 liter 4 cylinder engine and Mazda C-X 5 with 2.0 liter four cylinder engine.

Pros

  • Modern and aggressive look
  • Standard Bluetooth and rearview camera
  • Spacious cabin
  • Fuel economy

Cons

  • Lack of third row and V6 engine
  • Limited optional features

2013 Toyota RAV4 - Rear

The Verdict

The 2013 RAV4 is a good option as it got lots of notable improvements both in comfort and powertrains/performance. The car is a good option for those with a budget of $28,000, but if you can spend a few thousand more, Subaru Forester is best.