The fourth-generation Toyota RAV4 arrives for 2013. While the 2013 RAV4 may look a touch better than the outgoing model, and drive better too, in true Toyota fashion it remains remarkably vanilla.
The RAV4 was introduced to the U.S market back in 1995 as the world’s first crossover SUV. Since then, three progressive generations have been developed, including the current generation 2006 RAV4. Light cosmetic surgery has been performed during this last generation’s reign, but the all-new fourth generation has been totally reborn.
For 2013, RAV4 loses its third row seating due to a lack of demand, as well as ditching the more powerful V6 engine option, again due to a low take rate, with customers favoring the more efficient 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine.
That engine remains, boasting 176 horsepower and 172 pound-feet of torque. A 6-speed automatic has replaced the four-speed automatic transmission; with the top two cogs being used as overdrive gears to aid fuel efficiency.
RAV4 LE comes standard with air conditioning, fabric-trimmed six-way power adjustable driver’s seat, four-way front-passenger seat, 6.1-inch touchscreen with rearview camera, remote keyless entry, day/night rearview mirror, Eco/Sport mode, AM/FM CD player with MP3/WMA playback, six-speaker audio, auxiliary jack, USB port with iPod connectivity, Bluetooth, 17-inch steel wheels.
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