The Toyota RAV4 is not a new name for the compact SUVs lovers because RAV4 is found a best choice whenever reviewers tried to compare it with other models. The new 2013 Toyota RAV4 got mild improvements and so is not very change from that of the previous models. However, mild restyling complemented the look, comfort and feel of the new RAV4 notably good.
Exterior and Interior Specifications
The outer look of the 2013 Toyota RAV4 is more appealing and attractive than ever. The black cladding around the SUV making it look sharper, aggressive, neat and unique in the class. Other exterior features include 17 inch alloy wheels, chrome details, roof rails, fog-lights and the biggest exterior change are that Toyota removed the spare rear tire placed on the rear liftgate.
Toyota adds lots of interior charm and appeal to the 2013 RAV4 and now you will get a sleek new dash equipped with sports watches like gauges, 6 speaker sound system, hands free phone capability, USB port, iPod connectivity, Bluetooth and music streaming. The color theme of the interior of the 2013 Toyota RAV4 is just like a high end sports car with decent colors including terra cotta, gray, black and beige.
Under the Hood
The 2013 Toyota RAV4 employs the same 2.5 liter 4 cylinder engine that delivers 176 horsepower and 172 lb ft of torque. The engine can push the car from 0-60 mph in 9.1 seconds which is quicker than the 9.4 seconds of the CR – V but very slow than the 7.4 seconds of Ford Escape 2.0. The EPA rated fuel economy is 24 mpg city and 31 mpg highway for the FWD and is 22 mpg city and 29 mpg highway for AWD. The engine is mated with a new six speed automatic with Eco/Sport mode.
For a safe journey the 2013 Toyota RAV4 is equipped with front, side airbags, child safety seat anchors, driver’s front knee airbags and stability and traction control.
Pricing and Competition
The 2013 Toyota RAV4 is available at a price range of $23,300 to $46,490. The 2013 Toyota RAV4 has to compete against Hyundai Santa Fe, Mazda CX-5, Ford Escape, Subaru Forester and Honda CR-V.
- Better fuel efficiency
- Revised interior and driving feel
- Low engine performance
- Sluggish performance on Eco mode
The 2013 Toyota RAV4 is a nice blend of improvements but still there is a large room that Toyota should consider to make improvements as it is still far behind from some top rivals like Subaru Forester and Ford Escape.