2013 Toyota RAV4 Ditches V6, Gets Sassier Look

2012 Los Angeles Auto Show


  • 2013 Toyota RAV4 Picture

    2013 Toyota RAV4 Picture

    2013 Toyota RAV4. | November 27, 2012

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2012 Los Angeles Auto Show

Just the Facts:
  • The 2013 Toyota RAV4 goes under the knife and emerges with a sassier look, but minus the optional V6 engine, Sport model and third-row seat.
  • The 2013 RAV4, which goes on sale early next year, also gets a more modern six-speed automatic transmission in place of the old four-speed automatic transmission.
  • It makes its world debut at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show.

LOS ANGELES — The 2013 Toyota RAV4 goes under the knife and emerges with a sassier look, but minus the optional V6 engine, Sport model and third-row seat. It makes its world debut at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show.

The 2013 RAV4, which goes on sale early next year, also gets a more modern six-speed automatic transmission in place of the old four-speed automatic transmission.

The fourth-generation RAV4, which is set to do battle with the formidable 2013 Ford Escape and 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe, gets a number of notable changes, many in the interest of improved fuel economy.

The 2013 RAV4 is equipped with a 176-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, a 3-hp drop from the 2.5-liter engine in the outgoing model. The optional 269-hp 3.5-liter V6 engine is gone from the lineup. The V6 returned 19 mpg in city driving and 27 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA.

While the EPA has not posted official fuel economy numbers on the 2013 RAV4, Toyota said RAV4 front-wheel-drive models are expected to deliver 24 mpg in city driving and 31 mpg on the highway. The 2013 RAV4 with all-wheel drive is expected to return 22 mpg in city driving and 29 mpg on the highway. A new Eco mode is designed to "promote more fuel-efficient driving," Toyota said.

The 2012 RAV4 with the 2.5-liter engine and front-wheel drive returns 22 mpg in city driving and 28 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA.

The redesigned RAV4 gets a less timid look, with what Toyota describes as "aggressively sculpted front and rear fenders and boldly proportioned taillights." One major exterior change is the move from a side-hinged rear door to a more conventional roof-hinged liftgate. The spare tire is now stored under the cargo floor instead of on the outside of the rear door. The 2013 RAV4 rides on the same 104.7-inch wheelbase as the outgoing model.

Toyota said the 2013 RAV4 will come in LE, XLE and Limited models with two-row seating for five passengers. The outgoing Sport grade bundled such items as 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels, integrated foglights, smoked headlight trim and a sport-tuned suspension.

Pricing was not disclosed. The 2012 RAV4 starts at $23,460, including an $810 destination charge.

Edmunds says: Toyota takes some major risks with the redesign of the 2013 RAV4. Will consumers like the extreme makeover?

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