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Great Vehicle
By hookshot on 09/03/14 18:49 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2013 Toyota RAV4 LE 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A)

Review

My dad had the previous 1st generation RAV4 and that thing lasted forever and took a beating so he had to have a new one. He got the base model to avoid all the unnecessary electronics nowadays. Inside is very roomy, cloth seats are good and textured. Dash is well laid out and material quality is more than acceptable. Acceleration is great around town and on the highway. I have a hard time keeping up in my 2014 Subaru WRX STI in stop in go traffic unless I ring my STI out. No idea what Car and Driver means when it called acceleration "tepid"...absolutely not true.
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Air conditioning is awful
By emput on 08/11/14 13:24 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2013 Toyota RAV4 XLE 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A)

Review

The air conditioning is awful in this car. There are no vents for the back seat and therefore my hands are numb from the air conditioning while driving yet my daughter in the back seat is dripping in sweat. We bought this car in the winter and wish we had been aware of this. We asked Toyota about it and all we got is the car is small enough the vents weren't required. Well they went the cheap way and therefore it is awful to drive with passengers in the summer. We also had both metal bars that adjust the seats break already. You would think with a semi nice car the seats could be motor controlled. Other than these 2 big discomforts we like the car a lot.
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1 Year, 15,000 mile review
By limasawa on 08/09/14 08:17 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2013 Toyota RAV4 LE 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A)

Review

We compared this car to the nice '14 Forester and bought this for its interior design and Toyota reliability. I'm not sure I would do it again. I'm 6-4, 225 lbs, and 53 years old & need a car that is higher, easy to get into, and gets good MPG. This RAV4 is high enough, but the shape of the front door causes me to have to contort my body just a bit to enter. I do have plenty of room in the front and my knees do not touch the dash. But, the car feels cheap. The hood vibrates/shakes on certain kinds of rougher paved and dirt roads. The silver & "graphite" trim both scratch really easily. Car handles well, though the ride is stiff. Speakers are much worse than Camry, more like Corolla.
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2013 Rav4 Limited
By desertgolfer on 06/14/14 07:57 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A)

Review

I have had this vehicle since August 2013 and have had absolutely no issues with it. I was somewhat surprised at some of the reviews in this thread as I have owned many Toyotas and have never experienced a problem they could not fix. I live in Arizona and we may have smoother roads than some of the cooler weather states, but I have found the Rav4 ride to be exceptional for this vehicle class. The features available on the Limited are outstanding, everything works perfectly and I love the versatility of the transmission. Heck, you can treat it like a manual and in Sport mode that is fun.
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Toyota radio do not buy until they fix known issue
By imshybabe on 06/09/14 04:19 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A)

Review

I just bought a 2013 Rav4, the volume of the radio goes up, down and also sounds muffled at times. If you plug your ipod, it stays in loading mode with out playing. It will also go off or the screen goes blank in the heat. The volume jumping up is startling and my 7 y/o says " stop that mom". When I take it to the dealer service dept. this is a known issue and the fix is usually to replace the radio. They said they replaced the radio, it continues to do it. I have been there 4 times and they do not know how to fix. They should fix this before putting them on the market for sale. This is a defect. I have concern for the longevity of the car. I have lost trust in Toyota, will not buy another.
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1 of 4 people found this review helpful
Barely average
By katekebo on 05/08/14 17:57 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2013 Toyota RAV4 LE 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A)

Review

I have owned the RAV for about one year. I bought it based on previous experience with Toyota vehicles and a good trade-in offer I got from my dealer for my previous car - my net-out-of-pocket on the RAV was ~$2-3k less than other comparable CUVs. After one year of ownership the best I can rate this car is "average". The only real positive is the amount of cargo and passenger space. In every other area the car falls short, especially comparing to competition. It's noisy, has a very stiff and uncomfortable suspension, safety ratings are mediocre (below key competitors), transmission behavior is strange and disconcerting, mileage is OK but not outstanding. Bottom line - just average.
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7 of 15 people found this review helpful
Thorough review after 6 months
By 4bras on 03/23/14 20:18 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2013 Toyota RAV4 LE 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A)

Review

Overall a very good SUV. It's a Toyota, so their quality is good. I found the transmission very responsive depending on the mode you select. Its 6 cylinder will of course shift gears more often than say a 4 cylinder. But we also enjoy 27-29 mpg in mixed city/hwy driving.
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Great Car for the Money!!
By norjud55 on 02/19/14 19:53 PM (PST)

Vehicle

2013 Toyota RAV4 XLE 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A)

Review

This car is really nice. Easy to drive. I got the XLE model from Mark Jacobson Toyota in Raleigh/NC. They were nice to deal with. I like the drivers seat, it is very comfortable. The electronic gear shift, is also very handy. I got 32 miles on HWY. I had the front windows tinted and that helped out from the heat. I think Toyota builds the best car for the money. The one thing I would change is when you open the hood, you have to use the rod to hold it up. Not a good idea.
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8 of 42 people found this review helpful
Poor under body design
By josder on 01/20/14 19:07 PM (PST)

Vehicle

2013 Toyota RAV4 XLE 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A)

Review

We traded our 08Rav4 in for the 2013 Rav4 We live in Upper Michigan where we get a lot of snow AND under the doors (including the back door)the snow & ice collects and then it melts off in our garage creating a huge mess! When you open the doors you can see the accumulation! This is a real problem and had we knew this before ... we would have gotten a different brand vehicle. Our old Rav did not do this. Perhaps Toyota should re design the doors and eliminate this problem
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4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Positives & Negatives
By anastasia52 on 01/19/14 16:03 PM (PST)

Vehicle

2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A)

Review

We purchased this vehicle in November and have found some things we like & don't like. We really like the blind spot monitor. This feature should be available on more cars. We also like the style of the car and rear cross traffic alert. We are extremely disappointed in the Rough, Bumpy Ride. It is a great riding car on the PA turnpike or a smoothly paved road. Our limited model has 18 inch Bridgestone tires and it provides a very Rough Ride. My voice even vibrates when I'm trying to talk to anyone in the car at the time with me. Don't think this will be a vehicle my husband and I will grow old with in our senior years.
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