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.
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.
The 3 driving modes are very nice to tailor the "get up and go" experience.
The Eco mode gives smoother (more gradual) acceleration, giving a bit more of a luxury response. The Normal mode is nicely responsive. If you moderately press the gas, it responds with "Yes sir!".
And if you have it in Sport mode when you punch the gas, it responds with "Already done it!
The AWD on the snowy and icy roads of Colorado is fantastic.
Both acceleration and braking are impressively responsive even on poor roads.
The overall interior space (incl cargo) is a bit bigger than the typical small SUV.
Those inches can really help.
The 2013 model made improvements in a quieter ride on the highways.
The exterior paint and clear coat is not very resilient. It scratches easily, even after waxing it.
Include a night time test drive to judge the headlight "line" for yourself. I don't find it a problem, but try it
I did find its horsepower limit with a family of 4, a fully loaded cargo area, plus a rooftop carrier, driving Texas hill-country highways at 80mph, with a strong crosswind, going uphill. This condition challenged the horsepower, causing it to downshift quite a bit and run ~5700rpm to keep up with 80mph. It red-lines ~6200rpm. This indicated a 6 cylinder would be better.
They didn't put lights on all the dashboard/console buttons. This is frustrating and bad oversight.
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.
Seats, East to drive, good overall car. Sun Roof.
Hood bar to keep hood up..not good. Regular car mats a cheap.
I got the weather mats.
Toyota a quality company.
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
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
2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A)
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.
We like the interior & exterior design. The blind spot monitor and rear cross traffic alert features are a positive.
Improve the Ride!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The rear view mirror lacks a home link
and compass feature.