2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited AWD SUV (2.5L 4-cyl. AWD 6-speed Automatic)
The 2013 RAV4 is competitive in nearly every area (space, utility, features). It is still a solid entry into the segment with class-leading cargo space and a proven powertrain. It's worth a serious look if you're shopping in the segment.
PerformanceOverall performance is quite good in the RAV4. Its handling is among the best in the segment and only the turbocharged entries in the class are significantly quicker.
Acceleration from the 176-horsepower RAV4 is about average for the crossover segment, as the V6 option that was an option last year is no longer available. Engine can feel coarse at higher rpm; noise is prevalent.
At around 125 feet from 60-0, the RAV's panic braking performance is just about average. Pedal feel in normal use, on the other hand, is better than most competitors'.
Electric power steering provides decent feel in the RAV4. Steering effort is adjustable but defaults to light. You can select Sport mode if you prefer more steering weight.
Handling is a strength in AWD RAV4s. Good balance and realistic ESC tuning make the RAV easy to drive. Ultimate handling is compromised by low grip.
The RAV's 6-speed transmission provides good gear spacing, but response to requests -- especially downshifts -- is sluggish. Tends to hunt for the correct gear on grades.
A lockable center differential and short overhangs give the RAV4 a slight edge compared to its direct rivals. But this is still a dirt-roader, not a boulder hopper.
ComfortOverall, the RAV4 is exactly as comfortable as it needs to be. Its accommodations are large and its seats are soft enough for hours in the saddle. Ride quality, too, is acceptable.
The RAV's seats are not hugely supportive, but they are quite comfortable. Average for the segment overall.
Quite good, though our Limited model's 18-inch wheels and tires compromised ride quality some, but the penalty is small.
Noise supression is good in the RAV4. No potential noise source draws undue attention to itself, and it's quieter than many competitors.
InteriorOur Limited example offered a leather-covered dash, shifter, seats and steering wheel. Overall, this is big step up for the RAV4 in both materials and design. Function is still lower than some competitors, though.
Most controls are well placed and easy to reach and primary controls for HVAC and audio are large and obvious, but have a slightly flimsy feel to them.
Large, wide-opening doors aid ingress/egress. Seat height, too, is just right for most adults.
The RAV's cabin is large for the driver and front passenger. Rear seats are narrow, and the center seat is very small.
No significant blind spots are present in the RAV4. Even rear-quarter visibility is good. Rearview camera helps. Remarkably easy to park.
Class-leading cargo space and nearly flat-folding rear seats are very good. Lift-over height is low. Power liftgate is rare in this segment. Compromised cupholder placement and limited small-item storage.
ValuePricing for the 2013 RAV4 is competitive but it does not undercut the competition. It easily competes with others in the segment here.
Build Quality (vs. $)
Build quality is better than the previous RAV4, but no better than most competitors.
Ample features keep the RAV4 competitive. A height-adjustable powered liftgate and truly keyless entry/ignition are some of several new features offered on this new RAV4.
The Toyota RAV4 Limited is more expensive than some competitors, but it is also better equipped.
Not quite class-leading, but solid. And past experience has shown us that Toyota mpg ratings are achievable in the real world.
With a 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty, the RAV4's warranty is average for the segment.
Two years or roadside assistance and free scheduled maintenance are a nice touch, not to mention a competitive advantage.
Fun To DriveThough the RAV does offer better handling than many SUVs in the class, it's not exactly "fun to drive" in an enthusiast sense. Its off-road abilities do earn it some points, however.
There are no substantial high or low spots in the RAV's driving experience. It's the toaster of small SUVs. And it toasts very well.
Like the Camry, the RAV4 is the safe choice in the segment. It will get the job done day in and day out for years. Most buyers won't ever complain. But there's little here in the way of "personality."
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