The all-new 2013 Toyota Rav4 made its debut today at the 2012 LA Auto Show showing a brand new design, a fuel-efficient four-cylinder engine, new six-speed transmission, two-row seating for five and a number of in-cabin technologies. For the 2013MY, the Toyota Rav4 will be available only with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine delivering 176 hp and 172 lb-ft of torque.
The bad news is that the optional V6 engine available on the outgoing Rav4 model will be discontinued. The good news is that a six-speed transmission with Sequential Shift replaces the previous four-speed automatic and Toyota promises fuel efficiency ratings of 24 mpg city and 31 mpg highway for the front-wheel-drive model, while the all-wheel-drive models will deliver 22 mpg city and 29 mpg highway.
Moreover, an ECO mode is available in order to make the car more fuel-efficient. In terms of design, the new Rav4 shows aggressively sculpted front and rear fenders and boldly proportioned taillights.
Inside, the vehicle features a sculpted dash panel that creates a sense of airy spaciousness, Clear Blue illumination, manual tilt/telescope steering column and a new steering wheel that will feature controls for audio, Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio, and the Multi-Information Display (MID).
All the Rav4 models will offer as standard a Display Audio with a 6.1-inch LCD touchscreen. RAV4 will be available in three well-equipped grades: LE, XLE and Limited.
The LE will ride on 17-inch steel wheels, XLE will feature 17-inch alloys, and Limited will be equipped with 18-inch alloys. In terms of safety, the 2013 Toyota Rav4 will offer as standard eight airbags and the Star Safety System which includes Traction Control, Electronic Brake-force Distribution, Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control, Brake Assist, an Anti-lock Braking System and Smart Stop Technology.