The 2013 Toyota RAV4 gets a modest price increase even when it doesn’t anymore have its third row of seats. A base-model RAV4 LE is priced at $24,145, which is $650 more expensive than the existing model. Toyota’s lineup doesn’t anymore have the formerly optional V-6 engine so all RAV4s will be equipped with a 176-hp 2.5-liter I-4 and get as standard equipment a USB hookup and 6.1-inch touch screen with Bluetooth connectivity.
The 2013 Toyota RAV4 LE with all-wheel drive has a starting price of $25,545, and comes with standard equipment such as privacy glass, body color-matched door handles and rear spoiler, a set of 17-inch steel wheels with wheel covers, and a rearview camera. Upgrading to the 2013 Toyota RAV4 XLE costs $25,135 for the front-drive version and $26,535 for an all-wheel-drive model.
The trim features a set of standard 17-inch alloy wheels, power moonroof with tilt/slide capability, fog lamps, dual zone climate control, and sport-bolstered premium bucket seats as standard equipment.
Entune infotainment system with navigation is the lone option offered on the XLE. RAV4 Limited models will be getting a height-adjustable power liftgate, SofTex seating surfaces, an eight-way power driver’s seat with memory, and heated front seats as standard.
The front-drive models have a starting price of $27,855 while the all-wheel drive is priced from $29,255. Those who buy the Limited edition can select what they want from Toyota’s range of infotainment options for the 6.1-inch Display Audio system, such as navigation, Entune, and the JBL premium audio. A Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert is also one of the options.
Front-drive 2013 Toyota RAV4s has a claimed fuel economy of 24/31 mpg city/highway while the all-wheel drive returns 22/29 mpg. In comparison, the 2013 Honda CR-V offers 23/31 mpg in front-drive version and 22/30 mpg for the all-wheel drive. The 2013 Toyota RAV4 will start selling in early January 2013. An $845 destination charge is included in all the prices mentioned.
The latest design of the Toyota RAV4 exhibits bold and aggressive dimensions while expressing its fun and agile nature. Dynamic and elegant, its exterior shows a modern outline with a strong feature line and a sharp-sloping roofline. Its new interior is designed with a sophisticated and exclusive look with driver-centric management systems and soft-touch components.
The RAV4 seeks to achieve the design goals of Akio Toyoda, President of Toyota. It establishes the car’s athletic reputation with its bold taillights and robust front and rear fenders.
Toyota RAV4 is also a noteworthy break of its traditional side-hinged rear door; it is now built with a roof-hinged liftgate and a space-saving spare tire located beneath the cargo floor. A standard feature of the RAV4 Limited grade is the single-touch power rear liftgate with height settings that can be automatically set and selected by the driver.
With regards to the other Toyota models that were recently launched, engineers and developers of RAV4 gave close attention to aerodynamics particularly on the small vortex generators that are installed into the taillight casings and close to the A-pillar base. Aerodynamics is also implemented on the design of the undertrays below the passenger cabin, allowing the smooth flow of air.