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.
Toyota revealed that all RAV4 variants will have high seatbacks not just for the driver but also for the passenger sitting in the front. These same seats will also have slim back thus ensuring that those sitting in the rear will have enough knee room. Further, for the RAV LE, the driver’s seat allows for six-way adjustability, and this includes the height of the seat.
Under the RAV4 XLE, those in the front will get to experience premium bucket seats and since it has sport bolstering, it ensures the shoulders, the lower torso, and lower hips, get the necessary support especially when the vehicle is turning a corner. The XLE variant will have its seats come in premium fabric with French stitching. This is the same treatment done to certain parts of the dash panels.
Speaking of the dash panel, Toyota made sure that for the RAV4, it would be asymmetrical and focused on the driver. To make it even more driver-centric, both the primary controls and the secondary controls can be easily reached.
For the front passenger meanwhile, the way the dash panel has been sculpted gives it a feeling of airy spaciousness. The dash panel, as well as all the gauges in it, will have the Clear Blue light. This will give it that sharp visibility even in a number of light conditions and at night results in a more coherent and unified look.
Another standard feature in the RAV4 is the telescoping/manual tilt steering column with both the LE and the XLE variants having the urethane steering wheel. For the Limited grade, the steering wheel will be wrapped in leather. All steering wheels of the RAV4 however will have controls for Bluetooth, hand-free phone, and audio. They will even have the Multi-Information Display or MID.