The Toyota RAV4 is one of the best-selling compact crossovers, and for 2013 it's all new with fresh styling, revised powertrain options, and less seats. Will these updates help keep sales strong?
For 2013 Toyota has made two big revisions to the RAV4: there's no more V-6 engine option and the third-row seat is gone. But Toyota has upgraded the transmission to a six-speed automatic, which is now connected only to a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 176 horsepower. Power is sent to the front wheels, but all-wheel drive is an option for those in snowy climates.
Gas mileage is up with an estimated rating of 24 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. Opting for all-wheel drive will drop those ratings 2 mpg across the board to 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway.
While not quite as large as the last-generation RAV4, the new model features redesigned seats which provide a little more rear-seat leg room according to Toyota. All models features six-way adjustments for the driver seat, and all but the base model feature a more sculpted seat with better fabric.
Styling influence comes courtesy of the Toyota Venza , though we see some Volvo-esque lines near the rear end.
Toyota is upping the safety ante with eight standard airbags including knee airbags. Bluetooth and a rearview camera are also standard equipment, while blind-spot monitoring and cross-traffic alerts are available on the top trim model.
The new RAV4 arrives in showrooms early in 2013. We'll be driving it soon--but until then, for more information, be sure to read our review of the 2013 RAV4 here.