By Toyota's estimates, the 2013 RAV4 crossover will earn significantly better gas mileage than older models.
In part, that's because the four-cylinder models have upgraded their outdated four- and five-speed automatics for six-speed units. The RAV4's engine is essentially unchanged from the 2012 version, and the vehicle itself is nearly the size of the one it replaces.
The estimates for fuel economy come in at 24 miles per gallon city, and 31 mpg on the highway cycle with front-wheel-drive models. Adding all-wheel drive lowers the gas mileage to 22/29 mpg. These numbers are preliminary, and haven't yet been published by the EPA. We'll update any information from the agency as it is made available.
As it stands, the numbers are roughly equal to those of the Honda CR-V, but fall somewhat behind those affirmed by Ford for its 2013 Escape in its most efficient versions.
Last year's four-cylinder RAV4 topped out at 22/28 mpg, for comparison; the V-6 version is no longer available.