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A redesigned RAV4 arrives in February with a sole engine of the 2.5-liter four-cylinder mated to a 6-speed automatic. The tiny optional third-row seat is dropped. The outgoing RAV4 has a flexible, well-designed interior. The cabin is reasonably quiet and the ride is fairly comfortable. Handling is agile and secure. The 2.5-liter four-cylinder gets a good 23 mpg overall. The optional 3.5-liter V6 is quick and gets 22 mpg. The controls are simple to use, the rear seat is roomy, and a tiny third-row seat is optional. The side-opening rear tailgate requires a lot of space for cargo access. An all-electric version, developed by Tesla, is available in limited numbers and only in California. Toyota claims a driving range of about 100 miles and charging time of six hours on a 240-volt charger. It costs $49,800 before incentives.

See Reliability page for the latest 2012 Toyota RAV4 recalls.

Safety Equipment

ABS available; standard from 2004. ESC standard from 2004. Side and head protection air bags available from 2004, standard from 2007.

Road Test

The RAV4 is a well-rounded package, combining good all-around performance with a comfortable ride and agile handling. Its engine gets impressive fuel economy and an optional third-row bench was offered to bring seating to seven in a pinch. Cabin furn...

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 3 rear, 2 third
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Automatic
  • 4-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2.5-liter 4 (179 hp)
  • 3.5-liter V6 (269 hp)