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The fourth-generation RAV4 offers just one powertrain, a 2.5-liter four-cylinder and six-speed automatic. This smooth and responsive combo got 24 mpg overall in our tests of the AWD version. The new RAV4 handles nimbly and is very secure, with a firm and well-controlled ride. Inside the cabin are clear, intuitive controls and some upgraded materials. But a number of cheap details are still apparent. Access is very easy and the rear seat is roomy. A rear-view camera is standard. A top-hinged rear hatch has replaced the clunky side-swinging door. The Limited trim features a power liftgate. A front-drive electric version with a 103-mile range is available in some markets.

See Reliability page for the latest 2013 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 2013 RAV4 redesign eliminated the awkward side-hinged rear gate and replaced it with a more convenient top-hinged hatch. The spare tire was also moved off the rear gate to reside in a well beneath the cargo floor, which was previously occupied by...

Highs

  • Very practical, with good rear-seat and cargo room
  • Fuel-efficient

Lows

  • Ride may be overly firm
  • Cabin is not very quiet

Best Version to Get

The XLE is the best overall value. All RAV4s get a backup camera and the XLE includes standard automatic climate control and a power sunroof. A power driver seat might remedy some complaints about comfort, but you can get one only on the top-level Limited trim. That bumps the price about $2,500...

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
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
  • 6-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2.5-liter 4 (176 hp)