2013 Toyota RAV4 XLE 

  • $26k
  • 2.5L
  • 22 city 29 hwy
7.8 Out of 10
$25,690
 
The small Toyota was easy to maneuver and fairly fun to drive, yet still provided the high seating position and versatile interior Americans love so much about SUVs.
by MotorTrend
The RAV4 can't quite match the comfort of archrival Honda CR-V or the driving dynamics of the Ford Escape, but it remains a well-rounded SUV with a history of reliability and good resale value.
by KBB (Mar, 2013)

RideNerd Review Our evaluation of the Toyota RAV4

Affordability

Will it break the bank?

RAV4 XLE
8.8
Camry SE
8.6
Annual cost

Fuel economy

Is it a gas sipper or guzzler?

RAV4 XLE
8.2
Camry SE
8.3
Fuelly MPG and EPA highway mileage

Air quality

Help the world breathe easier with higher scores.

RAV4 XLE
7.5
Camry SE
8.3
NMOG/mile, carbon monoxide/mile, nitrogen oxide/mile and EPA Smog Score

Climate friendly

Higher scores leave less of an impact on global warming.

RAV4 XLE
6.8
Camry SE
6.5
combined CO2/mile and EPA greenhouse gas score

7.8

RideNerd Score

Affordability, Fuel economy, Air quality and Climate friendly

RAV4 XLE
7.8
Camry SE
7.9

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Toyota RAV4

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score The EPA ranks cars based on their climate change impact; 10 is best.

RAV4 XLE
7
Tacoma
4

EPA Smog Score The EPA ranks cars based on their air quality impact; 10 is best.

RAV4 XLE
6

Annual Cost The yearly cost to drive 15,000 miles, including fuel and car payments.

RAV4 XLE
$7,344
X3 xDrive28i
$10,071

Average MPG of Fuelly Users Owners report actual MPG based on their experience.

RAV4 XLE
25 MPG
CR-V EX-L
40 MPG
Tacoma
18 MPG

Annual Fuel Cost The cost of fuel to drive 15,000 miles each year.

RAV4 XLE
$2,206
Tacoma
$3,038

Reviews Word on the street for the Toyota RAV4


7.2
Revamped suspension tuning lets the RAV4 ride lower, and electric power steering has good weighting and centering feel.

8.6

7.0
The RAV4 receives fresh styling inside and out, a standard 6-speed automatic transmission, rearview camera and touchscreen control center, and safety technology such as blind-spot monitoring.

Overall

7.6 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Handling

Toyota says the new RAV4 will provide a "more dynamic" driving experience, thanks to a retuned suspension and electric power steering.
by MotorTrend
It's an evolution of the system on the old version, with a new electromagnetic coupling that sends torque to the rear wheels when slip is detected, and in Sport mode, does so when cornering to improve handling.
by The Car Connection (Jul, 2013)
The optional all-wheel-drive (AWD) system uses electronic control to send power rearward when slippage in front is detected, and offers a true 50/50 fixed power split at up to 25 mph in 4WD Lock mode.
by The Car Connection (Jul, 2013)

Powertrain

In part, that's because the four-cylinder models have upgraded their outdated four- and five-speed automatics for six-speed units.
by The Car Connection (Jul, 2013)
Toyota pegs its 0-60 mph talents at 8.9 seconds, about two seconds quicker than before-primarily because there's now a six-speed automatic standard, geared low in first and second for urban driving and geared high in fifth and sixth for overdrive.
by The Car Connection (Jul, 2013)
Buying the newest RAV4 is now a simpler affair with fewer choices: just three trims, one engine and one transmission.
by KBB (Mar, 2013)

Interior

While the instrument-panel design is dramatically sculptural to a fault, all controls and displays are within easy reach and information is delivered with impeccable clarity.
by Car and Driver (Apr, 2013)
Cargo space is excellent, though in-cabin storage is less than expected, and there's a power tailgate on the Limited.
by The Car Connection (Jul, 2013)
Although we wouldn't go so far as to call it sumptuous, the stitched, soft-touch center horizontal accent trim definitely lends a more upscale feel to the cabin.
by MotorTrend

Engine

It's a case of give and take in performance, where the RAV4 gives up its V-6 aspirations for better, more carlike handling.
by The Car Connection (Jul, 2013)
Last year's four-cylinder RAV4 topped out at 22/28 mpg, for comparison; the V-6 version is no longer available.
by The Car Connection (Jul, 2013)
The RAV4 has also been falling on the sales charts, trailing rivals including the recently updated, four-cylinder-only Honda CR-V and Ford Escape.
by MotorTrend

Performance

It's not a tremendous effect, and there's nothing so exotic as torque vectoring, but adds to the RAV4's more composed feel.
by The Car Connection (Jul, 2013)
With a 0-60 mph time under nine seconds, off-the-line acceleration is adequate for getting up to speed on freeways.
by KBB (Mar, 2013)
The "Eco" mode, conversely, mutes throttle response in an effort to be more miserly with fuel, but we found ourselves quickly turning it off since it made acceleration feel laggardly.
by KBB (Mar, 2013)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

Brand Toyota
Model year 2013
City range 349 miles
Highway range 461 miles
MSRP $26k
Annual cost $7,344

Manufacturing Emissions

Water per car made 3.5 m³
CO2 per car made 0.46 metric ton

engine & drivetrain

Engine size 2.5L
Air compressor None
Fuel Gas
Cylinders I4
Paddle shifters N/A
Gearing type Traditional
Transmission 6-speed Automatic 4x4

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes 11.69 in Ventilated Disc
Rear brakes 11.18 in Disc
Front wheel width 225 mm
Front wheel diameter 17 inch
Front wheel aspect ratio 65

safety features

Active head restraints Yes
Airbags
  1. Head curtain
  2. Knee
  3. Driver
  4. Passenger
  5. Side
Antilock brakes Standard
Child door locks Standard
Electronic stability control Standard
Traction control Standard
Rear camera Standard
Rear sensor N/A
Park assist system N/A
Communication system None

physical dimensions

Width 72.6 in
Front track width 61.8 in
Height 67.1 in
Ground clearance 6.3 in
Length 179.9 in
Wheelbase 104.7 in
Curb weight 3,585 lb
GVWR 4,600 pounds
Tow weight 1,500 pounds
Has a rear spoiler Yes
Seats 5 seats
Front seat room 55 ft³
Rear seat room 46 ft³

emissions

EPA smog score 6
EPA GHG score 7
Carbon monoxide/mile 0.3 g
Combined CO2/mile 335 g
Methane/mile 0.01 g
NMOG/mile 0.03 g
Nitrogen oxide/mile 0.03 g
Vapor canisters 1
Vapor canister capacity 130 g
Bleed canisters 0
Catalytic converters 2
Stops the engine instead of idling No
Disables engine cylinders under low loads No
Recirculates exhaust gas No
Lifetime CO2 emissions 50 tons

power & handling

Max torque 172 ft-lb @ 4,100 RPM
Max HP 176 HP @ 6,000 RPM
Power-to-weight ratio 20.37 lb/hp
Curb-to-curb turning radius 34.7 feet

stereo & entertainment

Brand Generic
Speakers 6 speakers
Has a speed sensitive volume Yes
Has a subwoofer No
Auxiliary input Yes
AM/FM radio Standard
CD player Standard
CD changer N/A
Satellite radio N/A
Entertainment system N/A

features

Cruise control Standard
Front A/C Standard
Front passenger A/C Standard
Keyless entry Standard
Keyless ignition N/A
Sun roof Standard
Navigation system Optional, $1,030
Roof rails Optional, $229
Power locks Standard
Power mirrors Standard
Power outlets Standard
Power steering Standard
Power windows Standard
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