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This price range reflects the Kelley Blue Book Suggested Retail value for all trim levels, but not necessarily all available options.
The Kelley Blue Book Suggested Retail value represents the amount an auto dealer might ask for a specific vehicle; the actual sale price will vary. A vehicle's popularity, condition, warranty, color and local market conditions are factors involved in determining a final price. The retail value is not a trade-in or private party value.
The Suggested Retail value assumes that the vehicle has been fully reconditioned and has a clean title history. The Suggested Retail value also allows for advertising, sales commissions, insurance and other costs of doing business as a dealer. Most vehicles offered at this price have passed an inspection, and some may carry a warranty. Vehicle mileage is assumed to be normal or below normal.
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By Cars.com Staff
August 30, 2011
Toyota's RAV4 is a compact crossover that can fit up to seven people with an optional third-row seat. The RAV4 comes with front- or all-wheel drive; it is sold in base, Sport and Limited trim levels. Competitors include the Honda CR-V, Ford Escape and Chevrolet Equinox.
The RAV4 was last redesigned for the 2006 model year, and a new design is coming in summer 2012 for the 2013 model year. The 2013 RAV4 also will be available as an electric vehicle as part of a partnership with Tesla Motors.
New for 2012 The standard stereo has six speakers, a single-CD player, a USB port with iPod connectivity and Bluetooth connectivity. Later in the model year, Toyota's Entune multimedia system becomes available on Sport and Limited models.
Exterior The RAV4's exterior styling follows a "modern-rugged" theme, Toyota says. The body is free of cladding, and the spare tire is mounted to the rear door. Exterior features include:
Available 16-, 17- or 18-inch wheels
Standard LED taillamps
Standard power mirrors
Optional integrated fog lights
Interior The RAV4 has standard seating for five. When equipped with the 50/50-split flat-folding third-row seat, the RAV4 can seat up to seven people. The second-row split-bench seat can move forward and backward and recline. A touch-screen navigation system is optional. Interior features include:
Cloth or available leather seating surfaces
Standard air conditioning
Standard power windows and locks
Optional dual-zone automatic climate control
Optional heated front seats
Under the Hood The RAV4 is available with a four-cylinder or V-6 engine, both with front- or all-wheel drive. V-6 RAV4s can tow up to 3,500 pounds when properly equipped as opposed to the four-cylinder's 1,500-pound trailer rating.
Downhill Assist Control, which controls speed during off-road descents, and Hill-Start Assist Control, which holds the car in position for 2 or 3 seconds, are optional. Mechanical features include:
179-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 172 pounds-feet of torque
269-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 with 246 pounds-feet of torque
Four-speed automatic transmission (four-cylinder)
Five-speed automatic (V-6)
Towing package for V-6 models
Safety Safety features include:
Standard front-seat side-impact and two-row side curtain airbags
Standard active front head restraints
Standard antilock brakes with brake assist
Standard electronic stability system
Optional daytime running lamps
Optional backup camera
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