By Jennifer Geiger on December 18, 2012
When the redesigned-for-2013 Toyota RAV4 goes on sale this January, it'll start at $24,145 — $650 higher than the 2012 version's $23,495 base price and slightly higher than several class competitors (all prices include an $845 destination fee).
The changes to Toyota's smallest crossover are big for 2013 and include more aggressive styling, additional standard equipment, a new transmission and a revised control layout. Missing are the optional V-6, available third row and a cargo-door-mounted spare tire; the latter is now under the cargo floor.
LE, XLE and Limited trims are available — each with front- or all-wheel drive. Newly standard across the board are a backup camera and 6.1-inch touch-screen radio. Options on the base LE model include roof rails and a cargo cover.
Midlevel XLEs come standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, a power moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control and sport seats. Navigation with Toyota's Entune media system is the only option.
Topline Limiteds add 18-inch wheels, a height-programmable power liftgate, imitation leather seats, an eight-way power driver's seat and heated front seats. Navigation with Entune, a premium audio system and blind spot and rear cross-path warning systems are the only options.
There's plenty of recently redesigned or all-new competition in the compact crossover class, including the Honda CR-V ($23,625), Ford Escape ($23,295) and Mazda CX-5 ($21,790 - an automatic transmission is an additional $1,400.)
Full 2013 RAV4 pricing is as follows:
2013 RAV4 Pricing (including $845 destination fee)
LE FWD: $24,145
XLE FWD: $25,135
Limited FWD: $27,855
LE AWD: $25,545
XLE AWD: $26,535
Limited AWD: $29,255
Assistant Managing Editor Jennifer Geiger is a reviewer, car-seat technician and mom of three. She wears a lot of hats, many of them while driving a minivan. Email Jennifer