Best Bet
  • (4.7) 72 reviews
  • MSRP: $10,055–$19,987
  • Body Style: Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG: 22-25
  • Engine: 179-hp, 2.5-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: 4x4
  • Seats: 5-7
2012 Toyota RAV4

Our Take on the Latest Model 2012 Toyota RAV4

What We Don't Like

  • Hard rear-seat cushions
  • Scant third-row space

Notable Features

  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • FWD or AWD
  • Five or seven seats
  • Available backup camera

2012 Toyota RAV4 Reviews

Vehicle Overview

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
  • Optional moonroof


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

Consumer Reviews

4.7

Average based on 72 reviews

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Five years, 80.000 miles

by Bruce D. from Baxter MN on November 7, 2017

One minor repair in all this time. 29.5mpg overall. Love the driving position and the handling of the vehicle.

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12 Trims Available

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2012 Toyota RAV4 Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Toyota RAV4 Base

Head Restraints and Seats
G
Moderate overlap front
G
Roof Strength
A
Side
G

IIHS Ratings

Based on Toyota RAV4 Base

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
G
Overall Rear
G
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
G

Moderate overlap front

Chest
G
Head/Neck
A
Left Leg/Foot
G
Overall Front
G
Restraints
G
Right Leg/Foot
G
Structure/safety cage
G

Other

Roof Strength
A

Side

Driver Head Protection
G
Driver Head and Neck
G
Driver Pelvis/Leg
G
Driver Torso
G
Overall Side
G
Rear Passenger Head Protection
G
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
G
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
G
Rear Passenger Torso
G
Structure/safety cage
A
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Toyota RAV4 Base

Overall
Overall Front
Overall Side
Overall Rollover Rating

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Toyota RAV4 Base

Overall
Overall Front
Overall Side
Overall Rollover Rating
Driver's
Passenger's
Side Barrier
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole
Side Pole Barrier combined (Front)
Side Pole Barrier combined (Rear)
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Recalls

There are currently 7 recalls for this car.


Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

Safety defects and recalls explained

Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $3,000 per year.

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Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

36mo/36,000mi

Powertrain

60mo/60,000mi

Roadside Assistance Coverage

24mo/25,000mi

Free Scheduled Maintenance

24mo/25,000mi

What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

Powertrain

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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