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2013 Toyota Rav 4

2013 Toyota RAV4

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RAV4 - Much improvement!

by from Gloucester, VA on January 19, 2013

I disagree with the reviewer that removing the 3rd Row option from the RAV4 was a mistake. It was silly to offer such an option in a small SUV - not even a child could fit. I'm sure demand was very lo...
I disagree with the reviewer that removing the 3rd Row option from the RAV4 was a mistake. It was silly to offer such an option in a small SUV - not even a child could fit. I'm sure demand was very low so Toyota made a wise business decission. I just purchased a 2013 yesterday and I love the new design. I had a 2010 4 Cylinder RAV4 before and have always been happy with the 4 Cylinder. I have driven a V6 in the past and did not see the need for a V6 in this car. I have plenty of power and in the new RAV4, I have Eco and Sport mode. Hurry out and test drive one. I love my Display Audio and the Bluetooth setup in about 60 seconds.
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Best small suv

by from Fernandina Beach, Fl on May 5, 2013

The changes made to the 2013 are excellent. I would have bought a Honda CRV if Toyota had not changed the lift gate and spare tire. I waited four months for the RAV4 to get manufactured and delivered ...
The changes made to the 2013 are excellent. I would have bought a Honda CRV if Toyota had not changed the lift gate and spare tire. I waited four months for the RAV4 to get manufactured and delivered to local dealerships. It was worth the wait! I bought the Limited model and love the options that come on that model. I have had the vehicle three weeks and have been getting excellent gas milage. There is nothing that I don't like about the vehicle. Bob S
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Good car but Toyota cutting corners from earlier m

by from Kingston, NY on January 1, 2014

I traded in my 2010 Rav4 for the 2013 model so I feel I can make a valid comparison. My 2010 LTD was a V6 so I knew going in that I was giving up excellent acceleration for a s0-so 4 cyl. But when con...
I traded in my 2010 Rav4 for the 2013 model so I feel I can make a valid comparison. My 2010 LTD was a V6 so I knew going in that I was giving up excellent acceleration for a s0-so 4 cyl. But when considered against the new features of the 2013 I decided to trade it in. I got tired of the large swing door and lack of technology as found in the newer models. But here's where they cut some corners: 1. The spare tire is now inside (nice) but is no longer a full size tire and wheel but a temp. 2. The 2010 had real leather seats, now they employ something called "soft-tek" leather substitute. 3. The center console no longer two levels, just one large box. 4. On the 2010 there was a secondary glove box that had a push button release. Replaced by an open bin. 5. The interior and dashboard use more cheap looking plastic and no one will be fooled into thinking the carbon fiber surface is real. 6. One less 12V outlet and no 110V a/c outlet. Even with all of the above, I don't regret buying this car. It's a good reliable vehicle with some nice technology. The price is lowest in it's class and the mileage is great. I get 28 mpg overall and it uses regular gas. However, if they brought back the V6 I'd buy it in a heartbeat.
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Happy so far

by from Bloomington MN on March 7, 2013

Have owned only 3 weeks but am happy with my choice. Was also seriously considering a Honda CRV and looked at several other crossovers (every make has one and they all look about the same). Preferred ...
Have owned only 3 weeks but am happy with my choice. Was also seriously considering a Honda CRV and looked at several other crossovers (every make has one and they all look about the same). Preferred the RAV4 XLE (FWD, cloth seats) exterior and interior design and the timing chain (vs. CRV's belt which requires major $ to replace at 80,000 miles). Also dealer provided lifetime powertrain warranty at no additional cost. Toyota made some nice improvements on the 2013 model vs. prior ones. Hopefull still one of the most reliable cars made.
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Great Car!

by from Tucson, AZ on July 27, 2013

Traded in my Lexus ES for the Rav Limited. Wanted better mileage and more cargo room. Have had car for about 5 months. In ECO get 30 mpg in town, 29 this summer with AC. Have not tried the Sport mode ...
Traded in my Lexus ES for the Rav Limited. Wanted better mileage and more cargo room. Have had car for about 5 months. In ECO get 30 mpg in town, 29 this summer with AC. Have not tried the Sport mode yet. I like the interior, think the seats are easier to maintain than leather. Interior design works just fine for me, easy controls, apps are great. The Blind Side Monitoring is fantastic, especially when backing out of a parking space. The back up camera screen is great. But I will say, I like the one in my husband's Toyota truck better as the camera screen is on the mirror. The 2 year free maintenance is a plus as is Toyota reliability. Keyless door locks are so convienient . One thing I would have liked is an adjustable passenger seat. Small thing I guess but Toyota should have added that, especially on the Limited. I did test drive a KIA sedan and found it noisy, and cheap feeling. Have had the Lexus RX, IS, ES so that is all I really have to compare the Rav to and I find this car just fine. I like the road feel, being able to see better on all sides, mileage, interior, nice exterior style. Apps work great too, Bluetooth wonderful.
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Crashed

by from BC Canada on September 8, 2013

Just got the RAV4 and had a horrific crash into a semi , whole front , and rt. door torn off . Most people would be dead in this type of crash . All 8 airbags saved them from injury. The RAV 4 saved m...
Just got the RAV4 and had a horrific crash into a semi , whole front , and rt. door torn off . Most people would be dead in this type of crash . All 8 airbags saved them from injury. The RAV 4 saved my family , they walked away from a certain death .
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Better Size Engine/MPG than the other SUV's.

by from Southeast Florida on September 17, 2013

I looked for over 6 months and primarily focused my interest on the Honda CRV because of it's size and style inside. Then when I came across the 2013 new RAV4, there were only two things that caught m...
I looked for over 6 months and primarily focused my interest on the Honda CRV because of it's size and style inside. Then when I came across the 2013 new RAV4, there were only two things that caught my eye: 2.5L engine and 30mpg gas. A bigger engine with better gas mileage? Cool! Took the test drive - there are 3 models and two wheelbase sizes 17 inch in the Base and XL model and 18 inch tires for the Limited. I test drove both - the 18 inch drove much smoother (the new car is stocked with Bridgestone tires). I like the drive, the features and room (especially the backseat) of the Limited. However, the engine is an electronic 6 speed that does make a "wining" noise when accelerating. The radio drowns it out. The car is fast, good acceleration, good gas mileage and nice interior (it's not real leather - it's a imitation leather, according to the dealership, because it is lighter and more humane than using real leather. Everything about the car is focused on "lightness." of all aspects - body, engine, transmission, etc., which all leads to better gas mileage for the bigger engine. Works for me!
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Nice Ride

by from MPLS, MN on May 6, 2013

Bought a 2013 RAV4 XLE. Just returned from a 600 mile round trip and averaged over 35 MPG traveling 65-70 MPH. It was a quiet, smooth ride. Very Happy with it. The only thing I would like is a more ve...
Bought a 2013 RAV4 XLE. Just returned from a 600 mile round trip and averaged over 35 MPG traveling 65-70 MPH. It was a quiet, smooth ride. Very Happy with it. The only thing I would like is a more versatile center console that fits a cup with a handle, and maybe a more solid hood. Over rough roads the hood flexes some. It is a minor issue, just an aesthetics type thing. No regrets buying it so far.
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Average at best

by from Cincinnati, OH on May 8, 2014

I have owned the RAV for about one year. I bought it based on previous experience with Toyota vehicles and a good trade-in offer I got from my dealer for my previous car - my net-out-of-pocket on the ...
I have owned the RAV for about one year. I bought it based on previous experience with Toyota vehicles and a good trade-in offer I got from my dealer for my previous car - my net-out-of-pocket on the RAV was ~$2-3k less than other comparable CUVs. After one year of ownership the best I can rate this car is "average". The only real positive is the amount of cargo and passenger space. In every other area the car falls short, especially comparing to competition. It's noisy, has a very stiff and uncomfortable suspension, safety ratings are mediocre (below key competitors), transmission behavior is strange and disconcerting, mileage is OK but not outstanding. Bottom line - just average. Not a bad car, but easily outclassed by several competitors in its class.
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Poor interior design

by from Maine on September 16, 2013

Top glove box no door? front console area only has one side, things fall onto floor, no auto headlights, can't see display in sunlight, we purchased an XLE, it came with a sun roof, but you can't get ...
Top glove box no door? front console area only has one side, things fall onto floor, no auto headlights, can't see display in sunlight, we purchased an XLE, it came with a sun roof, but you can't get a power seat or leather or interior hatch release. Mechanically it is Toyota, but the interior design and options are from another world. We tried a limited but that Softex is a poor substitute for leather.
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