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2013 Toyota RAV4 Consumer Reviews

4.3
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First SUV

by from Chicago on March 20, 2013

I started my purchasing process setting up with a buying service and using an insurance company's recommendations. I had no intention of purchasing a Toyota, in fact I was opposed to the idea. I'm sti...
I started my purchasing process setting up with a buying service and using an insurance company's recommendations. I had no intention of purchasing a Toyota, in fact I was opposed to the idea. I'm still surprised I purchased one. I had test driven the Honda CRV, the Mazda CX-5, Ford Edge, Ford Escape, Chevy Equinox, Lincoln MKX, Subaru Outback, and Forester. I needed a car like ride, and room for several suitcases or crates in the back, I wanted AWD, leather heated seats and good MPG. Didn't think I'd get all that. There are a lot of good choices, I do believe I could have been happy with several of these. I bought an AWD Limited with no additional options. the pluses of the RAV4: * bluetooth, it works flawlessly. Didn't expect to have that standard *Nice ride, quiet cabin. * I'm averaging 27 mpg (1500 miles) though I drive aggressively. When driving in eco mode and being mindful of mpg, I can get 31 mpg. *AWD was perfect for our recent snows. I drove it in 6" of fresh unplowed snow. It's surefooted. *keyless entry. . With gloves on in winter it's just so much easier. *the 2 tone interior looks great. *great ride, even in the back seats. *Plenty of leg room for my tall family. Negs: *so so stereo. (3 others were far better) I did not get Nav. or the stereo upgrade My previous car had a better stereo. It's 8 yrs old too. A new stereo on their top tier style should sound better. * The dealers all advertise the seats in the Rav4 Limited as leather. They are NOT. I'd decided on the Rav4 after driving the Honda. That dealer told me the Rav4 seating was a synthetic/leather blend. After researching the Softex I called the salesman on it, he then checked on it and it's synthetic. I felt deceived. I can't believe they don't know it's not leather. I went to 3 dealers and heard the same thing. (I asked for and received an additional price cut by the dealer, for their mistake.) . I do like the feel of the Softex, and hope it lasts like leather.
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Disappointed new RAV 4 owner

by from East Amherst, NY on November 28, 2013

I purchased a 2013 RAV 4 XLE with great expectations. What attracted me to this car was the exterior styling, well laid out and functional interior, back up camera, six speed automatic transmission, f...
I purchased a 2013 RAV 4 XLE with great expectations. What attracted me to this car was the exterior styling, well laid out and functional interior, back up camera, six speed automatic transmission, fairly peppy speed especially from the starting position, and good value for the price. My disappointment has been the rear suspension "slamming" when driving over even modest speed bumps and breaks in the road, choppy transmission shifts especially in stop and go driving, loud muffler, and that incessant high pitched winding sound when accelerating that is so common to all Toyotas. Of course when I asked the dealer to check out these aggravations, they predictably said it was "normal". I previously owned a 2008 Honda CR-V and now wish I went with my gut and purchased a 2013 Honda CR-V. I hope someone in authority from Toyota reads this review, takes it seriously, and start to make corrections to an otherwise very fine car.
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Does not recommend this car

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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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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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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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I love it more every day!

by from Waldoboro ME on May 1, 2014

I've owned by RAV4 LE for 6 months. We had lots of snow this winter. The RAV always made me feel comfortable that I had good control of the vehicle. The windshield wipers and defrost work well. The ga...
I've owned by RAV4 LE for 6 months. We had lots of snow this winter. The RAV always made me feel comfortable that I had good control of the vehicle. The windshield wipers and defrost work well. The gas mileage as calculated by the onboard computer says I've averaged 27.2 miles per gallon over the first 5400 miles. My manual calculation has it at 25.1mpg. I drive around with it in eco mode most of the time. When I'm in a passing or merging situation I reach over and press the sport mode button. The transmission will immediately drop 1 to 2 gears depending on my timing with the gas pedal. I love that button. The paddle shifting option doesn't work as fast. I'm 54, my 22 year old son agrees that the sport button works best when you are mostly operating in eco mode. The low load floor with no lip and lift gate rear make loading and unloading super easy. I'm not a super tech geek, so not having the GPS or blind spot sensors, found on the more expensive models, doesn't cause me any regret. I do like the back up camera. The side mirrors are large and well placed for backing up. My first car was a 1967 Dodge Coronet with shoulders that the RAV4 also tastefully incorporates. Great visibility, very strong cornering ability (this is not a sports car), good options for controlling the acceleration vs mpg, plenty of useful space, all come together to keep me smiling. The one area that I wish it were just a bit better is the left foot rest for the driver. That is a bit small and angled wrong for me.
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Rides too harsh!

by from Worcester, Ma on September 17, 2013

Toyota did a very good job on most of this vehicle. I leased a 13 xle and have had the it 6 months now. At first, the ride seemed firm but it starts to wear you out after a period of time. I do a lot ...
Toyota did a very good job on most of this vehicle. I leased a 13 xle and have had the it 6 months now. At first, the ride seemed firm but it starts to wear you out after a period of time. I do a lot of city driving and this vehicle lets you feel and hear everything on the road. It really takes away from an otherwise nice vehicle. The good side is city gas mileage...23-24 good...the exterior, everyone makes nice comments. I have had the vehicle in some nasty storms and it was a trooper. The engine is noisy but plenty of power. The transmission is top notch and the pseudo manual is really good and easy . No problems and that's what i expect from Toyota, the harsh ride is just too much to take. Thank goodness, i found an excellent seat cushion for it. At the end of the lease, it's going back...too bad, it could have been great. Also, Toyota needs to fix the touch screen. It's easy to operate but in the sun, your on your own. You can't see a thing on it....
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Not Powerful Enough

by from Alberta on September 23, 2013

The 4-cylinder engine in the new Rav4 is way too small. Why did Toyota do away with the 6? Highway driving is difficult as there's not nearly enough power. The new design also gives this vehicle a ver...
The 4-cylinder engine in the new Rav4 is way too small. Why did Toyota do away with the 6? Highway driving is difficult as there's not nearly enough power. The new design also gives this vehicle a very cheap feel. I used to have a 2010 Rav4 with the V6, and this new one is about five steps down! Yes, you will get Toyota reliability, but that's about it. If you liked the wood panneled station wagons in the 80s, then you will love the new Rav4.
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Good car but Toyota cutting corners from earlier m

by from Kingston, NY on December 31, 2013

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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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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