...The flagship Limited boasts such extra standard niceties as a roof rack, 17-inch alloy wheels, heated outside mirrors and the Smart Key System with push-button start, as well as dual-zone climate control, a 6-CD changer, satellite radio and a leather-trimmed steering wheel and shifter knob. Toyota’s Entune multimedia interface services are now standard in the Limited and include a dash-mounted display, HD and satellite radio, Bluetooth music streaming and hands-free smartphone communications that sports apps for accessing mobile phone directories, movie tickets, sports scores, vehicle...
...Fortunately, the split folding rear seat reclines a bit to increase head room. The cargo area of the four-door is larger than one would expect, offering more room behind the rear seat than a Chevrolet Caprice Classic. Two-door models are fine for singles or couples without children. The rear seat is tiny, and less than 10 cubic feet of cargo volume is available with the back seat up. On paper and in person, the RAV4 is a sensible vehicle with loads of personality. Pricing, as with many Japan-built imports, is this sport ute's main problem. A 4WD four-door with automatic, ABS, alloy wheels...
...The 4-cylinder trims have a 2.5-liter DOHC powertrain that attains 179 hp and 172 lb-ft of torque, while the V6 trims have a 3.5-liter DOHC powerplant that reaches 269 hp and 246 lb-ft of torque. Each runs on regular gas, is equipped with a 4- or 5-speed automatic transmission and is expected to attain 23 mpg city/31 highway.Although the 2013 Toyota RAV4 is not expected to look radically different inside or out from preceding model years, there are rumors that it will get bolder exterior lines that will bring it closer in looks to the carmaker’s own FJ Cruiser.More important, a hybrid RAV4...
...Powered by batteries and some powertrain components from Tesla Motors, the second-generation RAV4 EV will have a range of about 100 miles, Toyota says. The original RAV4 EV was last seen in 2003 and did little more than attract a cult following. Presumably, the new one will be much more mainstream. We expect the 2013 Toyota RAV4 EV to go on sale sometime late this year. Look for the non-electric RAV4 to bow even earlier. With both models, we expect Toyota will be fielding a prime pick for a small crossover SUV. Check back for a full review of the 2013 Toyota RAV4, including specs, driving...
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