2013 Toyota RAV4: Stylish, Functional and Fuel-Efficient

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Moreover, all RAV4s are now equipped with a rearview camera, eight airbags and 17-inch wheels (18-inch wheels are standard on the Limited model).

And for those seeking a little more luxury, such features as heated front seats, a dual zone ventilation system, an adjustable power liftgate, leather-like seats, a blind-spot monitoring system with cross-traffic alert system, a sliding front-center armrest, a driver’s side memory seat, a push-button keyless starter, a navigation system, a satellite radio system, an upgraded 11-speaker audio system and the brand’s signature Entune audio system are available.

The marketing folks at Toyota are targeting are going after two groups with this compact crossover, small families and empty nesters.

Utility Space
The RAV4 now offers more interior space due to eliminating the rear tire from hanging outside the door. Yes, believe it or not this has assisted with saving space coupled with thinner rear second seats. As the old saying goes, ‘every inch counts.’
RAV4 Unraveled

The RAV4 no offers an optional third-row seat or a spare that hangs from the rear cargo door. The compact spare tire is now neatly housed in the floor of the cargo area.

Also Toyota drops the six-cylinder engine this year. Only a fuel-efficient four-cylinder, which kick out a healthy 176 horses (horsepower) is available for 2013.

Toyota RAV4 offers the typical new car luxury warranty: 3 years or 36,000 miles and 2 years of free maintenance.
Early Verdict
When was the last time you heard anyone say that a Toyota was stylish? Besides the current-generation Avalon and the Scion FS-R, it’s never been a term synonymous with the brand, up until now. The RAV4 is not only stylish, but offers a comfortable ride, too.
RAV4 buyers can expect the reliability and the features they have come to expect from Toyota, without sacrificing a stylish design.  Toyota is counting on approximately 200,000 buyers to park a new RAV4 in their driveway this year. Based upon our early assessment of the vehicle, we believe the automaker shouldn’t have any problem reaching its goal.

Jeff Fortson is an auto analyst and editor of a car-buying website for women and minorities. To learn more about his popular car-buying workshop and/or to price a new-vehicle, drive on over to JeffCars.com. Follow him at twitter/jeffcars.

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