2013 Toyota RAV4 | Review, Price, Interior, Exterior, Engine

October 15th, 2012 | Category: SUV, Toyota | 1713 Views

2013 Toyota RAV4 | Review, Price, Interior, Exterior, Engine. – Welcome to Neocarsuv.Com, we will provide the latest information about the 2013 Toyota RAV4. 2013 Toyota RAV4 is one brand new car from Toyota that was released in 2013. We will also review about the price, interior, exterior and engine of the 2013 Toyota RAV4.

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Now, An extensively camouflaged prototype of the next generation Toyota RAV4 compact crossover, the current version of which debuted in 2006. The RAV4 was mildly refreshed for 2009, but it’s ripe for a redesign. These spy photos show that the next RAV4 is going to change quite a bit from its current form and move closer to the crossover mainstream.

The next generation of Toyota’s RAV4 crossover. We’ve already spotted camouflaged prototypes during testing, this rendering incorporates many of the key changes expected for Toyota’s ubiquitous small SUV, including a more carlike look with smoother styling.

Insert Toyota and its popular crossover here, the current RAV4 is fast growing a few grey hairs and has lost some of its youthfulness of yesteryear. Not wanting its direct competitors to seize on this, the boffins at Toyota have been working hard on its next generation of their popular compact SUV.

This hard work has become more apparent in recent months with numerous camouflaged spy photos hitting the cyberspace. Based on those photos, I have created an illustration that previews the new design direction for the 2013 Toyota RAV4.

A 2013 Toyota RAV4 crossover prototype has been caught U.S. testing, giving us one of our first glimpses of the upcoming SUV before it replaces the outdated, current RAV4. The 2013 Toyota doesn’t reveal much of its sheetmetal curves, but there are still a few details that peek out.

The 2013 RAV4?s front end disguise may vaguely resemble the front clip of the new 2013 Acura RDX crossover, but the actual design may prove anything is possible once the new RAV4 debuts. Instead of the current RAV4?s somewhat angry looking snout, we wouldn’t be surprised to see some 2013 Venza cues displayed on the 2013 RAV4.

These may be the most unsatisfying spy photos we’ve posted all year, because we never got a look at the front of this camouflaged crossover SUV. There’s little doubt it’s the redesigned 2013 Toyota RAV4, though based on its shape and general proportions, and given that we were right near Toyota’s North American headquarters in Torrance, California. Unfortunately, we were on a tight schedule and couldn’t deviate from our intended left turn, as the RAV4 mule turned right.

In these photos, though, you can see that Toyota has finally nixed the RAV’s signature side hinged tailgate and rear mounted spare tire in favor of a lighter, possibly power operated overhead liftgate and presumably a floor/undercarriage mounted spare. Rear suspension remains independent, no surprise there.

2013 Toyota RAV4 Price :
There may be an electric vehicle in your future, maybe in the very near future. The technology is moving very quickly, as auto manufacturers rush to meet the strictures of the California Environmental Protection Agency Air Resources Board’s (CARB) zero emissions vehicle program. Toyota checks in with its latest electric vehicle, and it’s an SUV: The 2013 Toyota RAV4 EV. I got a chance to drive a few preproduction examples of the RAV4 EV, 2,600 of which will arrive on select California dealer’s lots with a list price of $49,800 after government incentives and tax breaks, an effective $40,000.

Toyota unveiled its new 2013 RAV4 EV at the 26th annual Electric Vehicle Symposium here and said the car will be priced from $50,610 when it goes on sale in late summer in four California markets. The base sticker includes an $810 shipping charge.

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2013 Toyota RAV4 Interior :
Gone is the upright stance of old, replaced by a steeply raked cabin that looks to have been shaped by a wind tunnel stuck on hurricane setting. This sleekness has also transferred onto the sheet metal; there are now more contemporary creases and stylized lines the outgoing model in comparison looks like it had too many deep fried pies. What you can’t see here is the banishment of the tailgate mounted full size spare, with it now being out of sight the tail lights now span horizontally like the Camry’s. At the business end, the grill and headlights take on the corporate look that will adorn the upcoming Corolla/Auris series.

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, an electric RAV4, dubbed the RAV4 EV, is expected to debut by year’s end. This will the first electric version of the RAV4 since 2003, but Toyota is hoping for a better result with the new version. The RAV4 EV is expected to be powered by batteries from Tesla Motors and to run at least 100 miles on a single charge.

The driver interface, instrument panel, gear selector and information screens on the EV have been changed from the gas version. The IP is a thin-film transistor (TFT) screen, and it delivers a lot of information to the driver in easy to digest chunks. A big 8? color display dominates the top of the center stack, carrying navigation, audio, communications and vehicle settings information. Many of the traditional control knobs and buttons, especially for audio, have been eliminated, with their functions nested within the touch screen display. I’d have to live with this for a while before I became totally comfortable with its operation sometimes it’s nice to have a knob on the dash that’s dedicated to turning down the radio volume or searching for a station. The center stack controls that remain have been rewired to touch controls. The whole effect is clean, crisp and relatively high tech.

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2013 Toyota RAV4 Exterior :
The slight downward slope of the side glass windows suggests Toyota may have styling updates planned that could enhance it visually compared to the slab sided 2012 RAV4. Around back, the 2013 Toyota RAV4 prototype has taillights that stretch into the liftgate door, unlike those of the current RAV4. This model has the license plate mounted in the center of the liftgate door though, at this point, it’s unclear whether Toyota will offer any 2013 RAV4 with a sideways opening rear door or opt for a more conventional upward-opening unit found on competitors like the Honda CR-V and Ford Escape. This 2013 RAV4 tester has a single exhaust outlet, suggesting it might be the volume four cylinder model.

Along with that, we’re expecting to see the deletion of the third-row seat option (that almost nobody buys for the current model) and the arrival of Entune and a camera system on par with what Ford and Honda are offering in the Escape and CR-V. We’ll know more when the 2013 RAV4 makes its probable debut at the 2012 L.A. Auto Show.

The electric version of the RAV4 gets a new front bumper, grille, mirrors and rear spoiler, with a smoother underbody to maximize airflow. The RAV4 EV also features LED projector headlamps, daytime running lights and rear combination lights. Toyota said the car will be offered in three exterior colors Blizzard White Pearl, Shoreline Blue Pearl and Classic Silver Metallic.

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2013 Toyota RAV4 Engine :
The changes to the RAV4’s powertrain should be much more evolutionary than those made to the crossover’s styling. Unlike many of its mid size competitors, the latest Camry sedan retained its optional six cylinder engine instead of moving to a four cylinder only lineup. Therefore, we expect the RAV4 to keep its brawny six; the current base engine, a 179 hp, 2.5 liter four, should carry over as well. The current RAV4’s four cylinder still utilizes a four speed automatic whew, that’s a lot of “fours” and it’s possible that Toyota will drop in a six speed to improve fuel economy. The same upgrade could be in store for the V-6, which presently backs up to a five speed auto.

As we said in an April story featuring the two 2013 RAV4 renderings shown below, Toyota may choose to drop the third row seating available on the 2012 RAV4, and the V-6 model’s future is uncertain, as well. Honda offers just one engine option on the CR-V while Ford makes available three different engines on the Escape. A 2012 RAV4 with the 2.5 liter I-4 makes 179 hp and 172 lb-ft of torque, with 22/28 mpg city/highway with front wheel drive and 21/27 mpg with all wheel drive. We’re hoping the I-4 model’s four speed automatic is the first thing Toyota removes, to increase fuel economy and the driving experience on highways.

Buyers should again be able to spec their RAV4s with either front or all wheel drive, as is customary throughout the small crossover arena. We expect the outgoing RAV4’s four and six cylinder engines to largely carry over to this new one, however, Toyota likely will upgrade to six speed automatic transmissions for both engines. (Currently, the four cylinder RAV4 gets an ancient four speed auto and the brawny V-6 model gets a five cog slushbox.).

Toyota said the RAV4 EV’s driving performance, dynamics and cargo capacity are equal to or exceed that of the gasoline powered RAV4 V6. Toyota said the front wheel drive RAV4 EV can accelerate from zero to 60 in 7.0 seconds and has a top speed of 100 mph.
Source: autocarrelease.com, neocarblog.com.

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