2013 Toyota RAV4
Following the recently redesigned Honda CR-V and Ford Escape comes an all-new Toyota RAV4. And much like its major compact crossover rivals, the new Rav is even more car-like; racing to include the features that young families need to perform their daily duties.
While longtime fans might mourn the loss of the swing out tailgate with spare tire, most others will be happy to see it replaced by a traditional lift-gate and under cargo floor spare. Behind that liftgate is 38.4 cubic-ft. of cargo space, and room for a class leading 73.3 with rear seat backs folded.
What’s also missing is an optional V6, as buyers will have to make do with a 176-horsepower, 2.5-liter I4. But, the transmission gets a much needed boost from 4 gears to 6.
BRAIN ROBINSON: The new RAV4 is better in every aspect. Most noticeable to me was just the better driving experience. And while some might mourn the loss of a V6 option, the four cylinder offers plenty of power for most people’s needs.
Of course the interior has major updates as well, and it’s still a very comfortable place to eat up some miles. Controls are now easier to reach and there’s lots of space for small item storage.
Sales begin early in the new year with prices up slightly, starting at just over $24,000.
Engine: 2.5-liter I4
Price: Starting at just over $24,000