2013 Toyota RAV4 news, pictures, and information
All-New 2013 Toyota RAV4 Makes World Debut at Los Angeles International Auto Show• All-New Bold, Athletic Design
• Six-speed automatic wîth Sequential Shift and Sport and Eco Modes
• Class-leadingcargo capacity; class-leading eight standard airbags
• Available All-wheel drive wîth DynamicTorque Control
• Available Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert
LOS ANGELES (Nov. 28, 2012) –The all-new 2013 RAV4 crossover SÚV made its world debut today at the 2012 Los Angeles International Auto Show. Toyota's fourth-generation RAV4, the world's original crossover sport utility vehicle, arrives early next year.
With a fuel-efficient four-cylinder engine, new six-speed transmission, two-row seating for five, and a host of available in-cabin technologies, RAV4 offers a nuanced balance of performance and all-around capability, including class-leading cargo capacity, striking design, class-leading eight standard airbags, and a compelling array of standard features. RAV4 will be available in three well-equipped grades: LE, XLE and Limited.
Performance, Handling, and Efficiency
For 2013, RAV4 will provide a number of powertrain technologies that help deliver an engaging driving experience. It will feature Toyota's 2.5-liter four-cylinder, which will produce 176 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 172 ft. lbs. of torque at 4,100 rpm. The optional V6 of the previous-generation RAV4 will be discontinued.
Replacing the previous four-speed automatic will be a six-speed transmission wîth Sequential Shift. First and second gear ratios will be optimized for around-town performance. To keep engine revs lower at highway speeds and enhance fuel mileage, fifth and sixth gears will be overdrives.
RAV4 front-wheel-drive models have received EPA- estimated fuel efficiency ratings of 24 mpg city/31 highway, while all-wheel-drive models are EPA-estimated at 22 mpg city/29 mpg highway. A new Eco mode is designed to promote more efficient driving thus helping to enhance fuel efficiency.
The new RAV4 will provide its active owners a more dynamic drive, wîth new technologies like a Sport Mode wîth Dynamic Torqu Control AWD, enhancements in suspension performance, and optimized electric power §teering. The spring rates have been enhanced, and the shock absorbers have been optimally tuned to help the vehicles handling characteristics.
RAV4 has a MacPherson strut front suspension, double-wishbone rear suspension and four-wheel disc brakes. The LE will ride on 17-inch steel wheels, XLE will feature 17-inch alloys, and Limited will be equipped wîth 18-inch alloys.
In both front- and all-wheel drive RAV4's Sport Mode sharpens shift timing, throttle response and §teering response. When down shifting the RAV4 six-speed automatic transmission in 'S' Mode, engine revs rise wîth a clearly audible 'blip,' adding to the driving experience.
In RAV4 wîth AWD, Dynamic Torque Control AWD has additional benefits. When turning into and through a corner, power is sent to the rear wheels to help enhance cornering performance, detecting §teering angle and lack of yaw rate in Sport Mode (and detecting lack of yaw rate in Normal and Eco Mode).Dynamic Torque Control has three different drive modes: Auto, Lock and Sport. In Auto Mode, RAV4 delivers power primarily to the front wheels under most driving conditions, switching automatically to AWD only when needed. By only engaging the rear axle and delivering power to the rear wheels when needed, Auto Mode helps enhance fuel efficiency and reduce drivetrain wear.
In Lock Mode at lower speeds, RAV4 essentially has a full-time AWD system wîth power delivered to all four wheels. At speeds below approximately 25 mph in Lock Mode, up to 50 percent of engine power is sent to the rear wheels, enhancing traction and helping RAV4 'dig' through sandy or muddy conditions. Lock Mode reverts to Auto Mode when vehicle speed passes approximately 25 mph.
As on the front-drive RAV4's, Sport Mode sharpens shift timing, throttle response, and §teering response. In RAV4 wîth AWD, Sport Mode has additional benefits. It can provide smooth and nearly instantaneous torque transfers between the front and rear wheels to help enhance cornering performance. Únder certain conditions, Sport Mode can automatically deliver up to 50 percent of engine power to the rear wheels.
In Sport Mode, the AWD system also can apportion power based on input from the §teering angle and yaw rate sensors of the Vehicle Stability Control system. When turning into and through a corner, power is sent to the rear wheels to maximize traction available at each of the four corners of the vehicle. Únder braking in a straight line in Sport Mode, power delivery to the rear wheels can be momentarily suspended to best leverage the benefits of ABS and VSC.
Exterior Design & Body Structure
The new RAV4's design achieves strong proportions while conveying the agile and fun character. Sophisticated and dynamic, the exterior features a progressive silhouette, wîth a sleek-sloping roofline and an aggressive character line. The new RAV4's interior has a premium, sophisticated look wîth soft-touch accents and driver-centric controls.
RAV4 pursues the design goals defined by Toyota President Akio Toyoda, wîth aggressively sculpted front and rear fenders and boldly proportioned taillights that define RAV4's athletic presence.
In a significant break wîth its heritage, RAV4 will switch from its side-hinged rear door to a convenient roof-hinged liftgate wîth a space-saver spare tire will be stored under the cargo floor. Standard on the Limited grade will be a one-touch power rear liftgate wîth driver-selectable memory height settings.
As on other recently introduced Toyotas, RAV4 engineers paid special attention to aerodynamics, the most obvious detail being small vortex generators molded into the taillight cases and near the base of the A-pillars. Less obvious are the aerodynamic undertrays beneath the passenger cabin that help smooth and control airflow.
Following body-engineering principles debuted in the 2012 Camry and 2013 Avalon, RAV4's body structure will include high-strength steel to help achieve several significant goals, including a robust and stiff platform that enhances §teering and handling precision, and a body structure that is both strong and light. RAV4 engineers used several grades of high-strength steel to form key structural components in the roof, rocker sills, floor, engine compartment and door frames. The weight savings were in part invested in sound deadening materials and an acoustic windshield, helping to create a quiet passenger cabin.
Interior Design & Packaging
The new RAV4's dash panel is driver-centric and asymmetrical, wîth primary and secondary controls all within easy reach. On the passenger side, the sculpted dash panel creates a sense of airy spaciousness.
RAV4's dash panel and gauges all feature Clear Blue illumination, which provides crisp visibility in most ambient light conditions, and a unified, coherent appearance at night.
RAV4 will come standard wîth a manual tilt/telescope §teering column, wîth the LE and XLE featuring a urethane §teering wheel. The Limited grade will have a leather-wrapped §teering wheel. All RAV4 §teering wheels will have controls for audio, Bluetoothâ hands-free phone and audio, and the Multi-Information Display (MID).
All RAV4's will have driver and front passenger seats wîth high seatbacks and a slim back, enhancing rear-passenger knee room. The RAV4 LE driver's seat is six-way adjustable, including seat height.
The RAV4 XLE driver and front passenger will ride in premium bucket seats wîth sport bolstering, providing ample support of the lower hips, lower torso and shoulders during cornering. The XLE will have premium fabric wîth French stitching on the seats and portions of the dash panels.
The Limited will have the same premium driver and front-passenger bucket seats found in the XLE but will also come equipped wîth an eight-way power adjustable driver's seat wîth memory, plus heaters in the front seat bottoms and seatbacks wîth two temperature settings and driver power lumbar. All RAV4 Limited seats are trimmed in high-quality, breathable SofTex wîth French stitching. SofTex also covers the center armrest, and portions of the door and dash panels.
All RAV4's will feature 60/40 split/fold second-row seats that recline several degrees to enhance passenger comfort.
In contrast to 2013 RAV4's compact exterior dimensions, the cargo area is deeper, larger and easier to access than in the previous generation, wîth just over 38.4 cu. ft. of cargo capacity behind the rear seats. With rear seats folded, RAV4 class-leading maximum cargo capacity of 73.3 cu. ft.
Privacy glass, Daytime Running Lights (DRL), cruise control, power side mirrors, power door locks and power windows are standard on all RAV4s. RAV4 XLE and Limited feature dual-zone automatic climate control, integrated fog lights, power moonroof wîth sliding sunshade and heated outside mirrors wîth turn signal indicators.
In-Cabin Technology, Audio
Standard on all RAV4 models is a Display Audio wîth a 6.1-inch LCD touchscreen. Significant for this market, RAV4's Display Audio includes a standard backup camera and Bluetooth connectivity. When shifted into reverse, the audio display will show the image of what the backup camera captures. The image will include an overlay of positioning lines representing the parking space and approximate distance to obstacles.
XLE and Limited will offer an available GPS Navigation and Entune™ multimedia system wîth satellite radio and advanced voice recognition. The Limited grade will also offer an available JBL® GreenEdgeÔ Premium Audio wîth 576-Watts of maximum power, 11 speakers, and GPS Navigation and Entune.
The Limited grade will offer an available Blind Spot Monitor system (BSM). It can be turned off wîth a dashboard switch. When the system detects a vehicle in the adjacent lane, it alerts the driver wîth a blinking light indicator in the side mirrors. If the turn signal is on when there is a vehicle in the blind spot of the driver's intended lane, the indicator on the corresponding mirror will warn the driver wîth a solid light.
The available Blind Spot Monitor incorporates Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), which uses the Blind Spot Monitor radar sensors at the lower rear bodywork of the vehicle. When backing up, the RCTA senses vehicles approaching from either direction and provides an audible warning combined wîth a flashing indicator in the appropriate outside mirror.
All 2013 RAV4s will have a class-leading eight standard airbags. Like every Toyota, RAV4 will feature the Star Safety System, which includes Traction Control, Electronic Brake-force Distribution, Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control, Brake Assist, an Anti-lock Braking System and Smart Stop Technology.Source - Toyota
|All-New 2013 Toyota RAV4 SUV Scores Early Sales Surge Thanks to New Styling and In-Cabin Technologies|
|TORRANCE, Calif., May 6, 2013 – The arrival of the new 2013 next-generation Toyota RAV4 SUV has led to a sales surge for the original crossover SUV that began what is now the fastest growing segment in the auto industry. RAV4 sales have increased since the new model began rolling into Toyota dealerships in January. In February, its first full month in showrooms, RAV4 sales increased nearly 10 percent over the same period last year with the new model making up 65 percent of all RAV4...[Read more...]|
|Consumer Reports Finds Redesigned Toyota Rav4 Is Solid Choice—But Falls Short Of Top Small Suv|
|Redesigned for 2013, the new Toyota RAV4 performed well in Consumer Reports' tests—and achieved a 'Very Good' overall score. But the RAV4's performance wasn't enough for it to reclaim its top spot among small SUVs. The RAV4 now ranks, behind the Consumer Reports' 2013 Top Pick Honda CR-V and the latest Mazda CX-5, equipped with a new 2.5-liter engine, for small SUVs. The race is very tight, only one point separates the CR-V from the CX-5, and the CX-5 from the RAV4. 'The good news for cons...[Read more...]|
|All-New 2014 Fiat 500L Expands The Fiat Brand'S Product Lineup And Its Commitment To Innovative And Value-Loaded Cars|
|◾All-new 2014 Fiat 500L arrives to FIAT studios this June with a starting price of $19,100 and four value-loaded models ◾No-charge Premier Package on 500L Easy, Trekking and Lounge models ◾All-new Fiat 500L expands the appeal of the iconic 500, while adding two more doors, accommodations for five passengers, best-in-class interior volume (120.1 cu. ft.) and advanced European technology May 24, 2013 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - Expanding on the style, efficiency and driving enjoyment that ...[Read more...]|
|SOUL RANKED HIGHEST IN ITS SEGMENT IN STRATEGIC VISION'S TOTAL QUALITY INDEX STUDY|
|◾Soul recognized by veteran consumer research-based consultancy, Strategic Vision ◾New car buyers selected Kia's urban transport based on quality perceptions and ownership experience IRVINE, Calif., May 17, 2013 – Kia Motors America (KMA) has been one of the fastest-growing car companies in the U.S. over the last five years1, and its edgy urban passenger vehicle, the Soul – a key factor in that growth – was recently named to Strategic Vision's 2013 list of Total Quality Vehicles. The ...[Read more...]|
|Chrysler Wants To Show Off Your Customized Chrysler Brand Vehicle|
|- Grand prize winner will receive a trip to the 2014 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, a luxury vacation package for two and a two-year lease of a Chrysler vehicle - Three contest finalists will attend the 2013 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show on Nov. 8 in Las Vegas - Participants can enter the 'Chrysler Custom Challenge' via the Chrysler brand's Facebook page (www.facebook.com/Chrysler) May 1, 2013 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - The Chrysler brand...[Read more...]|
|2014 MAZDA6 NAMED TO WARD'S ‘10 BEST INTERIORS' LIST|
|The all-new 2014 Mazda6 today was named to WardsAuto World's 10 Best Interiors list, as chosen by the publication's editors. The redesigned mid-size sports sedan features Mazda's new design language called KODO 'Soul of Motion,' which translates muscular movement and power into agile proportions, detailed sculpting and expressive character. The Mazda6 also was recently named one of the top three vehicle designs in the world for 2013 by the World Car Awards. 'The automotive industry, regardl...[Read more...]|
|All-new Dodge Dart and Chrysler 300 Luxury Series Named to 'Wards 10 Best Interiors' List for 2012|
|• New 2013 Dodge Dart built with materials and precision craftsmanship typically found in more expensive vehicle segments |
• High-tech, unseen-in-the-segment features available on the Dart include class-exclusive customizable 7-inch gauge cluster, 8.4-inch Uconnect® touchscreen, heated steering wheel and illuminated floating island bezel in the instrument panel
• All-new Chrysler 300 Luxury Series sedan is the most luxurious and fuel-efficient Chrysler vehicle ever
• ...[Read more...]
|Similarly Sized Vehicles from 2013|
|Audi A4 Allroad Quattro|
|Audi AS5 Sportback|
|Audi RS4 Avant|
|Audi TT RS Plus|
|BMW Concept Active Tourer|
|Other models by Toyota|
|Related Articles and Event Coverage|
|2012 LA Auto Show|
Land Cruiser 40 Series
Land Cruiser 70