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2013 Toyota RAV4

steverstever YooperlandPosts: 39,979
edited August 2012 in Toyota
Seen on the street. Big news is no spare tire hanging off the back and no more rear door hinged on the wrong side.

The real thing is supposed to debut at the 2012 LA Auto show.

2013 Toyota RAV4 Spotted in Southern California (Straightline)


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  • gene22gene22 Posts: 34
    Here it is October 2012 and the 2013 model has not been released, announced, etc? Hello, Toyota!
  • I agree, this is ridiculous, November 2012 and no 2013 RAV4 pictures or even a hint at what it'll look like!! (I've seen the camo'ed versions) I'm on the wire to buy a Ford Escape but wanted to see, at least, what the new RAV4 would look like before I got the Escape. If no V6 is offered I'll be going with the Escape.
  • empoweredbcempoweredbc Posts: 50
    edited October 2012
    Obviously you'll see it in LA soon, but I wouldn't expect a V6. Toyota hasn't been selling them, and the CRV can't stop selling with it's 4-banger.

    Why get the Escape when IT DOESN'T offer the V6 you want? The Rav4 offers a V6 now, so......get it! :confuse:

    You contradict yourself well....
  • I would expect the Camry's 2.5 engine, plus the Camry Hybrid engine. I'd be surprised if the base Rav4 isn't more efficient than the class-sales-leader CRV.

    And Lexus will offer a version next fall.....
  • I'm in the same market. Two words, "Ecoboost Turbo". I had one on rental some time ago. Unless you're looking for the towing torque of the V6 Toyota, the Escape feels just as lively to drive. Too bad it doesn't compare to the current Rav 4 for cargo space.
  • Expect to see the All-New Rav4 in LA at the end of the month..... ;)
  • kjtg1kjtg1 Posts: 12
    emailed the dealer and toyota to findout when the rav4 would be on the lot and got no response..
  • The Toyota press releases say January they should start to hit, so expect to see a reasonable stock of them by the end of February
  • liz00liz00 Posts: 1
    I test drove one earlier this week, didn't have a problem finding one to test drive, but each dealer only seems to have a couple so no choice on which model to try out. It was very nice to drive - I was concerned since I haven't owned an SUV before, but it was easy to drive. The dealer said it hadn't offically launched yet so no sales brochures, no info on pricing for various options. The 2 cars on the lot had the price stickers on them based on the options they had. I also emailed Toyota and they also said there are no sales brochures yet and no eta on when they will be available.
  • tklientklien Posts: 20
    Rav 4 2013...wonder why no release yet. This is like Feb. Is there a problem with vehicle. There is no other 2013 not for sale as of now ???????
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 39,979
    edited January 2013
    Toyota let Edmunds Road Test one and the review was posted just yesterday (but the editors had it for a few weeks and put 800+ miles on it). That's gotta be a good sign. From the link:

    "That said, the 2013 Toyota RAV4 is among the best in almost every other category. It's comfortable with a full load of passengers, has plenty of cargo space when there are no passengers and delivers predictable, if tepid, performance no matter what's onboard. And even though it won't change the world, it delivers all the things an SUV of its type should to those with more reasonable expectations."

    About the only negative was the gas mileage.

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  • ricschricsch Posts: 540
    A local dealer has a XLE and a Limited on the lot, looks like a nice improvement from the previous generation, only thing missing is the V6 engine.

    Much better looking w/o the spare tire on the rear of the vehicle.
  • I can't wait to get behind the wheel of the 2013 Rav4!! It is so sleek and from the reviews, it sounds like it is top-notch! Although there are a few less-than-perfect attributes, it is considered among the best in its class and that is good enough for me... I will be purchasing one of these this year! I'm sure it will be worth the wait... Now, if I can only decide on a color... Hmmm ;)
  • stopped last saturday to check out the new rav, i do not like it at all. reminds me of the new ford escape,felt cheap inside and it was the limited model. i understand that car manufacturers have to reduce the weight in vehicles now to try to meet the epa mileage standards but it looked cheap. i hated the old one having the tire on the back so that was good but do all of the vehicles really have to look alike? i expected better from toyota, i am a disappointed toyota owner. rav will not be on my list of suv's to consider, thats a shame
  • That's not my observation at all. I have a Highlander Limited, and I think the 2013 RAV4 Limited I bought this past weekend is every bit as well made as -- and even more attractive than -- my current vehicle. The engine on the RAV feels smoother than the V6 in the Highlander, and it gets much, much better mileage. I'm looking forward to many happy years with my new vehicle.
  • I was anxiously waiting for the new 2013 Rav 4 to come out, I am very disappointed with the some of the changes for one, no V6 engine offered. I own a 2008 V6 limited the car is great the new Rav has cheap look to the inside on the limited. My mileage with the V6 is pretty good, I almost 29+ on long distance travel & city is over 22+. I owned 4 other Toyotas in the past & this may be my last.
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 39,979
    edited February 2013
    Just curious, but have you visited a dealer and looked at them (or do you intend to), or perhaps take a test drive?

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  • I have not seen it in person, I read reviews and saw it reviewed on "Motor Week" there are some nice added features but not having a V6 available was a big turn off. I think Toyota made a mistake not having the V6 option.
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 39,979
    edited February 2013
    Thanks. The V6 was popular, especially since lots of owners got as good of mpg with it as people did with the old available four cylinder.

    I do like that Toyota got rid of the spare on the rear and went to a lift-hatch.

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  • kjtg1kjtg1 Posts: 12
    I got my rav4 Mondayand like it more everytime I drive it. there is nothing cheap looking about I had a 2006 & 2010 this is the best car (I have had.
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