If your New Year’s resolutions include buying a stylish and efficient crossover with more cargo space than any vehicle in its class, Toyota’s got some big news for you: The all-new 2013 RAV4 is slated to go on sale in January at dealers like Lexington Toyota with those benefits and more.
For example, the revised RAV4 will offer a standard rearview camera system across the entire lineup, as well as a Display Audio system with a 6.1-inch screen, Bluetooth connectivity, USB and AUX ports, and six speakers. That premium sound setup is nestled into an upgraded interior with plenty of soft-touch materials, and accented by an asymmetric dash treatment that groups controls and switch gear within easy reach of the driver, while providing an uncluttered, airy space for the front-seat passenger.
According to Salem Toyota Dealership, motivation will come solely from Toyota’s 2.5-liter I4, which delivers a robust 176 hp and 172 lb.-ft. of torque, mated to a new six-speed automatic transmission with an available sport-shifting mode. That powertrain supplies a welcome boost to the RAV4’s fuel-economy marks, too. Toyota expects the nimble crossover to reach 24 mpg city/31 mpg highway in its two-wheel-drive configuration, representing increases of 2 mpg/3 mpg; with its new Dynamic Torque Control all-wheel-drive system, the RAV4 is projected to achieve 22 mpg city/29 mpg highway, for increases of 3 mpg/2 mpg.
Also available in the comprehensively redesigned 2013 RAV4:
- Toyota’s Entune 2.0 infotainment/connectivity system
- Blind-spot and rear cross-traffic alert systems
- Premium audio, courtesy of a 576-watt JBL sound system with 11 speakers (including a 7.9-inch subwoofer)
- A roof-hinged tailgate (with available one-touch power open/close functionality)
- An LED rear center brake light
- Nine exterior colors—Blizzard Pearl, Super White, Classic Silver Metallic, Magnetic Gray Metallic, Black, Barcelona Red Metallic, Pyrite Mica, Spruce Mica, and Shoreline Blue Pearl
Teh folks at Toyota Dublin remind us that the whole package is wrapped up in a striking new exterior design that is among the most aerodynamic in the segment.
“RAV4 was the original crossover SUV, a design and engineering concept now widely adopted throughout the industry,” said Bill Fay, group vice president and general manager, Toyota Division. “But RAV4 is the original, the first. For 2013, RAV4 is carefully tailored to the needs of the compact SUV market it created, with a fuel-efficient four-cylinder engine, a new six-speed automatic transmission, two-row seating for five and exceptional in-cabin technologies.”