Styling, fair space, available features, handling, ride
Expensive 4x4 model, no low-range gear, some hard cabin plastics, power
The Toyota RAV4 got a complete redesign for 2013, with a new styling language, a new drivetrain, and new features. The existing platform has been updated with new suspension tuning, while the standard engine now is a 2.5-litre 4-cylinder mated to a 6-speed automatic with manual-shift capability. There is also a choice of front-wheel-drive with limited-slip diff or all-wheel-drive with 50:50 lock mode. New items in this 5-seater crossover include a lift-up tailgate with the spare wheel now stored under the boot floor. In the UAE, the 2WD is available in EX and EXR grades, while the AWD is sold in GX, GXR and VXR grades. Standard features include power windows, electric mirrors, halogen headlights, CD/MP3 stereo with USB/AUX ports and Bluetooth, fold-flat split rear seating and more. The base model gets cloth upholstery, manual a/c, basic keyless entry and 17-inch steel wheels. Additional available features, depending on trim level, include smart keyless entry and start, LED running lamps, auto-dimming mirror, roof rails, cargo net, rear parking sensors, fog lamps, cruise control, dual-zone auto a/c, and 17-inch alloy wheels. Only the top 4x4 model gets touchscreen navigation, DVD player, rear camera, power driver's seat, sunroof and leather upholstery. All RAV4 models get two front airbags as well as ABS with EBD. Only the top 4WD model gets additional side and curtain airbags. The top two 4WD trims get stability control, brake assist, downhill assist, and hill-start assist.