2012 Toyota RAV4

MSRP $22,650 - $25,750

Ranked #9 in Suv

7.7

Overall Rating

2012 Toyota RAV4 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 2, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2012 Toyota RAV4 belongs to the mid-size crossover SUV, it is a complete family hauler car with V6 and third-row seats. The exterior design of the Toyota RAV4 remains the same and it looks a little bit off as compared to other crossovers in the market. With the seating capacity of five and 7 as optional, it feels kind of roomy but fails to impress when it comes to the interior design as the material quality is not quite appealing.

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Pros

Comfortable seats.

Spacious cargo 

A reliable product

StrongV6 engine option

Optional 7 seating capacity

Cons

5 seats as standard

Cramped third-row seats

Cheap interior materials 

What's New?

Bluetooth connectivity is now a standard feature

Infotainment system

A new audio system


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$22650

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

114 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

152 cu.in.

horsepower

179 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

172 lb.-ft. @ 4000 rpm

transmission

4 speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

MacPherson strut front suspension

dimensions

wheelbase

104.7 in.

length

181.1 in.

width

71.5 in.

height

66.3 in.

curb weight

3360 lbs.

ground clearance

7.5 in.

capacity

passenger volume

108.2 cu ft.

cargo volume

73 cu ft.

towing capacity

1500 lbs.

payload capacity

1070 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.8 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

22/25/28 mpg

highway range

445.2 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Base$22,650 onwards

Sport$24,350 onwards

Base 3.5$24,685 onwards

Limited$25,330 onwards

Colors and Styles

2012 Toyota RAV4 in Barcelona Red Metallic color
Barcelona Red Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Feature

8.0

Features

8.0

Engine and Performance

6.0

Fuel Economy

6.0

Interior

7.0

Exterior

8.0

Safety

9.0

Competition

8.0

7.7

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.7

Overall Rating


Toyota offers two different engines with the RAV4, the first one is a 2.5 Liter inline-four that comes as a standard and for quick acceleration, there is a 3.5 Liter V6 as an option. This crossover SUV is a reliable and rugged car that is available in three different trim levels: Base, Sport, and Limited. Some of its standard features are a roof spoiler, tilt & telescopic steering wheel, six-speaker sound system & keyless entry. RAV4 competes directly with Kia Sportage, Nissan Rogue, and Honda CR-V.


8.0/10
Features

6.0/10
Engine and Performance

6.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.0/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

9.0/10
Safety


2012 Toyota RAV4 Features

8.0/10

Toyota RAV4 arrives this year with three trims - Base, Sport, and Limited, the base trim is priced at $22,650 and goes all the way up to $26,720. Therefore this car has a seating capacity of 5 people as standard and with some additional cost, third-row seats can be added, which might only be good enough for two children. An outdated 4-speed automatic transmission comes mated with the 2.5 Liter inline-four and a descend 5-speed automatic is offered to support the 3.5 Liter V6. 

Other than that two different train modes, an FWD and 4WD are integrated into the base and the limited trims respectively. The base variant of RAV4 has some mundane features like a 6-speaker audio system, cruise controls, mp3, and air conditioning. The other variants have 18-inch alloy wheels with a sport-tuned suspension system, dual-zone climate control, and some more which are listed below:

Model

Base

Sport

Limited

MSRP (FWD)

$22,650

$24,350

$25,330

MSRP (4WD)

$24,050

$25,750

$26,720

Key Features

Tilt & Telescopic steering wheel 

18-Inch alloy wheels 

Footwell lights

 

6-Speaker sound system

Fog lights

Dual-zone automatic climate control

 

Two 12V power outlets

Sport suspension

Leather steering wheel & gear knob

 

Keyless entry

Body-colored door handles

Cargo cover

 

Roofline spoiler

 

Chrome grille

 

6-way manually adjustable driver’s seat 

 

Push start button

 

LED taillights 

   
 

Rear defrost & Power windows

   

We Recommend

The 2012 Toyota RAV4 Limited is the most value for money as it has all the necessary and entertainment features. It also has some visual appeal than lower variants with the cool chrome accents and convenience like push start button. But the Inline 4 with its old-age transmission technology doesn’t feel good so it’s better to go with V6 instead.

2012 Toyota RAV4 Engine and Performance

6.0/10

The 2012 Toyota RAV4 has two engine options, a 2.4-Liter naturally aspirated inline-4 that puts a total of 179 horses with the pulling capacity of 172 pound-feet. The 2.4L comes mated with the 4-speed automatic transmission and the other one is a 3.5 Liter V6 that has much better power figures with 269 horsepower and 246 pounds of torque. 

As per the consumer needs, the two different drive trains FWD and 4WD are also there. As an average family car that is designed to achieve mundane tasks and the power that inline-4 delivers with FWD trim is more than enough. But if you are opting for the optional third-row seats then V6 would be the best option as it will enhance the vehicle’s performance even with the 7 passengers.

Model 

Toyota RAV4

Honda CR-V

Nissan Rogue

Kia Sportage 

MSRP 

$22,650

$22,295

$22,070

$18,500

Powertrain

2.5-L, NA Inline-4

2.4-L, NA Inline-4

2.5-L, NA Inline-4

2.4-L NA Inline-4

Transmission 

4-Speed Automatic

5-Speed Automatic

CVT

6-Speed automatic

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Power 

179 hp @ 6000rpm

185 hp @ 7000 rpm

170 hp @ 6000 rpm

176 hp @ 6000 rpm

Torque

172 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm

163 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm

175 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm

168 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm

Quater-Mile

14.8 sec

16.9 sec

16.8 sec

17 sec

0 to 60 MPH

8.7 sec

9.1 sec

9.3 sec

8.9 sec

Top Speed

120 mph

112 mph

122 mph

120 mph

Despite having a 4-speed automatic and second in line powerful engine, the Toyota RAV4 is winning the specs sheet in quarter-mile, top speed, and 0 to 60 mph sections. The 0 to 60 and quarter-mile timings do not matter for a family hauler, but it certainly tells us how the engine will perform with a total of 7 passengers and loaded traffic conditions. 

However, Honda CR-V and Nissan Rogue spec are quite getting along with each other and Nissan tops the speed up to 122 mph with 15 hp less power than honda. Kia with the third most powerful engine is not bad either, it has a perfect blend of speed, power, and transmission but out of all four cars, Toyota is the one who’s rocking in performance.

2012 Toyota RAV4 Fuel Economy

6.0/10

The 2012 Toyota RAV4 comes with a decent size engine and offers a good fuel economy of 22 mpg in the city, 28 mpg on the straight highways, and 24 mpg in combined city & highways conditions. The fuel tank capacity of 15.9 gallons is sufficient to clock 397 miles on average. While the higher displacement engine, the V6 is a gas guzzler and it will cost more for fuel and maintenance.

Model

Toyota RAV4

Honda CR-V

Nissan Rogue

Kia Sportage

MPG (City)

22

23

23

20

MPG (Highway)

28

31

28

27

MPG (Combined)

24

26

25

23

Fuel Capacity (gal)

15.9

15.3

15.9

15.3

Range (City/Highway/Combined)

350/445/397

352/474/413

366/445/405

306/413/359

The fuel efficiency of RAV4, CR-V, and Rogue is evenly matched but Kia is slightly off by an average of 2.5 mpg and it’s not a big deal. Fuel tank capacity is coincidentally the same number as of the car manufacturers discussed before manufacturing these autos. In-tank to tank range Nissan saves the first spot and Honda takes the second place followed by the Toyota & Kia respectively.

2012 Toyota RAV4 Interior

7.0/10

The Toyota RAV4’s interior is lacking strength and solidity, as the company has tried to cut some corners in the material quality of the interior. Its interior is all covered in hard plastic with a scratchy feel to it but Toyota has provided plenty of storage spaces in RAV4 like a compartment just above the glovebox, lighted front cupholders, top compartment with deeper console & two stacked storage bins. 

The car comes with a seating capacity of 5 as a standard and rear seats have some good convenience features, such as a 60/40 split, adjustable tilt backs, and aft & fore travel. An optional third row is also available which raises the seating capacity by two passengers and like the second-row seats, the third-row seats can also flat fold and slide into the floor with two quick lever pulls. Other than that, the cabin doesn’t feel claustrophobic and visibility is quite good but the third-row seats are not very comfortable and can only be used by the children.

Model

Toyota RAV4

Honda CR-V

Nissan Rogue 

Kia Sportage

Seating Capacity 

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/ Shoulder/ Leg) (in)

40.8/ 57.1/ 41.8

39.9/ 58.6/ 41.3

40.4/ 55.9/ 42.5

39.1/ 56.7/ 41.4

Rear row (Head/ Shoulder/ Leg) (in)

39.7/ 55.3/ 38.3

38.6/ 53.4/ 38.3

38.3/ 53.6/ 35.3

38.5/ 55.1/ 37.9

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

36.4

37.2

28.9

26.1

Toyota has superior front row and rear row space in the competition and the other three are in a neck-to-neck situation where the interior space is not much different. Honda takes first place with 37.2 cu-ft of cargo capacity followed by the Toyota RAV4 with a number 36.4 cu-ft. Nissan and Kia are providing the worst cargo space, they have 7.5 and 10.3 cu-ft less spacious cargo respectively than RAV4. Besides all the storage spaces some interior related features are listed below:

  • Heated Front Seats
  • Push Start-Stop Button
  • Rear Armrest with Cupholders
  • Auxiliary Power Output
  • Trip Computer
  • Passenger Vanity Mirror 
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • Privacy glass (In upper trims)

2012 Toyota RAV4 Infotainment System

The base trim of this car is equipped with pretty basic technology and there is not much for entertainment in this trim, and what you get is a 6-speaker system and an mp3 compatible CD player with Bluetooth connectivity and a useful USB port. If you want speed-sensitive volume controls, navigation system, touchscreen system, and much more then opt for the upper trims or choose a pack that Toyota offers. 

Toyota offers a Navigation Value Pack for those who want some additional infotainment-related features that come either as optional or in the upper trims. This pack includes a 6.1-inch touchscreen, a navigation system, satellite radio, alarm, backup camera, and Toyota’s Entune. Entune includes real-time information on traffic, weather, fuel prices, stocks, and sports. All the infotainment related features that come as standard and optional have been listed below:

  • AM / FM Stereo
  • CD Player
  • MP3 Player with Bluetooth Connectivity
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • 6-Speaker Audio System
  • 6.1-inch Touchscreen Display (Optional)
  • Navigation System (Optional)
  • Alarm and Back-up Camera (Optional)
  • Toyota’s Entune System (Optional)
  • USB input with iPod connectivity
  • HD radio with iTunes.

2012 Toyota RAV4 Exterior

8.0/10

The Toyota RAV4 has a straightforward crossover SUV look but it gets a new sleek and rugged design. After some subtle changes, this car gets newly designed headlights, front grilles, front bumper, and better fog lights. Besides all these updates, the high stance of this car will offer great road visibility. Its vertically wrapped tail lights and triangular C-pillar reminds you of the Nissan Murano. 

Model

Toyota RAV4

Honda CR-V

Nissan Rogue

Kia Sportage

Curb Weight (lbs)

3360

3305

3276

3186

Length (in)

181.9

178.3

183.3

174.8

Width (in)

71.5

71.6

70.9

73

Height (in)

66.3

64.7

65.3

64.4

Ground Clearance (in)

7.5

6.3

8.3

6.8

Wheelbase (in)

104.7

103.1

105.9

103.9

Toyota is the heaviest of them all, it is the second-longest and has the second-highest wheelbase as Nissan secures first place in these departments. While Honda and Kia have almost the same wheelbase of 103.1 & 103.9 inches respectively. It would be easy to maneuver Honda in cities because of its shorter wheelbase and overall length but it will create some issues in the ground clearance, as it has the lowest clearance of 6.3 inches while Nissan has the best followed by the Toyota & Kia. Some exterior features Of the Toyota RAV4 are listed below:

  • Halogen headlamps with auto-off feature
  • Integrated fog lamps (upper trim)
  • LED tail and stop lamps
  • Chrome-accented grille (upper trim)
  • Body-colored ORVMs with turn indicators and folding features (upper trim)
  • 16-inch steel wheels

2012 Toyota RAV4 Safety

9.0/10

The Toyota RAV4 has existed in the market since 2006 and is the first one to get a crossover SUV design and that made it the first choice as a family car. In 2012 consumers still consider it as one of the best daily haulers and a brand like Toyota which is renowned for its safety and reliability makes it an easy pick. Let’s keep aside the brand for a second take a look at the safety features that RAV4 is packed with:

  • Antilock braking system
  • Brake assist
  • Vehicle Anti-Theft system
  • Power door locks
  • Front driver and passenger airbags
  • Side impact airbags
  • 4-wheel disk brakes
  • Electronic stability control
  • Child safety lock
  • Daytime running lights (optional)
  • Traction control
  • Tire pressure monitoring system
  • Defroster

2012 Toyota RAV4 Final Verdict

If you are constrained by the budget and still want to go with an SUV for family & mundane errands then the Toyota RAV4 won’t disappoint you. It has an average engine performance, decent handling, and overall good fuel economy, and I don’t remember a single person who likes to do track timings with a family hauler. Although it’s not made for serious off-roading, it sure can handle some potholes. Overall it’s a good family car.

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