2013 Toyota RAV4

MSRP $23,300 - $27,010

Ranked #10 in Suv

7.6

Overall Rating

2013 Toyota RAV4 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 10, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The Toyota RAV4 is a known name in the crossover and SUV segment. The RAV4 has been completely redesigned for the year 2013 and looks better than ever. The sculpted sleek exterior and comfy interior with inviting materials are a trademark of the 2013 RAV4. Toyota has also tried to incorporate sufficient interior space, good performance, and the latest technology in the RAV4. 

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Pros

Good handling 

Spacious interiors

A long list of safety features

Cons

Lackluster cabin feel 

The infotainment system could be better 

What's New?

New updated styling 

The V-6 engine is discontinued from the entire lineup

No third row of seats


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$23300

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

152 cu.in.

horsepower

176 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

172 lb.-ft. @ 4100 rpm

transmission

6 speed automatic w/OD and auto manual

chassis

suspension front

MacPherson strut front suspension

dimensions

wheelbase

104.7 in.

length

179.9 in.

width

72.6 in.

height

65.4 in.

curb weight

3435 lbs.

ground clearance

6.3 in.

capacity

passenger volume

101.9 cu ft.

cargo volume

73.4 cu ft.

towing capacity

1500 lbs.

payload capacity

900 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

9 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

24/27/31 mpg

highway range

492.9 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

LE$23,300 onwards

XLE$24,290 onwards

Limited$27,010 onwards

Colors and Styles

2013 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

6.0

Features

8.5

Engine and Performance

6.0

Fuel Economy

9.0

Interior

6.0

Exterior

8.0

Safety

7.0

Competition

7.0

7.6

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.6

Overall Rating


The 2013 Toyota RAV4 is available in three trims, namely the LE, XLE, and Limited. The price for the LE trim starts at $23,300 for the LE trim and goes up to $27,010 for the top-of-the-line Limited trim. The 2013 model marks the fourth generation of the well-built RAV4. It faces stiff competition from the likes of Honda CR-V, Hyundai Santa Fe, and Ford Escape.


8.5/10
Features

6.0/10
Engine and Performance

9.0/10
Fuel Economy

6.0/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

7.0/10
Safety


2013 Toyota RAV4 Features

8.5/10

The 2013 Toyota RAV4 is available in three trims, namely the LE, XLE, and Limited. The updated 2013 model is well designed and offers better performance, interior space, tech features and the known reliability factor from the house of Toyota is also present. The three trims are well spaced with regard to available creature comforts and price. 

Trims 

LE

XLE

Limited 

MSRP

$23,300

$24,290

$27,010 

Key Features 

2.5L inline-four engine

Adds to upgrades to the LE trim

Adds to upgrades to the XLE trim

 

17-inch steel wheels 

17-inch alloy wheels

18-inch alloy wheels

 

Projector-beam headlights with auto-off feature

Power tilt/slide moonroof with sunshade

Adjustable power liftgate with jam protection

 

Automatic Limited-Slip Differential 

Integrated fog lights

Driver and front passenger heated seats

 

ECO and Sport Modes

Dual-zone automatic climate control

Smart Key System6 with Push Button Start

 

Soft-touch interior accents

French-stitching accents

SofTex-trimmed seating

 

Remote keyless entry system

Roof rails

Leather-trimmed steering wheel 

Which trim should you buy?

We think that the XLE trim is a well-balanced trim with respect to the features it offers and price. Most of the features of the Limited trim are available in the XLE trim barring some creature comforts. So, we would suggest going for the XLE trim and opt for available packages to further muscle up the XLE trim. 

2013 Toyota RAV4 Engine and Performance

6.0/10

The 2013 RAV4 is equipped with a smaller 2.5L inline-four engine and it produces about 176 hp and 172 lb-ft of torque. The larger 3.5L V-6 engine has been discontinued by the manufacturer. The new engine is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission and as expected, the performance is good from it. The 2013 RAV4 is available in FWD configuration with AWD being an optional feature. 

However, you’ll have to spend an extra $1400 for the same. The RAV4 offers decent acceleration and a 0-60 mph sprint is done in 8.2 seconds and a quarter-mile drag is done within 16.5 seconds. The figures aren’t exactly overwhelming but suffice well to your needs on a daily basis. The engine is also tuned for better fuel efficiency and it does offer it. 

Models

Toyota RAV4

Honda CR-V

Hyundai Santa Fe 

Ford Escape 

MSRP

$25,690

$28,795

$26,450

$25,070

Engine

2.5L I-4

2.4L I-4

2.4L I-4

1.6L I-4 

Drivetrain

All-wheel-drive

All-wheel-drive

All-wheel-drive

FWD

Transmission

6-speed automatic

5-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

Power

176 hp

185 hp

190 hp

173 hp 

Torque

172 lb-ft

163 lb-ft

181 lb-ft

184 lb-ft 

0-60 MPH (seconds)

8.2 seconds

9.9 seconds

9.2 seconds

8.5 seconds

Quarter mile (mph)

16.5 seconds

17.3 seconds

16.8 seconds

16.7 seconds

Top speed (mph)

123 MPH

125 MPH

120 MPH

139 MPH

The newer 2.5L engine is the biggest of the lot and produces a good amount of power. The Santa Fe offers better power output than its competitors. However, the same does not translate in its performance and it does a 0-60 mph in 9.2 seconds. The Honda CR-V is the slowest in acceleration tests. The Ford Escape offers a similar performance as the RAV4, despite its smaller engine. 

2013 Toyota RAV4 Fuel Economy

9.0/10

The 2013 RAV4 comes with a 2.5L engine and gives good fuel efficiency. It can travel up to 22 mpg, 29mpg, and 25mpg in the city, on the highway, and in mixed driving conditions respectively. It is equipped with a fuel tank of 15.9 gallons. On a full tank of gas, it can travel up to 350 miles, 461 miles, and 398 miles in the city, on the highway, and in mixed driving conditions respectively.

Models

Toyota RAV4

Honda CR-V

Hyundai Santa Fe 

Ford Escape 

MPG (city)

22

22

20

23

MPG (Highway)

29

30

26

;

33

MPG (Combined)

25

25

22

26

Fuel Capacity

15.9 gallons

15 gallons

17.4 gallons

15.1 gallons

Range (City/highway)

349.8/461.1 mi

336.6/459 mi

331/418

347/498

The Honda CR-V and Hyundai Santa Fe are equipped with smaller engines as compared to the RAV4 and yet they offer slightly lower fuel efficiency. However, the Santa Fe offers more firepower as compared to the competition. It is equipped with a larger fuel tank but owing to lower efficiency, it loses the range battle. The Ford Escape is more fuel-efficient, owing to a smaller engine capacity and lower output. It also gets a smaller fuel tank of 15.1 gallons and can travel 392 miles on a full tank of gas in combined conditions. 

2013 Toyota RAV4 Interior

6.0/10

The cabin of the 2013 RAV4 is sorted out well. The dashboard looks modern and works well with the infotainment system that is placed in its center. The vertical A/C vents in the center and rounded vents at the edges of the dashboard blend well and never look out of place. The central console is well within the range of both front passengers and offers a good amount of storage space. You also get better leg space for the second-row passengers as there is no third row to eat up the space.

As you climb up the trim ladder, the features like dual-zone climate control, heated front driver passenger seats, an adjustable power liftgate, SofTex trimmed upholstery, etc become a common sight. The seats are comfortable and provide good support. The rear row seats can recline and provide nearly 37-inches of legroom, making the journey of rear passengers more comfortable. The RAV4 also offers a cargo capacity of 38.4 cu-ft, beating its competition and being a more practical option.

Models

Toyota RAV4

Honda CR-V

Hyundai Santa Fe 

Ford Escape 

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

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

38.9/57.3/42.9

38/58.6/41.3

39.6/59.4/41.3

39.9/56.0/43.1

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

38.9/55.4/37.2

38.6/56.4/38.3

39.1/58.3/39.4

39.0/55.3/36.8

Cargo capacity to 2nd seat (cu.-ft)

38.4

37.2

35.4

34.3

All the cars offer seating for up to five passengers. The RAV4 offers decent headroom across both rows, but the Santa FE and Escape offer better headroom than it. The second-row leg space is also decent yet, falls short when compared with Honda CR-V and Santa Fe. The CR-V comes with the second-best cargo capacity, followed by Santa Fe and Escape. Some of the standout interior features of the 2013 RAV4 are:

  • Soft-touch interior accents
  • Remote keyless entry system
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control (XLE and Limited)
  • French-stitching accents (XLE)
  • SofTex-trimmed seating (Limited)
  • Driver and front passenger heated seats (Limited)

How intuitive is the 2013 RAV4’s infotainment system?

The 2013 RAV4 infotainment system is equipped with Toyota’s own Entune interface. It is equipped with a 6.1-inch touchscreen display, rearview camera, and Bluetooth connectivity as standard. As you move above in the trim hierarchy you get an optional navigation system and SiriusXM radio with a 3-month complimentary trial period. For all the trims, you get a six-speaker audio system as standard. However, you can also opt for the JBL music system with 11-speakers for higher output and better musical experience. Some of the standout infotainment features of the 2013 RAV4 are:

  • 6.1-in. Touch-screen
  • Integrated backup camera
  • 6-speaker audio system
  • SiriusXM Radio (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
  • JBL audio system (optional)

2013 Toyota RAV4 Exterior

8.0/10

The 2013 RAV4 styling has been revamped by Toyota and we are glad to say that it looks good from any angle you look at it. Also, the current RAV4 looks more muscular and is based on Toyota’s new product portfolio strategies. The front fascia imbibes sleek headlamps and a smaller grille with the Toyota logo on it. 

The front bumper makes use of extensive black cladding and dual fog lamps sit well in the front bumper. The side profile is minimalistic and the sloping roofline along with roof rails on it looks rugged. The rear profile is also good and the sharp tail lights just accentuate the whole look. The roof-mounted spoiler grants it a sporty appeal.

Models

Toyota RAV4

Honda CR-V

Hyundai Santa Fe 

Ford Escape 

Curb Weight (lbs)

3585

3480

3706

3190

Length (in.)

179.9

178.3

184.6

178.1

Width (in.)

72.6

71.6

74

72.4

Height (in.)

67.1

65.1

66.5

66.3

Ground Clearance (in.)

6.3

6.7

N/A

7.9

Wheelbase (in.)

104.7

103.1

106.3

105.9

The RAV4 gets a more balanced set of exterior dimensions, including curb weight. It’s not on the lighter side of the heavier side as compared to the rivals. It just sits in the middle. The Hyundai Santa Fe is the bulkier SUV of the lot. The RAV4 gets a ground clearance of 6.3-inches which is good and sufficient on most roads. The Ford Escape gets a higher ground clearance of 7.9-inches and makes it a more capable off-roader SUV. Some of the standout exterior features of the 2013 RAV4 are:

  • Power tilt/slide moonroof with sunshade
  • Integrated fog lights
  • Roof rails
  • Projector-beam headlights with auto on/off feature
  • Roof spoiler
  • Privacy glass
  • Acoustic noise-reducing front windshield

2013 Toyota RAV4 Safety

7.0/10

The 2013 Toyota RAV4 is equipped with many active and passive safety features to ensure your safety. The NHTSA has given the RAV4 an overall 4-star safety rating in various crash tests done by it. Irrespective of the trim you select, you get the Star Safety System as standard which includes a suite of different features like vehicle stability control, traction control, ABS, EBD, brake assist, and smart start stop technology. As you climb the trim ladder, many driver assistance features get added to the safety list. Some of the standout safety features of the 2013 RAV4 are:

  • Optional Blind spot monitoring
  • Optional Rear-cross traffic alert 
  • Tire pressure monitoring system
  • Brake assist 
  • LATCH system 

2013 Toyota RAV4 Final Verdict

The Toyota RAV4 has always been a very consistent and versatile performer from the house of Toyota. With a revamped styling for the model, the deal even becomes sweeter. The infotainment system functions well for most part and availability of many safety features as standard makes the RAV4 stand out in the crowded crossover market. Also, being a Toyota vehicle, reliability and well-built quality comes without any additional cost. We won’t be shy of recommending the RAV4 to many potential buyers, looking for a crossover vehicle with good styling and practicality. 

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