Wednesday, December 18, 2013

2013 Toyota RAV4 XLE Review

Recently I was emailed and given the opportunity to review a brand new 2013 Toyota Rav4 XLE. I was given the chance to work with Prestige on behalf of Toyota on reviewing this car. When they called to set up delivery of the car, it was a complete concierge experience! The SUV was delivered clean, with a full tank of gas and the gentleman that delivered the car were very nice and helpful with going over things about the SUV! When the car arrived I immediately noticed the beautiful red color. 
 This is Toyota’s fourth-generation RAV4. This SUV has great fuel efficiency. They dropped it off with a full tank of gas and we drove around anywhere and everywhere with it, and still had about 1/4 of a tank when they picked it up! We drove the car in ECO Mode, so that is probably why. Driving in ECO Mode maximizes MPG!  It uses about 3.8 gallons per 100 miles and 26 mpg combined city and highway.
As you can see, the front seats feature bucket seats.  It also has premium fabric with French stitching on the seats and portions of the dash panels.
I loved the soft touch of the interior and the sleek design inside! RAV4's dash panel and gauges all feature a new Clear Blue illumination. It looks beautiful when lit up at night. It has a manual tilt/telescope steering column, and a urethane steering wheel.  All RAV4 steering wheels will have controls for audio, Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio, and the Multi-Information Display! This was a cool feature. Talking hands free without risking an accident was a plus for us!
 The touch screen display featured a GPS and Sirius Radio. It also had an option to connect your phone and get on APPS via your phones data connection. The Toyota RAV4 also has a rear backup camera! I had never driven a car with a back up camera before! This was so neat!
The back of the SUV also has over 38.4 cu. ft. of cargo capacity behind the rear seats.  With rear seats folded, RAV4 has class-leading maximum cargo capacity of 73.4 cu. ft. As you can see below, this is the only stock photo that I used, seeing all of the items in the back of the car shows how much space there is!
All 2013 RAV4s have eight standard airbags: dual stage advanced driver and front passenger airbags, front seat-mounted airbags, first and second row side curtain airbags, driver knee airbag and front passenger seat cushion airbag. This SUV drove so smooth. My husband said it was like riding on clouds! That may be because RAV4 has a MacPherson strut front suspension that delivers smooth suspension movements.  I have to agree with him. It has a six-speed transmission. First and second gear ratios are optimized for around-town performance. To enhance highway fuel mileage, fifth and sixth gears are overdrives. The RAV4 has a four- cylinder engine which produces 176 SAE net horsepower at 6000 rpm and 172 lbs-ft. of torque at 4,100 rpm.  Another thing that I did like about the car was it conveniently has a Keyless Entry System. The Toyota Rav4 is available in eight colors and the fabric is available in two. The MSRP is $24,160!  
Overall, I loved the Toyota RAV4 experience! This SUV is perfect for the mom on the go or any family! If you want more information on the RAV4, visit your local Toyota Dealership or visit Toyota online. Be sure to visit Toyota on their social media to stay up to date with the latest. 
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*Disclaimer: The Small Things was provided with a complementary week of driving this car from Prestige on the behalf of Toyota. All thoughts are my own and may differ from others*


  1. Wow-I love the roominess! My husband has the 2013 Carolla and we love it! Love the leather interior details on the steering wheel!

  2. I used to own a rav4 I think they are great cars! They've just gotten better as the years have gone by. I love the in-dash display and the moon/sunroof. Very spacious trunk too!

  3. This was a great review on what appears to be a great family vehicle. We are a family of 4 with 4 vehicles so whoever is due for an upgrade, I'll consider checking out the rav4 (4 4 4 - gotta love it!)


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