Toyota RAV4 XLE AWD 2013 Review - New Car Reviews 2014

Toyota RAV4 XLE AWD 2013 Review

Toyota RAV4 XLE AWD 2013 Review. No past RAV4 has excelled in driving entertainment, a tradition unchanged with the Toyota RAV4 XLE AWD 2013 model. That said, strides have been made in general comportment. a slight shuffle of trim levels replaces the outgoing base, Sport, and Limited hierarchy with LE, XLE, and Limited nameplates.

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In spite of the inexplicable loss of three horsepower, the extra cogs of the new automatic transmission give the Toyota RAV4 XLE AWD 2013 added vigor in acceleration tests. The run to sixty is 0.8-second quicker at 8.2 seconds and the quarter-mile sprint is half a second shorter at 16.5 seconds and 85 mph. Passing ability from 50 to 70 mph is also improved. We found tighter skidpad grip (0.78 g compared to 2012’s 0.75 g) and a slightly shorter stopping distance (168 feet versus last year’s 174 feet), most likely attributable to the change from truckish Bridgestone Duelers to stickier Dunlop Grandtrek all-season tires on the 2013 test car.

Toyota RAV4 XLE AWD 2013 VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, 4-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 5-door wagon. PRICE AS TESTED: $27,565 (base price: $26,535). ENGINE TYPE: DOHC 16-valve inline-4, aluminum block and head, port fuel injection. Displacement: 152 cu in, 2494 cc, Power: 176 hp @ 6000 rpm, Torque: 172 lb-ft @ 4100 rpm. TRANSMISSION: 6-speed automatic with manual shifting mode. FUEL ECONOMY: EPA city/highway: 22/29 mpg, C/D observed: 19 mpg.

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The 16-inch wheels used previously with base Toyota RAV4 XLE AWD LE trim are gone and 17s now are included with LE and XLE versions. The top Limited trim rolls on 18-inch aluminum wheels. Ride motions are firm and there’s determined control of body rock and roll, but the RAV4’s handling doesn’t prompt visions of track-day excursions. Overall, the new Toyota RAV4 XLE AWD 2013 is comprehensively better than the version it replaces, but we regret Toyota’s persistent inattention to driving enjoyment. Competitors, especially Mazda, have realized that an SUV can deliver on the sport part of the moniker without shadowing the utility half of the equation.

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