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By Rick Popely | November 16, 2013 | Comments (0)

2013 Toyota RAV4 Video

With the redesigned-for-2013 Toyota RAV4, what the automaker giveth doesn't quite make up for what it taketh away. On the plus side, the compact crossover has improved ride quality, fuel economy and ease of cargo loading. But Cars.com reviewer Jennifer Geiger couldn't muster much more than "meh" in the face of subtractions like optional real-leather upholstery for cheesy-looking faux leather, a peppy V-6 for an adequate (read: boring) four-cylinder and a useful, if unpopular, third row. Watch the video and consider whether you'd still opt for the passable RAV4 over likable competitors.

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By Matt Schmitz | October 17, 2013 | Comments (0)

Most-Watched Videos of the Week

It's another truck-tastic week on our list of most-watched videos. Last week's No. 4 — in which PickupTrucks.com Editor Mark Williams gets the scoop on the Ford's 2015 Power Stroke engine from technical specialist David Ives at the 2013 State Fair of Texas — motors into first place. Meanwhile, the week's only non-truck offering, our 2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited all-wheel-drive exhaust-note video, makes itself heard at No. 5. Check out what else was popular:

1. 2015 Power Stroke Will Make More Power
2. 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel
3. First Look: 2015 Chevrolet Suburban, 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe
4. 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD
5. 2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited AWD Exhaust Note
By Matt Schmitz | October 12, 2013 | Comments (0)

2013 Toyota RAV4: Car Seat Check

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Plenty of small families flock to the compact crossover class for a comfortable, capable vehicle to safely haul the kids and all their gear. The redesigned-for-2013 Toyota RAV4 is one of the most popular crossovers in the compact segment. Easy-to-access Latch anchors and a wide, flat seat meant this crossover handled two child-safety seats without a problem.

The RAV4 only seats five passengers this year, however. The optional third row was dropped for 2013.

By Jennifer Geiger | September 24, 2013 | Comments (1)

2014 Toyota RAV4: What's Changed

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Most significant changes: New Entune audio offerings, lane departure warning and automatic high beams

Price change: TBA closer to on-sale date

On sale: Late November

Which you should buy, 2013 or 2014? 2013

Toyota's popular compact crossover SUV, the RAV4, was completely redesigned for 2013, so changes are minor for its second season. Toyota is expanding its Entune audio system offerings across most of its vehicles, and four different versions are available on the RAV4 for 2014.

The base system that's standard on the LE has a 6.1-inch touch-screen with a backup camera, Bluetooth, iPod, USB ports and six speakers. The version that's standard on the XLE and optional on the LE adds HD radio with iTunes tagging and traffic and weather information in major metro areas.

By Rick Popely | September 23, 2013 | Comments (13)

Which Crossover SUV Is the Most Fuel Efficient?

"Which crossover SUV is the most fuel efficient?"

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That honor goes to the 2013 Toyota RAV4 EV — a low-production electric version sold only in California at the moment — that earns the equivalent of 78 mpg for city driving, 74 mpg for highway and a combined city/highway rating of 76. Given that the RAV4 EV might not be available in your neighborhood, or be a good choice for your needs, the Lexus RX 450h hybrid has a combined city/highway rating of 30 mpg with front-wheel drive and 29 mpg with all-wheel drive. The similar, but less-luxurious, Toyota Highlander Hybrid comes in at 28 mpg with standard all-wheel drive.

Other crossover SUVs with higher EPA ratings are the Buick Encore (28 mpg), Mazda CX-5 (29 mpg), Subaru XV Crosstrek (28 mpg), and the Mini Countryman and Paceman (31 mpg with manual transmission, 27 mpg with automatic). The XV Crosstrek has standard all-wheel drive, but the other ratings are for front-wheel-drive models. The numbers will be lower on all-wheel-drive versions, and because these are just estimates, your mileage is sure to vary.

The Cars.com Vehicle Recommender, found here, can help you sort through the dozens of crossover SUVs to find the ones that offer the right combination of mileage, price, size and features.

Have a car question you'd like us to answer? Send us an email at [email protected], or ask in the comments below.

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By Rick Popely | August 25, 2013 | Comments (1)

Real World Fuel Economy: 2013 Toyota RAV4

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What's a more appropriate car to road trip to a Mercedes-Benz drive event than a 2013 Toyota RAV4?

The RAV4 XLE with all-wheel drive was a well-equipped "soft-roader" for the four-hour drive from Ann Arbor, Mich., to Toronto, but it's not exactly in the same ballpark as the new 2014 Mercedes S-Class I wrote about last week.

That doesn't mean I didn't get good use out of the roughly 250 miles of Canadian Highway 401 between me and the fourth largest city in North America. It seemed like a great opportunity to test for real-world highway fuel economy on this thoroughly redesigned compact crossover.

By Aaron Bragman | July 23, 2013 | Comments (8)

2013 Toyota RAV4 Earns IIHS Top Safety Pick Status

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Toyota redesigned its compact crossover for 2013, and along with new exterior styling and more interior features, the RAV4 also got improved safety ratings for the new model year. 

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded the RAV4 its Top Safety Pick award; the crossover earned "Good" ratings in the agency's moderate overlap front, side, rollover and rear crash tests. The biggest improvement for 2013 comes in roof strength. According to Kristin Nevels from the IIHS, "the new model's roof withstood a force equal to five times the SUV's weight. The previous generation RAV4, manufactured from 2006 to 2012, had a strength-to-weight ratio of 3.46, which equates to an acceptable rating," she said. 

The RAV4's main competitors, including the Honda CR-V, Ford Escape and Mazda CX-5, are also Top Safety Picks. None of the 2013 vehicles in the small crossover class have earned the agency's new and best safety rating, the Top Safety Pick+ (plus) award.

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By Jennifer Geiger | April 30, 2013 | Comments (0)

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

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Our review of the 2013 Toyota RAV4 crossover unsurprisingly extended its stay atop the list of most-read reviews this week. Aside from a bit of movement among the ranks and the 2014 Kia Sorento and 2013 Toyota Avalon joining the top 10, much of this week's roster should look familiar.

Check out what was popular this week:

1. 2013 Toyota RAV4
2. 2014 Subaru Forester
3. 2014 Kia Sorento
4. 2013 Ford Fusion
5. 2013 Ford Escape
6. 2013 Ford Explorer
7. 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid
8. 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
9. 2013 Toyota Avalon
10. 2013 Nissan Pathfinder
By Matt Schmitz | February 17, 2013 | Comments (0)

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

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Perhaps using its imposing makeover for 2013 to scare off competitors, the Toyota RAV4 continued its reign of terror atop our list of most-read reviews of the week. The compact crossover's nearest opponent, the 2013 Ford Fusion, generated a little more than a third of RAV4's reader interest. Maybe newcomers to the list, including the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid (No. 6) and the 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid (No. 10), will gain enough confidence in coming weeks to face down the RAV4.

Until then, check out what was popular this week:

1. 2013 Toyota RAV4
2. 2013 Ford Fusion
3. 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
4. 2013 Ford Explorer
5. 2013 Ford Escape
6. 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid
7. 2013 Toyota Avalon
8. 2013 Nissan Altima
9. 2013 Nissan Pathfinder
10. 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid
By Matt Schmitz | February 3, 2013 | Comments (1)

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