Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

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The 2013 RAV4 held off the competition once again to retain the top spot among our most-read reviews of the week. It was joined by some fresh faces this week: the 2013 models of the Hyundai Sante Fe Sport, Nissan Pathfinder and Ford Fusion Hybrid landed at Nos. 6, 7 and 8, respectively, squeezing the Cadillac ATS, Mazda CX-5 and Acura RDX out of the top 10. Meanwhile, the Toyota Avalon, Ford Fusion and Ford Escape gained some ground, as the Ford Explorer, Nissan Altima and Subaru XV Crosstrek lost their footing.

Check out what was popular this week:

1. 2013 Toyota RAV4
2. 2013 Toyota Avalon
3. 2013 Ford Fusion
4. 2013 Ford Escape
5. 2013 Ford Explorer
6. 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
7. 2013 Nissan Pathfinder
8. 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid
9. 2013 Nissan Altima
10. Subaru XV Crosstrek
By Matt Schmitz | January 27, 2013 | Comments (0)

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

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Despite some midlist musical chairs, this week's most-read reviews played a familiar tune. The 2013 Toyota RAV4 and 2013 Ford Explorer held their ground at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively. The 2013 models of the Toyota Avalon, Acura RDX, Subaru XV Crosstrek and Ford Escape simply rearranged third through sixth place. Meanwhile, the 2013 Ford Fusion entered at No. 7, bumping the Nissan Altima to No. 8; the 2013 Mazda CX-5 ascended one spot to No. 9, forcing out the Honda Accord to make room for the 2013 Cadillac ATS in 10th.

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By Matt Schmitz | January 20, 2013 | Comments (0)

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

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There wasn't a lot of movement among our most-read reviews this week, with six of the top 10 spots going unchanged and the 2013 Toyota RAV4 holding onto first place. The Toyota Avalon jumped two spots to No. 5, bumping the Acura RDX and Nissan Altima down to sixth and seventh place, respectively. The Chevrolet Equinox entered the list in eighth place, knocking the Audi A4 off completely as the Honda Accord and Mazda CX-5 held their places at ninth and 10th.

Check out what else was popular this week:

  • 1. 2013 Toyota RAV4
  • 2. 2013 Ford Explorer
  • 3. 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek
  • 4. 2013 Ford Escape
  • 5. 2013 Toyota Avalon
  • 6. 2013 Acura RDX
  • 7. 2013 Nissan Altima
  • 8. 2013 Chevrolet Equinox
  • 9. 2013 Honda Accord
  • 10. 2013 Mazda CX-5
  • By Matt Schmitz | January 13, 2013 | Comments (0)

    Most-Watched Videos of the Week

    In the 2013 BMW M5 video, Cars.com reviewer Joe Bruzek notes the high-performance sedan's class-consistent "big engine, big brakes, big wheels." The video put up commensurately big numbers, landing in the top spot among the most watched of the week. That knocked previous champ, the $26,000 Midsize Sedan Showdown video, to No. 3 while PickupTrucks.com's peek at Chevy's and GMC's new heavy-duty trucks for 2014 held its ground in second place. Check out the M5 video above and see which others were popular this week:

    By Matt Schmitz | January 12, 2013 | Comments (0)

    Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

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    With the new year comes some new blood, at last, in the No. 1 spot among Cars.com's most-read reviews of the week. In 2013's first top 10, the Toyota RAV4 has supplanted the Subaru XV Crosstrek — the reigning champion for nearly six weeks. Meanwhile, the consistently popular 2013 Ford Explorer review found its way from the bottom half of the list up to No. 2 this week, bumping the XV Crosstrek down to third.

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    By Matt Schmitz | January 5, 2013 | Comments (1)

    Cars.com Reviews the 2013 Toyota RAV4

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    The 2013 Toyota RAV4 is like a tough guy doing the two-step: He gets points for trying, but he might step on your toes with a few clumsy moves. Cars.com reviewer Jennifer Geiger says the RAV4 literally shows its fangs with an imposing body makeover. A more efficient powertrain and a smoother ride are welcome updates to this compact crossover. But so-so interior materials and reduced powertrain and passenger capacity options mean the new RAV4 is a bit less versatile this year.

    2013 RAV4 Review
    By Matt Schmitz | December 18, 2012 | Comments (0)

    2013 Toyota RAV4 Video

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    Do those fangs on the front end of the redesigned Toyota RAV4 signify that the fourth-best-selling small SUV is gnashing its teeth at its opponents? Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays says the RAV4 is going to need an edge if it wants a bigger bite of a ferociously competitive class. The shortened, updated five-passenger crossover ditches its third row for a bit more cargo space, as well as its V-6 engine for a more efficient four-cylinder.

    More 2012 L.A. Auto Show Coverage

    The 2013 RAV4 also wisely jettisons its swinging rear gate for a more practical liftgate, and interior improvements afford it an upscale vibe. These upgrades are a good start, Mays says, but the call of the wild will be answered on the road. Check out the video below.

    By Matt Schmitz | November 29, 2012 | Comments (1)

    2013 Toyota RAV4: Photo Gallery

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    "Athletic" is the buzzword that best describes the restyled 2013 Toyota RAV4, and the automaker hopes it has more than a sporting chance in the field of competing compact crossovers. The new RAV4, bowing today at the 2012 L.A. Auto Show, goes for a sportier look with its sloping roofline, sweeping headlamps, pronounced side character lines and sculpted front and rear bumpers.

    More 2012 L.A. Auto Show Coverage

    Toyota has ditched the V-6 engine for a more fuel-efficient four-cylinder automatic, but the RAV4's sporty theme carries over to the all-wheel-drive crossover's performance with a new Sport mode, which alters shift timing and steering and throttle responses for a sportier feel. Check out the gallery below.

    By Matt Schmitz | November 28, 2012 | Comments (7)

    Recall Alert: 2006-2011 Toyota RAV4 and 2010 Lexus HS 250h

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    Toyota issued a voluntary recall of 760,000 model-year 2006-11 versions of the RAV4 compact crossover and 18,000 model-year 2010 versions of the Lexus HS 250h hybrid sedan because of problems with the rear suspension nuts.

    "Toyota has determined that if the nuts on the rear suspension arm are not tightened following the proper procedure and torque specification during a rear wheel alignment service, excessive play may occur at the threaded portion of the arm, followed by rust formation," the automaker said in a statement. The rear suspension arm could separate, increasing the risk of an accident.

    Toyota says it's developing a remedy and will begin notifying owners shortly. Dealers will replace the affected parts free of charge. Owners can call Toyota at 800-331-4331 and Lexus at 800-255-3987 or visit www.toyota.com/recall and www.lexus.com/recall.

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    By Jennifer Geiger | August 1, 2012 | Comments (4)

    Weekend Athlete Takes Toyota RAV4 to Grand Haven Triathlon

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    This summer, I’ve mostly done new races I’ve never done before. It’s fitting, then, that I’d get a new car to drive to one, too. The race was a blast, but what about the RAV4?

    Car: 2009 Toyota RAV4 base with all-wheel drive

    Destination: Grand Haven (Mich.) Triathlon Distance: About 355 miles Fuel cost/average mpg: $33.95/24.4 mpg

    The trip: I drove to Michigan on Saturday morning, taking a mix of toll roads and normal highways. My rented four-cylinder, all-wheel-drive Toyota RAV4 kept up with traffic well and delivered good mileage. Once I got into town, I found the little SUV easy to see out of, easy to park and peppy enough for quick maneuvers.

    By William Jackson | July 30, 2009 | Comments (19)

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