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)

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

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The 2014 Jeep Cherokee and 2013 BMW 328i refused to budge from the top of our list of most-read reviews this week, holding fast at Nos. 1 and 2, respectively. Returning to the roster this week is the 2013 BMW X1, the X3's smaller sibling, at No. 6. Meanwhile, at Nos. 7 and 8, respectively, the 2014 versions of the Toyota 4Runner and the Ford Taurus make their debuts. Check out what else was popular:

1. 2014 Jeep Cherokee
2. 2013 BMW 328i
3. 2014 Subaru Forester

4. 2013 Toyota RAV4

5. 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek

6. 2013 BMW X1

7. 2014 Toyota 4Runner
8. 2014 Ford Taurus

9. 2014 Infiniti Q50

10. 2014 Acura MDX

By Matt Schmitz | September 22, 2013 | Comments (3)

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

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The 2014 Jeep Cherokee knocked the 2014 Infiniti Q50 out of the No. 1 spot this week on our list of most-read reviews, while the 2013 BMW 328i ascended two places to claim the No. 2 spot. Elsewhere, the 2014 Kia Cadenza and 2014 Acura MDX returned to the list at Nos. 5 and 9, resepectively. Check out what else was popular:

1. 2014 Jeep Cherokee
2. 2013 BMW 328i
3. 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
4. 2013 Toyota RAV4
5. 2014 Kia Cadenza
6. 2014 Subaru Forester
7. 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek
8. 2014 Infiniti Q50
9. 2014 Acura MDX
10. 2013 Nissan Altima

By Matt Schmitz | September 15, 2013 | Comments (2)

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

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Vehicles Affected: More than 780,580 versions of the model-year 2006-11 Toyota RAV4 compact crossover and 2010 Lexus HS 250h compact hybrid sedan. Only vehicles manufactured between October 2005 and September 2010 are affected; check your vehicle's build date on the doorjamb sticker.

The Problem: Improperly tightened rear-wheel alignment nuts could cause unwanted movement in the rear suspension arm and allow rust to build. This could lead to thread damage, eventual tie-rod failure and the possible loss of vehicle control. This is an expansion of an earlier recall, and according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, "all vehicles that have been inspected and remedied under the previous recall need to be reinspected and have the appropriate remedy applied."

By Jennifer Geiger | September 9, 2013 | Comments (2)

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

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Both the 2014 Infiniti Q50 and the 2014 Jeep Cherokee remained in their perches at Nos. 1 and 2, respectively, this week on our list of the most-read reviews. Newcomers to the roster included the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, which clocked in at No. 3, and the 2013 Chrysler 300, debuting in eighth place. Check out what else was popular:

1. 2014 Infiniti Q50
2. 2014 Jeep Cherokee

3. 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

4. 2013 BMW 328i

5. 2014 Subaru Forester
6. 2013 Toyota RAV4

7. 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek

8. 2013 Chrysler 300

9. 2013 Toyota Avalon

10. 2013 Nissan Altima

By Matt Schmitz | September 8, 2013 | Comments (0)

Which Crossover SUV Is the Most Fuel Efficient?

"Which crossover SUV is the most fuel efficient?"

Norman M., Brooklyn, N.Y.


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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 tips@cars.com, or ask in the comments below.

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

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

2014JeepCherokee

There was very little movement of note on this week's list of most-read reviews, as the 2014 Jeep Cherokee retained the No. 1 spot. The lone newcomer was the 2013 BMW X1, the smaller sibling of the X3 that Cars.com reviewer Joe Bruzek called "downsizing done right." Bruzek's X1 review checks in at No. 9. Check out what else was popular:

1. 2014 Jeep Cherokee
2. 2014 Infiniti Q50

3. 2013 BMW 3 Series
4. 2013 Toyota RAV4
5. 2014 Subaru Forester
6. 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek

7. 2013 Toyota Avalon

8. 2013 Chrysler 300

9. 2013 BMW X1

10. 2013 Ford Fusion

By Matt Schmitz | August 25, 2013 | Comments (0)

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

2014JeepCherokee

The 2013 Toyota RAV4, a long-term tenant of the top spot on our list of most-read reviews, has at last vacated the premises to make way for our new No. 1, the 2014 Jeep Cherokee. The 2014 Infiniti Q50, 2013 Dodge Charger and 2013 BMW 3 Series follow at Nos. 2, 3 and 4. And, finally, refusing to drop out of sight entirely, the RAV4 rounds out the top five. Here's what else was popular:

1. 2014 Jeep Cherokee
2. 2014 Infiniti Q50
3. 2013 Dodge Charger
4. 2013 BMW 3 Series
5. 2013 Toyota RAV4
6. 2014 Subaru Forester
7. 2013 Toyota Avalon
8. 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek
9. 2013 Chrysler 300
10. 2013 Ford Fusion
By Matt Schmitz | August 18, 2013 | Comments (0)

Which Midsize SUV Is Safe, Reliable and Fuel-Efficient?

"Which midsize SUV is safe, reliable and fuel-efficient?"

Anonymous

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Several SUVs may fit that description, depending on what you consider fuel-efficient and what qualifies as midsize. Here are five suggestions: Chevrolet Equinox, Honda Crosstour and CR-V, and Toyota Highlander and RAV4.

All have been rated Top Safety Picks by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and at least some versions of those models have EPA highway mileage ratings of 25 mpg or more.

In addition, all have performed well in recent reliability measurements by J.D. Power and Associates. For example, the Equinox had the fewest problems among compact SUVs in the 2012 Vehicle Dependability Study and the RAV4 was second highest among all SUVs in the 2013 study.

Although you asked about midsize SUVs, we're including smaller models because of their higher fuel-economy ratings. Versions of the Equinox, CR-V and RAV4 top 30 mpg in EPA highway estimates. Among midsize SUVs, ratings of 30 mpg or more are rare, and the list shrinks with all-wheel drive.

Several other SUVs may meet all or most of your criteria, depending on how flexible you are about size. We suggest you check crash-test ratings on the Cars.com Research page, which is found at the Safety & Recalls tab, and tap the resources of the Cars.com Vehicle Recommender to find models that offer the fuel efficiency you desire, other features you may want and fit within your budget.

Have a car question you'd like us to answer? Send us an email at tips@cars.com.

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