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Old 12-18-2012, 05:00 AM   #1 (permalink)
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2013 Toyota RAV4 Review - Video



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Going mainstream helps RAV4 stand out
by Richard Cazeau

Often touted as the vehicle that created the compact crossover segment, consumers care little for history and instead want a product that fits their modern needs and wants; which is why the Toyota RAV4 came to be in the first place.

So with demand for the small soft-roader waning, a fourth-generation RAV4 is here, looking to attract new buyers with more sport and more style, though without a few of the features weve come to expect.

SPORTY AND SOPHISTICATED

Dressed to impress, the new RAV4 is cooler than ever with a new front fascia, a lower roofline, sportier alloy wheels and a rear spoiler. Mirroring the sort of swoopy lines that characterize modern competitors like the Hyundai Santa Fe and Mazda CX-5, its certain to resonate more clearly with car shoppers looking for a more stylish cute-ute.

With a look unseen on any Toyota products, it comes to a point with angled headlights and an under-biting front bumper. Of course, higher trim levels deliver plenty of chrome detailing, with foglights included with XLE and Limited trims. With the new style come new wheels with 17-inch rollers standard while 18s are fitted to the Limited trim. Optional on LE models and standard on Limited and XLE trims are roof rails to help keep the look sporty though with a premium touch.
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Old 12-18-2012, 01:37 PM   #2 (permalink)
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It's a nice car, kinda reminds me of a Nissan Murano. Not a fan of how they have the split in the middle of the grille with the Toyota logo though.
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Old 12-18-2012, 05:08 PM   #3 (permalink)
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The last RAV4 aged too quick, especially with the CRV and Escape to sell against. This will keep the loyal owners loyal.
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^^^Idk. The previous Escape sold well and that was dated as heck. Oh well. Yeah the Escape and CR-V gave the RAV4 a run for the money. Obviously this will help with sales as its new. We'll see how it holds out. At least its more "expressive" design.
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^^^Idk. The previous Escape sold well and that was dated as heck. Oh well. Yeah the Escape and CR-V gave the RAV4 a run for the money. Obviously this will help with sales as its new. We'll see how it holds out. At least its more "expressive" design.
The Escape was really dated. The square boxy lines on a truck frame. The one thing it had going for it was being cheap and hard plasticy interior. You could get a base 4 cylinder for about $15,000 I saw in advertisements. You can do that with any SUV or even the Matrix.

The new design for the RAV4 will be able to compete. It is still a safe design I think. I really like the new Escape's look. Too bad it already had some major recalls.
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This redesign looks great!
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Don't like the way the rear looks at all.
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The Escape was really dated. The square boxy lines on a truck frame.
Not sure how that's possible. AFAIK the Escape has always been a FWD/AWD unibody cross over.
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So is the MPG going to vary depending on which option you chose, Eco or Sporty?
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So is the MPG going to vary depending on which option you chose, Eco or Sporty?
They don't inherently affect fuel economy, all they do is encourage a type of driving. Eco mode dulls everything down, thus the car attempts to refuse your attempts at driving aggressively. Sport mode does the opposite. If you drive on Eco mode aggressively versus someone who's driving on sport rather passively, you can be sure the aggressive driver will have used more fuel.
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