As Hollywood continues to crank out more and more remakes, sequels and re-imagined movies, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to find something truly original in Los Angeles. You might say that instead of rocking the boat, they prefer to be Chipwrecked. That’s why the debut of the 2013 Toyota RAV4 at this week’s LA Auto Show was so refreshing.
Back in 1995, the RAV4 started an automotive revolution as the first crossover. The 2013 Toyota RAV4 carries on the tradition of blurring the line between car and SUV by combining the best features of both platforms. This year’s version contains some significant changes.
One feature that remains is the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that’s found in the 2012 RAV4. For 2013, the engine will produce 176 hp and fuel economy has been improved to 24 MPG in the city and 31 on the
highway. As some people had speculated, the V6 engine will no longer be available. The 2013 Toyota RAV4 will be the first Toyota with Dynamic Torque Control, the ability to automatically activate all wheel drive when acceleration or poor traction demands it.
Also going the way of the dodo is the optional third-row of seating. On the plus side, those who purchase the 2013 Toyota RAV4 will enjoy more cargo space (73.4 cubic feet, to be exact) and leg room for passengers riding in the second row. Every new RAV4 will also have a rearview camera as standard equipment.
No official release date has been bandied about, but we’re expecting the 2013 Toyota RAV4 to make its way to our Toyota dealership near Huntsville shortly after the new year. Look for more information on pricing as that date approaches.