Toyota invented the small crossover segment with the original RAV4 in the mid 90s. When it first debuted, the Toyota RAV4 was a funky all-wheel drive (AWD) wagon with a lifted suspension and a remarkably utilitarian platform. It shared many components with the 90's Camry.
Since then, the RAV4 went upmarket and up-sized to a optional seven-passenger crossover with a beefy V6.
The 2013 Toyota RAV4 is going back to a smaller, more frugal machine. It shares a power-train with the current four-cylinder Camry. The 2.5-liter four-cylinder 176 horsepower 172 lbs-feet of torque. It actually makes an interesting growl and can get up to 31 mpg highway.
According to Toyota, the 2013 RAV4 has:
"All-New Bold, Athletic Design
Six-speed automatic with Sequential Shift and Sport and Eco Modes
Class-leadingcargo capacity; class-leading eight standard airbags
Available All-wheel drive with DynamicTorque Control
Available Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert"
Prices will start at about $23,000 and peak at about $30,000. AWD is a $1,400 option on all models.
Check out this video from The Fast Lane Car for a detailed review!