Peppy but Unusual Sounding Engine
Paired to the standard 6-speed automatic is a carryover of the 2012 RAV4’s 2.5 L four-cylinder engine. For 2013 the inline-4 produces 3 less hp, now making a total of 176 hp, while still retaining 172 lb-ft of torque. Even with a minor weight penalty, the 2013 RAV4 front-wheel drive is not only faster in a straight line, but also features improved fuel economy thanks to six-speed automatic; 24 MPG city and 31 MPG highway compared to the 2012 RAV4’s ratings of 22 MPG city and 28 MPG highway.
After spending some time behind the wheel of the RAV4, an ever present engine drone began filtering into the cabin. We wouldn’t go as far to say it is a deal breaker for a potential consumer, but the odd baritone hum will take a bit of getting used to.