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 |  Feb 19 2013, 3:01 PM

Does Bold Equal Beautiful?

Toyota has gone to great lengths to give the new RAV4 a more distinctive exterior style. A new front fascia features chrome accents on the grill that protrude into the projection headlight clusters. Out back the most obvious change is the removal of the door mounted spare tire; it is now located inside the RAV4 underneath the cargo floor.

This allows for the RAV4 to finally have a conventional lift-back tailgate instead of the swing out design synonymous with this crossover. The rear window is recessed from the lower tailgate to add another distinctive styling touch.

  • Everyonesgotone

    Owned a 2007 RAV4 AWD V6 for 5 years,… great car, strong performance, and the airbag system saved my wife’s life in a recent crash.  The RAV was totaled, and we immediately went to test drive the 2013 RAV4.  BIG disapointment,….. the 4-banger will hardly get out of its own way.  The new styling is nice, ride is good, but the thing is anemic!  Bonehead move on Toyota’s part in dumping the V6.  Bought an Acura RDX with V6, and love it!

  • Guest

    Do’nt blame Toyota blame the environmentlists…..its a bean counter move….

  • http://www.facebook.com/Kacela Robert Jochim

    They’ve ruined it; they’ve gelded it, and took away it’s personality by removing the V6 and rear spare mount.  Most people don’t realize that up till now, the RAV4s were tops in this category in straight line acceleration.  Now it’s just meh, like just about everything else in it’s category now.  Too bad – they had a good thing going.  Seriously considering a Venza or a Tacoma – if I stay with Toyota at all.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Earl-Shelton/100000038890057 Earl Shelton

     Agreed.  I read about the great V6/6-speed combination in  the RAV4 in 2009 during the Cash for Clunkers sale.  Very impressive performance/mileage.  But the interior was super-cheap and I had to go to a Limited to get anything decent inside.  The salesman actually helped.  He suggested the Venza — same V6/6-speed but smoother ride and nicer inside for same $$$.  So that’s what I bought — and it’s great.

    I didn’t want the 4-cyl because sometimes you need extra power to merge on Interstates, climb grades loaded and what-not.  So this thing is now a eunuch.

    I really don’t get Toyota “strategy” — more luxurious but *less* power?  Huh?

    Someone said environment and that may be it, becasue otherwise this looks like a way to kill off the RAV4 (which I kinda thought they’d do after Venza came out anyway.)  Note: Toyota shows the stylish Venza on their homepage and even when they’re trying to sell a RAV4 — or at least they used to.

  • Fiifi R

    There you go! I’ve been one of the biggest Toyota fanbois until the new Camry. I was hoping for something good to replace my 2005 SE V6 with and reluctantly settled on the Accord EX V6. I don’t think I’m going to Toyota again, I personally feel insulted by what they put out nowadays. The Corolla will also be a very big disappointment, just watch!

  • Joe

    I like that they got rid of the rear spare mount, but getting rid the the V6 was not good.