2013 Toyota RAV4 steps out in LA with angular new look

Toyota has unveiled its fourth generation RAV4 at the LA Auto Show overnight. The new car boasts a more angular and modern body, not too dissimilar to the new Corolla hatchback. Unlike the current model, which was available overseas in a 7-seat version, the new generation RAV4 is only fitted with 5 seats.

Powering the new RAV4 is a 2.5-litre 4-cylinder churning out 131kW (176hp) of power and 233Nm (172lb-ft) of torque. Power is sent to either the front or all four wheels via a 6-speed auto, which finally does away with the old car’s antiquated 4-speed transmission. The V6 available in the current generation is now no more, as is the old school tailgate-mounted spare wheel.

All wheel drive RAV4s can now be had with Dynamic Torque Control, which sends power to the appropriate rear wheel when you’re powering through some twisty roads. So you won’t get bogged down whenever a beach, dusty driveway or shallow creek beckons, there’s also the ability to lock the system into full-time AWD below 25mph with up to 50 percent of the power sent to the rear wheels.

New tech available on the RAV4 (at least in the States) includes a blind spot monitoring and a system that warns you about traffic crossing behind you when the car’s in reverse. US-bound models have a 6.1-inch touchscreen that’s responsible for displaying the output of the entertainment and nav systems, as well as the reversing camera. A 576W JBL GreenEdge audio system is an option.

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Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]