Although the Rav4 is a popular choice for SUVs, most people are surprised to learn that the 2013 Toyota Rav4 remains in high demand today, even when newer models are available.
Part of the secret to the 2013 model’s success is its reliability and ability to last for years, combined with all of the benefits associated with getting an older model year, such as upfront savings on the MSRP.
Start of a New Generation
One of the things that truly makes the 2013 Toyota Rav4 a star is the fact that it was the introduction of the fourth generation of this particular vehicle, the generation that is still being produced today. For this generation of the crossover, the Rav4 upgraded its four-speed transmission to a six-speed to help with fuel efficiency and improve responsiveness. It also got external upgrades, such as the roof-hinged liftgate for convenience that is lighter due to the extra tire being stored under the vehicle’s cargo floor. The fact that the 2013 model was a new generation means that it is the oldest option if you want the most modern Rav4 basic structure as possible.
Another reason for the continued popularity of the 2013 Rav4 is its ability to be customized. Even if you have to get a used model, the range of trims and features means that you will have a significant number of configurations to choose from. There were three trim levels in 2013: LE, XLE, and Limited, each of which provided their own range of features. Even the base model offered the latest tech, including a 6-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, a rearview camera, iPod/USB, and auxiliary audio jack. Going with a higher trim will give you even more tech, such as Entune (with or without navigation) and improved comfort with memory settings on the driver’s seat.
To see even more proof that the 2013 Toyota Rav4 is a star, simply look at its fuel efficiency. Despite running on a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that has 172 pound-feet of torque and 176 horsepower, it manages to get very good numbers for small crossovers. These come out to 24 mpg city and 31 mpg highway (26 mpg combined) with front-wheel drive and 22 mpg city and 29 mpg highway (25 mpg combined*) for all-wheel drive.
Truly Impressive Cargo Area
A final point toward the long-lasting nature of the Rav4’s popularity is its cargo area. If you fold down the rear seats, you actually get one of the top capacities within the class: 73.3 cubic feet. To make things easier, there is a low height for loading in cargo.
To see what the fuss is about when it comes to the 2013 Toyota Rav4, try one out for yourself at Toyota of Killeen in Killeen, Texas.
*EPA-estimated fuel economy for comparison purposes only. Actual mileage will vary based on personal driving habits, vehicle maintenance, and external conditions.
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