The new 2013 Toyota RAV4 is more than eight inches longer than the 2012 model. That means it boasts a roomier interior than its predecessor, and more cargo space.

But while the overall interior is larger, the biggest gains come in the backseat. There's more legroom than last year, and the rear seats are among the most comfortable of any small SUV. The rear seats also recline for added comfort -- a feature typically reserved for luxury models.

In addition to extra legroom, the latest RAV4 is also wider than the outgoing model. That means there's a little more breathing room inside. Overall, the 2013 Toyota RAV4 offers about 25 percent more interior space -- and cargo room -- than the previous version.

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Brian Moody heads up the AutoTrader.com editorial team. He has been an automotive writer and presenter for 15 years. Prior to that, Moody spent several years working in local television news and worked at a few used car dealerships in Sacramento, California. His first car was a 1964 Buick Skylark, but today he has a strange fascination with 1990s era GM luxury cars - don’t ask. Brian lives near Atlanta with his wife and two kids.

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