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2012 Toyota RAV4 Sport Utility Crossover

Price Range: $22,650 - $49,800 | 19 MPG City - 26 MPG Highway

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2012 Toyota RAV4 Sport Utility Crossover

Benefits of Driving a 2012 Toyota RAV4 Sport Utility Crossover

The RAV4 straddles the line between compact and mid-size SUVs, but its price is more in line with its compact competitors, making it a good deal for those who want SUV capability, but space for the family. Its fuel economy is also enviable with the available 4-cylinder engine. The optional 269-horsepower V6 is very quick while still managing 27 mpg on the highway.

What's new for 2012?

Toyota has made significant updates to the in car entertainment system for the 2012 RAV4. Base models get a new Bluetooth enabled stereo that allows streaming from wireless devices. The upscale Limited version now has an optional display type audio/navigation system featuring Toyota's Entune service.

Model Strengths

  • Freshened styling
  • roomy interior
  • fuel economy
  • safety features
  • 3-row seating available

Model Review

A 179-horsepower, 2.5L 4-cylinder engine is standard on the RAV4, with a 269-hp, 3.5L V6 available. The 4-cylinder utilizes variable valve timing for both intake and exhaust valves, along with a variable induction system to assure good low-RPM torque. The 4-cylinder includes a 4-speed automatic transmission, while the V6 is matched to a 5-speed automatic; both transmissions have a grade logic that reduces the frequency of shifting on steep, curvy roads.

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Traction/Stability Control Std
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Air Bag Std
Side Head Air Bag Std
Rear Head side Air Bag Std
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

Daytime Running Lights Opt
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std

Accident Prevention

Back-Up Camera Opt
Handsfree Wireless Std

Security

Alarm Opt
Anti-theft System Std
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2012 Toyota RAV4 Sport Utility Crossover

FWD 4dr I4 (Natl)

Engine

Engine Type 2.5L Gas I4
Horsepower 179 @ 6000 RPM
Torque (lb-ft) 172 @ 4000 RPM

Fuel

Fuel Type Gasoline Fuel
Fuel Capacity 15.9 gal
Fuel Economy 22 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy
Estimated max. distance per tank of gas 445.2 miles

Drivetrain

Driven Wheels FWD
Transmission 4-Speed Automatic Transmission

Wheels

Rims 16 x 6.5 in.
Tires P215/70R16

Interior Space

Seating Capacity 5 adults
Front Headroom/Legroom 40.8 in. / 41.8 in.
Rear Headroom/Legroom 39.7 in. / 38.3 in.
Luggage/Cargo Space cubic ft.

Dimensions

Wheelbase 104.7 in.
Curb Weight 3360 lb.
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2012 Toyota RAV4 Sport Utility Crossover

FWD 4dr I4 (Natl)

Comfort

Air Conditioning Standard
Bluetooth, Hands-Free Standard
Front Bucket Seats Standard
Privacy Glass Optional

Convenience

Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard
Auto-Off Headlights Standard
Auxiliary Power Outlet Standard
Cruise Control Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard
Illuminated Driver Vanity Mirror Standard
Illuminated Passenger Visor Mirror Standard
Intermittent Wipers Standard
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard
Power Driver Mirror Standard
Power Steering Standard
Power Windows Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard
Additional Rear Seat Optional
Front Floor Mats Optional
Pass-Through Rear Seat Optional
Remote Engine Start Optional
Roof Rack Optional
Wheel Locks Optional

Entertainment

AM/FM Stereo Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard
CD Player Standard
MP3 Player Standard
Entertainment System Optional

Exterior

Rear Spoiler Standard