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2012 Toyota RAV4 Limited SUV

2012 Toyota RAV4 Review

(0 Stars)  Surprisingly spacious and speedy.

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Overview
The third-generation RAV4 is another Toyota product that pioneered its segment and has recently weathered an assault from competitors. However, the RAV4 has something of an ace up its sleeve in that it's large enough to accommodate optional third-row seats--something few of its direct competitors offer. Seating arrangements are flexible, and there's also an underfloor cargo area. With the rear seats folded down, the RAV4's cargo hold will easily swallow an adult-size bicycle. This mid-size crossover's utility doesn't come at the price of efficiency thanks to the fuel-sipping ways of its 166-hp, 2.5-liter four-cylinder. At the same time, the RAV4 can be had with Toyota's excellent 3.5-liter V-6, which makes 269 hp. That's enough to snap this crossover from 0 to 60 mph in less than seven seconds--something you won't experience in a Chevrolet Equinox. There are areas where the RAV4's age spots show--the all-business interior looks rather drab, for instance, and both engines could benefit from a six-speed automatic transmission (the four-cylinder employs a four-speed, the V-6 gets a five-speed). And like almost all Toyotas not named FJ Cruiser, it could use an injection of impassioned design.

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2012 RAV4 Limited Sport Utility Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 3.5L V 6 DOHC and variable valve timing
Unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: Gasoline 19 MPG city, 26 MPG highway, 21 MPG combined and 334 mi. range
Multi-point fuel injection
15.9gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 269 hp @ 6,200 rpm; 246 ft lb of torque @ 4,700 rpm

'12 Toyota Limited SUV Standard Equipment

  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Auto On Headlights
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Outlet(s)
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Power Windows
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Steering Wheel Scope
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Steering Wheel Tilt
  Exterior  
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Privacy Glass
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Rear Spoiler
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Roof Rail
  Interior  
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Cargo Cover
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Cup Holders
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Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
  Safety  
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Brake Assist
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Driver Air Bag
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Engine Immobilizer
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Front Fog Lights
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Head/Curtain Airbag
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Heated Outside Mirrors
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Hill Decent Control
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Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
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Limited Slip Differential
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Passenger Air Bag
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Rear Airbag
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Rear Curtain Airbag
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Folding Rear Seat
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc Changer
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
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Compact Disc Player
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Satellite Radio
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
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Full Spare Tire
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