In 1996, Toyota introduced the RAV4. The compact SUV/crossover marked the beginning of the crossover craze we currently are experiencing. With a number of new competitors entering the compact crossover market, Toyota knew it was time to ready a new RAV4. The 2013 RAV4 bears the fruits of their efforts. The new RAV4’s exterior features a unique front end that gives it a more aggressive look. Around back, the RAV4 loses its trademark spare tire holder on the tailgate. Instead, you’ll find the spare tire underneath the rear cargo floor.

Inside, Toyota stepped up the quality and amount of luxuries in the new RAV4. Also seeing a large improvement is the RAV4’s cargo space, which Toyota says is the largest in the class. Power comes from a 2.5L DOHC four-cylinder with VVT-i producing 176 horsepower and 172 pound-feet of torque. Your sole transmission is a six-speed automatic, but you do have the choice of either front-wheel or all-wheel drive. The EPA rates the 2013 RAV4 at 24 City/31 Highway/26 Combined for the front-wheel drive model and 22 City/29 Highway/25 Combined for the all-wheel drive model. Those looking for V6 option will have to pass as the new RAV4 doesn’t come with that option. So how much for a 2013 Toyota RAV4? Well $23,300 gets you into a RAV4 LE front-wheel drive model and includes daytime-running lights, cruise control, eight airbags, Toyota’s Star Safety System (includes Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control, and other safety systems), a touchscreen audio system, Bluetooth, and backup camera. Next is the RAV4 XLE that begins at $24,290 and adds integrated fog lights, seventeen-inch alloy wheels, heated sideview mirrors, moonroof with a sunshade, and dual-zone climate control.

Finally there is the RAV4 Limited which adds such niceties as auto on/off headlights, power liftgate, eighteen-inch alloy wheels, power seat for the driver, heated front seats, and SmartKey with push button start. That begins at $27,010. Options include all-wheel drive, navigation with Toyota’s Entune Infotainment system, JBL audio system, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and more. Competition for the Toyota RAV4 include the Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, and Subaru Forester.