The fourth-generation Toyota RAV4 has launched in Australia with a starting price of $28,490, a $500 reduction over the outgoing model.

The all-new Toyota RAV4 sports a far more modern look than its predecessor and is recognisable as part of the new Toyota family of cars, sharing a close resemblance with the recently launched Corolla.

The most noticeable difference is the location of the spare wheel, which has been moved from the back door to under the cargo floor.

There are 16 variants in the 2013 Toyota RAV4 line-up, three more than before, thanks largely to the inclusion – for the first time ever – of a turbo-diesel engine, which will undoubtedly help Toyota’s second best-selling SUV counter strong opposition.

The front-wheel-drive models are powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine that produces 107kW of power and 187Nm of torque, while sipping 7.7 litres of standard unleaded per 100km when coupled to a six-speed manual. No other engine is offered in the front-wheel-drive configuration. Stepping up to a continuously variable transmission (CVT automatic) adds $2500, which uses an extra 0.2L/100km.

Moving up to the AWD RAV4 range, the Toyota SUV is offered with either a 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine or a 2.2-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel. The bigger petrol offers 132kW of power and 233Nm of torque while the diesel offers 110kW of power and 340Nm of torque. The V6 model has been dropped and no hybrids are available.

Both are available with either a six-speed manual or a traditional six-speed automatic (not CVT). Despite being AWD and the heaviest of the lot – the diesel variants – are the most fuel efficient, with manual models using just 5.6L/100km and the automatic not too far behind at 6.5L/100km. The AWD petrol is the least efficient in the range, burning 8.6L/100km for the manual and 0.1L/100km more for the auto.

Toyota has included a Sport mode (on all models except the manual 2WD variants) which the company claims helps improve handling and provde a more engaging drive. When in Sport mode the RAV4’s steering system decreases power-steering assistance to give more steering feel, while also sharpening throttle response, and adapts the control logic for the automatic and CVT gearboxes to allow for more responsive gearshifts.

The AWD system has also been upgraded, now making use of a Dynamic Torque Control system that alters torque distribution between the front and rear wheels, using an electromagnetic coupling in the rear differential housing.

Although no safety results have been released yet, it’s almost guaranteed the Toyota RAV4 will achieve the maximum five-star safety rating, thanks to its high-quality construction as well as seven airbags, stability and traction control and anti-skid braking systems.

Standard features across the range include a tilt- and telescopic-adjustable steering column, cruise control, projector-style headlamps, Bluetooth-enabled CD player, six speakers, 60:40 split-fold rear seats, rear spoiler and roof rails. Despite the safety benefits, the base model GX variants miss out on a reversing camera as standard equipment.

The mid-spec Toyota RAV4 GXL gains over the GX 17-inch alloy wheels, reversing camera, upgraded audio system and seats, dual-zone climate control, rain-sensing wipers, power-retractable exterior mirrors, keyless smart entry and push-button ignition.

The top-of-the-range Cruiser variants add satellite navigation, blind-spot monitor (detects vehicles in the driver’s blind spot and shows a warning on the side mirror), power-operated luggage door, HID headlamps, powered driver’s seat and a sunroof.

Luggage space measures 577 litres with a temporary spare wheel on board or 506 litres with an optional full-size spare ($300). All models are covered by Toyota’s capped-price servicing program, which means you’ll pay no more than $170 per service for the first six services (10,000km or six-month intervals).

2013 Toyota RAV4 manufacturer’s list prices:

2WD petrol – GX manual $28,490 – GXL manual $32,490
AWD petrol – GX manual $31,990 – GXL manual $35,490 – Cruiser manual $42,990
AWD diesel  – GX manual $35,490 – GXL manual $38,990 – Cruiser manual $46,490

2013 Toyota RAV4 specifications: 

Overall length 4570mm
Overall width 1845mm
Overall height 1715mm (including roof rails)
Wheelbase 2660mm
Front track 1570mm
Rear track 1570mm
Turning radius (kerb) 5.3m
Length 1935mm
Width 1505mm
Height 1220mm (1150mm with moonroof)
Front head room 1012mm (988mm with moonroof)
Front shoulder room 1455mm
Front leg room 1081mm
Rear head room 987mm (989mm with moonroof)
Rear shoulder room 1407mm
Rear leg room 944mm
Front-rear couple distance 972mm
Luggage volume 577 litres by VDA method to top of second-row with space-saver spare wheel, 506 litres with optional full-size spare wheel
Kerb weight (kg) 2WD: 1485-1510
2WD CVT: 1520-1540
AWD petrol: 1580-1605
AWD petrol auto: 1605-1630
AWD turbo-diesel: 1630-1660
AWD turbo-diesel auto: 1640-1660
GVM (kg) 2WD: 2000
2WD CVT: 2050
AWD petrol: 2100
AWD petrol auto: 2130
AWD turbo-diesel: 2170
AWD turbo-diesel auto: 2190
Fuel-tank capacity 60 litres
Coefficient of drag Diesel: 0.32, Petrol: 0.34
Type 2.0-litre in-line 16-valve, four-cylinder with ACIS and Dual VVT-i
Designation 3ZR-FE
Capacity 1987cm3
Bore x stroke 80.5 x 97.6mm
Compression ratio 10.0:1
Power 107kW @ 6200rpm
Torque 187Nm @ 3600rpm
Fuel system Multi-point EFI into intake port
Min fuel octane rating 91 RON
Australian emissions Euro IV
RAV4 AWD Petrol
Type 2.5-litre in-line 16-valve, four-cylinder with ACIS and Dual VVT-i
Designation 2AR-FE
Capacity 2494cm3
Bore x stroke 90.0 x 98.0mm
Compression ratio 10.4:1
Power 132kW @ 6000rpm
Torque 233Nm @ 4100rpm
Fuel system Sequential multi-point EFI into intake port
Min fuel octane rating 91 RON
Australian emissions Euro IV
RAV4 AWD Turbo-diesel
Type 2.2-litre in-line 16-valve, DOHC four-cylinder with high-pressure injection
Designation 2AD-FTV
Capacity 2231cm3
Bore x stroke 86.0 x 96.0mm
Compression ratio 15.7:1
Power 110kW @ 3600rpm
Torque 340Nm @ 2000-2800rpm
Fuel system High pressure ‘common rail’ system with Piezo injectors
Australian emissions Euro IV
Type Six-speed manual
Designation EB61
1st 3.833
2nd 2.047
3rd 1.303
4th 1.025
5th 0.875
6th 0.733
Final drive ratio 4.600:1
Reverse 3.545
RAV4 AWD petrol
Type Six-speed manual
Designation EB63F
1st 3.833
2nd 1.909
3rd 1.303
4th 0.975
5th 0.744
6th 0.659
Final drive ratio 4.600:1
Reverse 3.545
RAV4 AWD turbo-diesel
Type Six-speed manual
Designation EB64F
1st 3.818
2nd 1.913
3rd 1.218
4th 0.880
5th 0.809
6th 0.711
Final drive 1st to 4th gears, 4.312:1: 5th, 6th and reverse, 3.631:1
Reverse 4.139
Type Steel-belt and pulley type Multi-drive continuously variable transmission with lock-up torque converter and seven-step sports sequential shift
Designation K111
Pulley ratio (forward) 2.396:1 – 0.428:1; (reverse): 1.668:1
Final drive 5.791:1
RAV4 AWD petrol
Type Electronically controlled six-speed Multi-mode sequential-shift automatic
Designation U760F
1st 3.300
2nd 1.900
3rd 1.420
4th 1.000
5th 0.713
6th 0.608
Final drive 4.071:1
Reverse 4.148
RAV4 AWD turbo-diesel
Type Electronically-controlled six-speed Multi-mode sequential-shift automatic
Designation U660F
1st 3.300
2nd 1.900
3rd 1.420
4th 1.000
5th 0.713
6th 0.608
Final drive 3.935:1
Reverse 4.148
Fuel economy* (L/100km, ADR 81/02 combined cycle) 2WD manual: 7.7
2WD CVT: 7.4
AWD petrol manual: 8.6
AWD petrol auto: 8.5
AWD turbo-diesel manual: 5.6
AWD turbo-diesel auto: 6.5
Combined cycle CO2emissions* (g/km) 2WD manual: 179
2WD CVT: 173
AWD petrol manual: 200
AWD petrol auto: 198
AWD turbo-diesel manual: 149
AWD turbo-diesel auto: 172
*Fuel consumption and emissions will vary depending on driving conditions / style, vehicle conditions and options / accessories.
Front 296 x 28mm ventilated disc with floating calliper
Rear 281 x 12mm solid disc
Parking brake lever-type on rear brakes
Brake systems ABS with EBD and brake assist, emergency brake signal – hazard type
Downhill assist control on automatic models
Front MacPherson strut with coil springs, gas-filled dampers and stabiliser bar
Rear Trailing-arm double wishbone with coil springs, gas-filled dampers and stabiliser bar
Suspension electronics Vehicle Stability Control
Front Rack and pinion with electric power assistance
Steering gear ratio 14.5:1
Turns lock to lock 2.83
17×6.5J steel (GX), 17x7J alloy (GXL, Cruiser)
Yokohama Geolander 225/65R 17H



  • Sumpguard

    I’m not sold on this styling direction. The corolla has grown on me but it doesn’t work as well here.

    • Martin


      • Brayden Cresswell

        And the copy paste of the corolla interior.

        • Zaccy16

          yeah a corolla interior that doesn’t even fit properly! 

          • Toyota, Where’s the beef (V6)?

             Yeah, just looks like a raised fat corolla….

            I’m gunna miss the V6 Rav4, drove one a few months ago, loved the traffic light drags with unsuspecting people.

          • F1orce

            Yeah I know, the Rav4 V6 was such a stealth fighter.

          • Jober As A Sudge

            Sucked when it needed to take a corner

    • JoeR_AUS

      I am not sold on the old engines that are only Euro IV, there must be a revision coming with DI. Also 500kg towing for a diesel, that will go down well!

      If this was a Commodore there would 500 threads asking for the head of Holden.

  • Vti07

    What? No more 200 killer wasps?

    • F1orce

      Unfortunately not…

      But the new 2.5L 2AR-FE engine is very adequate.

      The small 2.0L is underpowered.

      And I don’t see the point of choosing the diesel over the 2.5L petrol

      • Able

        It’s called TORQUE!

        • discostew

           its called get a second job to maintain and pray nothing goes wrong or you will pay 6x more to fix than petrol engine such as injectors 6k vs 1k

          • TG

            ACCC Consumer Guarantees, anyone?

          • discostew

            what happens out of warranty and u get a major burp u will be screwed with diesel ….. my friend is currently at the ACCC with her peugeot in warranty now has to confront the tribunal and hope for the best ….. so be my guest.

      • discostew

         if it was 450nm of torque then maybe i could justify it but this has the same torque as a ford focus diesel !!  pass.

        • Darryl

          And less power

      • Lumpycamel

        Yeah the 2.5 isnt bad – although Ive only driven it in a Camry – it creams the old noisy breathless 2.4… and yeah can imagine the 2.0 is goin to be slower than a wet weak.

  • Sam

    what no auto?

    • Mad Max

      Article says 6 speed auto option with the diesel…

    • discostew

       yes its $2500 extra i believe not sure why they omitted it in the costings.

  • Doctor

    A better effort than the last one. But as for “Toyota has included a Sport mode (on all models except the manual 2WD variants) which the company claims helps improve handling and provde a more engaging drive”, if my previous Toyota experience is anything to go by, it’ll be like the difference between junket and jelly.

    • Zaccy16

      yeah, if its anything like the hyundai flex steering it will make the steering feel even more lifeless and disconnected!

      • Sumpguard

        Speaking of lifeless and disconnected.

  • discostew

    i have a MY09 sx6 and love it will stick with my 201kw …… this new one well that interior is a shocker looks like a piece of 4 x 2 chucked across the dash no curves or ergonomics involved just ugly ….. not sold on the exterior either looks too generically like asx corrolla and the diesel is underpowered and not competitive at all with cx5’s torque of 420 nm and will be over priced for servicing and any issues will cost you dearly moving forward plus initial outlay you will never make up in fuel savings ….2.5 auto will fly out the door probably lets see …… and no DRL’s …… conclusion disappointing and now stuck with this look for 9 years yikes !!

    • Brayden Cresswell

      Yeah ill keep my MY10 Rav4 to this is horrid.

    • TG

      DRLs are standard across the range.

      • discostew

         where was that mentioned ?  did i miss it in the article ?  it said nothing of DRL’s

        • TG

          Have a look at the press kit on Toyota’s Pressroom, you’ll have to Google it, as CA won’t let me post URLs here.

          • discostew

             thanks i will buddy !!  weird they didnt flog this in the review as a plus selling point …… in that case i give em a tick on DRL’s.

  • Crazy n00b

    Is the CVT a belt/chain unit or a planetary gear unit? If it’s a belt/chain CVT, is it a Jatco JF011E unit or a Toyota/Aisin unit?

    • LowRezFez

      The CVT is a chain unit… Don’t know the maker though. Unlike the reliable planetary CVT in the Prius this is a conventional CVT (also shared with Corolla). Given the poor reliability of chain and belt CVTs in the past, Toyota or not, I won’t touch a car with a CVT. it’s a shame the 2wd version is not the 2.5 6 speed auto.

      • TG

        Toyota’s press kit release indicates the CVT utilises a steel belt, not a chain.

      • Crazy n00b

        That’s my thought too. If it’s a belt/chain CVT, stay clear off it.

      • Zaccy16

        good though that the diesel uses the much better proper 6 speed auto that should have been uses in the corrola instead of the horrible cvt!

  • Confused motorist


  • Trickster

    What an ugly and plain and interior.  Will sell by the truckload though cause of the Toyota badge which is a sad reflection of the majority of AUS buyers

    • JooberJCW

      Its a reflection of buyers around the world.

    • Zaccy16

      yeah i agree, people don’t research before they buy, they just see a toyota badge and think it must be class leading!

      • Jober As A Sudge

        HA! I can guess where some might take this comment to…

        • Sumpguard

          Yeah I agree. EggZaccy!

  • Brayden Cresswell

    How is it they only have one cup holder in the front or do Toyota think no one who buys this car will have any friends.

    Seriously though two cup holders in the front minimum.

    • TG

      Open your eyes, there’s 2 cupholders for the front. The other is towards the rear of the console.

      • Bc

        Didn’t see that as it’s hidden but still behind the gear stick why there every time you go for a gear change its in the way?

    • Leon

      Agreed, that was one thing the old Yaris did right, cup holders everywhere!
      I miss the fold out ones near the doors so much since i moved to the Prius C.

      • Brayden Cresswell

        Same here the current rav4 has two right at the front I cant see why they changed it for the worse.

  • Pitadotcom

    Whats the ground clearance on the new model?

    • Subfoz

      new RAV4 has lost some ground clearance, dropping from 7.5 inches to 6.3 inches. Comparing that to the class leading ground clearnace of 8.9 inches for the Subaru Forester…

  • MK1

    How much can the diesel tow?

    • Alborz Fallah

      Only 500kg

      • jr

        Pathetic , same car can tow 2000kg in Europe . TMCA dopes.

      • Hung Low

        That truly is shocking. Most small cars would do better than that.

      • TG

        Alborz, ummmm… it’s going to be more than 500kg. The 2.5 litre petrol is rated at 1,500kg, surely the diesel would be around the same?

        • TG

          Disregard my comment Alborz, Toyota are on some serious drugs. 500kg for the auto, 550kg for the manual.

          • discostew

             they r popping them like skittles

      • Seano

        7 seats?

  • discostew

    I am in my garage as we speak kissing the 3.5L lexus engine on my SX6 !!!

  • LowRezFez

    Ugly interior and the FWD version using a 2ltr and a CVT is very dissapointing.

    • discostew

       absopositively !!!

    • Zaccy16

      yeah the interior looks worse than the last gen, mismatched interior plastics and shapes with a screen that doesn’t look at all integrated into the dash, the 2.0 will be a absolute slug with the manual but especially the cvt! the cx5 2.0 is no speed demon but has 7 more kw and 13 more nm but is lighter, this makes the cx5 look like a supercar! it also uses 1.6 l more fuel than the cx5! the cx5 is a much better option as a base model

      • discostew

         in general, i think the cx5 is nothing to write home about its so over rated and people are like blind monkeys all buying it ….. having said that i agree wholeheartedly with the above and would buy it over this rav no question no brainer.

  • TG

    Good to see everyone’s favourite 80’s clock has gone from green to blue. :)

    • Zaccy16

      wow big advancement! 

  • Jober As A Sudge

    These things seem to be getting bigger and bigger with each incarnation. Exterior styling is so-so but that interior is sleep inducing

  • MisterZed

    The CR-V that I owned 13 years ago was a 2.0L and had 108 kW – more power than this new RAV4. rofl.

    • TG

      It’s all about economy now, not power…

      • MisterZed

        Actually it’s about both. It’s just Toyota who are behind. Even their new Corolla only puts out 100 kW, the same as 12 years ago. Almost every other car out there has increased both power and economy.

        • TG

          103kW to be exact. And as I said before, economy, not power.

          In 2003 the Corolla weighed 1,100kg with fuel economy at 8.1l/100km (auto). They now weigh 1,310kg and the economy is at 6.6l/100km (CVT).

          • Hehe

            tell that to the v8 boys

  • discostew

    except for my sx6 rav which stomps on most 201kw and 0-100 in 7.0 sec’s that was a brain explosion for toyota and i love it …… they r stuck in a rut with corolla’s etc its bemusing. 

  • discostew

    mitsubishi outlander circa yonks ago anyone !!

  • discostew

    they’ve had 9 years or more and this is what they came up with …… more more more more more but funnily enough less has prevailed …….

  • Norm

    The dash is umm….workman like?

    CVT – why?!

    It will sell like mad – especially if it becomes Toyotas 3rd model for local manufacture.

    • Darryl

      They could have saved some money and used the dash from the Landcruiser ute. 

  • davie

    With the recent release of the 2013 Forester, I was concerned that Toyota would bring out the RAV4 and make it look silly. I don’t think that has happened.

    Also assumed that Toyota would avail themselves of Subaru’s  X-mode off-road creeper technology. Not so it seems.

    RAV4 Boot is bigger though.

  • Maximark2601

    I think it looks better than the current model, it is a pity that the new model lose the LED tail lights. I like the six speed auto gear box for both the petrol and diesel engines. Really tempted to trade my xtrail for the Rav4 but will wait until next year maybe they have the hydrid model available too.

  • Bob.

    No 18s on the Cruiser… why doesn’t Australia ever get the 18s on this car… Those 17s look blad… the ones on the previous gen. look better.

    Overall not impressed with the design etc… and others are moving to DI and start-stop tech… why its Toyota

  • Karl Sass

    Looked nice in the photos, but this is just a high riding Corolla. The original rav had it’s own charm about it, nothing to see here. Anyone else keep thinking Outlander when they look at the back of it?

    • Hehe

      what’s so charming about the oirginal rav? It’s a serious question. Because I can never see it

  • mo

    Very strange with the diesel towing capacity. Its a pity you have to pay extra for a proper spare and its a shame they’ve moved the spare from the back. It looked good there! 
    What’s the ground clearance?

  • Homer

    Toyota turbo engine is a dismal. In these days 50 Kw/l and 152.4 Nm/l per liter from their “modern” turbo engine is inferior to others (Honda, BMW, VW etc). Toyota gives up yesterday engine technology.

  • Scout392

    Same engine line up as the CX5
    Just less power on the 2.0 and 2.2 Hmmm.

    Are the any advatages with CVT in light off-road use?


  • Wrangler13

    Does anyone know what the service costs are after the 60k capped price services

  • Jakobzuma

    Bought a RAV4 brand new sx6 in Jan 2013 and love it. Its roomy, quiet & quite a ride :-) It also has decent fabric upholstry as opposed to the base level model. Fuel consumption sucks. Only getting approx 8 kms per litre in city limits.

    The new RAV4 is shorter/smaller, lacks boot space & torque (petrol version). Wont be buying this one.