The first compact crossover SUV introduced in Japan and Europe in 1994 and beginning sales in North America is 1996. It was a vehicle designed for people who where wanting a vehicle that has the benefits of an SUV and the option of full-time four-wheel drive, along with the maneuverability and better fuel economy of a smaller car.
The RAV 4 has gone through many changes, most recently is a new front and rear fascia and shirt-mud soccer wall. The exterior offers sharper creases and some chunky new styling cues. The 2012 Toyota RAV 4 holds true to its roots and unique design. With the spare tire mounted on the back, it still holds the design of a more rugged crossover.
The interior offers the option of a third row seating. It easily folds down for more storage space, but if you happen to decide to take a few extra people to the football game or out to the cabin. These seats are nothing to boast about for comfort but they get the job done.
With Toyota’s reputation for reliability and a reasonable starting price of $21,675, the RAV 4 remains a winning formula. There aren’t very many other vehicle what can keep up the the RAV 4.
There are a lot of features that make the “feel the road” experience possible for RAV 4 drivers. These include Electric Power Steering, Traction Control, Vehicle Stability Control and Anti-lock Brake System.
The 2012 Toyota RAV 4 has four models available: Base 2WD, Base 4WD, Sport 4WD and Limited 4WD.
The available engines are:
2.5L 4 cyl VVT-i (4X2) 179 (134) @ 6,000 rpm hp and 172 (233) @ 4,000 rpm torque
2.5L 4 cyl VVT-i (4X4) 179 (134) @ 6,000 rpm hp and 172 (233) @ 4,000 rpm torque
3.5L 6 cyl VVT-i (4X4) 269 (201) @ 6,200 rpm hp and 246 (333) @ 4,700 rpm torque
Even more impressive is the fuel economy that comes with the RAV 4 engine options:
Fuel Economy (MPG) City Highway
2.5L 4 cyl VVT-i (4X2) 22 28
2.5L 4 cyl VVT-i (4X4) 21 27
3.5L 6 cyl VVT-i (4X4) (4X2) 19 26
Some of the awards the 2012 Toyota RAV 4 has under its belt is the number five with USNEWS Best Cars for the Money. It also has a five stars for protection of the driver in case of an head on collision by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and four stars for the same crash test by the same body for protection of the passenger seated in the front seat.
The RAV 4 is a smart reliable choice but also offers the spontaneity of being able to go out to the local crage or hiking area. You don`t have to be a family person to enjoy the RAV 4. You can be a 24 year old outdoor adventurist looking for the car that will get you to any destination. Be ready to have some fun with this car!
Gateway Toyota Sales Team