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Toyota was a pioneer in the compact crossover SUV marketplace, introducing the RAV4 to the U.S. back in 1995. The 2012 model is Toyota's third generation of RAV4, and it bows out for an all-new 2013 model. That the 2012 RAV4 remains competitive even in its final year underlines just how right Toyota got the formula. It successfully mixes car-like dynamics, good EPA-estimated fuel economy, plenty of space, and the looks and upright driving position of a crossover. Inevitably, it's showing its age—the interior looks dated compared with newer rivals, while the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and its four-speed automatic also betray its advanced years. It's still a capable family car, though.
The lineup comprises a base entry-level model, the Sport, and the Limited at the top of the range. The base model makes do with steel wheels, air conditioning, cruise control, Bluetooth® connectivity, and a six-speaker stereo. You can upgrade the looks with the Value package that adds alloy wheels, a roof rack, rear privacy glass, a sunroof, and upgraded upholstery. But then you might as well go for the Sport, which gets all that as well as sport-tuned suspension for a sharper drive. The Limited reverts back to the regular suspension but gains convenience equipment including keyless entry and ignition, automatic climate control, and automatic headlights. And for 2012, the Limited adds Entune™ electronics that allow access to some popular sites like Pandora, iHeartRadio, and Open Table. If you want leather upholstery, you'll need the Premium package on either the Sport or Limited model. We'd recommend getting the V6 for the extra power it brings, but you might want to look at the all-new and improved 2013 model.
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As a compact crossover, the 2012 RAV4 offers a more spacious cabin than what you'd find in a standard sedan. There's plenty of room for front- and back-seat passengers to stretch out—and the rear seats recline for added comfort. The driver's seat also comes with standard height-adjustment, which can come in handy for taller drivers who want to optimize headroom.
While the standard engine on the 2012 RAV4 is a 2.5L four-cylinder at 179 hp, this crossover SUV is also available with an upgraded V6 engine. The 3.5L V6 engine produces 269 hp and is a great option for those who prefer a little extra power behind the wheel.
The 2012 Toyota RAV4 boasts storage solutions galore, starting with a whopping 36.4 cu-ft of dedicated cargo space behind the rear row. Meanwhile, the second row of seats on this crossover can fold completely flat, extending cargo space up to a full 73 cu-ft. Loading and unloading from the cargo area is a breeze, thanks to the lower load floor. Throughout the cabin, the 2012 RAV4 is equipped with plenty of clever storage for small items, including spacious door pockets and a generously sized glove box.
Thanks to its compact size, the 2012 RAV4 is a great option for drivers looking to cut down on stops at the fuel pump. The 2012 RAV4 base trim with 2.5L four-cylinder engine, automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive gets an EPA-estimated 24 mpg combined.
The 2012 Toyota RAV4 was among the only vehicles in its class to offer an optional third row. This third row was available as an option on the Limited trim and bumps seating capacity from five to seven passengers, if only for small kids. This can be a great seating solution for larger families.
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RepairPal gave the Toyota RAV4 an overall reliability rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Excellent. This rating ranks Toyota RAV4 3rd out of 27 among Compact SUVs.View RepairPal's full rating of the Toyota RAV4