The 2013 fourth generation of Toyota Rav4 comes with a promise of quality, practicality and safety. Coupled with the state of the art technology from the ever innovative Toyota. This generation will feature three models: The LE, XLE and the Limited model.

IMPROVEMENTS OVER PREVIOUS MODELS

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Fig 1. The new 2.5L engine

The new model comes with a 2.5L fuel efficient engine, delivering an impressive 176 horsepower at 6000 rpm and 172 ft.lbs of torque at 4100 rpm. The previous 2.6L V6 engine model is history.

This new model will feature the spare wheel underneath the trunk, and the silly right hinged back door has been done away with and replaced with a safer and more practical top hinged one, a move long overdue. Also shelved is the idea of a three row siting arrangement replaced with a more practical two row sitting arrangement with a sitting capacity of five providing more room for storage and legroom for passengers.

The new Rav4 comes with a promise of new technologies such as Dynamic Torque Control AWD, improved suspension and steering wheel. The shocks have also been improved to improve the vehicle’s handling.

STORAGE

The new model comes with a larger storage room than its predecessor, which comes in handy for your groceries and luggage for the occasional travel to upcountry. A feature we’ve become accustomed to with the Rav4 is it has one of the lowest floors that significantly reduce the effort to lift stuff into it.

INTERIOR

The Rav4‘s interior sets a new standard in interior design, with a promise of quality, comfort, space and practicality. The steering wheel integrated controls for phone, volume and Bluetooth will come standard across all the three models.

Another feature of the Rav4 is the cruise control that will help alleviate the stress of the occasional long drive to make the journey more enjoyable and less stressful.

Also standard with the Rav4 is the keyless entry and start that help make the transition into and out of the car seamlessly easy. A 6.1 inch infotainment system dominates the dashboard with an assortment of features such as climate control conveniently placed. The limited edition comes with a premium SofTex with French stitching that covers the seats, the dash, center armrest and portions of the door panels. The Rav4 comes with an improved audio system that will help you appreciate your music and reduce the stress of the never ending traffic in our major roads, or if you ever find yourself along Jogoo road during rush hour by mistake. It doubles up as a rear display when reversing and makes reversing and parking less stressful.

Also featured is the Rear Cross Traffic alert which uses radar sensors mounted on the rear bumper of the car. This will help sense approaching vehicles from either side and provide an audible warning with a flashing indicator on the appropriate side mirror.

FRAME AND EXTERIOR

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Fig 2. The new aerodynamic elegant Rav4

An improved sturdy steel body structure will see it deliver improved steering and handling and an overall light structure, which coupled with a reduced cabin noise that has been very pronounced with the previous models, promises higher prospects for the Rav4. The overall body structure is aerodynamically designed and improved to achieve optimum seamless flow of air to enhance performance and fuel efficiency.

The Dynamic Torque Control AWD the Rav4 delivers a new technology that will help improve the vehicle’s handling while cornering by helping deliver power to the rear wheels while cornering and will come in three modes: Auto, Sport and Lock.

SAFETY

Like all Toyotas, the new Rav4 comes with a promise of safety for you and your loved ones, featuring Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control, Anti-lock braking system, smart stop technology, electronic brake force distribution and an above class standard eight airbags the Rav4 gets all the points in this regard.

Standard on all the models are power windows, power mirrors, Daytime Running Lights and privacy glass. The limited edition will feature power adjustable seats with heaters and memory. The LE and XLE models will feature 17 inch alloy wheels with the XLE edition boasting an impressive 18 inch alloy wheels.

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