• November 23, 2011

2012 Toyota RAV 4- A Review

Toyota well understands the need of its customers that’s why it keeps on upgrading its vehicles and integrates state-of-the-art technological features in its vehicles. Toyota introduced 2012 RAV 4 with improved standard audio system which includes following features;

  • Hands Free Phone Capability
  • Phone Book Access
  • Music Streaming through Bluetooth
  • Display Audio System with Navigation (Limited Grade)
  • Toyota Entune (Limited Grade)

Available Grades

2012 Toyota RAV 4 is presented in following three grades;

  • RAV 4
  • Sport
  • Top-of-the-line Limited


2.5L 4 cylinder engine is standard on 2012 RAV 4 and it produces 179 Horsepower and torque of 172 lb-ft. You can also choose the vehicle with 3.5L V6 engine which produces 269 Horsepower and torque of 246 lb-ft, V6 vehicles also features dual VVT-I which improves the performance of engine, reduces the emission level and makes it fuel efficient. One can accelerate the V6 equipped vehicles from 0-60mph in just 7 seconds.

EPA Ratings

EPA ratings of FWD models are 22mpg in the city and 28mpg on the highway.

  • EPA ratings of 4WD models are 21mpg in the city and 27mpg on the highway.
  • EPA ratings of FWD with V6 transmission is 19mpg in the city and 27mpg on the highway.
  • EPA ratings of 4WD models with V6 transmission is 19mpg in the city and 26mpg on the highway.


2012 RAV 4 is based on stylish exterior and its wheelbase is of 104.7 inches, you can easily reduce the wind noise and enhance the aerodynamics by removing the external moldings. Sporty looks are added by the grille, headlamps and sleek character lines. LED tail lamps and tire mounted on the back adds looks of SUV in 2012 RAV 4. All the models of 2012 RAV 4 are presented with backup monitor system and back view camera as well as monitor incorporated in auto-dimming back view mirror.

Salient Exterior features of 2012 Toyota RAV 4 (Sport)

  • 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels
  • Color keyed door handles
  • Integrated fog lights
  • Rear privacy glass
  • Smoked headlamps trim
  • Sport-tuned suspension
  • Dark Charcoal fabric seats

Salient Exterior Features of 2012 Toyota RAV 4 (Limited Grade)

  • 17-inch aluminum 6-spoke alloy wheels
  • Distinctive front grille with chrome accent
  • Roof rails
  • Color keyed power heated external mirrors
  • Turn signals indicators
  • Multi-reflector halogen headlamps

Interior of 2012 Toyota RAV 4

Following features add a stylish look in the interior of RAV 4;

  • Brushed metallic silver finish on middle console
  • Door trim
  • Steering wheel spokes
  • Three Optitron gauges
  • “Eye Friendly” ceiling lights
  • Cell phone holder in middle console

Additional Features of 2012 Toyota RAV 4 (Limited Grade) are;

  • Air conditioning Vent Dial
  • Chrome accented air conditioning vent garnish
  • Chrome parking brake tip
  • Dual zone automatic climate control
  • Smart Key System
  • Interior footwell lighting
  • Leather trimmed steering wheel
  • Improved seat fabric and much more

Features of Interior Storage

  • Dual glove box
  • Front door compartments
  • Large center console box
  • Front seat back pockets
  • Rear door storage pocket

Optional Features

  • Power tilt/slide moon roof with sunshade
  • Leather trimmed seats
  • Heated front seats
  • 8-way power driver’s seat

Standard Safety Features

STAR Safety System in 2012 RAV 4 features;

  • Improved Vehicle Stability Control
  • Traction Control
  • ABS brakes
  • Electronic-Brake Force distribution
  • Brake Assist
  • Smart Stop Technology

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