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The 2012 Toyota RAV4 is Toyota’s entrant into the highly competitive compact crossover market and offers a flexible interior along with a pair of engine options, one slanted towards efficiency and the other power.

For its base engine, the RAV4 utilizes a 179-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder that outputs 172 pounds-feet of torque. The four-cylinder is mated to a four-speed automatic transmission. If you need more power, a 269-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 is also available that produces 246 pounds-feet of torque. The V-6 also adds an extra gear to the transmission, making it a five-speed automatic. All-wheel drive is available with both engine options, while front-wheel drive is standard.

Fuel economy ratings are competitive with other cars in this segment like the Ford Escape and Nissan Rogue. Depending on engine/drivetrain choices, numbers range from 19-22 mpg in the city to 26-28 mpg on the highway.

One of the largest selling points of the 2012 RAV4 is its interior flexibility. Seating for five passengers across two rows of seats is standard, but an optional third row bench expands capacity to seven making the RAV4 the only car in this class with available seating for more than five.

For 2012, the RAV4 gets a new stereo with six standard speakers instead of four, as well as a USB port and Bluetooth® connectivity which are also standard equipment.  Other standard features include air conditioning, power windows and locks, remote keyless entry, and ten cup holders. If this isn’t enough, the RAV4 also offers a navigation system, leather upholstery, heated front seats, and dual-zone automatic climate control as options.

Standard safety features include six airbags, active front head restraints, antilock brakes, and an electronic stability system.

With a pair of engine options and an available third-row, the 2012 Toyota RAV4 is flexible enough to fit any situation.

EPA Fuel Economy

  • City: 19 - 22 MPG
  • Highway: 26 - 28 MPG

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Safety Rating

  • Overall Safety: ****
  • Frontal Crash: ****
  • Side Crash: *****

Consumer Reviews Summary

Overall Rating:

68 of 71 (95%) consumers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.

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