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2012 Toyota RAV4


City 19 - 22 MPG Hwy 26 - 28 MPG

Safety Rating

  • Overall Safety:
    4 stars
  • Frontal Crash:
    4 stars
  • Side Crash:
    5 stars

Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

Consumer Reviews Write a Review

Overall Rating:
4.7 (out of 5)
Value 4.6
Exterior 4.5
Interior 4.4
Comfort 4.5
Performance 4.7
Reliability 4.8
one of the best cars i ever owned.

by bijan from Frisco | January 27, 2020

i drove this car for the past five years and no problem ever. It is an excellent drive and very low maintenance and fantastic gas millage.

This the best value for money car in any segment

by venky from Atlanta, GA | January 27, 2020

I got the 7 seater 4 cyl with dealer modified Sunroof etc. I fitted a android navigation unit to replace the original CD unit. This car never failed in snow, desert, highways or city. I drove it for 65K miles in NJ, CA & GA and it always did the job with very little maintenance like Battery, tires and Brakes. Get tires from tire shop and not from dealer as they sell very bad tires. It is under powered compared to a V6 only on gradient roads. It can still be quick on the highways.

Love Toyota RAV4 this is my second

by CV from Hoffman Estates il | December 31, 2019

I’ve been spoiled for other cars by the RAV4. My last one had over 195k miles. I’m looking for even better longevity with this one.

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2012 Toyota RAV4 Overview

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.