2013 Toyota RAV4

The Debut: World Debut

Release Date: Early 2013

Vehicle Highlights: The long-awaited redesign for this mom-friendly crossover SUV finally came to fruition at the 2012 LA Auto Show. Other than a new six-speed transmission, two-row seating for five and loads of other in-cabin tech, RAV4 also gives a convincing nod to fuel efficiency, offering FWD models an EPA-estimated rating of 24 mpg city/31 highway and 22 mpg city/29 mpg highway for the AWD model. There's also a keen eye paid to safety via the Blind Spot Monitor, which incorporates Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), which essentially senses vehicles approaching from either direction before emitting an audible warning using a flashing indicator. Pretty soccer mom friendly.

The Price: Likely in the mid-20's

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