The Good The 2013 Toyota RAV4 is a strong performer at city and highway speeds thanks to a well-balanced 2.5-liter engine. The Limited trim level's convenience features make the RAV4 easy to live with. Optional tech upgrades add JBL audio and thoughtful safety features.
The Bad Toyota's Entune infotainment system isn't as feature-stocked or well-organized as others in this class. The 6.1-inch screen is a glare magnet. Our tester's dashboard squeaked annoyingly over every bump.
The Bottom Line The 2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited is a fine choice and a good value, but its infotainment and its convenience technology are not the best in this crowded class.
New RAV4 suffers death by a thousand squeaks
"That creaking coming from the dashboard is annoying," said my passenger during a spin in the 2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited. "It makes me feel like it's poorly made."
The constant squeak coming from a champagne-colored accent panel had been bothering me too, but I hadn't said anything about it. I was largely enjoying the RAV4, impressed by its driving characteristics.
"Maybe it's just cold right now. Maybe it's just a one-off thing," I defended. "Could be any of a dozen reasons. Cars are quirky like that."
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