2013 Toyota RAV4 spy shot
  • 2013 Toyota RAV4 spy shot
  • 2013 Toyota RAV4 spy shot

  • 2013 Toyota RAV4 spy shot
  • 2013 Toyota RAV4 spy shot

  • 2013 Toyota RAV4 spy shot
  • 2013 Toyota RAV4 spy shot

  • 2013 Toyota RAV4 spy shot
  • 2013 Toyota RAV4 spy shot

  • 2013 Toyota RAV4 spy shot
  • 2013 Toyota RAV4 spy shot

  • 2013 Toyota RAV4 spy shot
  • 2013 Toyota RAV4 spy shot

  • 2013 Toyota RAV4 spy shot
  • 2013 Toyota RAV4 spy shot

  • 2013 Toyota RAV4 spy shot
  • 2013 Toyota RAV4 spy shot

  • 2013 Toyota RAV4 spy shot
  • 2013 Toyota RAV4 spy shot

  • 2013 Toyota RAV4 spy shot
  • 2013 Toyota RAV4 spy shot

  • 2013 Toyota RAV4 spy shot
  • 2013 Toyota RAV4 spy shot

  • 2013 Toyota RAV4 spy shot
  • 2013 Toyota RAV4 spy shot

The Toyota RAV4 is due for a major update, having last been redesigned for the 2006 model year. Yes, it's gotten some tweaks since that time, but the compact crossover market is an ever-evolving place filled with tough competition from around the globe, and Toyota needs the RAV4 to maintain its hard-fought market share.

According to our spy photographers, the RAV4's next redesign is right around the corner. Judging from these photos, it would appear that Toyota is keeping its little 'ute to the confines of pavement – a wise decision, as vehicles of this ilk never venture very far off the beaten path. That said, the sharply angular lines of this new model's head and taillamps bring its styling more in line with the latest Camry and Avalon sedans while still putting its occupants over the heads of shorter machinery.

Rumors suggest that the 2013 RAV4 will enter production in the fall of '12, powered by a range of four-cylinder engines and possibly a hybrid. We'd be a bit surprised if the automaker's 3.5-liter V6 weren't available, as well. See the spy shots for yourself in our high-res image gallery above.


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      Jason Allen
      • 3 Years Ago
      I like that the spare isn't on the rear liftgate. Isn't it still there currently? I wonder if this is the one that will get the Tesla-fication to be a pure EV. It doesn't seem as plain as it is currently so even if it's look is derivative it isn't offensive to most people. It's just too big to be called "compact".
        wickedme91
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jason Allen
        The 7 seater doesn't have the spare on lift gate. I think the 5 seater has spare on the lift gate.
          jtav2002
          • 3 Years Ago
          @wickedme91
          Actually has nothing to do with how many seats. The spare is on all the lift gates except for the Sport models that have the appearance package which ditches the spare tire for run flat tires.
      res-holder
      • 3 Years Ago
      Don't forget about the RAV4-EV powered by Tesla
      Feliciano III ♪♫ [+]
      The headlights reassembles those of the Camry's and Avalon's...[+]
      Zoom
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wish Toyota would sell the shorter model they sell overseas. Complete with a six-speed manual. Thanks.
      brgtlm
      • 3 Years Ago
      Definitely needs to be updated. Pretty long refresh cycle for Toyota. Looks like they won't be straying too far from a styling standpoint.
      Avinash Machado
      • 3 Years Ago
      The CR-V better watch out.
      jtav2002
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'd actually be a little surprised if the 3.5 V6 was still offered. Not that it's a bad thing but with everyone else mostly downsizing. Then again, not like they currently have a FI 4 cyl engine that could take the place of the 6 like Ford will be doing with the Escape.
      Richard Goebel
      • 3 Years Ago
      Chevy Equinox is the way to go. Buy American!
        me73
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Richard Goebel
        RAV4's are more american than chevy whatever.
          Richard Goebel
          • 3 Years Ago
          @me73
          Oh yeah, and Huyndai is more American than Ford, right? Please do America a favor, and move back to Asia.
          jtav2002
          • 3 Years Ago
          @me73
          Richard, do us all a favor and educate yourself on economics and the auto industry. You're obviously clueless.
      Richard Goebel
      • 3 Years Ago
      I always gotta laugh when I see a guy driving a rav-4. Does this guy also play with Barbie dolls?
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Richard Goebel
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        miketim1
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Richard Goebel
        You do know the Rav-4 Sport V6 is the best performer in its class right ? Fastest too.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Richard Goebel
        [blocked]
          tipdrip215
          • 3 Years Ago
          TY is to "Goon-dai" what Laser is to "Goverment Motors". Both hate everything related to each respective company.
      Master Austin
      • 3 Years Ago
      So what are we expecting, same as the Camry redo? Nip/Tuch with a carryover powertrain then call it "all new?"...
      • 3 Years Ago
      [blocked]
        jtav2002
        • 3 Years Ago
        Not buying a Kia or a Hyundai why? Just because you refuse to have that label on your car? The Sonata and Optima are extremely competitive in the segment and are both very good cars.
          Zoom
          • 3 Years Ago
          @jtav2002
          fwiw Camry>>Sonata.
      TopGun
      • 3 Years Ago
      Are you the next RAV4? Who cares. What's next, spy shots of the 2016 minivans?
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