Aside from its shiny new EV counterpart, there hasn't been much happening in the world of the Toyota RAV4. That's set to change, though, as these spy shots indicate that a refreshed model isn't too far down the pipeline.

Just how refreshed will it be? Well, considering the fact that the RAV4's last major redesign took place six years ago, we hope that there are some significant changes under all of that camouflage. We can already see some new design elements, including a front fascia that reminds us of what we see on the new Camry. Arguably, the current RAV4 is a pretty handsome little thing, but with more and more crossovers adding curvy lines, we wouldn't be shocked if this new model gained a dose of rakishness. Well, as much as Toyota can muster, anyway.

Other details remain slim, but expect the interior to get a much-needed update, likely incorporating features like Toyota's Entune infotainment system. Under the hood, four-cylinder engines are likely going to be the driving force, including a rumored hybrid variant, but we won't rule out the inclusion of the automaker's 3.5-liter V6, as well.

The new RAV4 will likely debut later this year in time for the 2013 model year.


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      vcarr123
      • 2 Years Ago
      Would think the new model with have at least a 6 speed tranny and direct injection for better MPG's! A modern look to compete against the CX-5, CR-V, Escape and the new Santa Fe. This market is BIG and Toyota hopefully will give us a good looking new RAV4..
        Yeah yeah
        • 2 Years Ago
        @vcarr123
        I'm with you that an upgrade in the gas mileage is the biggest need for the new RAV4. As it is now they are about 3 mpg highway behind the newer competitors like the CR-V, Escape, and CX-5. They have to close that gap at a minimum, and hopefully surpass the competition. Though the current RAV4 seems bigger than some of those competitors to me. If that's truly the case, then surpassing them in gas mileage would be a tall order.
        mapoftazifosho
        • 2 Years Ago
        @vcarr123
        Hybrid with CVT would be more reliable and better for most people. Toyota has this 4DS system and may begin rolling that out on a larger scale, but I've not been in love with the DI systems of MOST manufacturers...as long term reliability is proving to be elusive...
      vcarr123
      • 2 Years Ago
      Would think the new model with have at least a 6 speed tranny and direct injection for better MPG's! A modern look to compete against the CX-5, CR-V, Escape and the new Santa Fe. This market is BIG and Toyota hopefully will give us a good looking new RAV4..
      plarson79
      • 2 Years Ago
      Front clip looks like it is right off the Camry. I suppose it will look better than a CR-V, but not as eye-catching as a CX-5 or Escape.
      SpikedLemon
      • 2 Years Ago
      My concept for a recipe for more a successful RAV4: Less Vanilla. Don't make it bigger or drop in larger engines. Just make it a vehicle that people WANT to get into and drive. It's boring. And even more boring on the interior. The interior also feels cheap and 1 dimensional - even the lower-cost Rogue feels nicer to the touch.
      postpast
      • 2 Years Ago
      "We can already see some new design elements". Really? do you have x ray vision
      CarCrazy24
      • 2 Years Ago
      I always find it hilarious that the RAV4 V6 has been the fastest accelerating car in the line-up until the latest Avalon debuted.
      Eric
      • 2 Years Ago
      Gosh I really hope they keep the obnoxiously inappropriate side-swinging rear door! When parallel parking on city streets and someone parks immediately behind you, it makes swinging that door open so much easier! Not to mention when you back into your garage, you can back it fairly close to the rear wall because that door will swing nice and wide. Same as when you drive straight in and close the garage door, plenty of clearance. And lets not forget how easy that side-swinging door makes loading groceries or a cart full of stuff in a tight and busy parking lot! The preceding comment was made in total sarcasm because Toyota is STUPID for continuing to build a vehicle with a non curb friendly, right-hand side-swinging rear door! Will not buy one for that very lack of utility!
        Bruno Antonio Arigan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Eric
        look closer at these photos, eric. Toyota did make the rear into a true lift up hatch. Look at the shape and the gaps on the side and you can tell it is a lift upwards style hatch ..not a swing out door with a handle.
          HornDozer
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Bruno Antonio Arigan
          I sure hope you are right, Bruno. I have a 2009 V6 AWD with which I pull a Casita (small) trailer. My RAV has been great. Except. That stupid swinging door makes it tough to access things in the back of the RAV4. Hope they fix that. If so, I will get another RAV4. If not. Not
      Jesus!
      • 2 Years Ago
      "Arguably, the current RAV4 is a pretty handsome little thing" Haha thanks for the laugh!
      R S
      • 2 Years Ago
      If I hear another person say blah and boring about a Toyota I am going to throw up!!! Blah and boring sells!! I Sell these for a living. The people that buy cars and suvs are middle of America and want a reliable smooth and cost effective car!! They are the #1 car maker in the world and have the best selling car in the US. Please! none of you apply for a job at Toyota's engineering department. ( So you can ruin the top selling blah and bland)
        CarCrazy24
        • 2 Years Ago
        @R S
        I didn't know you sell Maytags
        heltersceltic
        • 2 Years Ago
        @R S
        Yeah, you can sell a million boring cars for $3 profit per car or.... BMW, who sell excitement at a huge markup- and worth every penny.
          Josh
          • 2 Years Ago
          @heltersceltic
          Hey you're both making money right? Now get to work meeting newer MPG requirements.
      Tom Carlin
      • 2 Years Ago
      Can you _really_ put "Camry" and "inspired" together?
      MJC
      • 2 Years Ago
      Who on earth would argue that the current RAV4 is "handsome?!?" It's atrocious. That said, how big is this new one going to be? Looks about twice the size of the first-gen from the 90s...
        BB79826
        • 2 Years Ago
        @MJC
        Agreed on both accounts. The current Rav-4's refresh is super blah. The front looks NICE on this thing for a change. But it looks freaking huge. I want a real small CUV, con sarn it!
          Snark
          • 2 Years Ago
          @BB79826
          Well, there's options. Forthcoming Subaru Crosstrek, Sportage, Tucson, Countryman, Forester, Patriot, Tiguan....
        Goahead
        • 2 Years Ago
        @MJC
        My thoughts exactly. And if it's Camry inspired, it's not a good news. I always admired Camry(Although I appreciate Accord even more and owned it), but this latest generation is the ugliest Camry so far.
      muspod
      • 2 Years Ago
      Isn't that called a "Venza"?!
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