2013 Toyota RAV4 Test Drive & Crossover SUV Video Review
http://www.autobytel.com/toyota/rav4/?id=32972 The Toyota RAV4 first hit the shores here in the U.S. back in 1996. This little crossover SUV along with the Honda CR-V is responsible for starting the crossover craze. Today there are almost 50 different crossover models for sale here in America. The 4th generation RAV4 is an updated model that gets a complete interior and exterior redesign as well as an updated powerplant. The 2013 Toyota RAV4 comes in 3 trim levels: the LE, the XLE, and the top of the line Limited. The base price on the LE trim is just under $25k
The RAV4 vs. CR-V battle reminds us of the old Ford vs. Chevy battles during the muscle car era. Over the past few years the Honda CR-V has really taken over the segment, gaining the most market share. But the all-new 2013 Toyota RAV4 aims to get back on top of the crossover sales charts. There are a ton of new features and lots of changes that make the 4th generation RAV4 the best ever.
The past generation Toyota RAV4 came with a choice of a 4-cylinder or V-6 engine. Well the larger V-6 has been dropped and now the only engine offered is an efficient 2.5 liter 4-cylinder making 176 horsepower and 172 lb-ft. of torque. What that means is coupled with the standard 6-speed automatic transmission and FWD; the 2013 Toyota RAV4 will return 31 MPG on the highway. You can also opt for an AWD version as a $1400 option.
The 2013 Toyota RAV4 has been completely redesigned outside and in. It all starts with a brand new front end consisting of a bold grille and headlights that look similar to the new Camry. This generation RAV4 was made more aerodynamic and the result is better fuel economy. If you are buying a crossover chances are you may be driving around small children. The new Toyota RAV4 comes with a segment leading 8 standard air bags. Toyota engineers also worked the interior design to allow for the most cargo volume in the segment.
The interior of the 2013 Toyota RAV4 is completely new with some great new features including an Acoustic Windshield which helps reduce wind noise. From the driver's perspective, the new instrumentation is pleasing while being easy to use. After the 7 year run of the previous model, Toyota has really stepped it up inside the cabin.
The 2013 Toyota RAV4 sits nicely on the road and you will like the way it drives on the highway. This is an economy crossover SUV after all so you shouldn't expect the RAV4 to ride like a luxury car. Bottom line is that Toyota did a great job on the newly redesigned RAV4. They really hit the mark on this one and it's a huge improvement over the outgoing model. The 2013 Toyota RAV4 certainly has all the features you need. In fact the RAV4 can now compete with the Honda CR-V at the top of the economy crossover SUV segment.
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2013 Audi RS 5 Track Test Drive & Sports Car Video Review
http://www.autobytel.com/audi/rs-5/2013/?id=32972 The 2013 Audi RS 5 is a
great performing luxury sports car that is a true competitor to the BMW M3
and Mercedes C63 AMG. If this car proves to be anything close to the
previous RS models it will be rare, collectable, and a great value with a
starting price of under $70k. Anytime Audi manufacturers a vehicle with the
letter "R" in the model name, you know the car is going to be a high
performance machine. Think about the RS 4, RS 6, TT RS, and of course the
legendary R8 are all great sports cars. What we have here for the first
time ever in the U.S. is the Audi RS 5. This 2-door luxury sports coupe has
a base price of $68,900.
There are many ways the 2013 Audi RS 5 is distinguished from the A5/S5. The
first thing you will notice is the massive front grille called the
Singleframe grille with diamond mesh and Aluminum optic surround. Out back
the Adaptive rear spoiler is unique to the RS 5. There are other exterior
cues too but it's really what you cannot see like the shocks, springs,
wheels, and engine that set this car apart from the rest.
There are 3 different engine offerings throughout the range of Audi
A5/S5/RS 5 family of vehicles. The A5 gets a turbocharged 4-cylinder, the S5 gets a
supercharged V-6, and the RS 5 has a normally aspirated V-8. The engine
powering the 2013 Audi RS 5 is a 4.2 liter V-8 that makes 450 horsepower and 317 lb-ft. of
torque. The only transmission offering is a 7-speed automatic with
auto-shift. Fuel economy figures are 16 MPG in the city and 23 MPG on the
highway. But the 2013 Audi RS 5 is not so much about horsepower as it is about
performance in cornering and handling.
The standard wheels on the RS 5 are 19-inch 10-spoke wheels but you can
upgrade to 20-inch wheels wrapped in 275/30 series tires. Of course every
Audi performance ride comes with the addition of Quattro all-wheel drive.
What's unique about the Quattro system on the 2013 Audi RS 5 is that 60% of
the power goes to the rear wheels and extra power can be applied to the
outside rear wheel during cornering.
The 2013 Audi RS 5 is far from disappointing. It reminds us of a more
refined version of the RS 4 sedan that was out a few years ago in the sense
that you have a great roaring V-8 motor with the legendary Quattro AWD
system that vehicles like the BMW M3 and Mercedes C63 AMG do not have. What
that does is make average drivers good and good drivers better. This car is
a thrill to drive both on the track and around town thanks to all the
refinements Audi has put into the RS 5.
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2014 Toyota 4Runner Limited Test Drive Video Review
http://www.autobytel.com/toyota/4runner/2014/?id=32972 For 2014, Toyota has
subtly restyled the 4Runner. The Limited model seen here benefits from a
unique grille treatment, 20-inch aluminum wheels, and tons of chrome.
Overall the 4Runner is a great looking SUV. This is still an off-road
vehicle and the 4Runner gets skid plates on all models. The base price for
the SR5 trim is $32,820 and the top of the line Limited will start at
Under the hood is a 4.0 liter V-6 engine that makes 270 horsepower and 278 lb-ft of
torque. The transmission is a 5-speed automatic. Fuel economy is 17 MPG in
the city and 21 MPG on the highway. The 4Runner has a 3rd row and thus can
seat 7 passengers. The inside is very comfortable with easy to operate
The 4Runner is designed first and foremost to go off-road. Thus this SUV
can go anywhere at any time. If you are the type of person who loves the
outdoor lifestyle then the 4Runner is a great choice. For the rest of the
commuters out there the Toyota Highlander is a better choice.
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2013 Mercedes-Benz GL350 BlueTec Diesel Test Drive & Luxury SUV Video Review
2 The 2013 Mercedes GL-Class is a full sized luxury SUV. There are 3
different trim levels that include the GL550, GL450, and GL350. The
original GL-Class was introduced to the U.S. as a 2007 model and not too
much has changed since that time. The GL is a 5-door 7-passenger SUV.
Similar luxury SUVs in this class include the Audi Q7, Infiniti QX, Lexus
LX, and the Cadillac Escalade; only one of which offers a diesel model. The
starting price is $62,400 for the GL350 with the top of the line GL550
model costing $86,900.
Did you know that diesels only account for 1% of all passenger car and
truck sales in the U.S. while hybrids account for more than 3%? For some
reason Americans just do not embrace the diesel technology. The 2013
Mercedes GL350 BlueTec is a good reason why you should look into diesel
powered vehicles. The engine is a 3.0 liter turbodiesel that makes 240 horsepower and 455 lb-ft. of
torque. Most full sized SUVs have a hard time breaking the 20 MPG marker
since they are heavy, bulky, and not very aerodynamic. But the 2013
Mercedes GL350 BlueTec averages 19 MPG in the city and 26 MPG on the
highway. The transmission is a 7-speed automatic. Like with any Mercedes
SUV, 4MATIC AWD is standard as are a bunch of features and luxury
Even though this GL looks like the original 2007 model, there are actually
over 1000 new parts. Mercedes really listened to its owners and they made a
lot of improvements over the past few years. There is a ton of rear
passenger leg and head room. The GL-Class went from being a quirky German
made SUV that was adapted for the American market to a full-blown luxury
SUV that is real gem.
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2013 Honda Accord Sedan Test Drive & Car Video Review
http://www.autobytel.com/honda/accord/2013/ The mid-sized sedan segment is
by far the most competitive segment in the entire automotive industry.
Practically every manufacturer has a vehicle targeting this segment. For
years the Accord was at the top of the heap winning award after award, year
after year. But the Accord quickly got stale and with the new Ford Fusion,
Nissan Altima, and Toyota Camry redesigns; the Accord was losing ground
quickly. Now we have a new measuring stick with the all new redesigned 2013
Honda Accord Sedan. The Accord is one of the safest bets in America today.
The base price is $21,680; the car drives great, has a nice resale value,
and offers wonderful reliability.
Most enthusiasts and automotive journalist would cringe at the thought of
having to test drive yet another family sedan. But the reality is that this
is still the most popular segment of car in America today. The Camry and
Accord combined sell almost a million cars per year. Honda has basically
set the standard with the Accord for over 30 years. This nameplate has been
around since the 1970's and is now in its 9th generation and the Accord
keeps on getting better. What's unusual about the new 2013 Honda Accord is
that it has actually gotten shorter while interior room has increased and
the cargo room is larger, which is a great testament to Honda Engineers.
Styling is dramatically improved with the nice shoulder lines and shorter
overhangs. Basically the car looks more modern and up to date. But it is
not just about styling with the new Accord Sedan. Under the hood is a brand
new engine and CVT transmission. Not to be outdone by Mazda's SkyActiv
engine technology, Honda has released their own line called Earth Dreams
Technology. The new engine is very efficient and powerful. The motor is a
2.4 liter 4-cylinder that makes 185 horsepower and 181 lb-ft. of
torque. The CVT transmission helps the Accord to get fuel economy ratings
of 27 MPG in the city and 36 MPG on the highway. The Accord comes in
several trim levels that include the: Base LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, and the top
of the line Touring model. If you want to get a 4-cylinder engine, that
comes standard on the 3 lower trims. When you move up to the more expensive
trims the V-6 engine becomes optional/standard.
Shoppers of mid-sized sedans are looking for rear legroom space. Thankfully
the Accord has plenty of it including a lot of rear headroom too. The
Accord's interior has been completely redesigned. You have an all new
instrument panel, center stack, and gauges. Everything works really well.
The speedometer looks like a high-tech Swiss watch, the steering wheel is
nice and compact, and the controls are great. Another bonus is the fact
that every 2013 Honda Accord comes with and 8-inch infotainment screen
standard as well as a rear backup camera. The Accord also comes with
Honda's new lane-watch safety system.
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Top 5 small off-road worthy Crossovers reviewed
( http://www.TFLcar.com ) Wikipedia says, "a crossover is a vehicle built
on a car platform and combining, in highly variable degrees, features of a
sport utility vehicle (SUV) with features from a passenger vehicle,
especially those of a station wagon or hatchback." We simply like to say
that the crossover is the new family truckster. Here are the Top 5 off-road
worthy crossovers that we've driven in 2011.
Top 4 Crossovers that can never go off-road
( http://www.TFLcar.com ) Here's an odd fact. Many of today's newest
crossover can't go off-road. Of course that doesn't mean that they are not
fun. It just means that while they look like they could take you to Everest
and back, they can really only go on snow and dirt covered roads. Here are
our top 4 fun non-offroad worthy Crossovers revealed and reviewed that
we've driven this year.
2014 Subaru Forester: Everything you wanted to know about the car and the new X-Mode AWD
( http://www.TFLcar.com ) The 2014 Subaru Forester has been significantly
improved in every key element. In this TFLcar video we take an in depth
look into what Subaru did to make the 2014 Subaru Forester and Forester XT
turbo better. We also show you the car's
new X-Mode all-wheel-drive system and what Subaru says makes it better than
competing cars in the same class. If you are thinking about purchasing the
new 2014 Forester this video will tell you many of the key things that you
may want to know before purchasing the car.
2013 Toyota RAV4 Test: What the Car Magazines don't want you to know about 0-60 MPH Times
( http://www.TFLcar.com ) The 2013 Toyota RAV4 is a perky crossover that
began the entire crossover line of cars. But that's not what this video is
all about. Instead we thought it would be fun to share a secret with
you....a secret that the car magazines don't want you you to know about
0-60 MPH times. And that secret is..... We're of course not going to tell
you here, but instead we'll show you in this video. Check another fun and
informative TFLcar video where we test this car 4 different times from 0-60
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The big change for 2014 out back. It's not what you see, it's what you
don't. The spare tire that clung to the back of the 2013 model like an
octogenarian clinging to the past is gone. The removal of the tire makes
completes the RAV4′s exterior transformation from Toyota Trucklet to
crossover. By going hatch-mainstream, practicality is greatly improved
allowing easier access when parallel parked or parked on a hill. Because of
the RAV's increased dimensions and the new hatch, it is possible to fit
4×8 sheets inside if you leave the hatch cracked.
The RAV4′s cargo hold has one of the lowest lift-over heights for loading
in the compact crossover segment. While this makes loading easier, it means
the hatch is closer to the ground and makes opening it more awkward. I
thought I was alone, but some of our Facebook friends commented that the
hatch hit them in the abdomen if they didn't take a large step backwards
when opening it.
Toyota decided to kill off optional V6 for 2014, leaving the 2.5L
four-cylinder the only powerplant. While the switch is likely to offend a
few, the vast majority of RAV4 sales were four-cylinder anyway. Toyota's
logic was this: the prime competitor is the CR-V and it's four-cylinder
only. The 2.5L engine is good for 176 horsepower and 172 lb-ft of
twist placing it in the thick of the competition. Since the 2.5L is no
longer the base engine Toyota fitted it with their 6-speed automatic
transaxle to improve performance and fuel economy. MPGs rise to 24 City and
31 Highway in FWD trim which is above the CR-V and GM crossovers but well
below the Mazda CX-5′s impressive 26/35 score (2.0L engine and manual
For $1,400 Toyota will toss in their full-time AWD system on any trim
level. The RAV4′s AWD system follows the same formula as the rest with a
multi-plate coupling acting as a quasi center differential. This system is
somewhat unusual however because the driver can lock the coupling on demand
via a button in the dash. Although the lock will self-disengage over 25MPH,
only the Jeep crossovers offer a similar touch. Engaging the car's "sport"
mode alters the throttle mapping, transmission shift points and encourages
the coupling to lock more frequently to try and limit the FWD nature of the
Toyota has a history of playing to the "meat" of every segment. Rarely does
Toyota build anything extreme, be it the cheapest car in its class, the
most expensive, fastest, slowest, etc. That describes the RAV4 to a tee.
After a week with the RAV4 I wasn't offended but neither was I enraptured.
Toyota's trucklet is reasonably priced ranging from $23,300-$28,410 and in
most trims represents a decent (but not extreme) value compared to the
competition. Yes, the CX-5 is more exciting, but like the more luxurious
and gadget-rich Escape, it'll cost you more. The CR-V is quieter but it's
also a few bucks more expensive. The Cherokee is more off-road capable but
Chrysler's reliability reputation isn't exactly stellar. The Forester is
the better choice for wagon lovers and the Sportage and Escape have
powerful turbo options that speak to my
heart. The GMC Terrain and Chevy Equinox have been refreshed and feature
mills for those that like to count ponies and an infotainment system that's
more attractive than Entune.
The new RAV is, without a doubt, a better 2-row crossover than the model it
replaces. It's also a very pragmatic choice delivering a blend of good fuel
economy, large cargo hold, an AWD system that's more capable than most in
the segment and, being a Toyota, it's likely to have a good reliability
record as well. The 2014 RAV4 is a solid crossover and you can't go wrong
by putting one in your driveway. If however you want my advice, and since
you're reading this I assume you do, check out the CX-5 and Escape before
you sign on the dotted line.
2013 Toyota Rav4 XLE AWD Walkaround & Features
Here's our first 2013 Toyota Rav4 that we received. It is a XLE AWD model.
In this video I cover some of the differences between the 2012 & the 2013
models, the features on this particular vehicle, and some driving footage
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Honda finally gives us the all new Civic they should have introduced last
year. Freshened styling, generous standard equipment, sporty driving
dynamics, and excellent fuel efficiency push the vehicle back to the top 3
in the compact segment. Although, still missing a few key upscale tech
features, the strong value is hard to ignore. If you are in the market for
a compact sedan with a reputation for reliability, put the Civic back to
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2013 Toyota RAV4 vs 2014 Mazda CX-5 - Track Comparison
Several months ago, AutoGuide set a Toyota RAV4 and Mazda CX-5
side-by-side. As you might remember, Mazda won.
It wasn't long before Toyota launched a letter our way expressing
discontent with the result. And rightfully so. The previous verdict came,
in part, because the all-wheel drive CX-5 scored more points in driving
dynamics than the front-wheel drive RAV4 Toyota lent us for the shootout.
Insisting on a rematch, the brand brought AutoGuide a more comparable model
equipped with all-wheel drive.
This time around, the two are not only competing on a more level playing
field, but the RAV4 actually has an ace up its proverbial sleeve, sporting
a more sophisticated all-wheel drive system.
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