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Software, Electronic Glitches Cause Toyota Recall of Almost 1 Million U.S. Vehicles

2012 Toyota RAV4 Toyota is voluntarily recalling about 960,000 vehicles in the U.S. for software and electronic circuit issues. The Toyota Prius, RAV4 and Tacoma, as well as the Lexus RX 350, are part of the safety recall. About 700,000 Toyota Prius hybrids from the 2010 to 2014 model years will receive a software update to fix a malfunction where the car can go into a failsafe mode. Multiple warning lights will go off before the vehicle goes into the ... continue reading»

Tags: Recalls, Toyota Prius, Toyota RAV4, Toyota Tacoma, Lexus RX 350, Model News

Toyota RAV4 Fares Poorly in IIHS Small Overlap Crash Test

2013 Toyota RAV4 Even with extra time to prepare, the 2013 Toyota RAV4 didn't do well in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s small overlap frontal crash test. In a press release, the IIHS says they initially delayed crash testing the RAV4 to allow Toyota to enhance the vehicle’s safety structure. According to the IIHS, the changes made were not sufficient, and the RAV4 earned a score of Poor in the new safety test. The agency reports that “the driver ... continue reading»

Tags: Safety, Toyota RAV4, Model News, IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus

2013 Toyota RAV4 Priced Higher than Honda CR-V

Toyota has announced pricing on the redesigned 2013 RAV4, which will go on sale shortly after the new year. The base RAV4 LE will start at $24,145 (including an $845 destination charge) and come with standard features that include a six-speaker stereo with a 6.1-inch touch-screen display, Bluetooth and USB connectivity and a backup camera. After destination charges, the mid-level XLE trim starts at $25,135, and adds alloy wheels, fog lamps, dual-zone automatic climate control and a ... continue reading»

Tags: Redesigns, Toyota RAV4, Model News, Pricing

2013 Toyota RAV4 Gets Practical Updates

Toyota’s redesigned 2013 RAV4 SUV goes on sale early next year, following the release of redesigned or all-new affordable compact SUVs from Honda, Ford and Mazda. The new RAV4 relocates the spare tire mounted on its cargo door, retires the optional V6 engine, loses its available third row, gains a new six-speed automatic transmission and receives a few more standard features. Toyota moved the spare tire, which was attached to the 2012 model’s rear cargo door. "The RAV4 ... continue reading»

Tags: Auto Shows, Redesigns, Toyota RAV4, Affordable Compact SUVs, Model News, LA Auto Show

2013 Toyota RAV4 Teased Ahead of L.A. Auto Show

Toyota announced it will unveil the redesigned 2013 Toyota RAV4 at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show next Wednesday. Only a teaser image has been released so far, but auto writers speculate that the RAV4 will see several changes for the 2013 model year. Automobile Magazine reports, “Our sources say the 2013 Toyota RAV4 will continue to be based on the Camry platform, but it will ditch its optional third row of seats and only accommodate five passengers. …” Auto journalists ... continue reading»

Tags: Toyota RAV4, Model News, LA Auto Show

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