2012 Toyota RAV4 Reviews, Ratings & Specs

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Color:  Magnetic Gray Metallic
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Kelley Blue Book Value®
$11,097 - $16,183
Used Fair Purchase Price Range
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MPG (up to)
19 City / 26 HWY
Horsepower
179-269
Seats
5-7

How 2012 Toyota RAV4 Ranks In Its Class

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Expert Review

By Kelley Blue Book Editorial Staff

3.5 Overall Score
Performance 3.4Comfort 4.0Styling 3.2Value 3.5

You'll Like The 2012 Toyota RAV4 If...

If you're looking for fuel efficiency, versatility and reliability in a small SUV that also offers the convenience of a third-row seat, the 2012 Toyota RAV4 SUV is the perfect fit.

Toyota RAV4 Models & Trims

chevronDown icon Base $11,097 - $13,572
Horsepower: 269 hp
Engine Type: Gas V6
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 17 x 7.0 (in.) - Aluminum, Steel
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chevronDown icon Sport $13,334 - $16,183
Horsepower: 179 hp - 269 hp
Engine Type: Gas I4, Gas V6
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 18 x 7.5 (in.) - Aluminum
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chevronDown icon Limited $12,989 - $16,080
Horsepower: 179 hp - 269 hp
Engine Type: Gas I4, Gas V6
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 17 x 7.0 (in.) - Aluminum
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Owner Reviews

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Awesome car, spacious, family friendly.

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I have not had any problems with my car since I've had it. Someone towed too much weight before I bought it so it did affect the acceleration a little bit. Nothing serious just a personal preference. It drives great, it's very roomy, it doesn't take as much gas as other SUVs, there is enough room for 5 people and about 4 feet of space in the trunk. Great travel car or in town. I love the way it handles on the road. I have avoided many accidents because it handles well.

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Automatic headlights and comfort.

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I love the features mine has, from the low tire pressure warning to the automatic lights. Performance was a lot better than I expected for a 6 cylinder. Has plenty of pick-up. Has enough cargo space for me. Is very comfortable to ride in and do not have any problems getting in or out of. Lots of features I love. Nice to have an automatic sunroof. Mileage is better than I thought it would be. Have not had any problems with it so far and have had it for about 10 months.

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This 176-horsepower SUV has no trouble cruising down the highway or through the city.

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Lots of standard safety features Large cargo area for the class he RAV4 sees an increase in its towing capacity from 1,500 pounds to 3,500 pounds. There's also a new Adventure trim, which boasts higher ground clearance, specific exterior styling, a standard tow package, and a three-prong household-style outlet in the cargo hold. If these improvements do not matter to you, consider shopping for a used RAV4 to potentially save some money.

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Compare Models & Key Features

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Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$11,097 - $13,572
$13,334 - $16,183

Horsepower

Horsepower
269 (hp)
179 - 269 (hp)

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
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Standard
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Standard

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Engine Type

Engine Type
3.5L DOHC SFI 24
2.5L DOHC SFI 16, 3.5L DOHC SFI 24
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Convenience & Comfort

Sun Roof

Sun Roof
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Alarm

Alarm
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

HeadsUp Display

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry
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Standard
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Standard

Universal Garage Door Opener

Rain Sensing Wipers

Heated Mirrors

Heated Mirrors
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Optional
Optional

Heated Steering Wheel

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors
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Standard
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Standard

Steering Wheel Controls

Steering Wheel Controls
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Standard
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Standard

Cruise Control

Cruise Control
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Standard
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Standard

Power Windows

Power Windows
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Standard
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Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost
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Standard
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Privacy Glass

Privacy Glass
Optional
Optional
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Premium Sound System

Driver Restriction Features

Automatic Parking

Power Steering

Power Steering
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Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
41.8 (in.)
41.8 (in.)

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
39.5 - 40.8 (in.)
39.5 - 40.8 (in.)

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
38.3 (in.)
38.3 (in.)

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
39.7 (in.)
39.7 (in.)

Trunk Volume

Cargo Volume

Entertainment

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
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MP3 Player

MP3 Player
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Standard

Entertainment System

Entertainment System
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Optional
Optional
Optional

Satellite Radio

WiFi Hotspot

Smart Device Integration

AUX Input

AUX Input
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Standard
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CD Player

CD Player
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Standard
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Heating & Cooling

Climate Control

AC

Dual Zone

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System

Cell PhoneHookup

Seats

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Cloth
Cloth

Passengers

Passengers
5 - 7
5 - 7

Power Driver Seat

Power Driver Seat
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Not Available
Optional
Optional

Power Passenger Seat

Heated Front Seats

Heated Front Seats
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Not Available
Optional
Optional

Heated Rear Seats

Cooled Front Seats

Cooled Rear Seats

Seat Memory

3rd Row Seating

3rd Row Seating
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Optional
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Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat
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Standard
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Standard

Seat Massage

Driver Lumbar

Driver Lumbar
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Not Available
Optional
Optional
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Accessories

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Steel
Aluminum

Power Liftgate

Hands Free Liftgate

Power Folding Mirror

Power Folding Mirror
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Optional
Optional

Bed Liner

Rear Spoiler

Rear Spoiler
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Standard
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Running Boards

Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width
P225/65R17
P235/55R18

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
104.7 (in.)
104.7 (in.)

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
34.8 (ft.)
36.8 (ft.)

Length

Length
178.7 - 181.9 (in.)
178.7 - 181.9 (in.)

Width

Width
71.5 (in.)
73 (in.)
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Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
3670 (.lbs)
3435 - 3699 (.lbs)

Horsepower

Horsepower
269 (hp)
179 (hp)

Torque

Torque
246 (ft. lbs.)
172 (ft. lbs.)

Maximum Towing Capacity

Maximum Towing Weight

Maximum Towing Weight
200 - 350 (.lbs)
150 - 350 (.lbs)

Trailer Hitch Receiver

Gas Electric Hybrid

FlexFuel Electric Hybrid

PlugIn Electric Gas

PlugIn Electric FlexFuel

Turbocharged

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes
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Standard
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Limited Slip Differential

Limited Slip Differential
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Performance Tires

Performance Tires
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Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
V6 Cylinder
V6 Cylinder, 4 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
4 Wheel Drive
4 Wheel Drive, Front Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
15.9 (gal.)
15.9 (gal.)

Combined

Combined
23 (mpg)
23 (mpg)

City

City
19 (mpg)
19 (mpg)

Highway

Highway
26 (mpg)
27 (mpg)

Suspension

Active Suspension

Air Suspension

Stance Suspension

Transmission

Manual Mode

Overdrive

CTV Transmission

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Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire

Tow Hooks

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes
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Automatic Headlights

Automatic Headlights
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Standard
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Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System
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Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks
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Standard
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Stability Control

Stability Control
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Traction Control

Traction Control
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HID Headlights

Auto Leveling Headlinghts

Rear Parking Sensors

Adaptive Cruise Control

Night Vision

Assistance

Automated Emergency Braking

Automated Emergency Braking
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Standard
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Blind Spot Monitor

Lane Keeping Assist

Lane Departure Warning

Cross Traffic Alert

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag
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Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag
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Passenger Airbag OnOff Switch

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag
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Rear Side Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag
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Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag
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Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor
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Knee Airbag

Seatbelt Airbag

Crash Test Results: Front, Side & Rollover

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides consumers with information about crash protection and rollover safety.

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is a non-profit group which conducts safety testing beyond federal regulations. "Good" is the highest rating.

Moderate Overlap Front
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Roof Strength
A
Driver-side Overlap Front
N/A
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Good
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Acceptable
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Marginal
P
Poor

Safety Features

  • Anti-lock brake system (ABS) -inc: electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD), brake assist (BA), Smart Stop Technology (SST)
  • Vehicle stability control (VSC) *
  • Traction control (TRAC) *
  • Front crumple zone
  • Side impact door beams
  • Driver & front passenger advanced airbag system w/occupant classification sensor
  • Driver & front passenger front seat-mounted side airbags
  • Front & 2nd row roll-sensing side curtain airbags
  • Adjustable front seatbelt shoulder anchors -inc: driver & front passenger seatbelt pretensioners w/force limiters
  • 3-point seat belts for all seating positions -inc: driver emergency locking retractor (ELR), all passenger automatic & emergency locking retractor (ALR/ELR)
  • Driver & front passenger seatbelt warning system
  • Child protector rear door locks
  • Lower anchors & tether anchors for children (LATCH) for outboard 2nd row seats
  • Collapsible steering column
  • Energy-dissipating soft interior trim
  • Tire pressure monitor system *

* Optional Safety Feature

Long-Term Reliability

J.D. Power Ratings

JD Power's Initial Quality Study measures issues with a vehicle the first 90 days after purchase.

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Safety Recalls (3)

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Seat Belts Feb 19, 2016
Report Receipt Date:
Feb 19, 2016
NHTSA Campaign:
16V096000
Summary:
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) is recalling certain model year 2006-2012 RAV4 vehicles manufactured July 28, 2005, to December 19, 2012, and 2012-2014 RAV4 EV vehicles manufactured July 24, 2012, to August 29, 2014. In the event of a frontal collision, the rear seat belts for the outboard seats may be cut by the seat cushion frame.
Consequence:
A cut seat belt may not properly restrain the seat occupant, increasing their risk of injury in a crash.
Remedy:
Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will install a protector over both rear seat cushion frames, free of charge. Parts for the remedy are not currently available. Owners were sent interim notification letters on March 16, 2016. A second notice will be mailed when parts are available. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331. Toyota's number for this recall is G0F.
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Visibility/wiper Sep 18, 2015
Report Receipt Date:
Sep 18, 2015
NHTSA Campaign:
15V577000
Summary:
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) is recalling certain model year 2009-2012 RAV4 vehicles manufactured October 27, 2008, to December 19, 2012 and 2012-2014 RAV4 EV vehicles manufactured July 24, 2012, to August 29, 2014. In the affected vehicles, water may drip onto the joint that connects the wiper linkage to the wiper motor.
Consequence:
Over time, the dripping water may cause corrosion and wear at the joint, potentially resulting in the separation of the wiper linkage. Once this occurs, the wipers would not function, reducing driver visibility and increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy:
Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will replace the water diverter channel. In addition, a new wiper linkage with a wiper motor crank arm will be installed. The wiper linkage will have a protective cover over the wiper linkage joint to minimize water splash and a retainer ring to prevent the wiper arm from separating from the wiper motor. The recall is expected to begin by November 16, 2015. Owners may contact Toyota's customer service number at 1-800-331-4331.
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Electronic Stability Control , Service Brakes, Hydraulic Feb 12, 2014
Report Receipt Date:
Feb 12, 2014
NHTSA Campaign:
14V054000
Summary:
Toyota is recalling certain model year 2012 and 2013 Toyota Tacoma and Lexus RX350 vehicles and certain model year 2012 Toyota Rav4 vehicles. In the affected vehicles, the brake system contains a brake actuator that adjusts the fluid pressure of each wheel cylinder. An electrical component within the actuator may experience an increased resistance resulting in the illumination of various warning lights, including those for the Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) system, Antilock Brake System (ABS), and Traction Control system.
Consequence:
If this occurs, these systems could become inoperative, reducing the directional control assistance, increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy:
Toyota will notify owners, and Toyota and Lexus dealers will update the software for the Skid Control electronic control unit, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin early April 2014. Owners may contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331.

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