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$26,085
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Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
19 City / 26 HWY
Horsepower
269
Seats
5-7

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Mechanical Features

  • 3.5L DOHC SFI 24-valve dual VVT-i V6 engine
  • 5-speed automatic transmission -inc: electronically controlled transmission w/intelligence (ECT-i)
  • Electronic on-demand 4-wheel drive
  • Independent MacPherson strut front suspension w/hydraulic shock absorbers
  • Double-wishbone rear suspension -inc: hydraulic shock absorbers, coil springs, trailing arms
  • Front & rear stabilizer bars
  • Electric pwr rack & pinion steering
  • Pwr vented front & solid rear disc brakes
  • Hill start assist control (HAC)
  • Downhill assist control (DAC)

Exterior Features

  • 17" 5-spoke styled steel wheels
  • P225/65R17 all-season tires
  • Color-keyed full size combination hard/soft outside spare tire cover
  • Black rear bumper protector
  • Color-keyed rear spoiler
  • Black grille
  • Multi-reflector halogen headlamps
  • Auto off headlamps
  • LED rear lamps
  • Black foldable pwr mirrors
  • Washer-linked variable intermittent windshield wipers
  • Intermittent rear wiper
  • Black door handles
  • Side-opening rear door w/hold-open feature
  • Color-keyed rear door handle

Entertainment Features

  • AM/FM stereo w/CD/MP3/WMA player -inc: (6) speakers, aux audio jack, USB port w/iPod connectivity, auto sound leveling, Bluetooth wireless technology
  • Roof-mounted antenna

Interior Features

  • Fabric-trimmed seats
  • 6-way driver & 4-way passenger front passenger bucket seats -inc: seatback pockets
  • Active front headrests
  • 60/40 split sliding & reclining fold flat rear bench -inc: 1-touch fold-flat levers, height-adjustable headrest, center armrest
  • Multi-function center console -inc: (2) illuminated cup holders, mobile phone storage, covered armrest, upper tray, lower storage compartment
  • Optitron instrument cluster -inc: speedometer, tachometer, maintenance indicator, warning messages, LCD display w/odometer, tripmeter, shift position, temp, tire pressure monitor, fuel economy
  • Tilt & telescoping steering column
  • Steering wheel w/audio controls
  • Pwr windows w/driver-side auto up/down & jam protection
  • Pwr door locks
  • Remote keyless entry -inc: illuminated entry
  • Cruise control
  • Engine immobilizer
  • Air conditioning w/air filter
  • Rear window defogger w/timer
  • (10) cup & bottle holders
  • (3) 12V auxiliary pwr outlets -inc: (2) front, (1) cargo area
  • Dual glove boxes
  • Digital clock
  • Door panel storage pockets
  • Dual visor illuminated vanity mirrors w/sliding extensions
  • Cargo area storage pockets
  • Cargo area under floor storage compartment

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

2012 Toyota RAV4 Owner Reviews

4.53
348 Reviews
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2012 Toyota RAV4 Base

I've had this car since 2015 after getting it used. so far it's only got 70k miles on it. I've taken it to Yosemite a couple times, death valley, Zion, Bryce, and many more parks to come. I also used the cargo space to move a couple times.It's great when I can load up things I haul and not be rushed when moving to a new place. Ikea trips with 2 passengers and 2 bed frames check. bricks for the backyard check. and my daily commuter. I got a great deal when I got my extended warranty so it's still covered for another 4k miles. Toyota replaced a sway bar covered by my extended warranty as well as that darned sun visor that loosens up after a couple years of use. Other than that it's been great! I did get the battery changed after a couple years of being sales talked whenever I get my oil changed. New tires and regular oil change and it's all good. I wishToyota would bring back the spare tire option in the back door and I will definitely get another RAV when it comes to replacing my current vehicle. But it's gonna a few more years at least since I only have 70k on this baby.

- CarolJane

Runs and handles like brand new!

2012 Toyota RAV4 Base

This car is dependable. No major repairs except for regular maintenance..Oil changes, tire rotation, etc. When doing tire rotation rotate all 5 tires each time. Only major expense was replacing the tires around 50,000 miles. Although SUV is just about 7 years old. Steering wheel is still tight and handles like it is still brand new. It is comfortable on long trips as well as around town. Easy to park and maneuver into parking spaces and on highways. The body has down well... No rusting and I had it in snowy upstate NY until 2 weeks ago when I moved to Florida. Roads up there are very salty. Will get a new Toyota SUV once I get bored of this one.

- Linda F

The 2012 Toyota RAV4- An incredibly reliable vehicle!

2012 Toyota RAV4 Base

The Toyota Rav4 is an incredibly reliable vehicle. I commute 2 hours for work each day (Monday through Friday) and this car has really impressed me! I haven't had one issue with reliability or comfort. It connects super easily to my smartphone so that I can listen to music through Bluetooth. My biggest issue with the RAV4 is that the gas mileage isn't that great. I get about 21-22 miles per gallon. To be fair though, I was very much aware that the gas mileage would be around that when I purchased the vehicle.

- Karen W

Large cargo area for small SUV

2012 Toyota RAV4 Base

Very reliable. Not to large. Drives beautifully and very smooth drive. Not a lot of fancy gadgets on base model but has everything necessary. Wish it would have backup cameras because I feel that it is a very good safety feature. Has great speakers and Bluetooth. All gadgets within arms reach. Heat is exceptional on this SUV. Heats whole car within minutes of starting vehicle in coldest weather. Cooling is also is very good. Had 1 recall on seat belt closure which was handled quickly and professionally.

- Carol C

Love that Toyota Rav4 reliability!

2012 Toyota RAV4 Base

This is a fantastic vehicle! I live in the city and it's very easy to parallel park. I drive 17 miles to work every day on busy highways and it handles beautifully. I take it on cross country trips and it's always reliable. There have been no mechanical issues other than wear and tear. Toyota has created a reliable SUV that helps me transport goods, park in the city and use for long trips. I'm looking forward to owning this SUV for at least 10 years and will repurchase another because I'm so pleased.

- Ella B

It is a great all-around family vehicle

2012 Toyota RAV4 Base

It runs really well, we have never had any issues with the engine, the AC, nothing. The seats are light and dark gray fabric and they have held up to regular wear and tear very well. The steering wheel is gray leather and it still looks brand new. I like the stereo system, music sounds great over the speakers. I like the built in Apple and Aux cord plug in. The back storage as lots of room. I like the hidden compartment in the back underneath, it's nice to tuck valuables away.

- Jennifer S

Best car for any stage of life

2012 Toyota RAV4 Base

My Rav4 is the perfect car! It is versatile, meaning it can be used for many different occasions, such as carrying up to 4 other people, or you can put the back seats down for extra trunk space. I have almost 50,000 miles on the car and it still runs great, the gas mileage is really good as well, especially for an SUV. It is comfortable to drive and easy to use. It is updated with all the modern features. I can definitely rely on this car to get me where I need to go!!

- Marie G

Toyota Rav4, Roomy and Safe

2012 Toyota RAV4 Base

This is a vehicle that is excellent for a couple with grown children. We can take our dog to the vet in it's roomy interior. There is plenty of space to fit four adults and a child safety seat for family members to travel together. It is well heated for winter cold with a safe feel to it on snow ridden roads that aren't plowed yet. So far it has been low maintenance with scheduled oil changes and periodic checks. We are pleased with the vehicle.

- Susan F

RAV4 is worth it and it doesn't even have to be fancy

2012 Toyota RAV4 Base

It's very reliable. I've had no mechanical issues in the 7 years I've owned it. Great on gas mileage. Very comfortable seating and plenty of room for storage. The rear spare tire is easily removed in case of a flat tire. The sunroof is a great small addition also. The paint has held up wonderfully and there is virtually no rust anywhere on my car. I really have a lot of faith in the Toyota company because I have been so pleased with my car.

- Miranda Y

Great to drive! Comfortable ride!

2012 Toyota RAV4 Base

Drives well. Has tons of room for hauling and moving. Low maintenance. Easy to step in and out of car. Holds its value. Back seats are comfortable. Passengers report enjoying riding in the rav4. The Bluetooth system with the speed dials is convenient and makes using the phone while driving much safer than dialing on the keypad. The seats and steering wheel are adjustable to meet the needs of multiple size passengers in the driver's seat.

- Kim H

Toyota small SUV performs big.

2012 Toyota RAV4 Base

This vehicle performs well for highway travel. It has a great turning radius and is to maneuver in tight spots. For a 4 cylinder vehicle, it has very good acceleration and has no problem traveling the mountains in Colorado. It travels well on snowy and icy roads and has no issues in deep snow. The biggest issue is that the Bluetooth feature is complicated to set up. I have no regrets making this car purchase.

- Brenda M

Plusses and Minuses of the 2012 RAV4

2012 Toyota RAV4 Base

It's reliable. It drives like a car. I like the feature that allows you to turn off and on the 4 wheel drive, that seems to help with gas mileage as opposed to an all wheel drive vehicle. The wheel on the back in a zippered cover is hard to access. The tire pressure light comes on when that tire is low. I think that is eliminated in the newer RAV4's. There are blind spots when driving this vehicle.

- Vicki O

Black SUV, with grey trims, around wheels, tinted windows maybe 70 tinted.

2012 Toyota RAV4 Base

Very good car with excellent gas mileage. Great first time car owner for families! Good car for kids and pets. Good space for back car to load for anything. Family vacations are fun and comfortable for long rides. Seats are good heated seats in the winter. Only problem I am having is with hooking up my Bluetooth with my phone. Connection with the car needs to be worked. But everything else works great!

- Ana K

It's comfortable, dependable and reliable.

2012 Toyota RAV4 Base

No problems whatsoever. Performs beautifully, never breaks down, is extremely dependable. Very comfortable. For a 4 cylinder engine, it's pickup is remarkable. Great gas mileage. If I have to say the only one thing I don't like, is that when I have a passenger sitting shotgun, I have to ask them to duck down so I can see the lane of oncoming traffic when making a left hand turn from a median.

- Vera D

I am HAPPY with my Toyota Rav4!

2012 Toyota RAV4 Base

I love my Toyota Rav4. It drives great and hasn't given me any major problems. I have it serviced regularly which I believe helps keep it running to it's best ability. It's comfortable and roomy. The back is big enough to pack a family of 3 for a vacation. Only issue I have is there are no a/c vents in the backseat. It makes it uncomfortable for backseat passengers until it cools off.

- Lisa S

2012 Toyota rav4 comes with extra storage space even though it is a basic model.

2012 Toyota RAV4 Base

A few recalls with airbags and other engine fixes, but overall a super reliable vehicle. With the spare tire on the outside of the truck, there is extra hidden storage space in the trunk. The base model still has a CD player and allows for an aux cable to connect a phone or other music device. There is no navigation built in to the 2012 model, but there is in the newer versions.

- Rachel B

Spacious trunk, long lasting engine

2012 Toyota RAV4 Base

Everything on the car has lasted a very long time. We haven't had to replace anything on it so far except for breaks. The engine still runs like new. Nothing under the hood has came loose or needed to be replaced. It doesn't make any weird noises when your driving it except for a little squeaking? every now and again from the dash and the back. The trunk has a lot of room.

- Tanna W

The best car I could ask for!

2012 Toyota RAV4 Base

I love the car and the way it drives! I've never had any issues with it and it drives well in the mountains/in the city. Extremely comfortable interior and has a nice sporty car look that would also well suit a small family if needed. Very roomy and the trunk is huge and great for luggage when traveling! I love this car and will keep it as long as I can.

- Mckenzie H

For adventure and everyday

2012 Toyota RAV4 Base

The RAV4 is great for commuting to and from work and also on longer road trip adventures to surf, hiking, and camping spots. I can fit two surfboards inside my car, or on the roof rack. It handles well in the snow and has a good amount of indoor storage for camping and adventuring. I'm 5'10' though and I wish I had more leg room in the driver's seat.

- Lex L

Comfortable, reliable, and dog friendly!

2012 Toyota RAV4 Base

I love this car. It is reliable, comfortable, and has lots of great features. I have 2 dogs that fit really well in the back hutch. There is lots of room for items when I travel. . Performance: the issue with performance I have is gas mileage. I drive about 40 miles per day, and I have to fill up twice per week. It does not have great gas mileage.

- Katie C

Comfortable and lots of storage space.

2012 Toyota RAV4 Base

My favorite thing about my RAV4 is how easy it is to drive. I do a lot of driving for work, and it's so simple, and a comfortable vehicle. I had my first child recently and that has made me really appreciate how roomy the back is to get their car seat in and out. Plus the storage in the back is great for hauling her stroller and pack n play!

- Ashley F

4 wheel drive, ac,sunroof, stow go cargo storage.

2012 Toyota RAV4 Base

I've owned Toyotas for 20 years. I love the reliability.Toyotas get great gas Mileage, they barely ever break down, and retain value. So you get more when you trade it in. I previously owned a Camry.I switched to a rav4. We get rough winters. The rav 4 has higher ground clearance and four wheel drive which is better for the snow driving.

- Kris K

2012 Toyota rav4 base model

2012 Toyota RAV4 Base

It's nothing special, it starts every day and doesn't require much maintenance. It's a sensible vehicle, does good in all weather, gets good gas mileage, and for being a four cylinder, it has get up and go. However it is very small inside. I enjoy its storage compartments but it is small when it comes to squeezing people inside

- rebecca P

Review of Toyota rav4: insight.

2012 Toyota RAV4 Base

It is comfortable, high off the ground, drives well, looks good. There is plenty of space, it operates well, it is easy to drive. Toyota has good customer service and is a trustworthy maker. Never need repairs. Good gas mileage. Just an overall good car at a good price. Very much worth the extra dollars for a larger vehicle.

- Kurt O

Toyota rav4 has a great big roomy interior.

2012 Toyota RAV4 Base

I love my Toyota rav4! I recently moved from Florida to Pennsylvania and packed my rav4 to the roof. Even with all my stuff packed in the back I still got excellent gas mileage. And when my rav4 is not packed with all my stuff it has lots of room for my passengers. Everyone always say there is so much room in the back seat.

- Kim F

Spacious and a good value

2012 Toyota RAV4 Base

has performed well and gets pretty good gas mileage, feel safe driving. Plenty of space, including storage in the back. Only negatives are the front seats aren't too comfortable and the car started to creak fairly early have to turn up radio to drown out. Also wish I did not has to push FOB two times to unlock all doors

- Amy H

Purchasing Toyota rav4 is a wise choice

2012 Toyota RAV4 Base

The Toyota rav4 sits high so this helps me to really see everything that's going on. It drives good, is safe and very reliable. The trunk has lots of room and the back seats can fold down so there is extra room. There is not a lot of legroom but I am 5'9. Overall, it is a safe vehicle but could be more comfortable.

- Jessica C

Not my ideal car with two boys and one on the way.

2012 Toyota RAV4 Base

Not very roomy, very basic, nothing special about this vehicle. Wears out tires quickly. Isn't very fuel efficient. Doesn't have a great get up and go quality. It's better for older people. I wouldn't recommend it for anyone with more than 2 children. The only perk to this vehicle is, It has a lot of cup holders.

- Stacey C

Enjoyable SUV, comfortable on the road.

2012 Toyota RAV4 Base

I love my SUV because it has lots of space it is very comfortable. Drives Smoothly, the interior it is quiet. The car has abundant cargo and passenger space. Controls are easy. My car is pleasant to drive in long distances. The audio it is great, can play with android and apple products. The brake system is good.

- Lucy K

Exquisite Toyota rav4 SUV.

2012 Toyota RAV4 Base

This SUV performs wonderfully. I haven't had any problems whatsoever. It rides smoothly, and it is very comfortable on the inside. I can always rely on it, and I have no worries. I have the basic rav4, but even with that I have enough features. 4wd, great radio system, and plenty of room in this vehicle.

- LEAH M

Great productivity and space!

2012 Toyota RAV4 Base

Very reliable, great comfort and features. Love the inside and room in back for passengers and pets! The only thing is the gas mileage isn't great. I have to fill up a few times per week, and only drive about 25 minutes to work every day. Sometimes the Bluetooth can be wonky, but it always fixes itself.

- Katie C

2012 Toyota RAV4 Review and thoughts

2012 Toyota RAV4 Base

The vehicle keeps its value which is good. Oil changes are expensive as well as other maintenance on the vehicle. The vehicle rides smoothly and I have no complaints about it's performance. I wish the body frame was more updated and the back door swings open and it's very and not convenient.

- Lakin B

Reliable perfect condition SUV.

2012 Toyota RAV4 Base

I love my car it is reliable and is comfortable easy to take care of with good gas mileage I cannot say enough good things about this vehicle. I would recommend this vehicle to anyone, this is on my top 10 list of best vehicles. It's a simple SUV that is great for a single person or parent.

- Lisa N

I have had three Toyotas and all have been great.

2012 Toyota RAV4 Base

No problems. Other than hear squeaky when hit bump. Gotta figure that is the shocks. Still on original brakes and replaced tires once. 83k miles and runs great and great to hear from you soon and have a great day and I will be there at the same time as the other one is a little more.

- Brian C

Toyota RAV4 review- emergency brake

2012 Toyota RAV4 Base

Problem with the emergency brake. Gets stuck if you don't use it often, so make sure to use it every few days. My car also shakes as it gets up to about 60 mph which it shouldn't for a newer vehicle. I have no other problems with my vehicle, I love it and hope to have it a lot longer

- Erin D

Family friendly Toyota Rav4

2012 Toyota RAV4 Base

My husband and I love our 2012 Toyota Rav4. It has great storage space, and isn't too big. It is really reliable and drives great in the winter through snow and ice. It's a family friendly vehicle and gets pretty good gas mileage. We also really like the general look of the Rav.

- Andrew A

Toyota rav4 common problems.

2012 Toyota RAV4 Base

Excessive oil consumption between oil changes, even to the extent of the engine oil warning light displayed on the multi-function display. The typical problems from this rav4 generation include water pump leaks, exhaust leaks due to rust, a clunking noise from the steering column,

- KAY A

Great vehicle, reliable, safe and great in winter weather.

2012 Toyota RAV4 Base

Excellent in snowy weather in wintertime. Pretty fuel efficient, reliable. It is been really trouble free except for a computer chip issue two years ago. That was very expensive to fix as I had to go to the dealer. The car is great for families it comfortably seats five people.

- CHERYL B

The shape of a SUV is perfect.

2012 Toyota RAV4 Base

Overall its good, performance is very good. Got some problems in durability, always the engine performance from the first is good. As a SUV its very good. Its space is quite less from a SUV designed car, space could be greater. Mileage is satisfying, and smoothness is perfect.

- Jack Michael D

Good car all around for the money.

2012 Toyota RAV4 Base

No major issues with the vehicle following proper maintenance. Very reliable it has always started and never left me stranded. Decent on gas mileage for an SUV with all wheel drive. It would be nice if they put more thought into the interior styling so it looks more modern.

- Jeffrey B

Perfect for a family with kids

2012 Toyota RAV4 Base

Very reliable, great driving in all conditions (snow, rain). Great on gas mileage. Comfortable to have 2 car seats in the back. I have not had any problems since I bought this car about 4 years ago. Perfect size and lots of storage space. Easy for my kids to get in and out

- Emily M

Reliable buy for busy families.

2012 Toyota RAV4 Base

This car drives and feels the same as it did when I first bought it. I have had 0 issues with it- it is incredibly reliable. As a single mom, I don't want to worry about my car breaking down, and leaving my family stranded. I would definitely buy another Toyota again.

- Jen S

RAV4 is a pretty good car

2012 Toyota RAV4 Base

Too old to have Bluetooth, but the aux works and it's a simple to use radio. The car itself is durable and a good size. It is reliable, stayed that way for over 100k miles. Some problems when it rains with the electrical system showing maintenance lights but they go away

- Ayah S

My 2012 Toyota Rav4 is Awesome

2012 Toyota RAV4 Base

My Toyota rav4 2012 has many nice features.. heated seats, leather seats, sunroof. I enjoy the push to start button all I need is my key fob. My car is white and has tiny sparkles in the paint. It has a spare tire located on the back, covered with a protective shield.

- Haley J

Rav4, a rusty pile of trash

2012 Toyota RAV4 Base

My car is filled with rust. It has engine issues, the passenger window fell out, I've spent more than what the car is work fixing it. The AC doesn't work, driving it is terrifying. I would recommend this car to no-one. It's a gas guzzler, but the rust is what gets me.

- Catherine L

Lots of room and just the right size

2012 Toyota RAV4 Base

Rav4 has so much room inside. It is great on trips, and also not too large for around town doing everyday errands. Have not had any extra expense on the car other than regular oil changes and regular maintenance. It also does great on gas mileage. It is a great SUV.

- Tracy L

My Toyota is the best vehicle

2012 Toyota RAV4 Base

Drives very well and is very good on gas. Could have more get and go upon acceleration. Has lots of room for long legs and lots of storage in the back for any activities you may enjoy. Back seat is very roomy as well as comfortable. Front seats recline for relaxing.

- Barbara L

A Toyota is possibly the best choice you can make as a new car buyer

2012 Toyota RAV4 Base

The only issues I've ever run into with this car have been user based. Toyota time and time again produces well crafted vehicles that can suit anyone's needs, from soccer moms, to business types. For my day to day needs, the Toyota RAV4 is beautifully suited to me.

- Nicholas B

RAV4 is a great SUV for a Coloradoan!

2012 Toyota RAV4 Base

Love my rav4. I have had it since 2012 and it has never had any issues. Plenty of space to fit 4 other passengers as well as a plenty of room for stuff in the back. Toyota has been great whenever I need to take in my car to get serviced every 5000 miles as well!

- Hillary S

Rav4: a must have vehicle for life.

2012 Toyota RAV4 Base

The Toyota rav4 is incredibly reliable and spacious. Very comfortable. Great on gas as well. It does have Bluetooth which is good when it comes to answering your phone while driving. It comes with a spare tire that's the size of all the other wheels on the car.

- Chuck T

I like the multiple USB charging ports.

2012 Toyota RAV4 Base

Has plenty of interior room for storage as well as passengers, handles very smooth, nice interior for a base package. Handles nice and can handle rougher roads if need be. I like that it has access to a cargo area on top for carrying bikes, kayaks, canoes, etc.

- Steven H

Car for my life kids dogs trips whatever I need this car does it

2012 Toyota RAV4 Base

Small gas tank, handles kept breaking off. Very comfortable ride I have 2 kids and often put dogs in the back. Good on long rides drove it 24 hours straight one time. I will be buying a brand new one after this one also keeping this one for as long as possible.

- Brian L

Very dependable small SUV

2012 Toyota RAV4 Base

No major problems, not very comfortable for long trips after a certain age of the seats. I have maintained the vehicle as suggested, the only non routine maintenance had been a transmission flush to maintain the gas mileage and functionality over the years

- Alex F

I love how the car runs and I don't have to get maintenance done frequently.

2012 Toyota RAV4 Base

My car was great before I had kids! Now that I have two children in car seats I feel there is no room for anything extra. The back trunk area has a good amount of room, but not enough room for strollers and groceries and all the stuff moms need to carry.

- Allison A

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