The staple of the Toyota RAV4 - or what could be referred to as the baby Hummer - has been its rear mounted spare tire on a gate that swung open. In the past, Toyota has been notorious for playing it safe when redesigning their cars, but it looks like they threw the playbook out on the new RAV4.
The new 2013 RAV4 was recently unveiled at the L.A. Auto Show and boasts slightly more cargo room and a new six-speed automatic transmission. The V-6 engine is no longer an option, as the car slightly improved is fuel economy getting 31 mpg highway with its four cylinders.
The vehicle's interior has also been updated with a redesigned dashboard, glove box and seating and its exterior now features a sportier look. Those looking to keep the interior as new as the day they bought it should consider Husky Liners® custom fit floor mats.
And finally, the car will no longer feature a monkey.
"The RAV4 almost literally removed a monkey off its back by doing away with the spare tire hanging off its rear," said Edmunds.com analyst Jessica Caldwell. "What's left is a sleeker, modern vehicle that competes much better with rivals in a small SUV segment whose market share has nearly doubled in the last ten years. And since small SUVs are often cross-shopped against midsize sedans, Toyota now has a stronger alternative for hesitant Camry shoppers."