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2012 Toyota RAV4 Specs - Exterior and Interior Dimensions

Body 4dr SUV
Wheelbase 104.7 in
Length 181.1 in
Width 71.5 in
Height 66.3 in
Curb Weight 3360 lb.
Fuel Capacity 15.9 gal.
Headroom, Row 1 40.8 in
Shoulder Room, Row 1 57.1 in
Hip Room, Row 1 53.8 in
Legroom, Row 1 41.8 in
Headroom, Row 2 39.7 in
Shoulder Room, Row 2 55.3 in
Hip Room, Row 2 52.4 in
Legroom, Row 2 38.3 in
Headroom, Row 3 37.2 in
Shoulder Room, Row 3 52.6 in
Hip Room, Row 3 43.3 in
Legroom, Row 3 30.0 in
Total Legroom 110.1 in (over 3 rows)
Cargo Volume, Minimum 12.3 ft3
Cargo Volume, Behind R2 37.2 ft3
Cargo Volume, Maximum 73.0 ft3

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TrueDelta Reviews the Seat Room and Comfort of the 2012 Toyota RAV4

2012 Toyota RAV4 Seat Room and Comfort: Pros
YearComment
2013 The first two generations of the Toyota RAVs were much smaller than contemporaneous Honda CR-Vs. More than perhaps any other difference this one probably explains Toyota's lack of segment leadership. The third-generation RAV4, introduced for the 2006 model year, was much larger, and finally about the same size as the Honda. The new RAV4's body is an inch lower, but also a few inches longer. Compared to the CR-V, it's 1.6 inches longer, an inch wider, and 0.7 inches taller. This translates to a slightly roomier interior, and probably the roomiest in the segment unless one includes the boundary-defying Santa Fe Sport, Chevrolet Equinox, and GMC Terrain. Sitting behind my 5-9 self, I have nearly five inches of knee room in the Honda. Quite good, but I have seven inches in the new RAV4. Beyond sheer space, the RAV4's rear seat cushion is a comfortable height off the floor, and its rear seat back reclines over a relatively wide range. The Honda's rear seat back can be set in only two different positions that aren't far apart. Add a third passenger, though, and the rear seat no longer seems so roomy. My three kids aren't large, but they complained about the amount of room. The reason isn't hard to find: for some reason the new RAV4 only offers 48.8 inches of rear hip room. This is much better than the 43.3 inches in the 2012, but still well short of the 53.3 inches in the CR-V. So, while the RAV4 has the edge in knee room, the Honda easily wins a hip room comparison. see full Toyota RAV4 review
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Seat Room and Comfort of the 2012 Toyota RAV4

2012 Toyota RAV4 Seat Room and Comfort: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2013 4dr SUV 176-horsepower 2.5L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
The drivers seat has a really long travel - I normally have the seat far back (5'11" with long legs) but I probably had 6 inches of travel further back I could have gone. The seat isn't overadjustable and not too hard to get into a comfortable position. The fake leather is a reasonable facsimile and has heated seats - would have to see how it does in the direct sun. see full Toyota RAV4 review
2013 4dr SUV 176-horsepower 2.5L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Rear seat room is pretty impressive and seating position is nice. Adjustable rake of the rear seat is a nice touch. Appears to have 3 car seat anchors. The rear seat appears to be the same size as, or maybe even larger than the original Highlander / RX300. see full Toyota RAV4 review
2012 Toyota RAV4 Seat Room and Comfort: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2012 4dr SUV 179-horsepower 2.5L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
I'm about 6'3" and 220lbs so I get cramped on long trips. see full Toyota RAV4 review
2012 4dr SUV 179-horsepower 2.5L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
I'm about 6'3" and 220lbs so I get cramped on long trips. see full Toyota RAV4 review
2011 4dr SUV 179-horsepower 2.5L I4
4-speed automatic AWD
back seat is hard, not much leg room see full Toyota RAV4 review
 

2012 Toyota RAV4 4-door SUV Specs - Powertrains and Tire Sizes

Trim Base Sport Limited
Standard Engine 2.5L I4
DOHC-4v
179 hp@6000
172 lb-ft@4000
  2.5L I4
DOHC-4v
179 hp@6000
172 lb-ft@4000
Optional Engine(s) 3.5L V6
DOHC-4v
269 hp@6200
246 lb-ft@4700
2.5L I4
DOHC-4v
179 hp@6000
172 lb-ft@4000
3.5L V6
DOHC-4v
269 hp@6200
246 lb-ft@4700
   3.5L V6
DOHC-4v
269 hp@6200
246 lb-ft@4700
 
Standard Transmission4-speed automatic4-speed automatic4-speed automatic
Optional Transmission(s)5-speed automatic5-speed automatic5-speed automatic
Standard DrivetrainFWDFWDFWD
Optional Drivetrain(s)AWDAWDAWD
Standard Tires215/70R16 tires235/55R18 tires225/65R17 tires
Optional Tires225/65R17 tires235/55HR18 tires 

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What Our Members Are Saying about the Powertrain of the 2012 Toyota RAV4

2012 Toyota RAV4 Powertrain: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2013 4dr SUV 176-horsepower 2.5L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
The powertrain is quite smooth - 6speed trans shifts nicely whether jabbing it or in traffic or manually shifting. The manual shifting works ok but toyota assumes it is smarter than you and will override - and the indicator will not match the actual gear. Power is decent, even with AWD - seems like closer to 200 HP. Engine sound is smooth. see full Toyota RAV4 review
2011 4dr SUV 269-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
The RAV4 has the best power/weight ratio in its class. Engine is smooth, with a wide power band. Ever feels wanting. Uses synthetic oil, so changes are at 10k mi intervals. see full Toyota RAV4 review
2011 4dr SUV 179-horsepower 2.5L I4
4-speed automatic AWD
The 4 cylinder performs well overall. I would have preferred a 5 or six speed transmission, seems like an extra gear would help with fuel economy and hill ascents. see full Toyota RAV4 review
2011 4dr SUV 179-horsepower 2.5L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
For a 4 cyl CUV, this car had a great amount of power. It's not a speed demon or anything, but compared to the rest of the segment (CR-V, Forester, ect) it was better to my wife and I. see full Toyota RAV4 review
2012 Toyota RAV4 Powertrain: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2013 4dr SUV 176-horsepower 2.5L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Transmission shifting performanse is weird and disconcerting. It shifts a low, sometimes with wild swings in engine RPMs. It frequently overshoots, getting to too high gear, just to downshift a second or two later. see full Toyota RAV4 review
 

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2012 Toyota RAV4 MSRP and Invoice Prices

Body Trim Base Price Invoice Destination
4dr SUV Base 22,650 21,178 810
4dr SUV Sport 24,350 22,768 810
4dr SUV Limited 25,330 23,684 810

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