Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Toyota RAV4

toyota rav4 2012

While the Honda CR-V might have been the pioneer of the compact SUV market, there’s no question that the 2012 Toyota RAV4 is king of the class. Not only does the RAV4 come with your choice of either a four-cylinder or V6 (the CR-V isn’t available as a V6), but it’s also very attractive with a long list of great standard and optional features.

Key Features

Getting started on a hill can be a real worry for SUV owners, especially on those camping trips up to the mountains, but with the 2012 Toyota RAV4’s Hill Start and Downhill Assist control, your SUV will never roll backwards when you start. Likewise, the Downhill Assist will help you keep your speed down on steep descents to maintain better control.

The RAV4 also has a number of other safety features included in its Star Safety System, including but not limited to enhanced electronic brake-force distribution (EBD) and increased vehicle stability control (VSC). These features will help you avoid accidents and other dangerous situations, keeping you and your family safe on the road.

Changes for 2012

All 2012 Toyota RAV4 models come with standard Bluetooth phone connectivity for hands-free talking and music streaming. If you go with the RAV4 Limited, you can also get Toyota’s Entune infotainment system with navigation.

What We Like

The RAV4 is very fuel efficient, and it’s definitely versatile. We like that it’s designed to feel great when driving around town but also to stand up to really rough terrain, as well.

What Concerns Us

While the V6 option is great and the fuel economy is very attractive, we wouldn’t recommend this vehicle for anyone who has a large family or if you think that you’ll need a third bench. You don’t want to find out that you need the extra space after you buy your SUV.

Available Models

Though you can choose from different features in different trims, the big decision with the RAV4 is the engine:

  • 2.5-liter inline 4-cylinder

    • 179 HP at 6000 RPM
    • 172 lb-ft at 4000 RPM
    • 22/28 MPG (city/highway)
  • 3.5-liter V6

    • 269 HP at 6200 RPM
    • 246 lb-ft at 4700 RPM
    • 19/27 MPG (city/highway)

Major Recalls

There have been a few recalls for the 2012 Toyota RAV4 due to issues with the occupant sensing system’s calibration, an inaccurate label for the load carrying capacity, a potentially malfunctioning brake actuator assembly, and an inoperative windshield wiper. All of these issues can be addressed with a Toyota dealer.

Common Issues

The most common problem reported by 2012 Toyota RAV4 owners is the vehicle surging when coming to a stop. In most cases, this is covered by the recall and is not a problem after you take it to your Toyota dealership.

toyota rav4 2012 interior

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
Icon-warranty_badge-02

Skip the repair shop, our top-rated mechanics come to you.

At your home or office

Choose from 600+ repair, maintenance & diagnostic services. Our top-rated mechanics bring all parts & tools to your location.

Fair & transparent pricing

See labor & parts costs upfront, so you can book with confidence.

12-month, 12,000-mile warranty

Our services are backed by a 12-month, 12,000-mile warranty for your peace of mind.

Get A Quote

Need Help With Your Car?

Our certified mobile mechanics make house calls in over 2,000 U.S. cities. Fast, free online quotes for your car repair.

GET A QUOTE

More related articles

How to Buy Fuel Treatments
Adding a fuel additive to your gas tank when you fill up is one way to clean vital engine parts of deposits, improve the performance of your engine,...
Insurance Requirements for Car Registration in Kentucky
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet requires that all drivers in Kentucky carry liability automotive insurance, or “financial responsibility” in order to operate a vehicle legally and maintain vehicle...
How to Transfer a Car Title in Idaho
In order to prove ownership of a car, you must have the title. However, when a car is sold, given away or inherited, the title needs...


Related questions

Q: The exhaust has a leak. Could that be expensive to fix?

As you know, parts and labor can vary in price tremendously depending on the shop, the skills of the mechanic and many other factors. I would suggest having an expert from YourMechanic come to your location to perform a pre-purchase...

Q: Dan, Need to know the following estimates on when to replace Drive Belt and Brake Fluid

For the 2012 4Runner, based on the normal service maintenance schedule Toyota recommends that the brake fluid be replaced every 30,000 miles. Modern serpentine belts are generally good for at least 100,000 miles. Toyota does not have a replacement recommendation...

Q: Electrical Issues - 1999 Toyota RAV4

Hey there. It is very possible that the negative terminal end on your battery cables could be damaged. I would recommend loosening it up and removing it for further inspection. If the terminal is broken in any way it will...