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2013 Toyota RAV4 EV
2013 Toyota RAV4 EV
  • Starting price: $49,800

The purely electric version of Toyota's RAV4 combines SUV space with sporty performance that requires absolutely zero gas in an automobile package that is nearly identical to its gasoline counterpart.

While the electric motor produces just 154 horsepower compared to 176 horsepower with the gasoline model, the RAV4 EV's performance comes from its 273 foot-pounds of torque. Further improving the performance is the RAV4 EV's lower center of gravity due to the weight of the electric battery, which is located under the floor, making the crossover SUV feel very secure in the turns, unlike the tippy feeling of many similar models.

Driving range is 103 miles, and a full charge takes about 12 hours with a 240-volt outlet, according to EPA estimates.

The 2013 Toyota RAV4 EV seats five in two rows with 36.4 cubic feet behind the rear seat. Standard features include dual-zone climate control, integrated backup camera, hands-free phone capability, heated seats, six-speaker audio system, cruise control, tilt-telescopic steering wheel with audio, voice command and hands-free phone controls, remote keyless entry with push-button start, power door locks, mirrors and windows, and six air bags as well as stability and traction control.

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