In keeping with its multi-digit title, the 2012 Toyota RAV4 Sport V6 4WD boasts everything its name implies. Not only that, but this 5-passenger midsize crossover touts 73 cubic feet of cargo space, 3,500 pounds of towing capacity, with the proper equipment, and a sport-tuned suspension as well.
More prosaic standard amenities, meanwhile, include 18-inch alloy wheels, a rear spoiler, premium cloth upholstery, reclining rear seats, remote power door locks, power windows and power-adjustable outside mirrors. Cruise control, telescoping tilt-wheel steering and air conditioning all come standard, as does an MP3-capable single-CD player, 6 speakers and a USB port. Finally, standard equipment also includes Bluetooth hands-free communications technology.
Options abound for this traction-heavy performer, with the Premium Package and the Sport Appearance Package taking center stage. The former boasts leather-trimmed upholstery, heated front seats and a power-adjustable driver’s seat, while the latter includes run-flat tires, unique exterior trim accents and roof side rails. A Tow Prep Package is also available to this cute-ish crossover and features upgraded engine cooling, a larger radiator and a beefed-up alternator, while the available Enhancement Value Package adds a power moonroof and roof side rails. Remote engine start is a standalone option, as are rear-seat entertainment, multiple exterior trim upgrades, numerous cargo stowage and protection features and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror with integrated rear-view camera.
As is obvious from its moniker, the 2012 RAV4 Sport V6 4WD carries a 3.5-liter V6 engine with a 5-speed automatic transmission and descent control. This combo produces 269 hp and 246 lb-ft of torque, with variable-valve-timed (VVT) mileage in the range of 19 mpg city/26 highway.
The 4-wheel-drive (4WD) system, meantime, cruises in front-wheel drive (FWD) and automatically switches torque to all four wheels when slippage is detected. A unique manual selector, additionally, can lock 50/50 torque distribution to the front and rear wheels in areas of poor traction, thus giving this nifty mini-ute some surprising off-road capability.
Standard safety equipment aboard this heady mini-ute includes Toyota’s vaunted Star Safety System with its 4-wheel antilock brakes (ABS), traction and stability control, front and rear head airbags, front side-mounted airbags and front head-restraint whiplash protection. Front fog/ driving lights are also standard, with daytime running lights, turn-signal-integrated mirrors and a remote antitheft alarm all offered as options.