The limited comes with 18" 235/55R18 Bridgestone Dueler H/T 687 tires.
The LE and XLE come with 17" 225/65R17 Michelin and Dunlop tires.
Reading the reviews:
"Jump up from the standard 17-inch wheels to the Limited trim's 18s, however, and you'll feel and hear much more road than you want to: The ride becomes noticeably harsher, and tire noise is also a problem."
"The Limited is clearly the nicest RAV4, but we found the ride to be somewhat busy due to the 18-inch wheels with aggressive low profile tires. The XLE is much smoother and the ride barely gets upset even on rough roads - I has 17-inch wheels with cushier tires. Ultimately, the more aggressive 18-inch tires don't really deliver amazing grip so there's only a cosmetic benefit to this set up."
"Even on Arizona's smooth pavement, our RAV4 Limited has a jittery ride on its 235/55R18 Bridgestone Dueler H/T 687 all-season, low-rolling resistance tires. Then, we drive a couple XLE models with 225/65R17 Michelin and Dunlop tires. Those tires give the RAV4 the kind of compliance you'd expect from a crossover SUV."
I want to buy a 2013 Rav4 limited because it has the Push Button Start, but I want the quieter, comfier tires.
This article: Effects of Upsized Wheels and Tires Tested - Tech Dept. - Car and Driver
says that smaller tires get better MPG, are quieter, smoother, and faster.
Do you think Toyota will sell me a 2013 Rav4 Limited and let me "downgrade" to the 17" tires for free??