A wholly functional around town
vehicle. The four-door model is near
perfect size for the family with one or
two small children. Mechanically
sound, if a bit noisy even with good
tires. Smooth in high-speed corners.
Paint and interior upholstery holding
up well, even in Florida sun. Lots of
visibility at all angles. Does
groceries well. Not a long distance
vehicle. Not a car I could get
emotionally attached to.
When I go to places where there is
crowded parking lots, I take the RAV4,
not my pickup. Slides in and out of
tight spaces. Nimble. Reliable to the
point of being almost maintenance-free.
Underpowered. Poor gas mileage...it
should do better for its size. Noisy.
Gear ratio aggravating on the
interstate; slightest upgrade causes it
to downshift (assuming you're trying to
keep a steady speed on cruise
control). Little space between driver
and passenger seats.
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