I love my Rav4. It's got plenty of room and great gas mileage. Since mine has a manual transmission it seems to have that extra pick up and it responds well. I still think it's a cool car to look at. It has some inexplicible dings and a little problem with the tire cover wearing out at the seams, and problems with the computer chips caused me to go back to the dealership a few times, but I still love my car.
The room, the extra height (compared to a regular car) and the gas mileage are the pluses.
I wish they would use more durable sheet metal so the car wouldn't ding so easily.