Overall, we really like our Rav4. My
wife is the main driver. She wanted
something smaller than a van, but still
wanted to sit higher than a car.
I'm still trying to get used to the
arrangement of the dash. The
speedometer is in a large circle to the
left. ( I look for it in the middle.)
The tach is smaller and in the middle.
The fuel gauge and the temp gauge are
in a large circle to the right.
The front bumper/grill seems mostly
plastic/vinyl. The rear bumper is
almost nonexistant. There are two
narrow "bumps" - one on each side.
Nothing in the middle because of the
So far, the rattles have not been bad.
We like the interior, especially the
seats. We drove a Honda CR-V, but we
did not like the seats (not enough
cushion) nor the narrow left armrest
for the driver.
The rear door opens on the left. When
parking along a curb, the right side
would have been better.
The 4-cylinder engine is
plenty "peppy". But, the gas mileage
is not as good as I had hoped. It is
rated 24/28. But, we only get 19 with
in town driving.