My husband and I are basically very satisfied with our Rav 4 but are very disappointed in the gas mileage. We do not get anywhere near what was quoted. As a matter of fact, we are not getting much better than our full size AWD pickup which we traded for the Rav4. We are only averaging 19 - 20 miles per gallon and have even had it back to the dealer which they claim there is nothing wrong with our car. That was our main purpose for trading in our pickup, and that was the gas mileage.
Our insurance premiums went down considerably due to the safety of the car which we were surprised about, and that we do, feel very safe driving in it.
More compartment storage and it would be nice to have a fold out tray of some sort for those who eat while on the road so you have something to set your food or whatever else you might use it for. But mostly a bigger storage compartment.
This is a right hand drive driven in Australia. I've driven the rav in the rain, on the beach, dirt roads and from short trips to over 6 hrs at any time. It will go just about anywhere with great comfort. It has more than enough room and power from the 4 cyl. I can get about 500k from a tank of petrol.
The AWD is the best, great pickup and handling. The build quality is the best.
Put 700 miles on it the first week-end. Got 35 MPG on mainly level interstate with an automatic. Cruise control stayed "locked on" to correct setting even when crossing the Smokey Mountains in NC/TN. Not as comfortable as my Camry XLE, but then not supposed to be. Loaded a lot of stuff into it without any problems.
Side swinging rear door, performance, MPG, audio controls on steering wheel, lots of standard features such as power door locks & mirrors, cruise, CD player & cassette deck, etc.
Place speedometer in center and move tachometer over. Seats could be more comfortable. DRL's should be standard. Get rid of the ashtray and lighter; Camry does not have them giving more "boxes" for storage.