One really can not complain about Toyota performance and value. It's a tough market out there today with all the mini-utes and I don't anything will be disappointed with owning a Rav4. The driving experience is excellent. The manual transmission is definitely the way to go for fun driving and acceleration. The AWD system is the best in class.
Engine, Acceleration, Handling, Build Quality, Driving Fun Factor, Gas Mileage, Much better looking than CRV's, resale value, low cost of ownership, nice roof racks, dealer and service professionalism, functional interior ergonomics. Better performance and price value than all American mini SUV's.
Toyota has fallen behind with the rear design internally and externally. They must emulate the Nissan X-Trail and Kia Sportage with the fold down seats, Rear Door that opens UP with a window that also opens. The Toyota, Honda, and Jeep rear door with the wheel has got to go. Steel wheels must go als