My RAV4 is so fun to drive. It has enough oomph getting on freeway ramps even with the four-cylinder model. I've had great mileage; 22 in town and 27 on the highway. Of course, anything has to be better than the 1997 Mercury Mountaineer I had before. :-) Even with FWD, living in the snowy Midwest, although it's a little squirrelly, I've been able to get around just fine.
Comfortable driver's seat, steering, plenty of room for large dog and/or crate in back w/o the back seats folded down and room for work supplies in the back cargo area under the very back. Huge plus: engine heats up quickly in winter so there is heat and no steamed up windows. Plenty of headroom.
Wish the upholstery was a little nicer. The following are minor annoyances: cup holders cannot hold containers larger than a smaller water bottle and the sound system could be a little nicer.
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