Tried out a Honda CR-V before purchasing this one, but didn't care for the interior (especially the door handles), and the RAV-4 got better mileage. Didn't go with all the options, although I couldn't find one without tinted windows, luggage cover, and 6-disc CD player; I refused to buy it and pay for all those unnecessary items.
Attractive body, easy access, comfortable seating, multiple safety features, nice gas mileage, and easy to use controls. Relatively low maintenance costs.
Radio/CD player needs improvement to get the glitches out--had to be replaced after only 8 months. Some creaking in the rear--had shocks replaced but it didn't solve the problem. Some hesitation if you're trying to accelerate quickly; Toyota says it's a computer software issue that's 'normal'.
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