Having had the car for 6 months now, I'm definitely impressed with it overall. I bought it used with 11300 miles on the odometer and was amazed to get the previous owners Impressive maintenance records ! Regular scheduled service from day one with quality tires, synthetic oil and fluid changes and genuine Toyota replacement parts. It came with a complete 5 tire set of Firestone Destination m+s radials with less the 2500 miles on them ! The handling of this vehicle has been a real treat with the new car handling without the new car sized payment ! Both in town and on the highway, it rides and drives like it is on rails. I've taken it to our camp in Northern NH and was pleasantly surprised by the way it handled our sometimes sketchy access road with its ruts and mud holes. The 4wd pulled nicely and the suspension kept the rolling and pitching to acceptable levels. The 2.4 4 cyl motor is averaging 22 mpg and it has plenty of power to pull my small utility trailer with either the 4 wheeler or snowmobile on it. The roominess and storage compacity combined with the overall secure feeling the car has while driving it, has me really pleased with the purchase of this Rav4 !
This car does it all. I love it. It drives a lot like a normal sedan, quick acceleration, great turning radius. No complaints about the seats. Everything exactly in place. Driven 20K miles on it, not a single problem anywhere.
The height and size of the doors enables easy entry and exit. Forward visibility from the drivers seat is excellent. A short turning radius is helpful when parking. The power seat and tilt & telescoping wheel help to gain a comfortable seating position. The ride is stiffer than a cars ride. It seems like a 5-speed transmission would be helpful also for the 4-cylinder engine. The RAV4 is quick and does not have the usual 4-cyl engine noise at highway speeds. There is a transmission clunk on the first engagement of Drive each morning.
Power adjustable seat, large outside mirrors, high seating position, front- end style, easy entry and exit, short turning radius, convenient controls, high clearance (bumpers do not scrape on concrete parking guides).
No compass, transmission clunk, no body side molding, no navigation features, spare tire location, no garage door opener link, pricy mud-guards (over $200 installed).
Toyota hit the nail directly on the head with the new RAV4 providing what American drivers need and want. In-city mileage is 20 mpg+. Had a little rattle for a few miles but service department solved it. I've continued to "shop" after the purchase and am convinced the RAV4 is the best of the breed especially for a tall guy like myself.
Never thought much about a 6-CD changer and love the convenience. Roof rack standard - a small thing - but a $500 extra on CRV. Have used it a lot since downsizing from a truck. Very handy.
Rear mounted spare technically passe. Live in city where street parallel parking a must. I know cover will be damaged and it's expensive to replace. I admire Honda's thinking to bury spare horizontally inside. Safer that way in rear end collision.
Totally surprised with the snap that this 4 cylinder engine has. Wife feels very safe in this car; have been in pickups the past 10 yrs and ready to downsize. Toyota quality and reliability brought me to the car; retiring next year and this is the sensible solution to fuel economy for a non hybrid. Plenty of nooks and crannies to put things, net assembly and cargo cover have out of the way place for storing. This car gets there now, no problem getting up to and over speed limits; runs so quite and handles so well you can be up to 80 mph before you realize it. I'm a big guy and the driver side is roomy and comfortable, selected the liqui-cell leather seats for my disabled lower back.
Style, handling, Barcelona Red (candy apple red for us old guys) paint, roominess, quietness from road noise, unable to hear engine. A lot of research went into decision for new car and this is right choice for us.
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