2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl 5A)
Lots of pluses for this "little" Toyota (our first new car was a '71 Corolla, now THAT was little!). Traded in a 96 4Runner with the same engine, and we're blown away by the performance difference. 4Runner wasn't a slouch, but the RAV4 is a hottie. Even driving it hard on trips, we're getting 26.5-28.5 mpg on the road, which is dang good; best we ever got with the old truck was 18.5. My wife likes the way the hood slopes down; says she can see more of the road up front. I'm 6'5" and although it isn't what I'd call roomy, the RAV4 is adequately sized; we took a 9-hour road trip with 5 in the car (2 seater) and all came back still speaking. A miracle! Never feels like a truck will blow us away.
Me: strong engine, xlnt finish, great gas mileage, solid "car" feel, sound system, 4W-dr stability, good visibility, roomy. Wife: Engine, heated lthr seats, mileage, safety features, visibility, dependability.
TireGuy (4/20/09) got it right; car is a parking lot ding waiting to happen, esp the wheel wells. 4Runner had giant plastic wheel trim, would look overdone on RAV4, but could definitely use something more subtle. Be nice to have running boards or bars but RAV4's low enough that they're not necessary.