Oh what a feeling?
By Brad on
2008 Toyota RAV4 Sport 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl 5A)
We purchased the RAV specifically for gas mileage when the price per gallon was near $5. It has delivered high 20's on the road and around 20mpg in town. Ho-hum. The engine pulls like a freight train and easily tows up to the 3500# limit. Unfortunately, the engineers didn't sort out the torque steer problems under heavy acceleration, it can be very darty. Also, notice the acceleration rate keeps coming on even after I stop pushing on the gas any harder (like a turbo). We bought the Sport to get the darker interior, but the ride quality is too harsh for commuter style driving. And, worst for last, the AT has an irritating whine at 25-35 mph that is louder after warmed up.
High resale value. Reliability. Only SUV this size and price that was seriously set up to tow 3500# without heroics. It's a Camry on steroids.
Fix the transmission whine (fluid viscosity?), include auto-off headlights on all models (mine is loaded but missing that? sheesh), redesign tailgate to swing AWAY from curb, make a driver's seat for a full-size American rear, improve the warranty.