2009 Toyota RAV4 SUV Limited 4dr SUV 4WD (2.5L 4cyl 4A)
This one was purchased used with just under 100,000 miles and has been more expensive repair wise than my previous matrix with 250,000 miles. The alternator went out right after I purchased it. I think everything has just been normal maintenance though and I have no idea how it was driven prior to my purchase. Overall it is a very comfortable car and has lots of storage in it. I get between 20 mpg in town and up to 26 miles per gallon on the highway. Mine is a 4 wheel drive vehicle. My matrix got 30 miles to a gallon after it had 200,000 miles on it and 42 miles to a gallon new. It was a 2005. I enjoy driving this car. Other than regular oil changes I have only had the alternator repair so far.
2009 Toyota RAV4 SUV Sport 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl 5A)
After leasing a VW EOS with that silly turbo engine that is gutless when you turn on the AC I decided to look at something more powerful, fun while also reliable. With the v6 this RAV4 is a great value. in fact I chose and purchased this used model over the new redesigned RAV4 because after a test drive in the new one I realized I don't like 4 cylinder engines. The suspension on the Sport model is a bit stiff but the upside is great handling when passing all the slower drivers.
First, I have been driving toyotas before I was aloud to drive...35 years. I have owned used and new. I had a 2005 rav4 ...great car. Everything about that car...5 stars. I bought a 2009 limited V6 3.5 and it is a nightmare. The suspension recall fix involves an epoxy seal on the links which make the adjustable links...unadjustable. meaning...if the rear is out of alignment. ..you have to pay $500+ to have the recall fix done again. I have never had to do anything other than maintenance to my toyotas. This one...3rd pair of shocks...this time i used monroe shocks. ER brake cable...drive train assembly ($1400 part). Blower motor...Such a disappointment... I have 150000 miles on the odometer and it runs great. Done with it.