Lets start with the ugly. Road noise is high, if you do not like road noise then do not buy this car! Very loud on anything but smooth pavement.
The sweet V6 in this vehicle, at 60 mph with the cruise on I get 27-29 mpg depending on wind direction and when you need to pass it has plenty of power. High quality interior materials.
I am 5'11. I feel cramped the seat sits way too high in relation to the steering wheel for me, the seats lowering adjustment moves it about one half an inch, whoop de doo! The base stereo speakers are junk , it has way too much bass put new speakers in immediately. :)
Averaging 28 mpg. RAV4 reminds me of a Corolla I had for a loaner for a month. Similar driving dynamics & lots of road noise & booming exhaust. In the morning the tranny has an annoying 2-stage takeoff from park, it engages 3/4's then full lock even when rolling. Once warmed up the hiccup goes away. Although the interior dashboard is not as cleverly designed as a CRV (not enough cubby compartments) the center armrest/console is a welcome feature. The rear side doors have only a molded cup holder for a small H2O bottle. The back door is a disappointment too. Just a fishnet and no cubby holes molded in the door like the CRV. Audio loudness feature is good because of the road noise.
Display of MPG and Temp at a touch of a button on the steering wheel.
Place the front cupholders just rear of the gear selector instead of in front of it. Design more convenient nooks and crannies in the dash and back door. There's a blank space just above the hood latch for a nice coin box. As for the back door take a peek at the '05 CRV and copy.
2009 Toyota RAV4 SUV Limited 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A)
We needed a vehicle with a large enough rear seat for a child seat and an infant seat and easy to get the kids in and out of. This RAV-4 is the perfect choice. This vehicle seems small on the outside, but it has unbelievable space inside. The cargo area (without 3rd row seats) is huge and the 2 storage bins under the floor are a bonus. Rear seats truly fold flat unlike many others. This one is a V6 Limited with all options except navigation. This thing is very fast and the fuel economy is pretty amazing. We get 24-25mpg on local driving and we've seen 32 mpg on the road. A very versatile vehicle for an active family.
V6 power, smooth transmission, great fuel economy, inside space, easy access, Toyota reliability.
I don't care for the outside mounted spare but it does add inside space. Others have said the front seats lack thigh support for taller persons and I agree. Electric power steering lacks "feel".
2009 Toyota RAV4 SUV Sport 4dr SUV 4WD (2.5L 4cyl 4A)
Bought Sport version because I wanted a black interior - Limited not available in cloth. Dealer Salesperson indicated slightly tighter and slightly harsher ride. Also indicated that suspension was somewhat programmable if really needed. Term "harsher" was understated. Can't keep coffee from spilling on local access roads and can't "program" suspension according to dealer's service dept. Took on trip to NYC - ride on highway OK - not fatiguing. Ride in NYC would have been smoother in a horse & buggy. Noise, Handling, and overall Fuel MPG are really better than I expected. Only clear fault is the Spare Tire Carrier. Quality of fit is unsatisfactory and this quirk will haunt you forever.
Like hidden compartment in rear and ease of use of audio.
Retro-fit Sport Model Spare Tire Cover with same Limited Cover due to 17" Wheels versus the 16" Wheels on standard models. Cover is 2 piece composition that does not fit properly on 17" Spare - Limited has a snap to it.
2009 Toyota RAV4 SUV Limited 4dr SUV 4WD (2.5L 4cyl 4A)
Just returned from a trip from New York to Rhode Island with my brand new RAV4 4-cylinder - was not sure whether to buy the 4 or 6 cylinder and did much research, as well as test drives on both. Got caught up in all the Cash for Clunker garbage and purchased the 4. I am normally a bit heavy on the pedal, and this baby did not let me down. No problem whatsoever. She was a rocket - plenty of nerve. I had test driven the V6 - good, but no need for such a large hsp engine in such a light vehicle. Save your $$$$$. Vehicle was tops in every meaning of the word and I am very picky - an excellent driving experience. Cheers to Toyota.