2009 Toyota RAV4 Consumer Review: Drives like a '09 Corolla

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Drives like a '09 Corolla
By regmeister on


2009 Toyota RAV4 4dr SUV 4WD (2.5L 4cyl 4A)


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.

Best Features

Display of MPG and Temp at a touch of a button on the steering wheel.

Worst Features

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.
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