The Practical One
By Bob in Ohio on
2009 Toyota RAV4 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 4A)
One of the more practical vehicles on the road the 2009 Rav4 offers efficient packaging, two competent engines and enough safety and convenience to satisfy just about everyone. If you had to choose only one vehicle to transport a family, haul furniture and find its way through inclement weather this compact to mid-size SUV is tough to beat. There is some comfort loss in exchange for space, especially in the rear seat. The cushions are rather flat and don't provide much support so make sure those that will inhabit the space take a test ride. Road and wind noise isn't in the luxury class but it is livable especially when you consider the relatively light weight of the vehicle vs. the size.
I personally like the style of the vehicle, the 4 cyl. engine provides adequate thrust, the hidden space where the spare tire normally resides is a bonus and I would recommend the rear backup camera integrated into the rearview mirror. Locking 4 wheel drive will be handy in Ohio winters.
Front seats could use more lateral support and the silver trim needs to be toned down as it is too reflective. A wood grain option would be nice. Rear seats need some lateral support and a better antenna system would help the radio draw and hold distant radio stations more effectively.