After wanting to downsize from my minivan with the additional goal of improved gas mileage, I initially test drove a pre-owned Ford Focus and it was ok but quite compact especially the second row leg room. I happened upon the RAV4 in the same lot. I really liked how spacious the leg room was in the second row and I really liked the back storage. I am 5'2" so the cargo door is a plus because I had to be on my toes with the van hatchback.The full sized spare tire is also a plus; I read some neg reviews about its location but I think it's much easier access. My combined gas mileage is 25.4 M-F due to hwy commuting; on the weekend which is more in town it's 25.1. Overall a good value.
Second row seating leg room
Back cargo space
MPG (25.4 week day; 25.1 weekend)
Drives relatively smooth (in No. Central TX)
Arm rests - too short on rt/console side
Doors - generally ok but do sound like a tin can when you close (like other reviewer noted)
Cup holders - placement a bit awkward
Stereo - average
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