2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 4dr SUV 4WD (2.5L 4cyl 4A)
Went in to Toyota dealer during "Toyotathon" to look at limited edition Rav4. Was disappointed to find no V6 on lot, or at any nearby Toyota dealers. Had already decided that 4 cylinder/4 speed transmission would not do. Test drove Limited 4cyl/4spd transmission at dealers insistence and was blown away. Great pickup and gas mileage has been better than expected. Four speed is perfectly mated to engine and downshifts appropriately for steep hills. Cruises at 65mph with only 2200 RPMs. Perfect commuter vehicle for me. Car performed well in recent Virgina Blizzard/Ice storm. Waved bye bye to lots of pickups in the ditches and trees.
JBL stereo blows away any stereo I have heard (including the Acura TL I traded in). Instantaneous mileage is great. Backup camera is big help, provided you are not backing into the sun or other bright light. Seats very comfortable. Fantastic storage in back, especially hidden area.
Coming from car with HID headlights, the headlights seem dim, would recommend HID like Nissan Rogue. If Toyota ever redesigns interior would recommend that they place cup holders and seat heater buttons behind the gear shift instead of in front. Also would like to see the windshield de-icer in US.
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