This my second RAV4. Since my 2007 model, Toyota has improved the engine - more power, less gas, a LOT smoother. It's comfy for 4 or 5 adults with plenty of legroom; extremely roomy and useful cargo carrier with the seats down. With a light foot, it will top 30mpg on the road; about 25mpg average in mixed driving. Dull interior; this is a Base model but even the pricey Limited isn't much better. The ride is still a little jiggly, but it corners much better than you'd expect. Excellent brakes and steering, too. Solid build quality. I got a great lease deal on it; much cheaper than the used SUVs I was looking at.
Efficient use of space; fuel efficiency; fun to drive. Usable off-road capability. Well designed and built.
Better interior materials; column or dash shift to allow more console storage; a proper lift-up tailgate; power driver's seat in the Base model; Bluetooth connectivity; a 5 or 6-speed transmission to save even more gas; a smoother ride.