Comfortable and very good handling. I leased it at World Toyota in lakewood NJ and was impressed with the efficiency & honesty of the dealer and the price. The whole process took 2 hours. I realized later I was charged for the 1st months payment which was suppossed to be included. I emailed the sales mgr and he agreed to refund the payment without hesitation.
High road clearance and visibility. simple easy dash and controls.
Have back dooe open like a hatch back instead of swinging open which you can't do in a tight parking space. better mpg or electric/hybrid version.
I just purchased, or leased, my Rav4, so I can only give my initial impressions.
I had narrowed my search to Equinox, Outback, and Rav4 - they are similar in size, price, and features.
My choice ended up being based on the deal; my Toyota dealership was willing to deal.
My Rav4 is base model, with upgrades of moonroof, leather seats, tinted glass, 17" mags, mult-disc cd.
My impression is that it performs well, and is the peppiest of the three (I only tested 4 cylinder models).
The Chevy and Subaru have enough power, too, but they feel and sound like 4 bangers winding out the rpms.
The Toyota felt like a 6, with no straining or revving out.
I also think the Rav is by far the quietest o
Performance and quiet ride.
Some of the other reviews mention road noise, but mine is very quiet - that might be because I got the package with the premium mats.
I can really enjoy the nice stereo, because of the quiet ride.
There's nothing cheap about this car; it's very nice, simple, and elegant.
I've had my '11 RAV4 for 2 1/2 months. There are many things about this vehicle that I like, but two things that I really dislike: first, the gas mileage is less than what I expected. It will give me 27 mpg on the freeway--but only if I keep my speed under 70. If I go 75 the mileage drops to 26 mpg. If I go 80, it drops to 25. City driving it gives me 22. The other issue I have with this vehicle: the seat is set as far back as it will go and I still cannot stretch out my legs. (I'm 5'8"). This isn't an issue driving locally, but out on the freeway the seating position I'm forced to maintain gets old fast. If I had to do it over I would not have purchased this vehicle.
1. A 5th gear to improve gas mileage.
2. A longer seat rail to provide more leg room.
I have a V6 with beige interior black exterior. The vehicle is unbeleivebly fast and fuel efficient. I am clocking 24MPG (Combined HWY & City) and 29 MPG highway mileage. This is real good for a V6 SUV.
Pick, Speed, Steering, Transmission, Comort
Stop cutting edges. Quality could be a little better. I have only 10K and the spare tire housing is already throwing a rattling noise.
2011 Toyota RAV4 SUV Sport 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl 5A)
After considering and test driving a lot of small SUV's including the Jeep Liberty, Chevy Equinox, Ford Escape, and Cadillac suv, I ran across the RAV4.
I had always read good reviews but I hated the look of the tire on the back.
The Sport model solves that with run flat tires and no spare tire.
Pickup is good in the V6 and I like that it doesn't look like the "mommy crossovers".
It's built on its own frame.
Dashboard controls are easy to reach and black.
After about 4 months I am getting 19 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway.
The paint on this car is amazing and durable.
My only complaints are road noise is a little more than I would like and the gas tank is a little small.
Sporty design--no spare tire on back.
V6 power and pickup
Paint job is exceptional.
Horizontal opening rear door.
Better insulation to reduce road noise.
Larger gas tank.
Make a hybrid version.