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Great All Around SUV, Best In its Class IMO
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By mtayub
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2012 Toyota RAV4 SUV 4dr SUV 4WD (2.5L 4cyl 4A)


Review

Very comfortable seats in this car even on long trips. The leg room and storage in the RAV4 is excellent. Lots of storage and room for luggage. The rear seats recline and move forward and backward. I have had the car in heavy winds and it handled the windy conditions well. Interior noise is low, compared to Honda CRV. Love 4wd button. Reliability of the Rav4 is the best. I looked at the reviews of the competing cars and read about the problems people have for their cars. The Rav4 had minor complaints compared to others having significant problems. after market platinum 0 deductable warranty for $950 upgrading it to a 7/100k had to shop around for the price. 12k miles owned, very happy


Favorite Features

I test drove the I4 and the V6. My main goal was driving in the snow, not towing so there was no benefit for me with the V6. I get ample acceleration from my I4 and am perfectly happy with it compared to the other vehicles I test drove. good gas mileage 27 mpg avg, better than advertised. I know how to drive the vehicle to get good gas mileage. Look up ‘Driving tips to get good gas mileage’ on Google to learn. The RAV4 is easy to handle and rides pretty smooth. Great space and comfort for kids in rear seats. Safety and reliability ratings. Best overall value


Suggested Improvements

If you are a tall person say 6’ 4” or above you may be cramped in front seat. Im 6’ 0” and perfectly comfortable with room to spare. I may not call it a suggested improvement but, Curbside loading is an issue with the rear door swinging, not an issue if you don’t drive people to the airport for a living. swing door is much easier to open than a upward Lift hatch and more convenient for groceries and other general loading.


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Great Little SUV- Except Mileage
9 of 13 people found this review helpful
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By diepie
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2012 Toyota RAV4 SUV 4dr SUV 4WD (2.5L 4cyl 4A)


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Okay, so it's quite early to give a full review on our new car, since we bought it new just a couple of weeks ago. I had done extensive online comparisons between the 3 of the contenders in this vehicle category: the Rav4, Honda CRV, and the Nissan Rogue. We test drove all 3, as well as a Jeep Patriot, and considered but didn't drive a Hyundai Tucson. Toyota won out on a number of counts, not the least of which was the fact that we have been Yota owners for a long time, and have had great success. Toyota was also offering some screaming incentives which tipped the scales. So far of course, so good, but the gas mileage to date has been a bit disappointing.


Favorite Features

The interior of the car is well appointed as expected with a Toyota even on this base model, well laid out display, and plenty of standard features that might be options in another brand. It's very comfortable (I don't get the lower marks for the seat comfort I've read in other reviews!) and I'm sure it will carry us on long road trips with few complaint in that respect.


Suggested Improvements

There is one thing about which I am actually disappointed thus far: we are struggling to achieve 23.8 miles to the gallon, in 75/25 hwy/city driving. I have heard that this somehow improves after a sufficient "break in" time, but since this is the only new auto we've ever bought, I don't know much about that (hoping it's true but doubtful!) As another reviewer expressed, this is disappointing, because it is one of the reasons I chose this vehicle over for instance, a Subaru. The only other "nit-picking" I'd do about this car is that the RPM and Speedometer display lighting is quite dim during daylight (it's fine after dark when you need it)


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Love everything! (Except the gas mileage ...)
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By vogongirl
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2012 Toyota RAV4 SUV 4dr SUV 4WD (2.5L 4cyl 4A)


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I mean it - the MPG is the fly in the otherwise stellar ointment here. I drive conservatively but with a mix that's heavy on hwy miles vs. city, I'm straining to get to 23 average. As the MPG rating was what initially drew me to the RAV4, I'm disappointed, but I still love to get into it each day and drive. It practically drives itself, feels like a car, and doesn't lack power with the 4-cylinder. You'll want to go with the air deflector if you get a sunroof; I regret it and will be looking into after-market, since there's a lot of wind noise.


Favorite Features

Easy to find semi-custom seat covers that fit well; handling is superb; 4-wheel drive works great in mountains; USB/MP3 jacks well-placed so cup holders can be used; good deal of storage below level in back; Toyota Care Plan.


Suggested Improvements

More adjustments for driver seat needed in base model; fuel economy needs help.


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Great comfort
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By gglenno
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2012 Toyota RAV4 SUV 4dr SUV 4WD (2.5L 4cyl 4A)


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I can't for the life of me figure out why others are finding the seating comfort of their Rav4's unbearable. My wife and I recently traveled over 2000 miles to Colorado and back in our nearly new 2012 model... this Rav4 is one of the most comfortable vehicles we have owned. Seating positions are great! Ride comfort is very good. Little to no fatigue for either of us. Gas mileage in the heavy winds of South Dakota suffered, but the trip home found much better mpg's. This is a very nice vehicle.


Favorite Features

4x4 select feature Seating and driving comfort Nice ride and suspension


Suggested Improvements

Dress up the interior Add a couple of gears to the automatic


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