13 of 18 people found this review helpful
Good car with a few flaws
By stego1 on
2013 Toyota RAV4 LE 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A)
We bought this car to be able to take our dogs along with us as they love to go for rides. We also use it for daily transportation to work. The gas mileage has been great averaging between 28 to 29 MPG on winter-blend gas. (I expect the mileage to go up with summer-blend). We drive mostly city and 2 lane highways on our 32 mile round-trip to work. The ride is rough and we can feel every road imperfection and there is excessive tire noise. But, the car drives well with good power and smooth shifts and we are enjoying owning it. Would recommend this car but keep in mind its shortcomings. Even with these imperfections, it is a better car than the others we looked at: Ford Escape, Honda CRV, Kia
Pros: Large cargo space, rear seats fold flat to make cargo space usable, small flap that covers the gap between the cargo area and where the rear seats fold down keeps our dogs paws from being injured, great gas mileage: averaging between 28 and 29 MPG in mixed city/highway driving, smooth engine and transmission that shifts without jerks.
Cons: Rough ride-can feel every imperfection and expansion joint in the road, excessive tire noise, lack of overhead storage for sunglasses and general lack of storage, intermittent wipers have only one speed. (I think the last car I owned that didnt have variable-speed intermittent wipers was purchased new in the 1970s!)