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2009 Toyota RAV4 SUV 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 4A)
I LOVE my faithful RAV4; sturdy, reliable, zippy, easy to park!!
2009 Toyota RAV4 SUV 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 4A)
First, I have been driving toyotas before I was aloud to drive...35 years. I have owned used and new. I had a 2005 rav4 ...great car. Everything about that car...5 stars. I bought a 2009 limited V6 3.5 and it is a nightmare. The suspension recall fix involves an epoxy seal on the links which make the adjustable links...unadjustable. meaning...if the rear is out of alignment. ..you have to pay $500+ to have the recall fix done again. I have never had to do anything other than maintenance to my toyotas. This one...3rd pair of shocks...this time i used monroe shocks. ER brake cable...drive train assembly ($1400 part). Blower motor...Such a disappointment... I have 150000 miles on the odometer and it runs great. Done with it.
After I updated my review I started experience more problems with this car. I had to have the rotors resurfaced again. Problems with the steering also started to progress. Recalls for the master switch for driver's side window and wiper motor. Toyota stopped making their own parts in 2006...huge mistake. This car became a full time job. I am a car guru and visit dealerships 24/7 chose to get rid of this car before it depreciated any more. I had a hard time finding a dealership that would give me decent money for the trade. The day I traded in the 2009 my 2005 limited (not a v6 and a lot less options) was worth 2000.00 more. I have to say that I am disappointed in the Toyota Corporation. Their business decisions have affected their automobiles. Putting their dealerships in the position of not being able to be honest with customers about their cars has enabled me not to trust Toyota corporation anymore. I was fortunate to be able to put my car up on a rack anytime I needed to check anything. Many people don't have that luxury. I see people driving their cars on the road with the suspension recall and the rear wheels out of toe. ..scary. If I get the opportunity to talk to them most say that they did not know because they had the recall fix done! I take excellent care of my cars...it's a lemon.
Since the last time I reviewed this car I look at the rear suspension of other 2009 rav4 cars on the road or parking lots. I have not found one yet that the rear wheels are not out out of toe. I even speak to other owners and inform them about this make and model. This car has a lot of safety issues. Why Toyota thinks it is OK to drive a car around with the rear wheels out of toe is beyond me. I will not own or recommend Toyota to anyone again. ...they have lost a longtime customer and consumer promoting their products.
2009 Toyota RAV4 SUV Sport 4dr SUV 4WD (2.5L 4cyl 4A)
The RAV drives more like a dune buggy than a 21st century vehicle and leaves an unrefined impression not generally associated with a Toyota (I have owned two other Toyota vehicles).
The 4 cylinder engine is very loud and road noise is pronounced. I can hear suspension, wind, and tire noise at even the lowest speeds on newly paved surfaces. The ride is stiff and the steering feels artificially weighted. Throttle response is jerky, especially at low speeds.
The lack of a rear bumper is a safety concern and the side hinged tail gate is inconvenient. I think this vehicle is cheaply made and not worth the high used vehicle price it commands. Suggest looking elsewhere.
The front and rear seats are roomy. Cargo space is generous. Braking performance is good.
More insulation from road, wind engine and tire noise. A rear bumper and top hinged rear tailgate. Better quality interior trim, steel rims that won't rust after 5 years. Reprogram the throttle response for smoother power delivery.
2009 Toyota RAV4 SUV Sport 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl 5A)
I had a 1999 RAV4 that was bulletproof. I recently upgraded to a 2009 Sport V6 w/appearance package.
The power of this V6 is amazing and yet fuel economy is not compromised. On a recent 500 mile round-trip I got almost 28 mpg.
The 2009 is much more refined and significantly roomier than my old 1999 model. Rear-seat room is significantly improved, as is cargo room, and it is great for families with children and pets.
The only disappointment for me is the ride. You feel every little bump, but I think that is specific to the sport model. And hey, it's an SUV after all, not a Cadillac.
The V6 really rocks!
I wish they could find a way to include a spare tire with the appearance package. Even if it was just a temp. (Our van has the spare mounted underneath.)
2009 Toyota RAV4 SUV 4dr SUV 4WD (2.5L 4cyl 4A)
I've had my RAV-4 for about four months now, and I'm quite happy with it. The ride is smooth and the suspension seems solid. I took it off road recently and it handled the terrain okay. I'm getting 25 MPG with a fairly even mix of city/highway driving. The interior is very functional--the back seats slide forward and back, and they split so you have more cargo options. I like the MP3 jack in the center armrest, and there's a little niche there that's perfect for an iPhone. My only complaints: the back window doesn't open (which would allow you to carry long lumber that could hang out the back, for example), and the rear hatch opens towards the curb.
MP3 jack in the arm rest, functional and easy-to-use center console, splitting and sliding rear seats, reliability, hidden cargo bins under the rear cargo cover, and decent MPG for a 4WD SUV.
Open the rear hatch so you can access it from the curb and make the back hatch window operable. Sometimes it would be nice if the gas tank were bigger, but I looked up the CR-V and the RAV's is bigger than it.