2009 Toyota RAV4 Consumer Review: Dreary, dreary dreary

2009 Toyota RAV4 - Consumer Review

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Dreary, dreary dreary
By Honest Abe on


2009 Toyota RAV4 4dr SUV 4WD (2.5L 4cyl 4A)


Owned for 6 mo; traded in and GLAD! Stripped appearance inside and out. No rubber cladding to protect lower part of car. Almost all other SUVs have this. Lousy sound system, mpg worse than stated; quirky transmission: car rolled backwards when in drive but going slow. Had to step on both break and gas to keep from going downhill. Service department in constant hissy fit and very unhelpful. Given recalls and safety issues, do not buy this car at any price.

Best Features

Seats fold flat; rear door instead of hatch; roomy for hauling

Worst Features

Better sound system; fix transmission quirk; resolve acceleration issue. As far as little metal "shim" in gas pedal, no one knows how this will wear over time even if it fixes problem. Think logically: Why spend ANY money on a brand new car with so many issues? Why not just buy some other car?
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