Drove it off the lot new in 2009, have right at 150,000 miles on it now, only repair work done has been routine maintenance like brake shoes, batteries etc. engine is still strong and uses no oil. From the very beginning it’s been a rocket. The 269 hp, 3.5 liter V6 is the best motor Toyota ever made. It’s hauled loads of boys to paintball tournaments and girls on travel softball trips. I feel like I could drive anywhere in the country right now in it with no problem. It’s easy to get in and out of with great visibility all around. It handles more like a sedan in traffic than an SUV with almost ridiculous acceleration. Every once in a while everything comes together right and you achieve perfection. The 2007-2012 RAV4 with the V6 is one of the best all around, multipurpose family automobiles ever made. It was a sad day when Toyota dropped the V6 option. Currently looking for a 2012 with low mileage before they’re gone. If there is any downside it’s road noise and a budget radio. Toyota would have been well served putting in a little more noise dampening material but that’s a minor thing overall. I thought the interior looked cheap at first but after 10 years it looks just the same.
2009 Toyota RAV4 SUV Sport 4dr SUV 4WD (2.5L 4cyl 4A)
Most factory recall of any vehicle I’ve owned, both foreign or domestic. More blind spots than Stevie Wonder. Water pump needed to be replaced every 25,000 miles. Transmission replaced at 50,000 miles....and yes, all maintenance schedules were followed. Handling was fairly unstable, I had more confidence in the 1999 Ford Explorer handling the Rav replaced. Automatic transmission was absolutely despicable, rough shifting and would hesitate when turning and accelerating. One of the very few cars I regretted buying.
My RAV4 has been solid transportation for nine years: easy to drive, easy to maintain - simply reliable. The test of its durability is I am about to turn it over to my grandson with confidence that it will be safe and reliable for him.
2009 Toyota RAV4 SUV Limited 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A)
I purchased used from local Honda dealer. 141,000 miles. I purchased my own Carfax b4 test drive. Checked Edmunds, KBB, and private prices. Negotiated fair deal. My mechanic checked it. All great have not owned 1 month, so no ratings on powertrain/mechanical. The 6 cyl. Is quick, responsive, and Limited version has great std. accessories. Wireless FOB key: only had 1, so it is $300+ to purchase and program from a Toyota dealer...neither ACE hardware, nor private offer this 2009 FOB! Toyota has a closed market on this FOB key. Otherwise, i love this suv! I put all rear seats down and have 2 dogs. Bought suv floor liner and door pads to protect cargo areas...amazon and ebay. Also added Weathertech window and hood accessories, and a set of metallic/rubber red floor mats.