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Vehicle LE 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A)
Review Revising my review at 21,000 miles, I've now owned the car 36 months and driven it 32,000 miles. 2/3rds of those have been on interstates and local highways on long trips. Quite a change moving from 2004 Camry to a 2014 RAV4! I have adapted to a much stiffer suspension which really shows on poorly maintained urban streets. Not harsh, but stiff. Highway behavior at speeds at least up to 75 is very good, not subject to buffeting the way my 2004 Camry was, and the suspension set up is good. I do not find it tiring to drive 500 miles daily for multiple days. The front seat at least for a smaller person (5'6") is comfy, though an adjustable lumbar support would make the seat better. I miss the power seat of the Camry, but I can comfortably live with this basic seat with its height adjustment. The interior is not quiet on many highway surfaces. Engine & exhaust noise are higher than I think they should be in city driving. The body is quiet - no booming, rattles. squeaks or reverberations. The view out is surprisingly good, but I find the slope of the A pillars to obstruct turning vision in both directions. Thought I would not use the back-up camera but it is very useful. The screen is hard to see in bright overhead sunlight, and turns into a mirror with low sun from the rear. And - surprise - it is practically useless with polarized sunglasses. With no navigation feature, the screen is simple and easy to use for the radio. Other vision-related observations: There are metallic and reflective surfaces on the flat leading edges of the dash which reflect bright sunlight during some hours of the day depending on driving direction. At night I am bothered by what for me is a bright info screen. This turned out to be a default setting, and with some hunting through the menus (or reading the manual!) can be turned off. The instruments are hard to see in high contrast daylight. Cruise control is consistent. Brakes are very good with nice modulation and no grabbing. Rear discs usually have a grinding noise for the first three - five stops after sitting even one full day of high humidity/rain, but are not wearing prematurely. The car maintains good firm highway manners with a full load on long trips. Engine power is enough to easily get up to speed on most interstate ramps. Gas mileage is not better than advertised except on long flat runs in the mid 60 mph range, then I get 35mpg or better. This car has very usable load room. The rear seats do NOT fold flat, and the front passenger seat does not fold flat forward. Nonetheless, the space is useful with exactly 6 feet from front seatback to tailgate easily arranged.. The bay has a couple of D rings for tethering things. Safety for the 2014 model I own is decent, but not great: In particular see the NHSTA front passenger score, and the IIHS Small Overlap score. Handling seems fine. Last critical notes: The reliable 6 speed transmission is set up so that it will dramatically downshift from 2200 rpm to over 3100 rpm even on railway overpasses in the flats of Illinois(!) Very very annoying and hard on drivetrains. I have found that turning off the cruise control before even a moderate grade allows me to anticipate the grade, feather the throttle, lose not more than 1 mph and avoid rpms above 2600 with no harsh downshifting. This is a real nuisance in my view, and I've not universally seen this in similar non-turbo crossovers I have rented for a few days of cross country travel. The "eyebrow" over the rear window probably prevents the use of most simple bike carriers and it prevents easy cleaning of the glass with the usual filling station squeegee. Bummer. Interior content does not seem to me to come up to the standards I learned to expect from Toyota in a garden variety Camry, but there is no visible wear at all in the driver's area. (I am often the only person in the car.) Shoulder width in the back seat is narrow -- smaller than the Soul in fact. Footroom for even 6 foot + occupants is adequate all around. Overall, the car seems to me to retain legendary Toyota qualities - tight body, good wearing materials, decent seating and reasonable sight lines. This 2014 RAV4 has been entirely trouble-free through 32,000 miles. But interior content seems to me to be a little wanting - if this is important to you, inspect and survey closely to verify the presence of the stuff you like. Do I feel I have gotten top-notch value for my $23,000 in 2014? No, but I think there is reasonable value especially in terms of trouble-free operation and probable longevity. Perhaps more recent models have addressed some of my concerns.
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The 2014 Toyota Rav4 earned a 4-star overall safety rating from NHTSA and "GOOD" ratings from the IIHS in the following caregories: Side Impact Test, Roof Strength Test, Rear Crash Protection/Head Restraint, Moderate Overlap Front Test Results, and a JD POWER overall quality rating of 2.5 out of 5. Among Edmunds' many tools and resources for finding your perfect car are detailed safety ratings and analysis from NHTSA, IIHS, and JD Power, including overall ratings, frontal barrier crash ratings, side impact tests and crash ratings, rollover test results, roof strength tests, rear crash protection and head restraint ratings, side barrier ratings, combined side barrier and pole ratings, and more.
Available Toyota RAV4 2014 Submodel Types: SUV
Available Trims: XLE, LE, Limited, Base, Sport, Platinum, SE, Adventure
Exterior Colors: Magnetic Gray Metallic, Black, Super White, Barcelona Red Metallic, Classic Silver Metallic, Silver Sky Metallic, Pyrite Mica, Galactic Aqua Mica, Blizzard Pearl, Shoreline Blue Pearl, Pacific Blue Metallic, Ruby Flare Pearl, Electric Storm Blue, Blue Crush Metallic, Black Currant Metallic, Black Forest Pearl, Hot Lava, Sandy Beach Metallic, Titanium Metallic, Flint Mica, Savannah Metallic, Everglade Metallic, Nautical Blue Metallic, Titanium, Spruce Mica, Natural White, Spectra Blue Mica, Beige Metallic, Blizzard White Pearl, Deep Jewel Green Pearl, Dark Green Metallic, Frosted White Pearl, Graphite Gray Pearl, Rainforest Mica, Rainforest Pearl, Salsa Red Pearl, Vintage Gold
Interior Colors: Black cloth, Ash cloth, Black leatherette, Ash leatherette, Ash premium cloth, Sand Beige premium cloth, Latte cloth, Latte leatherette, Sand Beige cloth, Gray cloth, Ash leather, Dark Charcoal cloth, Nutmeg cloth, Cinnamon leatherette, Gray, Dark Charcoal leather, Nutmeg leatherette, Gray leatherette, Sand Beige leather, Taupe cloth, Dark Charcoal premium cloth, Terra Cotta leatherette, Beige cloth, Beige leatherette, Dark Charcoal, Taupe
Popular Features: Fold Flat Rear Seats, Rear Bench Seats, Audio and cruise controls on steering wheel, Stability Control, Tire Pressure Warning, Aux Audio Inputs, AWD/4WD, Bluetooth, Trip Computer, USB Inputs, Back-up camera, Auto Climate Control, Multi-Zone Climate Control, Sunroof/Moonroof, Lane Departure Warning, Adaptive Cruise Control, Pre-collision safety system, Power Driver Seat, Keyless Entry/Start, Heated seats, Power Liftgate/Trunk, Navigation, Blind Spot Monitoring, Upgraded Headlights, Upgraded Stereo, Parking sensors, 3500lb Towing Capacity, 360-degree camera, Leather Seats, Remote Start
Engine/Mechanics: 4, 6 cylinders
Transmission: AUTOMATIC, MANUAL
Fuel Types: regular unleaded
Drivetrains: all wheel drive, four wheel drive, front wheel drive