Love this vehicle. My back especially loves this vehicle. Perfect for me, stylish (have the blacked out sport edition), mileage is great, cargo area is adequate (golf clubs fit?very important) and the mileage is great mixed. We have 2 in our family and love both.
I have only had the car for 4 days now, so I'm still getting to used to it, but here is what I've noticed so far. Pros: It has more standard features than a Honda HRV EX-L such as the lane departure warning and active lift-gate; Sport Mode makes it feel like you're driving a 6-cylinder engine; it handled great on icy roads; the backup camera picture quality is better than many I have seen so I have confidence using it; there is a lot of information available on the instrument display panel (almost too much) including navigation directions and audio details; the message feature on the Entune Premium sound system gives you 15 different responses that you can change and customize- the HRV only had 5 or 6 and I don't think you could change them. Cons: When driving over some holes or bumps in the road there is a sort of hollow sound coming from the back of the car- I think it's "normal" but odd; the all-weather floor mats are garbage- they are soft rubber and do not anchor to the floor, they slide forward 2 inches every time I get in and out of the car- get WeatherTechs instead; some of the button lay-outs are in really odd places- the auto lift-gate button is mostly hidden by the steering wheel and the traction control button is in the middle of dash above the radio- it seems like those two should have been swapped, also the steering wheel controls for the radio are on the left side- it seems more intuitive for them to be closer to the radio; the speedometer is kind of busy and hard to read- I would have really liked a digital speed display added to all the other features of the instrument display; the steering wheel controls are kind of confusing- the controls for the instrument display have more functionality than those for the entertainment system and I'm still getting used to them; some features are highly customize-able such as the color of the radio's font and display elements, while other things I would like to be able to customize aren't there like disabling some of the Entune apps so they don't show up when I scroll through audio sources, also having more apps available through Entune would be nice- the ones they have aren't all that useful to me.
Probably the 8th Toyota / Lexus car I have purchased. Purchased for my son who attends college in upstate New York, lots of snow.... The Rav-4 has a comfortable ride with all the safety features standard. For a compact SUV it has plenty of cargo space and a comfortable rear seat. I am 6'3" tall and the front seats give me plenty of leg room. My final decision to purchase the Rav-4 boiled down to three things, Great reliability / Toyota's hold their value and the safety features.
I purchased a brand new 2014 Toyota Rav4 XLE in March of 2014 at the Woburn, MA Toyota dealership. After trying many different cars, I continued to feel strongly about buying another toyota since I had Toyotas previously. This past week, my stereo/navigation/bluetooth head unit stopped working when I started my car up one day. At first I thought it was reloading or updating, but then it would go dark and repeat the fake reloading cycle over and over. I immediately read up online and tried to fix it. However, my hopes faded more when I saw all of the reviews written about people having this issue with their new Toyotas. It seemed that not only a lot of people are having this problem, Toyota is not offering any help. Regardless, I made an appt with the same dealer I bought it from in hopes that my experience will be different. Not only did they tell me that they would have to replace the whole unit which would cost about $2-3K, they also attempted to charge me $70 dollars for servicing despite me being very clear up front that I would like to be informed before they did anything that would potentially cost me. The only positive was the very honest and attentive representative I dealt with. To summarize: 4 year old Rav4 that cost about $30,000 that now I ride around in silence, using my Iphone for directions, and needing to take hands off the wheel to make any phone calls. Then, dealership tries to get $70 despite a customer who appropriately made it clear they wanted to be informed if anything the tech did was going to cost them. An hour and a half waiting for them to just start the car and stare at the dashboard. No need to open the hood or jack the car up. I will never ever buy a Toyota again and have informed my sister of all of these issues since she was planning on leasing a Toyota from that same dealership. I'm a daughter of a carpenter and teacher who worked hard through nursing school and now working even harder as an ER nurse in Boston. I was very proud of my Rav4 and even prouder to have finally paid it off last week. I'm writing this review because there are lots of other hardworking people like me who should not have to pay thousands of dollars for a 4 year old radio. Car maintenance and upkeep is expected, but this, as well as the way I was treated at the dealership, is unacceptable. UPDATE: After about a month and multiple phone calls I received an apology from both Toyota and the dealership as well as a new radio/head unit replaced. Thank you Toyota for making this right. My advice to other people, call Toyota up directly if you want to get anywhere and expect to go back and forth for awhile as well as make it known to the leaders of the dealership. Thank you again.
My dad told me to find a car that was comfortable to drive, required little maintenance and treat it well. I bought a RAV4 again because the highest maintenance bill on my old 2012 Rav was $25. Dad was right