Toyota has a lot going all out with its brand-new RAV4. There's tons of cargo room, ergonomic controls, able to be used storage space containers anywhere as well as-- in the V-6 variation I examined-- plenty of driving thrills. Additional the terrific gas mileage as well as competitive sticker price, and also I'm finding arguments against the RAV4 tough to come by.
Toyota Rav4 2007
When the RAV4 was upgraded in 2014, it obtained a total overhaul from its cute-ute past. While a couple of good friends recommended it was still an automobile for females, I believed my red examination automobile was flashy enough for any kind of guy to drive. The large black grille alone said this small SUV meant business.
Gone is the small hood inside story that never appeared appropriate on a non-turbocharged automobile. Every angle finds sharp lines that are extremely modern. The only error-- and also not just in the design division-- is the spare tire and also cover planted on the rear hatch.
Toyota isn't known for daring interior design, as well as generally that holds in the RAV4, though there are particular aspects that attempt to provide some eye sweet. The large, arrow-shaped door handles make a declaration, as does the two-tiered facility console that houses enjoyment functions on the leading and environmental protections under. My sporting activity design really did not included dual-zone environment control, which changes the AIR CONDITIONING controls from two sets of switches to three large handles. I was more than delighted to have the no-nonsense knobs for my week with the RAV4. Often, easy modern technology works finest.
My examination car included black cloth inside that was comfortable as well as felt excellent to the touch. It was soft but offered the impact it would certainly additionally withstand some misuse. After a lengthy commute in bumper-to-bumper web traffic I had no need for a long term stretch and no problems regarding my back.
The split backseat had not been as comfortable, but it reclines and also can be moved on and back to increase legroom or freight space, depending on the arrangement. This is among those now-essential SUV features.
Also crucial for SUVs-- no matter their dimension-- is a lot of freight room, and also kid, does the RAV4 attribute cargo room; I was astonished when I sought out the figures. The RAV4 not only has even more cargo space than the revamped Honda CR-V, Mitsubishi Outlander and also other portable SUVs, it has even more area than the Jeep Grand Cherokee and also upcoming Ford Side, both which are bigger automobiles generally. Toyota could truthfully tout its "finest in class cargo room" since absolutely nothing else comes close. Surprisingly, the RAV4 doesn't look that spacious in person; a low load flooring and also tall ceiling disguise its roominess.
Going & Preventing
My examination car came filled with an optional 263-horsepower V-6, as well as it marketed me. If I had to make the selection in between the base four-cylinder and also the higher-powered and also higher-priced V-6-- roughly a $2,000 cost rise-- I 'd take the V-6.
The gas pedal was as twitchy as Dirty Harry's trigger finger, as well as launches from a dead stop offered a shocking rush of acceleration. Even after those jolting take-offs the engine never ever appeared to run out of power. This is not the standard in the portable SUV market, and also both the brand-new CR-V as well as Hyundai Santa Fe I recently examined provided much more calm driving experiences.
On the freeway, the engine revved gladly to pass as well as combine, yet the power was accompanied by a jolt between equipments. The five-speed transmission was certainly not the smoothest I have actually evaluated, and also you'll recognize when you're altering gears. There is no deceptive speed right here; when you punch the gas it comes quickly.
The best thing about the V-6 engine? It's not the performance, it's the gas mileage. The EPA-estimated gas mileage is 21 mpg in the city as well as 28 mpg on the freeway. That's comparable to lots of four-cylinder models on the marketplace as well as on par with the four-cylinder RAV4, which gets 24/30 mpg.
As fun and also functional as the engine was, I did not love the brakes. Toyota actually missed out on a possibility to supply a performance-oriented SUV for the masses by cannot boost the brakes. Yes, the RAV4 showcases anti-skid brakes and discs on all 4 edges, yet when you hit the brake pedal there's a mushy response that doesn't reassure. It's great to earn the RAV4 fast, yet it has to come to a halt just as quick.
Trip & Handling
The RAV4 can be found in either 2- or 4x4. My red tester had 4x4, yet it was an automatic, on-demand system. That means power is divvied up in between the front as well as rear wheels electronically relying on driving conditions. When four-wheel drive is needed, the system instantly shifts power so both cars share the lots. When it's not, power goes simply to the front wheels to assist with fuel economic climate. There's a four-wheel-drive lock button that can be used in off-road situations, but just as much as 25 mph.
Because my examination lorry was a Sport model, the suspension was changed for performance instead of convenience. That definitely influenced the trip, as the RAV4 really felt rougher than the competitors I've driven, but it was likewise a lot more enjoyable to drive. Those are choices customers have to make when making a decision in between regular and Sport versions. Do not let a salesperson inform you or else; if you want a commuter forever gas mileage as well as a soft ride, get the conventional design. If you want a little much more enjoyment, and also the youngsters do not mind the bumps, get the Sport.
Safety and security
The brand-new RAV4 gained the Insurance policy Institute for Freeway Safety's top score of Excellent in both frontal as well as side-impact accident examinations. A number of safety attributes come standard, consisting of antilock brakes, side drape airbags with rollover sensors, an electronic stability system and also grip control.
My test vehicle was nicely outfitted, though it didn't attribute leather seats, power seats or guiding wheel audio controls. It did have a power sunroof as well as a rather good stereo-- add in the V-6, and I do not think the price tag of $27,784 is that poor. I don't mind the absence of leather in an utility automobile; if you're making use of the RAV4 the method it's intended, natural leather should not be an issue. For those that really feel in a different way, it's still a choice.
Speaking of energy, the freight location was among the very best I've seen in an SUV this dimension. If you deduct the terribly frustrating side-opening rear hatch, it would probably be among the most convenient to use on the marketplace. Like the Mazda CX-7, the back seats fold level using takes care of positioned in the rear freight location, in addition to by handles on the seats themselves. This suggests that when you're in a car park with a cart loaded with two-by-fours you can get the room you require without needing to open both back doors.
The cargo flooring is carpeted however can be flipped over to become a tough plastic flooring. This function is additionally located on the CX-7, and the Mazda's is a bit much better at suitable flush with the rest of the flooring.
Toyota RAV4 on the market
When you consider the large cargo space, bevy of functions and optional V-6 engine, there's not a whole lot in this price variety that could genuinely take on the RAV4. The only issue exists are a great deal of other small SUVs in this rate range, and also they all use unique qualities and also styling. Ultimately I would not be amazed if individuals choose away from the RAV4 just because of looks, despite the fact that Toyota did an extensive job with the layout and enhanced what was once a diminutive player in the marketplace. Now, it has a quick, roomy and also not-so-bad-looking compact SUV.