Toyota has a whole lot going all out with its new RAV4. There's tons of cargo room, ergonomic controls, useable storage bins almost everywhere and also-- in the V-6 variation I checked-- plenty of driving delights. Add on the excellent mileage and affordable sticker price, and I'm discovering arguments versus the RAV4 hard to find by.
2007 Toyota Rav4
When the RAV4 was redesigned in 2015, it obtained a full overhaul from its cute-ute past. While a few pals suggested it was still a vehicle for ladies, I believed my red test car was flashy sufficient for any man to drive. The big black grille alone said this small SUV meant business.
Gone is the tiny hood inside story that never seemed suitable on a non-turbocharged lorry. Every angle locates sharp lines that are incredibly modern. The only mistake-- and also not simply in the style division-- is the spare tire as well as cover grown on the back hatch.
Toyota isn't really understood for bold interior design, as well as generally that remains true in the RAV4, though there are certain components that aim to supply some eye sweet. The big, arrow-shaped door takes care of make a statement, as does the two-tiered center console that houses enjoyment features on the leading and environmental controls under. My sporting activity version didn't come with dual-zone climate control, which changes the AIR CONDITIONING controls from two collections of buttons to three big handles. I was greater than happy to have the no-nonsense knobs for my week with the RAV4. Sometimes, straightforward technology works finest.
My test vehicle featured black cloth interior that fit and also felt good to the touch. It was soft yet provided the impression it would likewise stand up to some misuse. After a lengthy commute in bumper-to-bumper website traffic I had no requirement for a long term stretch and also no grievances regarding my back.
The split backseat had not been as comfortable, but it reclines and also can be moved forward as well as back to raise legroom or cargo space, depending on the setup. This is among those now-essential SUV attributes.
Also important for SUVs-- no matter their dimension-- is a great deal of cargo space, as well as kid, does the RAV4 attribute freight space; I was astonished when I searched for the figures. The RAV4 not only has even more cargo space than the redesigned Honda CR-V, Mitsubishi Outlander and also other portable SUVs, it has even more space than the Jeep Grand Cherokee as well as upcoming Ford Side, both of which are larger cars generally. Toyota could honestly tout its "ideal in course cargo area" because nothing else comes close. Surprisingly, the RAV4 doesn't look that spacious in person; a low lots floor and high ceiling camouflage its roominess.
Going & Stopping
My examination lorry came loaded with an optional 263-horsepower V-6, and it marketed me. If I had to make the option between the base four-cylinder as well as the higher-powered as well as higher-priced V-6-- approximately a $2,000 cost boost-- I 'd take the V-6.
The gas pedal was as twitchy as Dirty Harry's trigger finger, and launches from a dead stop provided an unexpected rush of velocity. Even after those jolting liftoffs the engine never appeared to lack power. This is not the norm in the portable SUV market, and also both the brand-new CR-V and Hyundai Santa Fe I just recently examined provided far more sedate driving experiences.
On the highway, the engine revved happily to pass and also combine, however the power was accompanied by a shock between equipments. The five-speed transmission was certainly not the best I have actually checked, as well as you'll understand when you're transforming equipments. There is no deceptive speed here; when you punch the gas it comes quickly.
The very best feature of the V-6 engine? It's not the efficiency, it's the mileage. The EPA-estimated gas mileage is 21 mpg in the city as well as 28 mpg on the highway. That's comparable to many four-cylinder models on the market and also on par with the four-cylinder RAV4, which gets 24/30 mpg.
As fun as well as useful as the engine was, I did not fall in love with the brakes. Toyota actually missed a chance to supply a performance-oriented SUV for the masses by cannot enhance the brakes. Yes, the RAV4 features anti-skid brakes as well as discs on all 4 corners, but when you struck the brake pedal there's a mushy reaction that does not comfort. It's great to make the RAV4 fast, yet it should come to a halt equally as fast.
Trip & Handling
The RAV4 is available in either two- or 4x4. My red tester had four-wheel drive, yet it was an automatic, on-demand system. That means power is divvied up in between the front and also back wheels electronically relying on driving conditions. When four-wheel drive is required, the system automatically moves power so both vehicles share the lots. When it's not, power goes just to the front wheels in order to help with gas economy. There's a four-wheel-drive lock button that can be used in off-road situations, but only approximately 25 mph.
Since my test lorry was a Sport model, the suspension was adjusted for efficiency instead of convenience. That absolutely influenced the ride, as the RAV4 really felt rougher than the competition I've driven, however it was likewise a whole lot more enjoyable to drive. Those are selections customers need to make when determining between normal and also Sporting activity versions. Do not let a salesman inform you otherwise; if you desire a traveler permanently gas mileage and a soft ride, obtain the typical version. If you want a bit much more excitement, and also the children don't mind the bumps, obtain the Sporting activity.
Safety and security
The brand-new RAV4 earned the Insurance policy Institute for Highway Safety and security's leading score of Good in both frontal as well as side-impact accident examinations. Several safety and security functions come basic, including anti-skid brakes, side drape air bags with rollover sensing units, a digital stability system as well as grip control.
My examination vehicle was nicely geared up, though it didn't function natural leather seats, power seats or steering wheel audio controls. It did have a power sunroof and also a quite decent stereo-- add in the V-6, as well as I don't believe the cost of $27,784 is that negative. I don't mind the lack of leather in an energy lorry; if you're using the RAV4 the means it's planned, leather should not be an issue. For those that feel in a different way, it's still an alternative.
Mentioning utility, the freight area was just one of the most effective I have actually seen in an SUV this size. If you deduct the badly frustrating side-opening rear hatch, it would probably be among the most convenient to make use of on the market. Like the Mazda CX-7, the back seats fold up level via deals with positioned in the rear cargo location, along with by deals with on the seats themselves. This means that when you're in a car park with a cart loaded with two-by-fours you can get the space you need without needing to open up both back doors.
The freight floor is carpeted yet can be turned over to become a hard plastic floor. This attribute is additionally discovered on the CX-7, as well as the Mazda's is a bit far better at fitting flush with the rest of the flooring.
Toyota RAV4 in the marketplace
When you take into consideration the voluminous cargo area, bunch of functions as well as optional V-6 engine, there's not a lot in this rate array that could absolutely take on the RAV4. The only problem exists are a great deal of various other tiny SUVs in this price array, and they all provide one-of-a-kind characteristics as well as designing. In the long run I would not be stunned if individuals choose far from the RAV4 simply because of appearances, although that Toyota did a good task with the style as well as enhanced what was when a diminutive gamer out there. Now, it has a quick, spacious as well as not-so-bad-looking small SUV.