Review 2 of 123|
from Memphis TN
Year / Model Reviewed:
2009 Rav4 4cyl.
Good power for 4cyl. Good gas mileage. Handles like a car. Doesn't feel like a small SUV. Cost. Comfortable/quiet ride.
Antenna seems too short to pick-up some radio frequencies. Concerns about base spare cover being easily stolen.
I did a lot of research and own a 2000 Toyota solara (230k miles) and believe in toyota quality. I'm new to the SUV world and have thorougly enjoyed our Rav4. Base, but lots of standard features, plus have roof rack, alloy wheels (17"). I've driven it over 600 miles on freeway and ride was quiet, comfortable, but me and wife are both short (5'3"- 5'7"). The 4 cyl. was plenty for our needs and getting great gas mileage (22-28). I got 30 mpg during some of our long trip. When using the cruise control, avoid using it (like the manual states) on hilly terrain. Constant down-shifting occurs. Very few blind spots and easy to drive. Car-like. I recall reading an article stating buy for your needs, not what you "plan on" (i.e. v8, big SUV, but no boat, few kids). This suv totally fit our needs and when we have kids, still will.
Similar Products Used:
Toyota Solara SE still going strong.