The Toyota Rav-4 was popular for a reason. If you wanted a to save a few miles on the gallon the four-cylinder was standard and very good one at that. Those who wanted power could opt for a silk smooth six-cylinder with sports car-like acceleration. With the new Rav-4 has Toyota lost that momentum by not offering the class rare six-cylinder engine?
The 2.5-liter four-cylinder producing 175hp will satisfy most buyers needs. It's smooth and offers a good turn of pace when needed. Owners of the previous generation six-cylinder will be disappointed to learn that engine didn't carry over into this generation.
On the road the Rav-4 is smooth and comfortable which is great for a compact crossover, but those who want a little fun behind the wheel won't find it here. Steering feedback is completely numb and any idea of spirited driving is thrown out the window by the softly sprung suspension which is aimed more towards comfort. One thing the Rav-4 is good for is ferrying the family around and is quite easy to drive around town too thanks to light steering.
It isn't hard getting comfortable behind the wheel. All the controls and dials are within easy reach of the driver's hand and the infotaiment system offers a no nonsense layout. Much of the controls and dials feel upscale like you'd expect and overall quality is top notch too just the way a Toyota is supposed to feel.
LE trim adds a back-up camera, eco/sport mode for the ransmission and auto-off headlights. XLE trim adds auto climate control, roof rails and a premium audio system with navigation. Top of the range Limited trim adds 8-way adjustable driver's seat, keyless start system and a power liftgate.
The Rav-4 may not be the most engaging to drive and it may not wow you with its styling. The one thing that it does well is offer comfort for five with plenty of space to ferry the family around and is the most comfortable to drive as daily commuter car. It may not be a jack of all trade like the previous generation, but it still is a great option for those who want a no nonsense compact crossover.
Likes: Decent running costs, comfortable to drive and live with. Plenty of features for the money.
Dislikes: Not very engaging to drive as some rivals.
XLE trim is the pick of the range. It offers all you'll really need with the Rav-4 without being overly expensive. Too bad you'll still have to pay extra for all-wheel-drive on all forms. But it's not really needed though.