"Purchased it brand new at a local dealership having owned at least 5 different Toyotas over the years. The 4WD would not function reliably (a hassle on Oklahoma's side roads), and the transmission would shift rough quite often. Even under warranty, the dealer claimed they could find no issues. Since we only have 1 small child, we thought it would be fine for trips, but it was only similar in comfort to our older Corolla. We also had to take it back to the dealer for several warranted repairs which was free, but just a hassle. Very disappointed with the RAV4 so we ended going back to an older 4Runner which has never let us down. I would not recommend this little SUV to anyone unless it is just an occasional driver."
"Can't say enough about this vehicle. We researched before buying new, attempted ordering one, but local dealership had a waiting list and time. Found this one in Dallas area, called arranged for pick-up, and car was being washed as we drove in. Let my wife drive halfway back to Oklahoma, and after I took over, I left her and her Prius in the dust. This thing had some get-up and go (We chose the 6 cylinder Limited) Gas milage has been great. We have averaged 20 to 25 MPG depending on the driver. Over the next 9 years she has performed excellently. We've hauled a 21 foot boat, two Seadoos, a utility trailer on occasions, and a load of dirt (over a ton), bags of cement, etc. We have loaded and carried in cargo area, stuffed chairs, other pieces of furniture, and space has always been adequate. Wish I could keep it along with my new sports car, but wifey says 2 cars is enough!"
"Didn't get 3rd seat so lots of hidden storage. Very comfortable has been problem free. When purchased mileage was supposed to be 18-24, I get about 22. One problem, cargo door can swing out if wind catches it and dent the door near the hinge location. Use my car for everything. It would be much more useful if the cargo door and window operated in swing out and lift up fashion so long items could extend out the rear. Other than that I have been exceptionally happy with this car."