"Purchased this car for work because I drive approx. 400 miles a week and have had the best experience! It handles amazingly well in all types of weather and road conditions, it comfortably sits my family and all of our baggage on road trips, and it is so fun to drive!! My only complaint would be that the front seats are a little cramped but I am also used to a full size SUV so it really isn't even a complaint. Overall I would say this is by far my favorite vehicle I have ever owned and I have owned some top of the line vehicles. If you're looking for fuel economy that still delivers off-road capabilities and cargo room, this is worth looking into!"
Cons: "lacks lower lumbar support, could be quieter."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"I am the original owner since 2008, wanted blizzard pearl exterior, is fun to drive, very reliable, always kept this suv in top shape, service and runs wonderfully. I am sure I will miss this car but am looking to move to another category."
"We traded in our BMW 3 series after we had our first child. In that car you could barely fit a baby seat in the back and we couldn't find a stroller to fit in the trunk. I wanted to trade up into an X3 but couldn't justify the price tag of 40K (for certified pre-owned). Granted I'm comparing apples to oranges BUT I just happened to test a V6 Rav4 and was blown away by the acceleration, comfort and handling. The V6 puts out 269 HP and runs on regular gas. Even in city driving I average about 23-25 miles which is not bad considering I drive the car hard. My only complaint is that the car has a small gas tank of 11 gallons so on long road trips we have stop often to fill up. I have the base model with 17 in wheels, sunroof and bluetooth with controls on the steering wheel. Other than that, the car is no frills. Which is fine by me. The controls are easy to use, the interior is very roomy, when you fold down the seat, it's massive, the rear seats also slide forward and back and even recline. I love this car because it's cheap to maintain and it's very reliable. It's always going to start. Okay, another small complaint is that there are a few rattles on the inside. Other than that, I would buy another Rav4 but they dropped the V6 which means we will likely move up to a Highlander."
"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!"