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2007 Toyota RAV4

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2007 Toyota RAV4 Review

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The RAV4 underwent a major evolution last year, growing in size and price. Toyota's smallest SUV leaves its long-time rival, the Honda CR-V, in the feature-content dust by offering seating for seven and an optional V6 engine. Moving from rambunctious teen to professional adult does have its drawbacks, however, and the RAV4's conservative styling might be the most noticeable of those. Where the playful RAV4 was once aimed at young singles with active lifestyles, the new vehicle caters to young couples with active two-year olds. While there are better equipped and less expensive seven-passenger SUVs on the market (the new Hyundai Santa Fe, for example), none have the RAV4's impeccable quality or reliability ratings, nor can they hold a candle to the RAV4's strong resale value.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you want a small-to-midsize Japanese-built sport utility vehicle that combines car-like performance, ride, handling and fuel economy with available four-wheel drive and room for up to seven passengers, or five adults and a fair amount of cargo, the RAV4 is a good choice.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you prefer a domestic or European brand and/or your needs include heavy duty hauling or towing or serious off-road rambling, you may want to look elsewhere. There are many fine competitors in this class, including some that may offer a combination of attributes, price and value that are better suited to your tastes and needs.

What's Significant About This Car?

Formerly an option, front seat side-impact airbags and first and second-row side-curtain airbags are now standard on all trim levels.

Driving the RAV4

Driving Impressions Toyota engineers have achieved their objective of car-like driving dynamics in a practical SUV package. High-strength steel increases the new body's rigidity for improved ride, handling, steering and (if necessary)...

crash energy management, and reduces weight and NVH (noise, vibration and harshness). Improved sealing and insulation keeps most engine noise out of the cabin, except for some (un-Toyota-like) engine harshness at wide-open throttle, even with the V6.

Elimination of outer moldings around the windshield and door glass helps reduce aerodynamic drag and wind noise. While the 166-horsepower four-cylinder is more than adequate with light loads and at lower elevations, the 269-horsepower V6 offers acceleration, pulling and passing power at or near the top of this class and is recommended for heavier loads and higher altitudes.

Star Safety System
This comprehensive system integrates five active electronic safety features—enhanced Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), traction control, anti-lock brakes (ABS) and Brake Assist—to help avoid accidents, and one passive safety feature (multi-stage front airbags) to cushion occupants should a crash occur. The VSC is assisted by "cooperative steering control" and, on four-wheel-drive models, "cooperative four-wheel-drive system control." Driver and front passenger side-impact airbags and front- and second-row roll-sensing side-curtain airbags are available as stand-alone options.

Hill Start and Downhill Assist Control
Toyota's second-generation Hill Start Assist Control (HAC) automatically prevents the vehicle from rolling backward for two to three seconds when starting from a stop on an uphill slope. Downhill Assist Control (DAC), when activated by the driver, keeps the vehicle's speed to a crawl on steep descents. Both are standard on all V6 models and four-cylinder RAV4s with the optional third-row seat.

2007 Toyota RAV4 Details
2007 Toyota RAV4 photo Interior

This RAV4 offers nearly six inches more second-row legroom and an inch-and-a-half more head and shoulder room than the previous-generation models. The 60/40 reclining middle-row seats adjust fore and aft and fold flat with levers on their sides or (on two-row models) a one-touch lever in the cargo hold. The available third-row seat folds flat into the same space in the rear where standard RAV4s have hidden under-floor storage. Base RAV4s get durable fabric-covered seats, while higher-level cloth dresses Limited and Sport models, the latter in dark charcoal. The center cluster, door trim and steering wheel spokes are brushed metallic-look plastic. Lighted front cupholders, a console cell phone holder, an extra storage compartment above the glove box and a deep rear storage bin are notable features.

Exterior
2007 Toyota RAV4 photo

The third-generation RAV4 is more substantial and less "cute" than before, with contemporary but conventional good looks. Only the triangular rear C-pillar and vertically-wrapped taillamps are somewhat unusual, reminding us (in profile) of the very unconventional Nissan Murano. The trapezoidal grille opening, sitting atop an integrated body-color bumper with two large cooling slots, displays a hefty Toyota logo on twin horizontal bars. The spare tire, mounted to the right of center on the rear door—which, unfortunately and inconveniently, swings open from the driver's side (curb side in Japan)—has a color-keyed cover with a full hard shell on Limited models.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

All three trim levels have an automatic transmission, front side-impact airbags, side-curtain airbags, air conditioning, remote keyless entry, power windows and door locks, rear privacy glass, power mirrors, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, three 12-volt outlets, 10 cupholders, AM/FM/CD six-speaker audio with MP3/WMA and a mini-plug jack, 16-inch steel wheels and cruise control. The Limited adds 17-inch tires on six-spoke alloy wheels, fog lights, heated outside mirrors, six-disc CD changer, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather-wrapped shift knob and steering wheel with audio controls, eight-way (plus lumbar) power driver's seat, cargo area net and tonneau cover, engine immobilizer system and a chrome grille. The new Sport trim gets much of this plus 18-inch performance tires and wheels, sport suspension, smoked headlamp trim and fender flares.

Optional Equipment

Options for the base model include the six-disc CD changer, daytime running lights, black painted roof rails and cross bars, 17-inch wheels and tires, third-row seat, cargo area net and tonneau cover and (with the V6 only) a tow package that increases towing capacity to 3,500 pounds. Available options on the Sport include a power moonroof with sunshade and a JBL six-disc CD changer with nine speakers and steering wheel audio controls. The Limited offers optional leather-trimmed seats, heated front seats, rear-seat audio and a DVD entertainment system.

Under the Hood

Toyota provides a choice of an upgraded (by five horsepower) 166-horsepower version of its 2.4-liter Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i) four-cylinder engine, or an all-new VVT-i V6. The former is one of the more powerful fours in this segment, while the latter, pumping out a claimed best-in-class 269 horsepower, is good for zero to 60 miles per hour bursts in slightly under seven seconds. The four-cylinder engine drives through a four-speed automatic transmission, and the V6 is fitted with a five-speed automatic.

2.4-liter in-line 4
166 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
165 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 24/30 (2WD), 23/27 (4WD)

3.5-liter V6
269 horsepower @ 6200 rpm
246 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4700 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/29 (2WD), 21/28 (4WD)

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2007 Toyota RAV4 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.5
Out of 10

Based on 686 Ratings for the 2006 - 2012 models.

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  • Value
    8.7/10
    Quality
    8.7/10
  • Reliability
    9.1/10
    Performance
    8.8/10
  • Comfort
    8.4/10
    Styling
    8.6/10

Many repairs for leaks, engine, alignments, ....

By on Saturday, February 06, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 130,000

10 2.0
overall rating 2 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
2/10
Value
2/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
2/10
Performance
3/10
Styling
2/10
Comfort
4/10

Pros: "Decent Milage"

Cons: "Where do I start...."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"History has shown that many 2006 Rav4 owners have been ripped-off. Poor quality and a series of recalls. Over nine years approx. 22 trips to dealer for repairs and re-repairs. My records show $10,200 in repairs. After three different attempts, and about $1000, my passenger side floor still fills with 2" of water when it rains. With less than 500 miles per month... 4 qts of oil per month."

Most reliable vehicle ever!

By on Tuesday, November 10, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 96,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Fun to drive, great fuel economy"

Cons: "AUX port is in a weird place"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"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!"

19 people out of 28 found this review helpful

Love this Rav4 in Blizzard Pearl

By on Sunday, October 25, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 68,319

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Smooth, reliable drive, solid drive."

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."

10 people out of 13 found this review helpful

We love our 2012 V6

By on Monday, October 19, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 40,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Strong V6, Spacious Interior, Sunroof, Reliable"

Cons: "Small Gas Tank, Some Squeaks and Rattling"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"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."

8 people out of 8 found this review helpful

My all around best vehicle

By on Wednesday, September 23, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 140,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "reliability and handling"

Cons: "nothing really"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Comfortable, fast, economical, roomy, practical and go-anywhere. Totally reliable for 9 years and going for at least 5 more."

8 people out of 13 found this review helpful

Wanted it to be like my 4Runner, but was not.

By on Sunday, September 20, 2015

I owned and sold this car
Reason: Unreliable

10 2.0
overall rating 2 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
2/10
Value
3/10
Reliability
2/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
4/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "Gas mileage, fit and finish"

Cons: "Intermittent 4WD function and unreliable"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"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."

6 people out of 9 found this review helpful

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