"My 2012 RAV 4 is an excellent vehicle in all aspects except one. The rear visibility is not good, especially for a shorter person, even with a booster seat. The back seat headrests are so large that they obstruct almost 50% of the back window view, so I keep them off unless I have passengers to sit there. The small, far back, side windows don't help visibility, either. Frankly, this presents an unsafe situation in traffic, in my opinion. Backing up is a risk, unless there's absolutely nothing behind you to bump into. I use all mirrors faithfully, but it's still not safe. I won't buy another small SUV, RAV or otherwise."
"I have owned this vehicle for 4.5 years and have never had one issue. The V6 and sport tuned suspension on the SPORT model make this an incredibly fun car to drive. Very quick. Average gas mileage is about 21mpg combined driving. My only real complaints include the interior materials. The cloth seats do not wear well, and the fabric on the doors is just not practical. Overall....I highly recommend this vehicle."
"This car gets good MPG approximately 26-30 depending on type of driving. 2 cyl engine has adequate power, although if going to tow a trailer get the v6. Reliable, decent ride, great communter vehicle. 4 wd is worth the extra grand in the winter.
Would recommend this car."
Pros: "versatile, good mileage for an SUV, reliable"
Cons: "seats are so-so, feels a bit cheaper in materials"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I've owned this car for three years - bought it with just over 30k miles on it. It has been pretty trouble-free and a good car to own. Gets good mileage (22-30) for an SUV, and we've done everything from haul loads of landscape supplies in it to take a long road trip. I had an '01 RAV before this, and honestly I liked that one a bit better - the seats were more comfy for me and the quality seemed a bit better. But this car is a bit bigger, lower to the ground, and rides a tad smoother, though the quality feels a bit cheaper. Great in the snow, like it's predecessor and overall a good car, though."