I would buy this again, and recommend to others
By stevefromtheburbs on Thursday, May 28, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 2,000
overall rating 9 of 10rating details
- Overall Rating
Pros: "Great MPG, good sized vehicle, comfortable."
Cons: "Voice recognition system is the worst ever fail!"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I was looking for an IIHS top safety pick, that could handle I95 highway/rush hour craziness better than the all wheel drive smallest CUV wagon that I had. The problem with that smaller wagon was that it hopped all over the place and wasn't sure footed. So I wanted to get a longer wheelbase, and something a bit larger to compete with the traffic I was encountering.
The RAV4 is nice. I like most everything about it. The zero gravity type seats are nice. The Limited version I bought has most everything I wanted, was competitively priced, and comes with a great reputation for quality. I have no build issues to report. I've owned this for a month, and have 2,000 miles on it. Not a single issue that needs service.
There are some quirks that others have mentioned. The 18" wheels on the limited version do let you know about bumps in the road, more than the 17" wheels on the LE or XLE models. But to get the things I wanted, I had to get the limited. The voice assistance system is the worst one I have ever used. It is so painfully slow, I'd suggest it is useless. I've actually pulled over and typed in things manually vs. battling with the "voice within the box".
Many other features in the car make up for the quirks. The lane departure, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross detection alerts are frankly a necessary upgrade given how people drive today. The standard backup camera is great, no complaints. The part I don't understand is that with the technology package, the rear parking sensors (that beep as you get close to something) are not in that package, and hard to find one with all the tech/safety add ons. Weird. But I digress......the free HD radio weather and HD radio traffic broadcasts are worthy inclusions, they don't add yet more money to a satellite radio company for those things.
The JBL sound system upgrade is a total fail, in my mind. Why? You get most of your sound out of the front center speaker; it sounds like I'm back in my 1975 AMC Pacer...wait, even that had stereo speakers. SO you have to adjust the speakers to unbalance and send more sound to the rear. But you never get a real stereo/surround sound experience. I expected more, but the XM radio is great, compared to the Sirius radio I've had in other cars. But I'm adjusting and getting used to this.
The AWD lock button (up to 25 mph) is a great thing to have. The layout, comfort, and general ride are great. I like most everything about this car.
Another thing that is odd, is that at highway speeds, you'll see the back part of the hood (the part nearest the windshield) appear to be vibrating. Yes, it is as though it is such a thin and big piece of metal, that is appears to be flapping in the wind - and to some extent, it is. Unless it is an optical illusion - but others have seen it too.
I'm getting 24 mpg - 28 mpg, depending upon whether suburbia or highway.
The AWD hasn't been used yet, but looking forward to that as what I've seen and heard, it is very capable.
There is more room in this that you first expect. Coupled with good MPG, expected reliability, and overall a good car, I expect I'll be keeping this longer than I've kept most other cars.
And the best part, it is an IIHS top safety pick. That, in of itself, is all I needed to know."
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