Sometimes being so good for so long can lead a movie franchise to lose touch with its core audience. After all, if you've been stacking up the awards and accolades - and your sales numbers confirm the validity of your hubris - why take the chance of messing with a successful formula? Like a big budget series heading into its fourth sequel, the 2015 Toyota RAV4 could have easily turned its back on the wants and needs of the buyers who crowned it one of the most popular compact SUVs on the market, but it didn't: the Japanese company has instead been honing this small people mover's charms ever since it first went on sale at the end of the 1990s.
Is the Toyota RAV4 the perfect entry-level SUV? Like any blockbuster that aims to be a hit with the widest possible audience, there are a few gaps in the plot that will stand out to anyone who's had the chance to sample fresher blood in the segment (or drive the Honda CR-V and Ford Escape, each of which outsell the Toyota). Still, the RAV4 represents one of the most compelling crossover packages at its price point, especially if you're willing to stick to the script and avoid inflating the budget with unnecessary options.