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Pros: The diesel engine is powerful and very economical
Cons: The sound system which you'll just keep tuned to traffic news it's so mushy
Advice: Buy one soon - it is the perfect second carProbably the best compact SUV on the market - if you've driven a normal SUV you will be amazed by 3 things. The handling which is taut like a VW Golf but very comfortable on poor surfaces, Its size which is much smaller on the outside than you would ever think. Its flexibility with rear seats that slide forwards, fold forwards or come right out.
Pros: Comfortable interior - seats, ease of entry, back door access
Cons: muddy sound to radio
Advice: Take a test drive and be prepared to drive it home.I spend over 2 hours daily in my car and needed a comfortable interior. As soon as I sat in the RAV I knew it was made for me! I haven't needed to visit my chiropractor since I bought my RAV! I also enjoy the peppy ride and the cool styling. Check out the RAV4world.com website for other RAV'n maniacs.
Pros: homie and quick reaction vehicle
Cons: overpriced since this is the smallest SUV around.
Advice: cr-v or x-terra but if your budget is only 20,000 then buy it.I checked out other SUV's I finally settled for this SUV and it rides very good, as we know mechanically they are good, but overpriced for an SUV.I find that toyota steals your money the highest among others but it is a good ride.Fits anywhere. the lowest based priced SUV around but if I only had another 1,000 dollars I'd settled for an x-terra or honda cr-v.
Pros: LOOKS, REPUTATION
Cons: OPTION PKG COMBINATIONS
Advice: IF YOU HAVEN'T OWNED A TOYOTA, YOU WILL LEARN THEY MISS STANDARDS, LIKE AIRCONDITIONING. BUY A 4RUNNER.You cannot configure the car in order to buy, the option package combinations are impossible to figure out. The LIST price becomes very misleading-FAST! Buy a 4runner.
Pros: Comfort, visibility, responsiveness
Cons: Many options should come as standard. Packaged options are strange combinations.
Advice: If you're looking for a great little 'do everthing' runabout. This your car!I took my time and read all the reviews, test drove 5 of the top rated SUVs and found the RAV4 was the best quality and comfort for my specific needs. Being a petite female ruled out many of the SUVs because of access, comfort or visibility. The RAV has great styling, looking so much like a Lexus, that people are always asking if it is. The seats fit perfectly..AND move up so my short legs can reach the peddles. The auto is much smoother than the standard that I drove. The engine is peppy, merging into freeways well, and 'kicking in' to pass while cruising at about 80. I don't need a gas guzzling speed demon for my 'runabouts' and trips. Steering was responsive and firm. The ride was car-like with very little sway or tilt in the test. Just all around...fun to drive. Seemed to have more punch and pick up than many of the higher priced or more powerful(Including CRV and some V6s).