can’t wait another year,so I will go Mazda.
We’ve got the current shape RAV-4′s in our vehicle fleet at work, the thing that put me off them was the amount of hard plastic surfaces inside and the amount of engine and road noise permeating the cabin, even at only 60km/h.
More exciting cars from Toyota… The new RAVBORE….
Such an inspiring silhouette and interior, the RAV4 really is car porn.
I had a 4 cyl version for 3 years (the V6 was not out when I bought it) and can offer some comments from experiance. Apart from a major cabin water leak when I first drove it in the rain (quickly fixed by Toyota including replacing the front and rear carpet and floor mats) it was faultless for the 3 years and 85’000kms. Yes the 4 cyl engine lacks torque and its a bit slow, but for a car of its size and weight it was reasonably economical – remember this is a large car.
The not so points I found during ownership were:
The rear boot door is HEAVY! If the car is parked with its nose up a slope or parked on a right to left hill, children and smaller woman have a lot of trouble closing it.
The spare wheel is also very heavy and it can be difficult to get it on and off the rear door.
The front seats don’t slide back far enough for taller people. If your 6 foot or over, you will struggle for leg room.
The rear seats are a bit flat and don’t offer a huge amount of support.
The screen for the stereo can be difficult to read in sunlight and the same applies for the AC display.
The 4 speed (in the 4 cyl range) just does not do and favours to a car with a lack of torque and you often find the auto hunting through the gears. With only 4 ratios to choose from its either dying in 4th or reving its head off in 3rd.
Some of these may have been rectified during the various updates since I had my car. I will say though that re-sale on these is really good!
All in all it was a good car and I’d have no hesitation in recomending it.
….4 speed auto in this day and age in a car that is already premium priced is a joke! That alone would see me bypassing this car. Let alone the boring styling and plain Jane dashboard.
It should have good resale as you pay a bundle to start with.
I’m glad you enjoyed your car and thank you for your honest assessment but the fact you would recommend it despite the numerous shortcomings you mentioned simply reinforces mu belief that people buy these for the badge and have NOT test driven the alternatives.
Though it does appear toyota have started to realise that buyers want more than a simple transport. The latest Camry appears to have broken with tradition.
The same reason why people choose Audi, BMW over Lexus, right?
Faultless? You just listed a dozen faults.
Love flooring Toyota V6 engines.. They spin out so easily..
I’ve smoked many “sports” cars with this V6 Rav4.. It really is a beast lol
Love the faces of people when they get their a** kicked by an SUV
Your Rav4 V6 will be beaten by Forester XT any day ……
Hahaha!! Yeah right dude.. Suburu XT will have no chance..
no chance of losing to the V6 Rav4 you mean
Rav4′s 0/100 is 7.4 seconds…but XT Manual is 7.1 seconds but do you have an Auto cause thats 7.9 seconds…
I’ve driven both and I suspect I know what the outcome would be (auto Vs Auto), but look at the figures,
XT – 1525kg,169kw,320nm.
CV6 – 1650kg,201kw,333nm.
Don’t knock the Rav4 in that respect, but they have no right to be as quick as they are haha.
You have smoked something.
Apparently less than 10% of RAV4s sold are the V6 version.
The 5-speed auto should at least go into the 4-cylinder models and the V6 must be given the Aurion’s 6-speed
The 5 speed auto should go in a 1998 Camry
I wish more cars came with V6′s..
I’ve driven turbocharges 2.0L Euro cars.. And the power delivery is no where near as liner and consistent as N/A V6′s.. With FOrced Induction you have mid range power then that’s it.. No more juice left..
With V6 you have awesome low end power and high-end power and good mid-range power.. Not to mention cruisng at high speeds is sleepy! cruising 120KM/H at 1k rpm
I wish blog comments came with spellcheck.
This V6 Rav4 cruises at about 2.3K rpm at 120kmh not 1K rpm. No car runs at 120kmh at just 1000rpm.
The engine has a peak power at 6200 where is quickly tapers off – same with the torque which dies off at 4700rpm.
Compare that to the BMW 2.0 Twinpower where the peak power is flat from 5000rpm through to 6500rpm and torque is flat from 1250rpm through to 4800rpm. It has both HIGHER and LOWER power AND torque peaks. You got things the wrong way around.
Furthermore, these 2.0 engines run at about 1450rpm at 120kmh with the 8 speed auto compared to around 2300rpm with the Rav4 V6 5 speed.
Recently traded my 12 year old Rav 4 for a Lexus. They take any treatment, cheap as chips to service and are incredibly reliable. Toyota will fix any problem promptly.
Wish I could have said the same for my BMW. The heart was sorry to see it go but the head was happy not to have the headache.
Hope the Lexus works out.
I also own a 2010 Rav4 4cyl Manual
Faultless so far I have not come across any problems with the car yet so far run 45000ks
Road noise as Mad Max talked about I cant say my Rav4 has as much as your talking about I cant hear any more noise coming through then the next SUV.
The 4 Speed Auto matched with the 4cyl is hopeless when we test drove the car it felt sluggish really lacking in torque hence why we opted for the manual which feels quick and nimble off the line and pulls nicely thought the rev range.
The back door being heavy I think its time to do some weights because me or my wife have never had a problem closing it.
One draw back I have had is the traction in the wet straight line everything is fine but a little bit of throttle through a corner and you will under-steer quite heavily just have to be a bit more light with the throttle in the wet.
Stereo which the guys at Car-advice missed is excellent for a stock stereo would be nice to have a Sub for low down bass but the speakers handle things quite well listened to a mix of songs and have had no complaints about the sound quality.
Also to some of Mad Maxs comments about leg room front and rear I have never felt like im being squished and im 6,2 I have had 4 6 foot and above adults in the car on a long trip and never had a problem with leg room.
Why do people state resale as one of a major decision to buy a car, car is not an investment and if you intend to keep it around for 5-7 years which most modern cars are capable off without falling apart like years ago, the cost won’t be critical. Toyota doesn’t own the reliable, bullet proof quality like years before, majority of the Jap and Korean have sort that out. Toyota build boring plain cars, its like buying clothes from Kmart, durable yet not enjoyable to wear and would not get coaght dead in.
The worst so called SUV on the market!