2010 Toyota RAV4 Reviews from North America

2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5 petrol

Model year2010
Year of manufacture2010
First year of ownership2013
Most recent year of ownership2013
Engine and transmission 3.5 petrol Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10
Distance when acquired30000 miles
Most recent distance32000 miles
Previous carFord Focus

Summary:

This is a stellar automobile

Faults:

The tire pressure light came on to indicate the spare needs attention.

General Comments:

We love our Ford Focuses; we own two fully loaded hatchbacks. They drive like go-carts; quick, nimble and a lot of fun. For a smaller car they have excellent ergonomics, passenger and storage space, and power. The main reason we initially purchased them was for the savings at the gas pump, and their passing power compared to other similar small vehicles. We traded mine in because we needed a larger vehicle now that our family is growing. I already knew that I didn't want a full size SUV. I also wanted something that had a larger engine than my car and handled similarly. By 2013 Toyota has stopped selling the RAV4 with a V6. The last year they sold it with the larger engine was 2012. I settled on a 2010 model because there were no newer models with the V6 to be found, due to the incredible lease rates that Toyota has offered on the 2011 and 2012. By the time of my purchase, the 2010s were coming off lease.

I have a 2010 RAV4 V6 AWD Limited. This will be my 6th vehicle in my 33 years on this earth. This is exactly what I wanted. It's roomy, comfortable, excellent power, and handles very well for a larger vehicle. I love this auto! It inspires confidence on the road, and is inconspicuous... which is a good thing because it's so smooth that I find myself unintentionally driving faster that I should be. While we typically don't keep our cars for more than 6 years, I plan to keep this beauty for a very long time.

In making the decision to buy the RAV4, we also evaluated the following 2013 model year vehicles; all were the highest trim offered, as we were looking to buy new initially:

Ford Escape - New look is nice, comfortable seats, wonderful electronics, lots of power, but the interior didn't look like it quite fit together correctly. Also, expensive for what it is compared to the others.

Subaru Outback - Very spartan feeling, but everything was definitely there. Excellent cabin ergonomics. Very stable handling. This vehicle was the runner-up. It lacked the power of the RAV4, but was my favorite for cabin layout to driver as well as storage.

Volksvagen Tiguan - Very nice feeling interior, well appointed and fitted. Didn't like the way the vehicle looked, it did not have very good power, and the storage was lacking. Great leg room for passengers however. Good handling.

Mazda CX-5 - Based on all the rave reviews I had watched and read, I really thought this would be the one... until I drove it. It was my favorite handling vehicle out of all of them, a lot of fun to drive because it's so stable. The fit and layout for the driver was very nice. It looks really good for a small SUV, but ultimately lacked performance compared to the RAV4.

Honda CRV - Very similar to the RAV4 in all aspects, but couldn't keep up in terms of power. Handled better though.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th May, 2013

2010 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5

Model year2010
Year of manufacture2010
First year of ownership2012
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 2.5 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired25000 miles
Most recent distance29000 miles
Previous carSubaru Outback

Summary:

Highly Recommended

Faults:

None.

General Comments:

The RAV4 perfectly fits our needs; Toyota reliability, all wheel drive for winter driving, space to occasionally haul larger items, good fuel economy, and elevated driver seating for my wife were the main attractions.

I find the seating to be comfortable and the driving position to be perfect. The base RAV4 has cloth upholstery, which I prefer to leather. The vehicle is very maneuverable for an SUV, and handles very well on both city streets and highways. The 4 cylinder engine is smooth and has adequate power. The transmission shifts smoothly, and the shift points seem to be in all the right places. We get 24 MPG in mixed driving.

On the negative side, the base sound system is thin or "tinny" sounding. The side rear glass is tinted too dark. It is almost impossible to see out of at night. A back up camera installation is in the future for our 2010 RAV4.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th September, 2012

Average review marks: 7.6 / 10, based on 6 reviews