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2007 Toyota RAV4 Limited 4X4 2.4L Inline 4 from North America

Model year2007
Year of manufacture2007
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 2.4L Inline 4 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.7 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance28700 miles
Previous carToyota RAV4

Summary:

Smooth, comfortable, solid and affordable. All with the peace of mind of Toyota reliability!

Faults:

I don't own the vehicle, I'm borrowing it from a friend of mine, but he (and I) like it so much I figured I'd write a review on it.

The only real problem is that the driver's seat frame and fabric has worn prematurely (my friend, while very nice, is also quite large, so this is understandable.) Otherwise, there have been no problems with the vehicle. And knowing my friend, he definitely has not serviced it at the regular intervals by any means.

General Comments:

I was very surprised by the 4-cylinder this car has. It's amazingly powerful and has plenty of power to keep this thing moving rather easily. I thought that a 4-cylinder on a car this large would be classified as underpowered, but this engine is more than sufficient for this vehicle.

I haven't had the chance to really use the four wheel drive system, but while testing it on a dirt road, it seemed quite confident and had no trouble.

The car feels VERY solid, and rides very comfortably. It rides nice on the highway, floats over the bumps. And on the backroads, it's still stiff enough to give a reasonable amount of driving pleasure.

Lots of interior room. Trunk is big, plenty of legroom, and the headroom is phenomenal.

He bought this RAV4 to replace his last one because it was totaled in an accident. Somebody rear ended it at about 40 MPH. It was still driveable, but the repair costs came to about the same amount as a new car, and he loved that RAV4 so much, he bought another!

When I got him to look at the first RAV4, he was driving a Ford Ranger that was giving him a lot of trouble. He'd been a domestic fan all his life, but I suggested that he give Toyota a try and now he's hooked.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st September, 2009

2007 Toyota RAV4 from North America

Year of manufacture2007
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission Automatic
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance5050 miles

Summary:

This vehicle is a great SUV and I am glad that I changed from a GM to Toyota

Faults:

The rear spare wheel cover faded after a couple months, it changed from Blue to Purple. My Rav4 is Nautical Blue Metallic. According to Toyota they hadn't received any reports about this problem. My Rav4 is usally parked in the garage, I don't put a lot of miles it, seem that if this happened to my vehicle it has happened to other Rav4 sporting this color.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th April, 2008

2007 Toyota RAV4 limited V6 from North America

Model year2007
Year of manufacture2006
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission V6 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance29000 miles
Previous carSubaru Legacy

Summary:

Overall, I'm satisfied

General Comments:

In 29,000 miles my overall mileage is 26.2. Highway mileage is 27-29 depending on speed. The transmission hunts more than I like and is a bit noisy at low speeds. The seats are still not as comfortable as my Legacy GT turbo. The power is great and the handling is fine. The workmanship is not up to the standards of past Toyota's that I have owned. The paint is its' weakest point. It chips easier than any new car I have ever owned.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 15th March, 2008

2007 Toyota RAV4 Base 2wd 4cyl 2.4L DOHC VVTi 4 cylinder from North America

Model year2007
Year of manufacture2007
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.4L DOHC VVTi 4 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired12 miles
Most recent distance7200 miles
Previous carToyota Matrix

Summary:

Makes the fewest compromise, awesome vehicle

Faults:

As expected, nothing has gone wrong with the car so far.

General Comments:

The Rav handles great. It has the perfect combination of a firm, but decent ride and sporty handling. I love the steering feel. You can actually feel the road, but light enough to steer with minimal effort at very slow speeds. It reminds me of a Honda Accord (which has an excellent steering feel). The Rav is light for its size and feel tossable and is fun to drive on curvy roads.

I love the 2.4L VVTi engine. Its smooth, fiesty and often feels like a V6. It does struggle a bit when the a/c on (as most 4cyls),and when fully loaded going going up a hill, but still maintain speed and accelerate reasonably well. At times especially at full throttle, or when its struggling it tends to get a bit buzzy, but never to the point of annoyance. But other than the few grips the 2.4 is silky, revvy and powerful adding to the Rav's entertaining ways.

The transmission usually shifts very smoothly, but for some reason it shifts into 1st when I slow down to 10 mph. This sometime come in handy if you need to get up to speed rapidly, but is sort of annoying creeping along in the parking lot, or bumper to bumper traffic because along with a touchy gas pedal makes the Rav take off faster than I would expected to, or its constantly shifting from 2nd to 1st gear. It could also use a manual mode in case I feel like shifting manually for an extra sense of sportiness.

The outside looks great, but would look better it alloy wheels (mine came with hubcaps) Its Nautical Blue with silver glittery pinstripes. (I did not have that put on) The color is awesome, but I don't know about the glittery pinstripes. I guess they look OK. I'm not crazy about the spare tire on the back door, but its extremely easy to get to when I needed it (I ran over a nail) I love the shape. It kind of have the shape of the Matrix with a BMW like headlights with classy LED tail lights and a cool rear spoiler for a sporty and sleek look.

The inside is very nice and comfortable. There is plenty room for 5 people and the back seat are cross you legs roomy. This is the the idea traveling companion. There are TONS of space to put thing, but I wish the back window opened and the front seat folded forward like the Matrix, it would have made the interior more flexible. My Rav came with wood grain which gives the interior a touch of luxury and the overall design of the interior is delightful to the eye. The rav comes with some neat features such as lighted cup holders, telescoping steering wheel, one touch levers to fold the seat flat, and the best thing, an ipod connection so I can play my ipod through the stereo. The main gripe is the cargo area's light is on the back door making it very useless. I wish my car came with a sunroof, but I'll get one installed sooner or later.

The Rav is very cheap to own and operate. Its very frugal on fuel averaging 27 mpg at speeds above 80 mph, but the city mileage is only 23. Not bad for a 3300lb 4cyl SUV. Maintenance is very cheap, and my insurance went down because of all the safety equipment it has. Speaking of safety equipment, the Rav come loaded. It has side and curtain airbags along the the front 2 airbags, 4 wheel disk ABS brakes (that stop on a half of a dime) with brake force distribution and brake assist, VSC, Traction control, and a limited slip differential. What bothers me that anti theft didn't come standard, but is available on the expensive limited model. Oh well I'm probably going to upgrade the alarm eventually anyways.

The Rav overall makes the least compromises in what I want in a vehicle. It combines sportiness with comfort, room, safety, and fun in a attractive, and useful package making this the perfect vehicle for me. I would recommend this vehicle to anyone that's in the market for a small and useful SUV that's don't guzzle up a bunch of gas and is ultra reliable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd March, 2008

19th Apr 2008, 13:35

You are right about the cargo area light; it's useless.

However I found a solution; get one of those DOT-it lights from Sylvania at Home Depot; they stick on any surface and come in different colors; Black will be good.

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