Nothing. We rented it for a week.
We rented this Rav4 for a week on a trip. The good first. This was the 4WD, V6 model. I have two 4 cylinder cars at home, so I'm not accustomed to V6's, but it seemed to have a lot of kick to it. It actually had a very satisfactory amount of acceleration and it was fairly easy to smoke the tires at red lights. It was more like driving a sports car in some respects.
The interior was quite large and roomy. For a mid-sized SUV, it would be a good fit for a family of four easily. The seats were more comfortable than some luxury cars I've ridden in. Very supportive. We drove all day on two of the days during the trip and I never felt sore or tired. It also got reasonable fuel economy. We averaged at least 25MPG.
Now for the bad. I suppose beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but I thought the exterior styling was really bland and boring. That and the interior plastics were not quite up to par with the older Toyotas I have back home. The controls for 4WD and related transmission items were a bit confusing. There was no visual iconography to indicate how to put it into 4WD. Not that we needed it, but we drove it two days before realizing we had been in 4WD the whole time, which explained why we had gotten such bad fuel economy initially.
I'd definitely recommend this for families just looking for a kid and grocery hauler. But its not going to turn any heads or make your heart pound. Toyota needs to get out of the bland styling department and be more aggressive.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 3rd March, 2009