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