2012 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5 v6 from North America

Summary:

Fast as foxxxxxxx

Faults:

Everything has worked well so far. Road noise and ride quality could be improved, but as an economy SUV, it fits.

General Comments:

Love the V6 power, AWD pull, and overall having a crossover vehicle. The RAV looks small, but is spacious inside, and easy to park in the city with the rear camera and electric steering.

MPG for the city is in the high teens, but the V6 power is addictive :).

This does it all, and has plenty of cargo room and back seat space. This is a real gem now that they don't offer the V6. One of the last fully loaded 'yotas like this to roll out; it has fixed all of the issues of earlier models. Happy with the overall design and quality.

The swinging rear door is great for staging before street hockey, snowboarding, biking... A roof rack fits the rack mounts easily. I've had trucks, old SUVs, luxury cars and wagons, and this RAV is a little of each. Jack of all trades, master of none.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th May, 2015

2012 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.4 gas from North America

Summary:

Will likely buy another if Toyota makes a V6 again

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

Large hauling capacity for such a small SUV.

Good seating comfort, especially in front.

Good seating adjustments.

My wife and I really like the split A/C controls, passengers like the accessory plugs, Bluetooth, USB port, 110V outlet, great built ins for an 'inexpensive' car.

Back seats fold up easily.

Under deck storage compartment is great and large.

The V6 is powerful and still gets very decent mileage (22 in the city and 26 on the highway) and I drive pretty fast, so it could be better...

Toyota has had a lot of time to get the kinks out of this model (love the outside mount of the spare tire).

My only complaint is road noise at speed is considerable, particularly over rougher surfaces; on smooth highways it's good.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th July, 2014

2nd Aug 2014, 14:52

The noisiest vehicle I have ever sat in is a RAV-4; you have to literally shout your conversation.

2012 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.4 litre petrol 4 cylinder from Australia and New Zealand

Summary:

An all rounder, and a reliable workhorse

Faults:

Apart from servicing, nothing has been done to it.

General Comments:

My current Rav4 is a 2.4L 4 cylinder petrol engine, which is really a Camry engine in an SUV.

The only 2 things I can complain about are:

1) High road noise.

2) Fuel economy is not that great.

Apart from that it's a bullet proof engine. My previous one was a diesel, which was made for the euro market, and hence had much higher quality. The indicator and wiper were the opposite way around, but it had more solid feel to it, and was great on gas.

This feels light and agile at lower speeds, has a very comfortable seating position, but the front seats lack back support. Otherwise it's a very roomy and comfy vehicle. I once managed to fit 23 pieces of luggage in by folding the rear seats.

The rear passenger seats go back and forward to allow enough leg room.

I love the fact this has a wheel attached to the back door. This would be the last model that has this feature.

I personally have driven the new shape lately, which has more power and has a more solid feel to it, but I would choose mine over the new one any day, simply because of how roomy it is inside, and for the overall look.

As with any other Toyota - this car is also bullet proof; nothing has gone wrong. I have owned it since new, and it has never missed a beat. If you look after them - I don't see why they won't do million km.

As for 4WD - it does lot more than what you would think it would be capable of. I have taken to many work tracks where a Mitsubishi Challenger struggled, but this did fine.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th January, 2014

18th Jul 2014, 12:30

Just clocked 80,000km. Nothing done outside service. All brake pads and tyres are still factory.

7th May 2015, 03:33

Clocked 130k today. Nothing needed. The rear tyres are still the original Bridgestones. It will do another 10k before I need to change them. Nothing done outside of service and wheel alignment.