2007 Toyota Rav 4
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Good Small SUV

by from Connecticut on April 24, 2012

I own 2 Rava4s, a 2007 4 cly, and a 2006 V6. This is a very well designed small SUV, has lots of features for the money, drives well and is similar in quality to other toyota cars that I have owned. I...
I own 2 Rava4s, a 2007 4 cly, and a 2006 V6. This is a very well designed small SUV, has lots of features for the money, drives well and is similar in quality to other toyota cars that I have owned. I bought both of these Rava4s used, the 2007 in 2009 with only 12,000 miles and the 2006 in 2011 with 56,000 miles. I had not owned a SUV for some time, I had a 1985 Ford Bronco II years ago when I towed a small bass boat. Before I bought the Rava4, I tested many SUVs, I liked the toyota the best. I think that you have to do some testing because my experience is that most persons buying an SUV have very specific needs. The modern crop of small SUVs are light years ahead of what was available in the 1980s!!!! My wife needed a small SUV to get to work in the winter so I first bought the 2007. I was impressed with this SUV so when I retired my Honda Accord, I bought the 2006 to drive and tow a small boat. The 4 cly and the V6 get almost the same mileage. I get 25 to 28 mpg on the highway. The V6 is clearly the superior engine, it is quiet and powerful. The 4cly is adequate but it is noisy. Since the mileage is about the same, get the V6 if you can afford it. I think the 4cly is a bit too small for this vechile, it has to do 2200 to 2300 rpms to curise at 65 mph. The V6 only does 1800 rpms to curise at 65mph. This may not sound like a big difference but an engine that works harder produces geater heat and will wear out faster and tend to burn more oil. The 4 cly will go through some oil, about a quart to a quart and a half, between oil changes. The V6 does not consume any oil. The V6 also does fine on regular gas, no need to spend on higher octane. I have not had any issues regarding quality or repairs with these Rava4s, just regular maintenance. These vechiles seem and feel a lot like the toyota cars that I have owned in the past, well made and run for a long time (over 200,000 miles). Hope this helps you in your search!!!
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Great Little SUV

by from Washington, DC on January 4, 2011

I really like my 2007 Rav4 Limited. I've had it for 4 months and have yet to have a problem. The exterior is beautiful, and the interior has every feature I could want. The leather is comfortable and ...
I really like my 2007 Rav4 Limited. I've had it for 4 months and have yet to have a problem. The exterior is beautiful, and the interior has every feature I could want. The leather is comfortable and durable (my dog's tested it) and easily cleaned. I like how the aux port is in the center console, and the Blue Tooth works great- people can't even tell I'm in the car. The cabin is quiet, and spacious. I originally wanted the 3rd row seats, but I'm glad I didn't get them, because really only children can fit back there, and I have so much storage space under the trunk that the 3rd row doesn't have. Adults fit comfortably in the back. My husband is tall (6'3") and he would like a little more leg room in the passenger seat but average size people fit ok. I have very few complaints. The little alcove in the center, which I used to put my phone in, is too narrow for my new iPhone, but in newer models (2009 and newer) Toyota's widened this. Also I would definitely recommend the V6 model. I read that in reviews and test drove both and swore that's what I would get because it is much more powerful, but after 6 months of trying to find the right used car I could afford, I found the perfect car, minus the V6 and went for it. I don't feel that my car lags, I just know the power of the V6 in comparison and know it would help especially when merging. I had a Corolla previously and was worried about the change to a much larger car, especially with city driving and garage-parking. However, the Rav4 is very maneuverable and even I can parallel park it. I test drove pretty much every brand of small SUV before deciding to continue with Toyota and I'm glad I made this choice. My sister-in-law has a new Honda CR-V and while there is slightly more leg room, I have a lot more storage space and I think my seats are more comfortable (though they drive very similarly). Plus the Rav4 is sportier with the tire on the back. I love my car and am so glad I finally bought one.
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Ordinary, but resulted in a very good vehicle

by from Kansas City, MO on April 16, 2011

Comfort is good for a small SUV, excellent handling, but don't expect it as a Honda Civic. It is stable on the highway, even with cross-wind. Hugh back seat and cargo area of a vehicle of this class. ...
Comfort is good for a small SUV, excellent handling, but don't expect it as a Honda Civic. It is stable on the highway, even with cross-wind. Hugh back seat and cargo area of a vehicle of this class. Of course, don't like the swing door, but I can live with it. Driver seat is OK, but I do not do long distance driving much. Tall and heavy guys need to check it out themselves with a test drive. The steering wheel can be adjusted up and down and telescoping, but has a limited range. I have no problem with the wheel position. Performance for the 4WD, 4-cylinder engine is adequate for my everyday driving and returned an average of 23-25 mpg, combined. The highway only mileage is better. If you drive with a full load frequently or towing, and want a spirited acceleration, go for the V6. Winter driving with the 4WD is excellent. I like the locking hub button when moving less than 25 mph. If winter driving gives you anxiety, this is a vehicle to reassure your driving confidence. I have a set of good all-season tires, don't think I need snow tires here in Kansas City. Exterior styling is fine with me, more functional than being "pretty" or different. Good backward visibility and large side mirrors to check the blind spots, if you set them right. Excellent standard issues headlights with auto-off, would be nice to have the auto-on feature. Driver and passenger doors are wide enough for getting in and out. I like the sitting higher driving position when compared to a regular sedan. Interior design is good, with the sound and manual AC/heat controls are easily reached. I have the based model with cloth seats which looks durable. Gauges are easy to see, day and night. The driver power window switches are located ahead of the door handle, needs a little getting used to. Excellent one touch fold-down back seat to expand the cargo area. Lots of leg rooms for the back seat, but the seat comfort factor may not be endearing for long distance trips. I saw a vehicle equipped with a "3rd" row seat, but looks very limited in functional space. The 07's and newer have standard side and window curtain airbags with a very good crash rating. Value for the money as a 2 yrs old, 37K used vehicle was good for my deal. But as usual, there is no honest car dealer out there. One more feature worth mentioning, both the 4 and 6-cylinder engines use timing chains, no expense belt to replace. My one-person experience for reliability has been good so far for one year, but you should check out Consumer Report for a better statistical information. Have fun car shopping.
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SO ROOMY

by from Pittsburgh, PA on May 27, 2010

For this to be called a small SUV is a misconception. I had 2 Subaru Outbacks, which I really liked, very dependable. The problem with the Subaru's was the seats are too low to the floor, even the For...
For this to be called a small SUV is a misconception. I had 2 Subaru Outbacks, which I really liked, very dependable. The problem with the Subaru's was the seats are too low to the floor, even the Forester's. I have bruised my tailbone once and fractured it 2x, not to mention some other medical problems, so I need a vehicle that doesn't put so much pressure on my lower back and is easy to get in and out of. I did test drive the Subaru Tribeca which was my second choice. Problem with that vehicle was it felt more cramped and the gas milage could not compare to the RAV4. I also tested the Honda CRV, small, cramped, no pep. I ended up purchasing the RAV4, 6 cylinder, 4wd on demand, Limited. It is so roomy that you feel as though you are in a large SUV. Even the rear seat has loads of leg room, not to mention the fact that you can adjust the seat up or back and each side reclines seperately (split rear seat with an armrest/cup holder in the middle). There is loads of cargo room, especially when you fold the rear seats flat. Also, you step on the gas and it really takes off, even with a full load, uphill, with the A/C running. I live in Pittsburgh and we have a lot of hills. Anyone who lives in an area like this will understand. The gas mileage for all this roominess and pep is amazing. I believe stability control is standard. I disagree with some who have complained about the brakes. I had an incident that really tested them. I was driving along the highway at about 70mph, light drizzle, a deer jumped out in front of us, I mean right in front of us, less than 20'. I hit the brakes hard (luckily no one was close behind me), my RAV4 just stopped, that quick. It didn't hesitate, skid or slide, even though the pavement was wet, IT JUST STOPPED. There are so many things I like about this vehicle. Now, there are a few things I think Toyota could fix. The seats could be a little softer, they are a bit hard. As a matter of fact, I think they should soften the ride overall. I'm not totally crazy about the way the rear door opens out to the side. I think they could make the interior a little more interesting, however, that's not really important to me. I bought this car because of Toyota's reliability and the fact that you are not compromising gas milage for roominess and so far I am happy with both.
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Not bad, but.......

by from Southern Illinois on January 30, 2012

Have had Honda CRV's and Toyota RAV 4's in the past. Toyota really needs to get rid of their suspension because it is not as reliable and durable as Honda's double wishbone suspension. I put 139,000 o...
Have had Honda CRV's and Toyota RAV 4's in the past. Toyota really needs to get rid of their suspension because it is not as reliable and durable as Honda's double wishbone suspension. I put 139,000 on my Rav 4 and would have liked to have kept it longer, but the suspension was needing replaced for the second time and the transmission was failing. Yes, I did do all of the recommended preventative maintenance. Getting ready to purchase a 2012 Honda CRV. Sorry Toyota, I still like you, but your reliability lacks in the long haul.
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disapointed

by from Pocono Mountains PA on June 11, 2010

2007 Rav4 rides and performs well. However it uses about a quart of oil after only 36000 miles. Dealers (I called 4 of them) service departments say it is normal. I have my doubts. It is all paid for ...
2007 Rav4 rides and performs well. However it uses about a quart of oil after only 36000 miles. Dealers (I called 4 of them) service departments say it is normal. I have my doubts. It is all paid for but I am seriously thinking of trading it in for a new Subaru Forester or Honda Accord.
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2007 RAV4

by from Reading, PA on March 7, 2012

Overall I really like the car. I have the four cylinder and it is very responsive. Very spacious inside, too (I don't have the third row seat). I crashed my old 2007 RAV4 and didn't think I would buy ...
Overall I really like the car. I have the four cylinder and it is very responsive. Very spacious inside, too (I don't have the third row seat). I crashed my old 2007 RAV4 and didn't think I would buy another one until I found this one with (Limited trim line vs. old base model) fully adjustable front driver seat. I drive 35000 miles per year and I need all adjustability I can get. Only problem is that it uses 1 quart of oil in about 1500 - 2000 miles with only 68000 miles on it. To me that is too much. My old RAV4 did the same thing. Maybe it's all the terrible miles I put on it. It is driven mostly at highway speed. Also, you either love or hate the back door. I don't really like it, so I kept my old 1996 Ford Explorer 203000 miles) for weekend driving. Real gas hog, though.
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Great Vehicle Performance

by from Fort Worth, TX on May 29, 2012

I love my RAV4....... I've had it for a little over a month and I haven't had any problems or issues with it. It rides very smoothly and I love the body style. It is my second RAV4. It's the perfect s...
I love my RAV4....... I've had it for a little over a month and I haven't had any problems or issues with it. It rides very smoothly and I love the body style. It is my second RAV4. It's the perfect size for an SUV. Not too large, not too small. The only down side is I wish the gas mileage was better. It's not terrible but it's not the best in this economy.
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Great SUV

by from Fort Campbell, KY on February 5, 2010

Purchased a used 2007 2WD I4 model back in 08 and 25,000 miles later I'm still happy with my purchase. It does exactly what a compact SUV is supposed to do and that's ride like a car. Had only one pro...
Purchased a used 2007 2WD I4 model back in 08 and 25,000 miles later I'm still happy with my purchase. It does exactly what a compact SUV is supposed to do and that's ride like a car. Had only one problem with it so far and that was a rear wheel speed sensor that was causing my VSC and ABS to shut off. Unfortunately getting it replaced was a headache but that was due to the lousy customer service at the Toyota dealer I took it to. What I like: The 2WD with VSC are fine in the rain/snow/ice and you really don't even need 4WD on this vehicle if you know how to handle winter driving. The cargo room is more then spacious enough for it's size and I am still surprised at how much I can fit in the back with the seats down. The six speaker stereo system (4 speakers and 2 tweeters) surprised me, it has some kick and can handle high volumes. Top that off with the AUX jack for your MP3 player and I'm always rockin' out while cruising to work. While the I4 is not "fast" it's got enough pep to get you in and out of traffic. The telescopic steering wheel is a nice feature for me since I'm a little tall. Also, one of the most important factors for compact SUVs in my opinion, it rides like a car. What I don't like: Not really designed for tall people. I'm six feet tall and even with the seat back and the steering wheel pulled towards me, my knee touches the dash. There are some rattles that can get rather annoying. The door for the storage space above the glove box rattles while in reverse. There is also some slight vibration felt though the steering wheel while stopped and in drive. Tranny never slips but there have been a few times where I felt that it should have down shifted when I accelerated and it didn't. Brakes really solid but after a long drive you will experience some brake fade. I took it on a 6,000+ mile road trip this past summer and noticed that once it's fully loaded with people and stuff it can be hard to pass on the highway, but the V6 would solve that problem. Also, the location of the AUX jack is inside the center console for the 06 and 07 models. Besides that, nothing really major that you wouldn't experience on any other vehicle. My only regret is that I didn't wait a bit longer and find a V6 model, I hear they're little pocket rockets.
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Great little suv, but with a few headaches!

by from Pennsylvania on May 3, 2008

I purchased my 2007 Rav 4 Sport (Special Edition) in August of '06. My previous car was a '93 Mercury Cougar, which was very low to the ground, so needless to say it was a pleasure getting behind the ...
I purchased my 2007 Rav 4 Sport (Special Edition) in August of '06. My previous car was a '93 Mercury Cougar, which was very low to the ground, so needless to say it was a pleasure getting behind the wheel of my Rav. I had a grin from ear to ear the first week or so, while driving it. Someone had special ordered it and changed their mind, so I benefited. It has heated leather seats, 6 disc cd changer, and a tilt and slide sunroof. The seats are very comfortable and it handles like a dream. I love my Rav! However, I don't know if it's just me or if anyone else is having the same problems. I had my Rav for about a year when the radio wouldn't work and had to be replaced, then the glove box wouldn't close because the cover for the cabin filter fell off behind it. As if that wasn't enough, the other day I got in my car to go to the store and I had a huge puddle on the passenger floor, as I drove I saw it was leaking from under the dash. I took it to my dealer and they told me that they knew exactly what to do because another Rav was there with the same problem. They said it could have been caused by the heavy rain, but this isn't the first time it's rained heavy since I got the Rav. The water ruined my mat and it soaked thru the carpet, now my car has an odor. I contacted Toyota and told them about my problems, and they had my dealership order new mats and carpeting to install. I did get a great warranty 2 yrs, bumper to bumper, that finishes this Nov. But my biggest concern is what's going to happen next! I would recommend this car because it really is reliable and handles great. The problems I'm having don't change how I feel about my car.
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