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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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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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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Toyota Rav4-Unreliable - Dealerships-Terrible

by from California on February 20, 2013

Have a 2007 Rav4 - Sports model. Hate it. Car fell apart with in only 5 years and I hardly go anywhere, just local errands. Unreliable. Car bought new in 2007, then in 2009 I bought it used from a 75 ...
Have a 2007 Rav4 - Sports model. Hate it. Car fell apart with in only 5 years and I hardly go anywhere, just local errands. Unreliable. Car bought new in 2007, then in 2009 I bought it used from a 75 year old retired owner. A car should last longer than 5 years! Many recalls. Many problems and have spent thousands in repairs. Super expensive car all around to upkeep, including insurance, tires. It has way too much power and very expensive on gas. I wouldn't buy a toyota again because you can't trust the Toyota dealerships for safe, honest repairs. Every time I've taken it in for service, a new problem happens occurs right after causing more service and expense. It's a scam! I've had a Subaru in the past and it never had problems.
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extremely overrated

by from colfax, wa on January 13, 2007

I purchased this vehicle for the gas mileage and I am not even coming close to toyotas estimates of 28 hiway and 21 city. I am getting 17 mpg hiway. This vehicle has a very stiff ride--you feel every ...
I purchased this vehicle for the gas mileage and I am not even coming close to toyotas estimates of 28 hiway and 21 city. I am getting 17 mpg hiway. This vehicle has a very stiff ride--you feel every bump. It also has unbelievable road noise inside the cab. Anyone thinking about one of these should drive it just to see how noisy it really is inside the cab. I contacted toyota about the poor gas mileage and they said the estimates are just that-estimates. The v6 does have decent power although on mine it seems like the transmission slips when first getting started and as a result the engine winds alot. It also shifts alot going uphill. The seats are uncomfortable and I have found it difficult to sit thru the longer drives I have taken. I think the interior could use better lighting especially in the rear of the vehicle. The rear seat adjustment for the back of the seats is on the outside top corner of the seats. It is difficult to adjust these without getting out of the vehicle first. The rear door opens toward the sidewalk which makes it rather awkward. I am very dissappointed in the vehicle, mainly because of the fuel economy but also because of toyotas response when I contacted them. As a result of the lower gas mileage this vehicle does not have alot of range out on the hiway. I have the limited v6 4x4 in blizzard pearl which is very nice. I am ready to move on to something more comfortable that also gets better fuel economy
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In the beginning.......

by from Prescott Valley, AZ on April 12, 2013

....I loved my pre owned 07 RAV with just over 32k miles. Didn't have any issues with it till around 63k miles. Then the engine would hesitate. Replaced a coil at $300. At that time decided to have th...
....I loved my pre owned 07 RAV with just over 32k miles. Didn't have any issues with it till around 63k miles. Then the engine would hesitate. Replaced a coil at $300. At that time decided to have the transmission fluid replaced. The tranny would stall when when turning a corner. After the fluid was changed the problem became even worse. Same thing occurred with a 02 Toy Camy I once owned. Dealer said everything checked out fine. Seems that Toyota transmissions get flawed over time. The radio in my RAV stopped working, the steering wheel started making a strange crunching noise, and the center arm rest/storage compartment was coming off. Was afraid this little SUV was not only falling apart but I was so tired of the lousy brakes in the RAV....took a lot of foot pressure to stop, so I traded the RAV for a used Subaru Legacy. I had looked at a Scion XB but knew it would have the same lousy transmission.
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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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Great car, but beware if you plan on towing.

by from Dallas,Tx on March 18, 2007

I am very pleased with my new Rav4. I got the 2wd with the V6, and my mileage has been 25.9 MPG in mixed driving. That is only 1 MPG less then the mileage I was getting with my Honda CR-V 4 Cyl. Muc...
I am very pleased with my new Rav4. I got the 2wd with the V6, and my mileage has been 25.9 MPG in mixed driving. That is only 1 MPG less then the mileage I was getting with my Honda CR-V 4 Cyl. Much more power, smoother ride, and very comfortable for a man thats 6ft tall. Everything is well laid out in the cabin, and with the exception of the rear door, its a perfect fit for me. I bought the Rav because I felt the styling was better then the new CR-V. But, if you are interested in purchasing the TOW PACKAGE, buyer beware . The sticker on the window will tell you that the package includes Upgrade Radiator, Fan Coupling, Alternator, and PRE WIRING. Don't be fooled into believing the wiring will be there for a trailer, as it won't. You have to purchase a wiring harness and have it installed to accomadate a trailer. Since the rear lights are LED, you have to pay particular attention to installation or you could run into problems. I havent found a reputable trailer company that will install it. Most don't want the headache if something goes wrong. Toyota has not been very honest about this issue with its customers.
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