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2009 Toyota RAV4
2009 Toyota RAV4
Available Price Range $7,352-$15,564 TrimsN/A Combined MPG 22-25 SeatsN/A

Our Take on the 2009 Toyota RAV4

Our Take

Toyota's RAV4 is a sporty compact utility vehicle that can fit up to seven passengers. The RAV4 comes in front- and all-wheel drive; Base, Sport and Limited trim levels are available. Competitors in this segment include the Honda CR-V, Saturn Vue and Ford Escape.The RAV4 gets some significan... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Hard rear-seat cushions
  • Scant third-row space

Notable Features

  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • FWD or AWD
  • Five- or seven-person capacity
  • New backup camera


Our Expert Reviews

Growing up, I was told that if I didn't have anything nice to say, I shouldn't say anything at all. Luckily, I've never abided by that rule because if I did, this would've been a blank review. The 2009 Toyota RAV4 is nothing to rave about.It's not all bad, but I'm having a hard time understanding why I see so many RAV4s cruising around town. People seem to really l... Read full review for the 2009 Toyota RAV 4

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Consumer Reviews


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Tell my husband all the time "Love this Car"

by Not a Soccer Mom Anymore from Michigan on September 27, 2011

Sold my lovely Honda Odyssey because I felt frumpy, it was big and I am concerned about gas mileage. Narrowed my shopping to Honda CRV, Rav4, Ford Escape and Chevrolet Equinox. Minute I got in the Rav... Read Full Review


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Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 15 recalls for this car.

Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

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Roadside Assistance Coverage


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Warranties Explained


Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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