2010 Toyota Rav 4
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Better than I expected

by from Cleveland, OH on October 12, 2010

It was a toss-up between the CR-V & RAV4, but after test driving and value-comparing the two vehicles, my new RAV4 Limited won hands down. Features that I love: 4-cyl provides great gas mileage but is...
It was a toss-up between the CR-V & RAV4, but after test driving and value-comparing the two vehicles, my new RAV4 Limited won hands down. Features that I love: 4-cyl provides great gas mileage but isn't puny when accelerating (CR-V doesn't have the gusto); stylish interior & exterior (mine is red with grey interior), heated seats, great cargo area (jogging stroller, pack n' play and tons of other baby gear fit with room to spare), XM Satellite, Bluetooth capability...and for all of us parents, the convertible car seat for my 16 month old daughter fits perfect (bench seat reclines to allow for a snug fit). This was a huge concern for me, and the CR-V didn't provide the same kind of fit - I would have had to place a rolled up towel or something similar underneath the car seat to get it to snap snuggly in place. The only drawback to the RAV4 is that the seats aren't conducive to long road trips - they get a little hard on the tushie after a while! I was on the fence given Toyota's reputation as of late, but I'm happy I took the chance - looking forward to driving my RAV4 for years to come.
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Rav4 Rocks!

by from Dallas, TX on June 5, 2012

This is my SECOND Rav4. The first one only being taken away (literally) due to it having been totalled out in a wreck. It was a 2007, had 145,000 miles and we still received an EXTREMELY fair check fr...
This is my SECOND Rav4. The first one only being taken away (literally) due to it having been totalled out in a wreck. It was a 2007, had 145,000 miles and we still received an EXTREMELY fair check from the insurance company. It paid for a slightly newer, fancier Rav with only 20,000 miles. The insurance adjuster was even surprised at what a "salvaged" Rav 4 was worth. The car literally never gave me any trouble. I changed the oil rarely on time, which I don't recommend and quite often went thousands of miles over and yet that car kept driving. We only put new tires on the vehicle 4 times, new brakes after 125,000 miles on the FACTORY brakes and changed the oil in this vehicle. We did do the recommended dealer inspections/spark plug replacement, etc. but other than that, this car ran like a well tuned engine the entire life of the car. We were even laughing that even due to the high miles, we would not need a new one for another 2 years! The interior on our original Rav was base, a bit noisier than our Camry was, but overall, acceptable road noise. The interior of the cabin of both the 2007 and our current 2010 model are designed around the driver. The only complaint we have found so far is the cupholders in the front seat are so close to the drop of the dash board that when you remove a "Super Size" cup from the cupholder, it knocks up against the bottom of the dash and will often knock the lid off and spill the drink or crush the cup. As a consequence, you have to tilt the cup to get it out of the cup holder to avoid knocking the lid off, which will sometimes unseat the lid anyway! The interior of this model is a higher end vehicle and rides much quieter and more comfortable which is to be expected with the number of upgrades (from a Base model to a Limited model). The leg room seems to be a problem in the backseat for our 13 year old recently as he is now 5'11" so I don't recommend this vehicle if you are toting leggy teens more than a few hours. It is comfortable though and the rear seats recline which aids in the leg room issue. The seat also adjusts forward/backward as does the front seat by a bar underneath the seat which is helpful when carrying items behind the rear seat. The amount of carry space when the rear seat is up or down is amazing. We compared it to the Highlander and it is a great deal more. I have YET to be loaded to the max in this vehicle and we use it for our business carrying boxes either flat or packed from one point to another. There are interior "hidden" compartments as well underneath the rear floorboard that we have stuffed blankets and stadium seats into in the past along with ice chests, etc. It is amazing how much space this vehicle really has for such a small car. The exterior of the vehicle leaves a little lacking to be desired in style, but performs magically. Our vehicles sit outside all day and all night, not covered and after a recent SOFTBALL sized hail event, my husband's Ford F150 was dinged up pretty badly, my Rav, not a dint,nor ding ,nor chip of paint missing. When we purchased our first model, we got the 4 cylinder engine which was sufficient even driving in Dallas traffic and the gas mileage was wonderful. The 2010 Rav has the more powerful 6cylinder WITH tow package included and it only misses the gas mileage by a mile or two, a wonderful trade off when considering the amount of power we get with the 6 cyl engine. The vehicle shifts smoothly even at top speed when an extra burst is required for changing lanes in traffic and will get away from you at a red light if you are a heavy gas foot/jack rabbit start at the green! I highly recommend this vehicle to anyone even considering a vehicle for carrying items/smaller SUV. We purchased it as a low gas mileage dependable vehicle for business errands as well as errands for family and it has NEVER let us down, NEVER left us stranded AND NEVER failed to outperform any vehicle I have ever owned from luxury car to luxury LARGE SUV!
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Exactly what suits my needs

by from Hansville, WA on December 4, 2010

This vehicle meets my needs because: It drives and stops well in snow. It is comfortable on a long drive. It gets reasonable gas milage (26.5 mpg avg for 1200 miles, from Calif. to Washington state.) ...
This vehicle meets my needs because: It drives and stops well in snow. It is comfortable on a long drive. It gets reasonable gas milage (26.5 mpg avg for 1200 miles, from Calif. to Washington state.) The design and arrangement of the seats, controls, and storage inside is well thought out and functional. I frequently drive on Forest Service roads and sometimes with some snow. I have really appreciated the safety features that keep the vehicle tracking straight under power and when breaking. We think it is a safe, reliable and efficient package for use around town, long trips, and traveling on the back roads in the wilderness. I have towed my small sailboat, had my bike rack on it and hauled mountaineering gear up to the trailhead on snowy roads. All worked well.
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Bells and Whistles Gal

by from Roanoke, VA on May 4, 2010

I bought a NEW Toyota Rav4 2010 in March 2010. I bought it because I had driven a 1997 Rav4 for 10 years, sold it , and have been sorry ever since. I am so pleased. It is a V6 Limited with everything ...
I bought a NEW Toyota Rav4 2010 in March 2010. I bought it because I had driven a 1997 Rav4 for 10 years, sold it , and have been sorry ever since. I am so pleased. It is a V6 Limited with everything and I love each and every little gizmo. This car is ME. Thank you Toyota, the bells and whistles are a 10!
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LIMITED is GOOD...some tweaks would be nice.

by from Shenandoah Valley, VA on October 20, 2011

Purchased a late model 2010 in June 2011 (first owner was Oct 2010), w. 500 miles. This is primarily wife's commuter and our long-trip car. We have added 4500 miles on it 3 months. It is a Limited V6 ...
Purchased a late model 2010 in June 2011 (first owner was Oct 2010), w. 500 miles. This is primarily wife's commuter and our long-trip car. We have added 4500 miles on it 3 months. It is a Limited V6 auto, all leather interior, rearview camera, etc.... I think the interior leaves a little to be desired in comparison to others. I'm sure a comparable model with the same mileage and age would have been cheaper and have a better "looking" interior. But those brands cannot compete with the reliability or the durability of Toyota engines, exteriors and interiors. We expect to hold onto this for 10+ years so we also got the 100k bumper to bumper 8 year warranty and Platinum dealer service package. The V6 is very responsive with plenty of pickup. It is driven every day (avg 12 miles) in town/some interstate and is garage kept. The gas mileage is around 22-25m/g and up to 27m/g on interstate long (2+ hour) trips. The interior controls take a little getting used to. I prefer the mirror controls on the driver door vs. the center console. We have keyless entry/push button start which actually is safer and makes you more aware of where your keys are and what you are doing?we love this feature. But, I would have put the push button start on the left side of steering wheel instead of so close to temperature/radio controls. I've cut off the radio instead of the car more than once. Back seat riders have commented on how much leg room they have and the comfort of the seats. I would have expected rear temperature controls in a Limited. The ride is a little noisier (road contact not wind) than I would have expected for a top-of-the-line RAV4. The steering wheel feels a bit tiny but appropriate for the vehicle. It handles very well in parking lots (turn radius) and at high speeds (changing lanes). There are a lot of these on the road, because they are reliable. There are better LOOKING models from other brands, but the durability of them, IME, is 5-7 years. After that the interior, engines and exterior starts to falter. Aside from the small things mentioned above, I would not hesitate to buy another one. I think it's the perfect car for a married couple with 1 (maybe 2) small kid(s). I think if you have a teen you'll need to get a slightly larger vehicle. It's a joy to drive and Toyota's customer service is top notch.
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Good Car, But,

by from Denver, Colorado on May 25, 2011

If you get this car make sure you get one with the upgraded stereo sound system already in the vehicle. The base stereo sucks. Also, had to have at least 3 Nav units replaced on this car. I really can...
If you get this car make sure you get one with the upgraded stereo sound system already in the vehicle. The base stereo sucks. Also, had to have at least 3 Nav units replaced on this car. I really can not blame Toyota for this. I took the car to Car Toys and it really was not a better place to go. I finally got the stereo fixed by a dealership aftermarket stereo place and since then have been very happy with this small SUV. It gets 31MPG at 70MPH on the freeway. Thats a very impressive MPG considering that this is the 3.5 motor. The only anoying thing on this car is that the climate system automatically defaults to recercerculating air when the temp is reduced to it's lowest setting. It's irritating to constantly have to take the car off recerculate especially on a hot day when you don't want to run the AC.
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No-frills utilitarian dependable transport

by from New York, NY on July 8, 2011

I was moving across the country, and the Rav4 was perfect as it had the most cargo volume in its class (36 cubic feet with the backseats up, and 70 with them down - both are tops in the compact crosso...
I was moving across the country, and the Rav4 was perfect as it had the most cargo volume in its class (36 cubic feet with the backseats up, and 70 with them down - both are tops in the compact crossover SUV segment). Since purchasing the vehicle 10 months ago, I've now put on almost 10,000 miles on it. My FWD 4 cylinder model is EPA rated for 22/28 mpg, and in my real world experience I find it hard to achieve city driving of 22 mpg on an entire tank. Perhaps more like 18 to 20 mpg. On my cross country road trip, though, I was able to many times break 30 mpg on highway trips. In fact, my best tank clocked in at 32.5 mpg - pretty good. So maybe my experience of mileage is around 19/30. One thing to note - the on board mileage calculator is probably a bit generous. My own fill up measurements usually register around 1 or 2 miles lower. The interior of the Rav4 is very ergonomic - everything where it should be, and nothing distracts from the road. There are lots of little storage areas for phones, maps, paperwork, coins, pens, cameras, etc. However, I felt that the back seat headrests are a little firm and flat, while the front seats are very cushioned and much more comfortable. One good thing though is that the back seats recline - which is a feature not always able to be had on some other SUVs. The Rav4 is very agile and has a great turning radius. The acceleration is very sensitive and responsive at low speeds, which means the car is very quick coming out of a light or stop sign. At highway speeds, passing power a little less as good, though still adequate. Going up hills requires the engine to rev a bit. Visibility is excellent for the most part. I feel the A pillars are a bit big, and I have to pay attention to check the sides at intersections as pedestrians on the crosswalk may get hidden in them. Overall, I thought my purchase was an excellent value. I would recommend to those looking for lots of interior room on a budget, who are willing to sacrifice a luxurious pampering interior for a more utilitarian ergonomic small SUV that is very practical, quick, and fuel efficient compared to other cars that can deliver similar cargo volume.
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Great Great Vehicle-TOYOTA PLEASE FIX TRANS WHINE!

by from Chicago on November 25, 2012

The car is very nice inside and out. Ne never had any trouble with the car. Value is great. Quality is very good except for the nagging transimission whining noise from 20-50 MPH or so that has been o...
The car is very nice inside and out. Ne never had any trouble with the car. Value is great. Quality is very good except for the nagging transimission whining noise from 20-50 MPH or so that has been on all ravs for about a decade. This at times leads to transmisio n failure, and most of the time it is no problem. Now there is a TSB on it with a mount fix that leads nowhere then a trans replacement that does the trick. Good luck convincing them to do anything without a lot of pressure. Getting back to the vehicle, it really is great though besides the noise. It is soo much more than you realize at first. The inside may appear plain but it is actually just nice and simple and de cluttered. LOTS of room and handles GREAT!! Acceleration is like a rocket. There are times where it does not down shift at low speeds like 25mph and is a shocker. Dealer said it is normal due to drive patterns and fuel economy needs. Glove box has a plastic shock that pops off the stub all the time so that you just leave it. The map lites are in the same area as the dome lite in front so when you push it you forget to turn it off thinking it is the dome lite. Then there is not a battery saver that shuts this off. Base steering wheel even is soo comfortable. It has really nice tapers on the spoke coroners. Runs great on 87, great MPG and Power. Tires tend to round or wear on the sides befor e the middle, it may be the tires or the stabilzer makes the car feel so square that when you take an off ramp you go fast and puts a lot of load on the edge of the tires. Love this car. Evey through the little things, no doubt a must have car!! Love it love it love it!!!
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RAV4 2010 Sport V6 4WD

by from Los Angeles on September 16, 2010

Before I got my RAV4 in October 2009 I've test driven Acura RDX, BMW X3, Audi Q5 and Subaru Forester. In my opinion RAV4 V6 is just the best sport SUV for the money. Pros: The acceleration is great. ...
Before I got my RAV4 in October 2009 I've test driven Acura RDX, BMW X3, Audi Q5 and Subaru Forester. In my opinion RAV4 V6 is just the best sport SUV for the money. Pros: The acceleration is great. My black leather interior looks luxurious. The trunk space is big enough for my 2 mountain bikes :) Cons: Would like to see sharper exterior design. Standard sound system is just ok. No Bluetooth connection. Toyota Infamous Recall: I haven't had any issues with an acceleration pedal, but I had it replaced by a dealer just in case.
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Great Overall Value

by from Carmel, Ca on May 22, 2011

I have owned the SUV for 6 months now from new. Only had two items needing correction a loose rearview mirrow screw. And a window rubber seal got caught when I rolled it up. They where easily fixed by...
I have owned the SUV for 6 months now from new. Only had two items needing correction a loose rearview mirrow screw. And a window rubber seal got caught when I rolled it up. They where easily fixed by the dealer The car came with no charge maintanence for 2yrs and 0% interest for 5yrs. We bought the V-6 Sport model with 4 wheel drive with run flat tires. Between the sport suspension and the run flat tires it rides a little hard at times on a bumpy road. It came with no spare on the back of SUV door but I prefer the look to the mounted tire on the back. It looks great and handles like a sports car. The power is excellant 0-60 in 6.2 seconds. It feels like a large SUV but it is only 182 inches. The second seat has a lot of leg room as big as any large SUV. The back hatch that opens from the side is great if you have a low garage door. Love the relining back seat. Great 2 glove boxes for storage. Speaking of storage. The SUV has plenty of storage areas for your phone, CD's, garage door opener, even a hidden storage in the floor of the trunk. It has a lot of new features like hill assist. limited slip differential, traction control, stability control. The dash looks a little on the cheap side but what do you expect in this price range. Excellant gas mileage and runs on regular gas. All and all it is a well rounded SUV. You get a lot of bang for your buck. Previous stationwagons where BMW and Mercedes. Except for the interior of the RAV the RAV has all the creature comforts you would find in a Stationwagon costing twice the price. I test drove the new redesigned BMW X3 for 2011 and I would stack it up to the BMW any day for 1/2 the price. I can see why MotorTrend gave Toyota "Small SUV of the Year Award" for 2006. I have owned Toyota's in the past and the reliabilty is excellant compared to the two German cars we owned. And the repair cost when and if it breaks down won't cost you nearly as much as a German car to repair.
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