2011 Toyota RAV4 Consumer Reviews

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2011 RAV4 V6 4WD vs 2009 CRV EX AWD

by from Clarksville, TN. on April 23, 2011

I traded in my 2009 Honda CR-V, EX, AWD on the 2011 Toyota RAV4, Limited, V6, 4WD. Both were bought new by me. CRV Pros: Better exterior looks. Better seating comfort. Lift hatchback rear door. Feels ...
I traded in my 2009 Honda CR-V, EX, AWD on the 2011 Toyota RAV4, Limited, V6, 4WD. Both were bought new by me. CRV Pros: Better exterior looks. Better seating comfort. Lift hatchback rear door. Feels like it has more interior room than RAV4. CRV Cons: Severely under powered for even routine driving. RAV4 V6 Pros: GREAT power! Almost the same fuel milage as the 4 cyl CRV. Twice the towing capacity. Ability to lock in the 4WD manually (not available on CRV). Climate control. Full-size spare. RAV4 V6 Cons: The side opening rear door sucks! The back seat is not sized for adults. The back rest height barely comes up to the bottom of my shoulder blades. Definitely not sized for anything more than small children. Very dated orange-yellow back lighting as opposed to the modern looking blue in the CRV. For me, the three selling points for the RAV4 are the fantastic V6 with it's great power and MPG. The ability to manually lock-in the 4WD. And, it can tow more than the CRV. I WOULD NOT buy the CRV because of the ridiculously under powered nature of the engine. It is horrible! However, if the CRV was available with the V6 similar to the RAV4 I would unquestionably buy the CRV over the RAV4. I hope this helps someone considering the two SUVs.
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I LOVE my new Rav4

by from New Yorkm NY on December 30, 2010

After 14 years as a Camry owner, I am a real Toyota believer. Even with the bad publicity Toyota endured earlier in 2010, I was not swayed from their product lines. However, I did want to sit up highe...
After 14 years as a Camry owner, I am a real Toyota believer. Even with the bad publicity Toyota endured earlier in 2010, I was not swayed from their product lines. However, I did want to sit up higher and have more visibility, so I decided to check out the Rav4 Limited, and I can't be happier with my decision. For once, I did not stint on the options, and already I am loving the heated leather seats (the cold winter in NYC so far has allowed me to really appreciate them) and the stereo system is fantastic. But the ride is the best - smooth, powerful, and pretty economical on the gas (though a bit less than the Camry, its true). I love the styling both outside and in, and feel I am a king in my new car.
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2011 RAV 4 review

by from Minneapolis, MN on March 25, 2011

My second RAV4, a number of enhancements have been made on my LTD model since the 2007 model year I previously owned. The V6 is a great engine but my previous RAV had an annoying whine at 60 to 65 mph...
My second RAV4, a number of enhancements have been made on my LTD model since the 2007 model year I previously owned. The V6 is a great engine but my previous RAV had an annoying whine at 60 to 65 mph. Improvements in the electronically controlled transmission software have made the 2011 whisper quiet at these speeds. The smart key entry system works flawlessly and is great when you've got armfuls of stuff and can't fish the key out of your pocket. It even works when I'm wearing gloves. Zero squeaks or rattles, even in cold weather. V6 combined mileage has been in the 24 to 26 range, really good for a V6 4WD. Poor weather handling has been excellent, very stable on bad roads. No regrets in buying another one.
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Best and Safest car my daughter has ever had

by from Lexington, VA on April 17, 2013

This 2011 RAV4 replaces a 2004 RAV4 with 166,000 miles that was in an accident and totalled, the 2004 was still in great shape and trouble free. This 2011 RAV4 is a phenomenal car, great value, great ...
This 2011 RAV4 replaces a 2004 RAV4 with 166,000 miles that was in an accident and totalled, the 2004 was still in great shape and trouble free. This 2011 RAV4 is a phenomenal car, great value, great inside and outside styling, the 4 cylinder engine is economical and peppy, the 4 speed automatic transmission is smooth, the 4 wheel disc brakes stop great, the AWD system is flawless, seats are comfortable, the inside space is great, the comfort features are wonderful, this RAV4 has the Run Flat tires that ride a little harsh but convenient in case of a flat, the moon/sunroof is a treat and the multi-CD radio sounds great. If you're looking for a small AWD SUV, this is such a great choice, not the most luxurious but such a great value, I'll buy another RAV4 anytime without hesitation.
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RAV4 Then and Now 2002-2011

by from St. Charles, MO on March 12, 2011

Owned a 2002 RAV4 before buying this 2011 version. The new model is around 20% bigger and this change has more of an impact than I thought it would. On the plus side there is a lot more cargo room wit...
Owned a 2002 RAV4 before buying this 2011 version. The new model is around 20% bigger and this change has more of an impact than I thought it would. On the plus side there is a lot more cargo room with or without the back seats folded down (I did not get the third row seat version) and more head room for taller passengers. On the minus side this is now a mid to large SUV so no more squeezing into the only tight parking spot left. I miss the ability I had with my 2002 version of taking out the rear seats for more cargo room and better gas mileage. However with the 2011 you get an extra glove box shelf and a variety of driver seat adjustments. Over all I like the new car and like anything new it takes some getting used to.
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Most Reliable Car I've Owned

by from Reno, NV on May 27, 2011

Last car owned 2001 RAV4 Negatives: Stripping along side of car to prevent other car doors damaging, is much, much smaller and not well placed. Gear shifting is complicated by manufac- turer trying ...
Last car owned 2001 RAV4 Negatives: Stripping along side of car to prevent other car doors damaging, is much, much smaller and not well placed. Gear shifting is complicated by manufac- turer trying to give some semblence to a standard transmission. Writer's first car was a standard transmission. Interior arrangement and seemingly un- necessary placement of some operative instrument are confusing. Once again, the manufacturer is reaching out in des- peration to make the newest model dif- ferent. Too bad, the first few years the models changed little if at all. It all be- gan when they extended the body 14", playing havoc with the MPG and making it difficult to park in a two car garage. Toyota. You really going to print this?
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2011 RAV4 4cyl. 4x4 OK but disappointed

by from Maryland on March 3, 2012

2011 RAV4 Limited 4cyl. engine 4x4. This was purchased as my mom's golden years vehicle. She wanted something she could see out of, was up high/easy to get in and out of, small-ish and got good gas mi...
2011 RAV4 Limited 4cyl. engine 4x4. This was purchased as my mom's golden years vehicle. She wanted something she could see out of, was up high/easy to get in and out of, small-ish and got good gas mileage. Also, all the bells and whistles my dad refused to get in the past, so she chose an almost fully loaded Limited model. Went with 4 cylinder engine to maximize MPG, but my area is short on front wheel drive 'Limited' models, so ended up with the 4 wheel drive. At the time of purchase, Toyota.com said 2 wheel drive models were not available for sale in my area (Md.). I don't know if this was due to the tsunami or just a regular sales decision. There is no hill-holder or hill brake on the automatic transmission in the 4 cylinder model, so when you start on a steep hill the car rolls back like a manual transmission car. Really unnerves my mom. She tries to avoid hills. I've heard the hill brake may be an option (?) you can purchase, but seeing as she bought a Limited version and it didn't come with it, I doubt it. Maybe the front wheel drive only version has it? The V-6 does have it. We didn't encounter any substantial hills on our test drives so it didn't appear to be as rolly as it really is on big hills. The gas mileage is awful for old lady drivers. My mom's short 2-5 mile stop-sign racing at 25-35 mph speeds result in 16-17mpg. But, one trip over 10 miles on the highway will bump the average to over 20mpg, but still nowhere near the big print advertised mileage, much closer to the small low end fine print mileage for the V-6. The "break in period" is bogus. Did average 28-30 mpg on a long interstate trip, but we cared more about the around town mileage. I am 6'3" and I find the seats to be slightly off. Seat bottoms are not quite wide enough or long enough, but it's not my car. But, at least your almost level with your co-pilot versus the Subaru Forester where the co-pilot sits down in a hole with the dash board at eye level. Overall, you can't beat the room available in the RAV4. Very roomy front and back. Oh, we only got the 2 rows of seats. As most everyone notes, the swing out tailgate is not great, but you can learn to work with it. Only thing you can't work around is when it's raining; you don't have any cover and the rain just goes right in the back. Overall the RAV4 is a great vehicle. The 4 cylinder has a lot of pep. More than enough to get you moving. Ride is tops for the type of vehicle, but by no means smooth or sedan-like. Wind and road noise is quieter than CR-V, but not as quiet as a sedan. Speaking of the CR-V, the RAV4 doesn't have any strong vibrations through the steering wheel when stopped at a light like the CR-V. That was a bit unnerving on our CR-V test drives. You'd be sitting at a light and it would just vibrate your arms. I think it was tied to the power steering and A/C system. Anyways, one of the cons for the CR-V that led to the RAV4 purchase. The interior details are great in the RAV4: cup holders, outlets, folding seats, sliding seats, armrest and glove boxes. The only other thing I don't like are the LCD displays. They look dated and detract from the style of the interior. A quibble, but eh...
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The Do Everything Vehicle

by from Calgary, AB on October 17, 2011

We have the 2011 V6 Limited version with most of the extras except the navigation tool. Great gas mileage, great response on the highway, turns on a dime and extremely responsive. From the outside it ...
We have the 2011 V6 Limited version with most of the extras except the navigation tool. Great gas mileage, great response on the highway, turns on a dime and extremely responsive. From the outside it appears quite compact. I have taken 80" doors in for repair, transported a 5' bathtub from Home Depot to our home. Taken grandkids on various trips, 4 golfers including myself with all our gear. Looks good, rides great, never a fear of it not performing as advertised when we purchased it.
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Great in Snow & Ice

by from Cedarburg, WI on March 22, 2011

RAV4 handles well in the poorest of road conditions. Gives the driver the confidence in the cars ability to get you to your destination. Wind noise with rear windows cracked or open is quite annoying....
RAV4 handles well in the poorest of road conditions. Gives the driver the confidence in the cars ability to get you to your destination. Wind noise with rear windows cracked or open is quite annoying. Standard drivers seat can get uncomfortable. Rear window seems to get dirty quite easily. GREAT forward visability!
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Great car

by from Orange County, CA on March 14, 2011

We recently sold our 2002 4Runner and bought a 2011 RAV4 sport. We look the outside and the intrerior is very well designed. The seats are comfortable and the interior has ample room for everything we...
We recently sold our 2002 4Runner and bought a 2011 RAV4 sport. We look the outside and the intrerior is very well designed. The seats are comfortable and the interior has ample room for everything we need to fit, including the 2 car seats we'll be putting in later this year when our twins arrive. Ample power as the 179 hp is only slightly less than the '02 4Runner V6. It sips gas for an SUV.
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