Toyota Rav4 2007

Toyota Rav4 2007: The small SUV sector is probably one of the most affordable division in the automotive industry today. That suggests customers have much more versions to choose from than in the past. Toyota's RAV4 was entirely redesigned for 2006 and offers a much more masculine look than in previous versions, although that alone does not push it to the top of the heap.

Toyota has a whole lot going all out with its new RAV4. There's lots of cargo area, ergonomic controls, useable storage containers anywhere as well as-- in the V-6 variation I checked-- plenty of driving thrills. Add on the excellent mileage as well as competitive sticker price, as well as I'm locating debates against the RAV4 hard to come by.

Toyota Rav4 2007


When the RAV4 was revamped last year, it received a full overhaul from its cute-ute past. While a couple of close friends suggested it was still an auto for females, I thought my red test lorry was stylish enough for any kind of man to drive. The large black grille alone stated this small SUV meant business.

Gone is the tiny hood scoop that never seemed appropriate on a non-turbocharged vehicle. Every angle discovers sharp lines that are exceptionally modern. The only bad move-- as well as not simply in the style division-- is the spare tire and cover planted on the rear hatch.


Toyota isn't really recognized for daring interior decoration, as well as generally that remains true in the RAV4, though there are specific components that aim to offer some eye candy. The big, arrow-shaped door manages make a statement, as does the two-tiered center console that houses home entertainment functions on the leading and environmental protections under. My sporting activity version really did not included dual-zone environment control, and that transforms the AIR CONDITIONING controls from two collections of switches to 3 large handles. I was more than satisfied to have the no-nonsense handles for my week with the RAV4. Sometimes, simple innovation functions ideal.

My test car showcased black cloth interior that fit as well as really felt great to the touch. It was soft but offered the impression it would certainly also take on some misuse. After a long commute in bumper-to-bumper website traffic I had no need for a prolonged stretch as well as no complaints regarding my back.

The split rear seat wasn't as comfy, yet it reclines and also can be moved forward as well as back to enhance legroom or freight room, relying on the setup. This is one of those now-essential SUV attributes.

Additionally necessary for SUVs-- despite their dimension-- is a lot of freight area, and young boy, does the RAV4 feature cargo space; I was amazed when I looked up the figures. The RAV4 not just has even more freight area than the revamped Honda CR-V, Mitsubishi Outlander and various other portable SUVs, it has more area than the Jeep Grand Cherokee and upcoming Ford Side, both of which are bigger vehicles generally. Toyota could honestly tout its "ideal in course cargo area" due to the fact that absolutely nothing else comes close. Surprisingly, the RAV4 doesn't look that cavernous personally; a reduced lots flooring as well as high ceiling camouflage its roominess.

Going & Ceasing

My test lorry came packed with an optional 263-horsepower V-6, and also it sold me. If I needed to make the option between the base four-cylinder and also the higher-powered and higher-priced V-6-- about a $2,000 price boost-- I would certainly take the V-6.

The gas pedal was as twitchy as Dirty Harry's trigger finger, and launches from a dead stop offered an unusual rush of acceleration. After those jolting liftoffs the engine never ever appeared to lack power. This is not the standard in the compact SUV market, as well as both the new CR-V and Hyundai Santa Fe I just recently evaluated delivered a lot more sedate driving experiences.

On the highway, the engine revved gladly to pass as well as combine, but the power was accompanied by a jolt in between gears. The five-speed transmission was definitely not the smoothest I have actually evaluated, as well as you'll understand when you're changing equipments. There is no deceptive rate below; when you punch the gas it comes promptly.

The most effective aspect of the V-6 engine? It's not the efficiency, it's the mileage. The EPA-estimated mileage is 21 mpg in the city and also 28 mpg on the highway. That's comparable to several four-cylinder models on the market and also on the same level with the four-cylinder RAV4, which gets 24/30 mpg.

As fun and also functional as the engine was, I did not fall for the brakes. Toyota truly missed an opportunity to deliver a performance-oriented SUV for the masses by failing to enhance the brakes. Yes, the RAV4 includes antilock brakes and discs on all four corners, yet when you struck the brake pedal there's a mushy feedback that does not assure. It's fine making the RAV4 fast, but it has to come to a halt just as rapid.

Flight & Handling

The RAV4 comes in either two- or four-wheel drive. My red tester had four-wheel drive, however it was an automated, on-demand system. That indicates power is divvied up between the front and also back wheels online relying on driving problems. When 4x4 is needed, the system immediately shifts power so both cars share the tons. When it's not, power goes just to the front wheels to assist with gas economic situation. There's a four-wheel-drive lock button that can be utilized in off-road situations, but just as much as 25 mph.

Since my test lorry was a Sporting activity model, the suspension was adjusted for performance rather than comfort. That certainly impacted the ride, as the RAV4 felt rougher than the competitors I have actually driven, yet it was likewise a whole lot even more fun to drive. Those are selections customers have to make when choosing in between typical and also Sport designs. Do not let a salesperson tell you otherwise; if you desire a commuter permanently gas mileage and also a soft ride, get the typical design. If you want a bit a lot more exhilaration, and the kids don't mind the bumps, get the Sporting activity.


The brand-new RAV4 earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Security's top rating of Great in both frontal as well as side-impact accident examinations. Several security features come typical, consisting of anti-skid brakes, side curtain airbags with rollover sensing units, a digital stability system and grip control.


My test lorry was well furnished, though it really did not feature natural leather seats, power seats or guiding wheel audio controls. It did have a power sunroof and a quite respectable stereo-- add in the V-6, and also I do not assume the price tag of $27,784 is that bad. I do not mind the absence of natural leather in an energy vehicle; if you're making use of the RAV4 the method it's intended, natural leather shouldn't be a worry. For those that feel in different ways, it's still an alternative.

Mentioning energy, the cargo area was one of the very best I've seen in an SUV this dimension. If you deduct the horribly irritating side-opening rear hatch, it would probably be among the most convenient to utilize on the marketplace. Like the Mazda CX-7, the back seats fold level through deals with placed in the rear cargo area, in addition to by manages on the seats themselves. This indicates that when you're in a parking area with a cart filled with two-by-fours you can obtain the room you need without needing to open up both back entrances.

The cargo flooring is carpeted yet can be turned over to become a difficult plastic flooring. This function is likewise located on the CX-7, as well as the Mazda's is a bit much better at fitting flush with the rest of the flooring.

Toyota RAV4 in the marketplace

When you think about the abundant freight area, bevy of functions as well as optional V-6 engine, there's not a lot in this rate array that can genuinely take on the RAV4. The only trouble is there are a lot of various other tiny SUVs in this cost range, and they all supply distinct attributes and designing. In the long run I would not be amazed if individuals decide away from the RAV4 merely because of looks, despite the fact that Toyota did a good task with the style and also boosted just what was once a small player in the market. Now, it has a speedy, roomy as well as not-so-bad-looking small SUV.

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