2014 Toyota RAV4 Review
The RAV4 is everything it needs to be, and that's ok.No Comments
The RAV4 is a much nicer looking car now than perhaps at any time in its long history.
The RAV4 was the first of its kind, so it makes sense that it should do everything a crossover is supposed to do, and do it extremely well. As a suburban family hauler, its primary mission is to provide space and utility, and it does both in comfort and style, and even a modicum of efficiency, if you'd like.
Toyota is perhaps the best brand when it comes to threading the needle between rugged-looking, sporty-looking, and not cheap-looking, and the RAV4 is a much nicer looking car now than perhaps at any time in its long history.
As with the exterior, the RAV4 's forward looking design keeps the interior from looking desperately in need of a refresh. The nav/infotainment screen is nicely integrated into the dashboard, a trick even the most upscale brands have yet to quite perfect, and the stitched-leather lower lip of the console is clean and useless enough to feel fancy.
The truck-like drive is far from a deal-breaker, however. In fact it may even evoke a sense of nostalgia in drivers of a certain age.
There isn't a ton of fun to be had in the RAV4 , but of course, the Sport in Sport Utility was never intended to refer to the sport of auto racing. No, SUV were vehicles to utilize while going to play a sport, like volleyball, or tennis.
The ride in the RAV4 is comfortable, and the handling is decent, if not exactly sporty. But there's adequate speed and good sight lines, and its 25 mpg average is not too shabby either.
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Drivetrain Layout: Front engine, all-wheel drive
Power Output: 176 hp / 172 lb-ft
Fuel Economy (mpg):22 city / 29 highway
Price (base): $26,4000
Price (as tested): $28,772 (includes $860 delivery fee)
Available Features: Entune premium audio with navigation and app suite, USB port, hands-free-phone capability, HD radio, SiriusXM, V.I.P. security system, first aid kit, interior light kit.