Apr 01, 2009
Reviewed By Paul Duchene
Price as Tested $30,938

Big enough to be useful, decent legroom, longest wheelbase in class and decent ride. 180-hp 4-cylinder is adequate and gets 25 mpg in mixed driving. Reasonably quiet on the highway. Nav system simple, instruments/controls are intuitive, push open/close second glovebox is fun. Driver’s view is good, front seats comfortable. Back-up camera in mirror is useful.


$24,600 base price is competitive but $1,930 premium interior package, $1,550 Nav system, $750 towing hitch, and $475 back-up mirror will take it out of consideration.


RAV4 sheds “cute ute” label, is now handsome and big enough to be genuinely useful (as tested by SCM for a week in Scottsdale). Bound to be good for 200,000-plus miles, but the loaded cost may be a deal-breaker. Mind you, this is a good time to drive a hard bargain.

Fun to Drive
3.0 rating
Fun to Look at
2.0 rating
Overall Experience
3.0 rating
Horsepower 180-hp
EPA Mileage 25 mpg