Well I don't know. How people moan about mpg on this model I can't understand. Even on urban mileage I find that if I use the torque & keep the revs below 2,000 (like 1,500 max) you get between 40-45 mpg. It's fun driving slow for a change, & saving cash. It handles well, though not up to saloon standards really. Could do with better lumbar support & heated seats. Folding mirrors are great, used all the time. Excellent purchase, replacing a Nissan X-Trail, and terrific dealer support. Great resale too. U can't go wrong!
Having been a four-wheel-drive owner for many years, I am impressed with the RAV4. I find the ride excellent - it soaks up all the bumps on our terrible roads.
The driving position is good, with plenty of leg room in the front and rear, and all the switches and controls are well positioned and easy to use.
Fuel consumption is better than I expected, returning over 40 miles to the gallon. The engine is smooth and produces loads of torque at low revolutions.
I do have a problem with my steering wheel, though - I cannot get my wife's hands off it!
i collected my new Rav4 T-180 late July 2006 from my local toyota dealer. I must admit it looks fantastic, the colour Yew Green is definitely the best colour for this car. I've got the Style Pack, Protection Pack & the roof rails fitted, all of which really makes the car look beutiful.
Stepping into the car is quite impressive, you have all the extras you could ever wish for but the keyless entry takes a bit of getting used to.
This car has many good points and also the tailgate is not really as bad or impractical as what the car mags say. But what i find is poor, is the ride, whether you are travelling at 30mph or 70mph, you can feel every little bump on the road, the suspension seems as if it is rock hard but i beleave the poor ride is because of the 18-inch alloy wheels with run-flat tyres. As well the mpg isn't as good as what i expected, i've done 2000 miles so far, 90% motorway, but my average mpg is 33.6. This is still better than all the competetors but the figure that toyota quote of 40.4mpg is far out.
Unfortunately, when i am driving, the ride is the most important thing for me, so if i knew that the ride was so hard before i bought it, i would have definitely looked elsewhere.
I don't understand people who are getting poor fuel economy with this car. I have had this car for one-and-a-half months and am currently getting over 47mpg - mostly on motorways, I guess - so I'm very pleased with the fuel economy.
It's fun to drive, too, and I can park it and reverse it without too much trouble (I never got the sightlines right on my beloved old Mazda 6, and rejected the Honda CV because it felt so big and I was worried about manouevring it around multi-storey car parks). I half-wish I had gone for the XT5 though, because I miss the lumbar support I had on my Mazda.
However, I think it's a really cool car. It's fun, easy on the motorway, has a tight turning circle, good visibility, and no, (whoever posted a cryptic comment about it) the leather definitely does not feel as though it's fake. For heaven's sake, it has that leather smell!
I would only buy the diesel though. Passengers have had to ask me if it's a diesel engine, which is proof of how refined it is.
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