My latest test car from the Rocky Mountain Redline people was a 2016 Toyota RAV4 Limited AWD SUV that was painted Black Currant metallic and featured a black Softex (leather-like) five passenger interior. The RAV4 is classified as a compact SUV, and is currently in its fourth generation of production, having been sold in America since 1996.
My test car carried an M.S.R.P. of $37,365.00, including freight and options, and was the Limited all-wheel drive model. The RAV4 can be purchased with front-wheel drive, although part of its name, RAV4, denotes four-wheel drive. RAV stands for recreational activity vehicle, by the way, and it’s a big seller – 30,000 units per month on several occasions. Options on the RAV4 included a technology package for $1,435.00 and a number of items with the largest in cost being a remote starter for $499.00. The Limited had standard items such as proximity keyless operation with pushbutton start, power liftgate, moon roof, remote start, backup camera, twin heated power buckets, Bluetooth/USB connections, roof rails, and tilt/telescope/leather steering wheel. The technology items were satellite radio, 11-speaker JBL stereo, and a navigation system.
Power for the RAV4 is supplied by a 2.5 liter, four-cylinder DOHC engine (176 hp/172 lb. ft.) coupled with a six-speed automatic transmission. Zero to 60 mph acceleration time is reportedly 8.4 seconds, and fuel economy ratings are 22 city/29 highway, 25 overall. Weight of the RAV4 is 3,425 lbs., wheelbase is 104.7”, overall length is 179.9”, width is 72.6”, height is 65.4”, and the fuel tank holds 15.9 gallons.
Ruth and I took the Toyota to Denver twice, and in typical Toyota fashion, the car almost drove itself. It rides, guides and passes other vehicles in OK fashion, and holds five adults comfortably. With the back seat folded down, the cargo capacity is 73.6 cubic feet.
The RAV-4 is a treat to test, probably would be the same to own, and I give it a “thumbs up” for my week in its company.