Our Week with the 2015 Toyota RAV4 Limited AWD SUV
Toyota touts the new 2015 Toyota RAV4 as, “Stylish, smart and adventurous.” I am going to lead off with this review and say, that I can completely agree with this statement! For years, I have looked at the RAV4 and haven’t been all that impressed. But as many other vehicles in the Toyota lineup, I am awestruck by some of their new design and features they’ve chosen to go with. Clearly they are on a trend and not missing any marks with consumers.
Let’s talk about looks. First off, the outside has a sleek look at first then dominant lines take you to a very stylish back end. This model just breathes decent gas mileage from every intended curve. They’re on their 4th gen of the RAV4 and you can clearly tell they’ve done nothing but innovate and listen to their consumer audience. The features of headroom are clearly visible from the interior but outside it looks like your typical SUV in the segment. I think this is a plus because nothing bugs me more then having the headroom inside and the vehicle looking like a school bus from the exterior. Everything about the exterior of this 15 RAV4 had me excited to see what the interior brought. So let’s cover that.
The interior, like I said, had PLENTY of headroom and in the back, there was more than enough leg room. When you are sitting in the driver’s seat, you’re instantly reminded that Toyota seats are clearly some of the most comfortable in the market. As you climb in and get over how comfortable the seats are, you look at the dash… This is where I was a little disappointed. For it being 2015, I think we should all do away with the digital looking text on the odometer cluster. For the prices we pay for vehicles, I think they should have the LCD. This may be almost a personal feeling and I don’t hold it against Toyota, I just think it is one area they could excel in a little more. Other than the digital experience the interior was really slick. Our Limited version that we had for a week, had a carbon fiber ‘wrap’ on some of the interior plastic sections. I thought I would instantly reject this idea but I honestly think the design of it fit with the rest of the vehicle; it really made me feel manly-ier to drive the RAV4. One thing I will note is, the road noise in this vehicle was louder than I’d like.
Ok let’s talk about what you can expect in terms of fuel “savings”. At least here’s what we experienced. The RAV4 is rated at 24 mpg city and 31 mpg hwy. I will say that we averaged, overall 27 mpg. On my way into work, I noticed I did get better mileage but I didn’t get 31 mpg but that’s due to the amount of traffic I was in, I am sure. Our RAV4 came equipped with 2.5-Liter 4-Cylinder DOHC 16-Valve with Dual VVT-i , putting out 176 hp @ 6000 rpm, and 172 lb.-ft. @ 4100 rpm.
All of that being said this little SUV made me really happy to report that I approve this vehicle. It only had a few drawbacks which were noted. But I bet you’re asking what’s this thing going to cost. Well, this AWD Limited edition with all the bells and whistles will cost you close to $32,785. That’s a bit high of a price point for an SUV of this size considering some of the others we’ve had. I don’t even hold that against Toyota, the reason they cost what they do is simply, they hold their value extremely well. I hope you get to drive the new 2015 RAV4 and have some of the same experiences I have.