With available 7-passenger seating and a footprint closer to a midsize crossover, the 2011 Toyota RAV4 ranks close to the top of the Compact Crossover class with an impressive Total Car Score.
Automotive critics view the RAV4 as a practicial, efficient and spacious family hauler. They especially like the available (if cramped) third-row seat and V6 engine, which is extremely powerful while also being highly fuel efficient.
They're not enamored with the side-opeing rear hatch or the quality of the interior materials, especially given newer efforts by the Korean manufacturers.
The 2011 Toyota RAV4 is at the end of its product cycle, with a redesign coming the following year.
The 2011 Toyota RAV4 is offered in Base, Sport and Limited models, each with front- or all-wheel drive and four-cylinder or V6 power.
Standard items on Base models include cruise control, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and six-speaker audio system with CD. The Sport gets 18-inch alloy wheels, firmer suspension tuning and color-keyed bumpers. A Sport Appearance package lets buyers deleve the spare tire mounted on the rear cargo door while adding a leather-wrapped steering wheel and heated mirrors.
The Limited uses the Base model's suspension tuning and rides on 17-inch alloy wheels, but benefits from keyless entry and ignition, automatic headlights and dual-zone climate control.
The 2.5-liter four-cylinder makes 179 horsepower and is paired with a 4-speed automatic transmission. The available 269-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 comes with a 5-speed automatic transmission.
EPA fuel economy ratings are 22 mpg city/28 highway and 24 combined with FWD and the 2.5, 21/27/24 with AWD and the 2.5, 19/27/22 with FWD and the V6, and 19/26/22 with AWD and the V6.
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