The Sport models add 18-inch alloy wheels, premium cloth upholstery, rear privacy glass, automatic headlamps, fog lamps, roof rails with crossbars, fender flares, power sunroof, and tonneau cover. Dont like the spare tire on the back? I really should be paying more attention to the drive than to my trivial attempt at critiquing the interior. Let's see what's in the garage. . Other competitors do a much better job at this sort of thing. Also, at one point the system told me to get off Interstate 94 … then get back onto Interstate 94.
The combination was great for driving on the highway. It's a typical sunny Friday afternoon in L. The same thing holds true for side and rear visibility. Hurry up if you want a V6. Why is the traction-control switch next to the seat-warmer buttons? The problem with the swing-out gate is simply a matter of practicality: A liftgate is simpler to use and allows for more options when parking and loading. If only I weren't stuck in another Los Angeles traffic jam.
The only flaws I found on the utility side were with the rear swing-out gate and the optional backup camera. A fully loaded Rav 4 with leather heated seats is an excellent buy. There's a fine sense of logic, and that never goes out of style. Hands up if you didn't see that coming. More cars are switching to a laid-back windshield, so the pillars that support the glass originate farther forward from the hood, limiting visibility.
The big standouts are the three dials that control the climate system, which are easy to understand but look outdated — not to mention they feel really cheap when you turn them. The brakes also require less effort than others, to the point that the pedal felt a bit too soft on occasion. That same sense carries over to the navigation system buttons, the steering-wheel audio controls and so on. Some competing crossovers have a much firmer ride, transmitting every road imperfection into the cabin with a jolt and a bang. Ingress, egress, headroom, and legroom were ultimately areas that Toyota didn't need to compromise on for the sake of figure. Those don't sound like volume-seller specs to me. The big standouts are the three dials that control the climate system, which are easy to understand but look outdated — not to mention they feel really cheap when you turn them.
The Pacific Blue Metallic should fit the bill. Around town, I found the accelerator to be just a touch too sensitive. The six-way power driver's seat can be raised high for a commanding eye level or dropped as low as it can go for a more car-like sitting position. At no point did it indicate it had recalculated my route for any reason; it just seemed to hiccup. I'm languishing away, ensnared in a motorcade bind that I'd rather not be a part of. Because Toyota didn't feel the need to bring in daring stylists, there are no surprises within the cabin.
Crikey, how do I adjust the side mirrors on this thing? Trim lines are the Base, Sport and Limited. Case in point: After finishing a triathlon and settling in for what I expected to be an hour-long stint of driving, I stopped for the first time three hours later, and only then because I needed to get gas. The rearview camera is close to being perfect, but falls just short. The small 'ute group has been tagged as an up-and-coming market for several years, but we're fairly confident Toyota has enough experience to know how to handle its business. That same sense carries over to the navigation system buttons, the steering-wheel audio controls and so on. The vehicle I tested had a 179-horsepower, 2. It does a nice job of absorbing bumps and potholes, without making a ton of noise while doing so.
Send Bill an Hide full review. The V6 models add downhill assist control and hill-start assist. And hey, with the V-6, it's still pretty quick. When I needed to pass, the engine kicked down quickly and off I went. There was no amount of fiddling I could do to make it sound anything like it should have. It falls short with its aged interior, including clunky navigation and audio systems.
Everything is laid out logically, the controls are where you expect them to be and — most important — they actually work the way you expect them to work. It's the top-of-the-line Limited trim with the 3. Just, you know, to pick a random example. The center console's cell phone slot, directly above the side mirror toggle, is a nice addition to a prime location. That's when I was re-introduced to what the V-6 and all-wheel drive can do. I'll just push my right foot farther down into the footwell.
I bet my mom would dig it. Now there are plenty — most with newer designs that are, frankly, prettier to sit in and look at. Worst of all, the freeway monotony seems to have dulled my mental processes. Other competitors do a much better job at this sort of thing. To the delight of the child-rearing market, the second row slides and reclines.
The V6 models add downhill assist control and hill-start assist. . . . . . .