The current RAV4's more rugged styling compromises interior space compared with the previous generation.
The 2.5-liter four-cylinder is paired with an eight-speed automatic and delivers relatively quick acceleration.
Fuel economy is commendable at 27-mpg overall.
The hybrid version feels energetic, with the electric drive producing immediate and quiet motivation from a standstill, while delivering an impressive 37-mpg overall.
The RAV4 is responsive in corners, and it remains under control even when pushed.
The ride, however, is rather stiff, and the noisy engine hurts the driving experience.
Most controls, such as the large climate-control knobs, are easy to use, and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility are standard.
FCW and AEB with pedestrian detection are standard, and BSW is standard on all except the base trim.