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Toyota RAV4 2009 4-door SUV
Trim Shown: Sport Utility
The RAV4 has a flexible, well-designed interior. It is much more substantial than its predecessor, with a quieter interior, a more comfortable ride, and better fuel economy. Handling is agile and secure with standard stability control. The rear seat is roomy. A tiny third-row seat is optional. A new 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine replaced the old 2.4-liter for 2009 and gets 23 mpg overall. The optional 3.5-liter V6 makes the RAV4 quick and quiet, and it returns only 1 mpg less than the four-cylinder, but in Limited trim it pushes the price to $30,000. The side-opening rear gate requires a lot of room to open.

See Reliability page for the latest 2009 Toyota RAV4 recalls.

Safety Equipment

ABS available; standard from 2004. ESC standard from 2004. Side and head protection air bags available from 2004, standard from 2007.

Road Test

The RAV4 is a well-rounded package, combining good all-around performance with a comfortable ride and agile handling. Its engine gets impressive fuel economy and an optional third-row bench was offered to bring seating to seven in a pinch. Cabin furn...

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 3 rear, 2 third
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Automatic
  • 4-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2.5-liter 4 (179 hp)
  • 3.5-liter V6 (269 hp)