The original Toyota RAV4 pioneered the small, car-based SUV segment in the mid-1990s, and it has continued to set a high standard for the class with each subsequent generation—until now.
Toyota changed the RAV4’s proportions with the redesign and borrowed heavily from its truck-based vehicles to craft a more rugged appearance, but that comes at the expense of passenger and cargo room. The engine gained horsepower, and it is now matched with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The RAV4 proved both quick and frugal in our tests. Our all-wheel drive RAV4 returned 27 mpg overall. Acceleration is relatively quick at 8.3 seconds from 0-60 mph. However, the engine is noisy and suffers from an irritating drone, and the shifts aren’t the smoothest.