The mere thought of driving Toyota’s 2015 Rav4 always brings a smile to my face. “Fun” should be listed in right there on the sticker next to options like Eco and Sport modes. From the onset, the refined look of the Rav4 gives this compact SUV an easy-going and energetic appeal. The only small aspect of this SUV is its category rating. Physics aside, the Rav4 has a big personality and offers up a great deal of charm. Cool lines, sleek headlights, chrome trims and Roof Rails to boot; the Rav4 is not short on style and flair.
Offering up a zippy and comfortable ride with some pep via 2.5L DOHC, 4-Cylinder Engine kicking out 176 ponies and 172 lb-ft of torque paired up with a 6-Speed Automatic Transmission, the Rav4 is suitable for various driving conditions. Front Wheel Drive coupled with Eco and Sport Modes gave the Rav4 power when needed and greater fuel economy on the fly. Short or long-range road trips are very easy on the wallet with a combined 26-MPG (24-city and 31-highway). Agile and comfortable in motion the Rav4 holds its own with the big dogs on the open road.
As always, Toyota’s commitment to safety never falls off no matter the make or model of its product. The Star Safety System includes Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control and Traction Control make the Rav4 agile enough to whip in and out of traffic and secure enough in its handling. Electronic Brake Force Distribution, Brake Assist, Smart Stop Technology, Backup Camera and airbags round out the cloak of safety of the Rav4.
The whole “fun” experience of driving the Rav4 was brought full circle with the Entune® system. Sitting in the firm, but comfortable seats, the Rav4 offers up style and entertainment in every drive. Rocking out to my favorite artists via the optional Entune® Audio Plus package was on point. The Multimedia Bundle includes a 6.1 High Resolution Touch-Screen Display with Integrated Back-Up Camera, iPod Connectivity via 2.0 USB Port, Hands-Free Phone Capability via Bluetooth, SiriusXM Radio and HD Radio satisfy any musical palate.
Sporty in its approach and spacious for its size, the Rav4 LE FWD SUV has just the right amount to swag to appeal to the young and young at heart.
MSRP $25,420 and for more info click here.