Originally Posted by ScreamingTaco
Not sure if the Rav4 qualifies as a car or an SUV... but I'm going to ask anyway...
My wife wants a Rav4 and I don't know anything about them. I'm wondering how good they are in terms of reliability, performance and safety.
She's looking at the Sport 4x4 and trying to decide between the 4cyl and 6cyl engine.
She wants something that'll handle well on snowy/icy highways as well as capable of doing some minor offloading down unmaintained trails (likes to fish).
I'd like to confirm if the 4WD is a full-time/AWD setup with locking differential instead of a T-Case?
I rented one last summer while on vacation. 4cyl, auto, 4x4. If I remember right it was full time 4x4 without a low range. I was visiting some friends in North Carolina. They live in the mountains near the Tennessee border. We put 1500 miles on the car in a week, most of it with three guys in it. AC on the whole time. It had plenty of power with the 4cyl. Don't get me wrong, it's not fast, but kept up with traffic no problem. Sometimes the engine does work hard and has to be spun up past 5,000 rpm to climb the larger hills. I still am not really comfortable with that, but it seems to be how the newer 4 bangers are. We didn't try to wheel it, but I wouldn't have had an issue going down an unmaintained dirt road with it. We got 23MPG average for the trip. Mostly two lane roads at 60-65, with some long interstate trips at 75-80MPH. And we drove it like most people drive a rental car. If I owned it and cared what happened to it, I'm sure the mileage could have been a bit better.