I can't buy the RAV4 because the alerts sound levels and/or frequency are wrong for anybody with hearing difficulties
After I tested a number of SUVs, I was planning to buy the current model RAV4 only to be disappointed when I found that I couldn't hear any of the alert signals (e.g Lane Departure , Blind Spot Monitoring, Parkins Sensors etc).
I asked sales rep if anything can be done to make the sound louder but the answer was NO,
This is highly surprising (at least to me) because as I see it most of the safety related benefits of a new car are reliant on alerts and although some of them are also displayed visually (buried in the small display which is p...artially hidden by the steering wheel) aural alerts must be of the right volume and frequency to be heard by someone with hearing difficulties (I am challenged but I am not totally deaf and I could clearly hear all such alerts in similar Hyundai or Kia models). I hope I am wrong in my assessment of things (I will approach another dealer before I make a final purchase decision) and if I am I will update the review and the rating accordingly.
Bumpy worst than small cars
My gxl Rav4 2018 is very bumpy worst than small cars. It is sad to have such quality when you buy an SUV. Except that it's all good, gps is great, possibility to lock/unlock the car without using the remote control buttons, the cruise control ability to brake automatically and resume etc. Many great features. 6 months service is another issue, that's too much..
Purchased in June 2019.
I have a 2010 Rav4 Cruiser which went in for a service. I was given a 2019 Rav4 as a loan car. Drive was nice and smooth but car felt bigger than mine. Technology was awesome like lane assist and blind spot monitor and LED lights. Only downfall is the run flat spare tyre and non adjustable back row seats. I was expecting a compact car feel but it felt bigger than what it looked like. Overall it was great but I still prefer my 2010 Rav4.
Toyota, could be better.
I go to an from work an shopping, but long trips, undered powered, I got three kids an it is a bit small for them, I got the two wheel drive because the All Wheel Drive use too much petrol which makes the engine work harder. I am use to a two wheel drive any way. Plus the all Wheel Drive cost more to service/own/ etc, I can,t see the point of an A.W.D car. Diesel is only good for medium to long trips, not made for short trips.
- RAV4 XA40 FWD 2.0L Petrol GXL (2013-2019)
- Verified purchase
Reasonably happy with car....
Looks good, drives good but lacks modern technology. I have a 2017 RAV4 which does not have all the modern features such as, lane sensors, front cameras etc you would expect from a new car. I think there's better value for money cars out there. I had a NIssan Qashqai before my Rav4 and I much preferred the Nissan.
Space saver spare just plain rubbish
Warning I did not buy my 2018 Rav4 Cruiser to go shopping. I bought it for touring to some remote places. So without knowing about the space saver temporary spare tyre I signed a contract and found out later. Salesman telling me he can get me a full size spare but it won't fit in the boot properly. So I read up on the temp spare and found lots of problems. Like can only travel at 80kms, and only 500 or so kms, and no safety features work, and the vehicle will be lower on one side. Where to put full size flat tyre if not fit in space saver area?...Tire pressure warning light will come on and won't turn off etc... Not good so back to dealer for quote on full size spare? Can't risk it. Price for the full size steel rim and tyre (painted silver) 18x8 wheel nuts included - $605+gst. Genuine alloy (like for like) $1965+gst Alloy Rim and Tyre. Would like a proper alloy but too expensive so have to have steel wheel nuts for this steel spare option or no insurance. So not good Toyota. Also have to buy roof cargo rack to store. And would you pay 2K for one rim and tyre? Then you have more money left than me. Even $600 is off the chain for a steel wheel and tyre. Then 1k for rack. Not to mention lifting wheel onto roof. So wrote to Toyota customer care online. Telling them spent 50K to get 5 wheels and only got 4.5 can they help? Why spend money to get a problem like this? No answer 24 hours. Why such overpriced for full size spare that won't fit in space provided for spare? Very bad practice. Warn all don't buy shonky Toyota with temp spare or you may get stuck. Not at the shop but lost in the dessert ,hopefully not without water? Toyota you're selling this car in a wide brown land. You cannot do this to us. We wan't 5 wheels, with 5 tyres and a place to store the fith, just in case we get stuck. Thanks in advance.
Car is nice to drive, very comfortable, really happy with purchase and would tell everyone. I like the white color paint and leather interior. Love boot space and drive, I got automatic. The air con is powerful and lights are strong. The nav is not so good and why I didn’t give excellent rating.
A very good family car.
It is a very nice car.
Engine is powerful, low noise.
inner space very large and rear seat is comfortable for adults.
Air Con control is so so
Key is so old type...
Petrol consumption is 10.1L/100km in city driving, little bit more than expected.
Dashboard is so so so old style
High Oil Consumption in Diesel Rav4 2013 GXL
Drives great, like the interior but my RAV4 has an oil consumption problem. Have taken it back to Toyota who put it on a monitoring program and then they recommended to replace the pistons under warranty. However, I still have the same problem. Very disappointed that this issue is occurring in the first place with a Toyota vehicle.
Reasonable drive, underpowered motor and woeful GPS
I like RAVs, I really do. They are solid and reliable like a good lounge suite. This New 2014 RAV auto however has some issues. Don't buy it for sizzling performance - it isn't. But the real issue is the GPS ICE system and stereo radio installed. Mine is slow, hard to use and very temperamental. Also, the SD card is INSIDE the dashboard. Who does that?... When I use the hands free voice call system it sounds like I am under water, the quality is so bad. To be fair these systems are fitted after the car arrives in Australia BUT even the local Toyota dealer didn't have a clue how to fix it... Said I should contact the maker... Really?
Our First and Last Toyota
We own a 2007 RAV4 2.4L Cruiser (ACA33R). The car was bought brand new and made in Japan. It's our first Toyota. We always hear people say they are very reliable.
We were pleased we did not have any issue in the first few years. We service and wash the car regularly and we only use Premium Unleaded 98 from day 1. Interior has that cheap plastic feel (we paid about $46K back in 2007). Exterior is OK. Lots of room. 2.4L is enough for us city driver but the accelerator was disappointing. Late response. The service centre said they could not fin...d any fault. Then we started getting this noisy engine noise when the engine is cold/cool. It seems louder in winter. We mentioned the issue to the service and were told it's the water pump that started leaking. They suggested to leave it until it got worse. A year or two later we had the water pump replaced. No noise in the first week but soon came back. We mentioned to the service centre but they always come back saying they could not hear anything. In the end we just took that as poor Toyota quality. Now only done 88000kms, we also had the alternator replaced. We are now starting to get this clunking noise in the front and rear. We believe the front noise is to do with the steering column. Online forums suggest it's a common problem but Toyota would not recall as it is not a life threatening issue. Well, the noise makes me paranoid and stresses me out. Stress kills and that's life threatening. There is also something with the front brakes. The car seems to twist when braking. As with the clunking noise in the rear, We are still looking for a clue. We will point out the issues in the next service. Not sure what they are going to say but for sure this would be our first and last Toyota.
2012 Rav4 Limited, not worth the money , $32,000 Outback much better vehicle
Gas mileage isn't as good as the 4 cylinder , 19-24 mpg . This vehicle is plagued with varies rattles, visors, moon roof slider etc, already had a power door lock fail at 15,000 miles ; last week check engine was flashing after a loud engine clunk when started cold , varies instruments light came on, restarted , went back to normal , no engine code ! after owning for over a year probably will trade it in soon on another Outback , Toyota's Quality has gone down hill .
performs very well, fast vehicle , nice sound system and the smart key is a great feature
The back doors don't automatically with the smart key , wife doesn't like spare on back
An Okay Car
Not too bad, not too good overall. I once had a brand new 2006 CV. As soon as after warranty period, quite a some "teething problems" started to show up. To be specific,
1. The power steering started to make clicking noises when turning to certain angle. After checking several times, I was told this will not affect safety. However, a reasonable person would definitely worry, when driving with such a problem, especially on a 100k hwy. I ended up get this fixed. Because at the time I was slightly out of warranty, Toyota only covered half of my ...
Reliable but Underpowered and Thirsty
Had the car since new and it has been very reliable. Had 1 battery replacement and 4 new tyres, plus regular 6 monthly services. It has developed a click sound when turning the steering wheel during slow turns, for example when parking, but this is apparently not dangerous according to Toyota. Placement of instruments is great; rear storage space is excellent and bigger than other similar priced SUVs; and 3 passengers have plenty of room. The extras on the Cruiser L include dual zone airconditioning which works very well, as do the heated front...seats (for winter of course) and the sunroof. It also has leather seats which look good and are easy to clean, but could be a bit more comfortable. In my opinion these vehicles should have a rear camera, or as a minimum, reversing sensors as standard equipment. Rear visibility is restricted, including partial blocking of the rear window area by the spare wheel, which is mounted on the rear door. Fuel consumption is not as advertised; it's between 12.5 and 13.5 litres/100 km in the metro area for my vehicle. This may well be due to an underpowered 4 cylinder engine, which is a bit sluggish to accelerate when overtaking, particularly on country roads), coupled to a 'dated' 4 speed automatic gearbox (most cars now have 5 or 6 speed gearbox). Poor fuel consumption is certainly not due to any brash driving style or incorrect tyre pressures. Despite persistent complaints to Toyota re fuel consumption, the company advise things such as ..the engine is still running in.. and..wait another 10,000km.. and could not fix this fault. Very Reliable; spacious ; great airconditioning. Poor fuel consumption, never resolved by Toyota; underpowered 4 cylinder / 4 speed gearbox combination.
Purchased in June 2007.
Basically a good vehicle
Our second 2006 Rav 4 Cruiser in 4 cylinder automatic form. The overall body design is very good and the safety features are also very good, however the silver paint marks very easily. Tragically the 4 speed auto is hopeless in hilly terrain - especially when cruise control is activated. The 4 cylinder needs at least a five speed auto (six speed would be better) and the automatic transmission controller needs to be substatially better. The Z gate type transmission gear selector design is silly. The 4 cyl. engine needs more torque. The Cruiser's...climate controls have very little logic and are stupid to use - the CV models airconditioning/ fan / heater controls are far more senisible and easy to use. The four wheel drive system (the rear wheels) connect fast in slippery conditions. The electric power steering gives little road feel / feedback. Our previous five speed manual version had way too higher gearing and should have been a six speed. Overall body design/ storage/ seating system/ handling/ safety features. Gutless 4 cyl. engine, Tragic 4 speed auto transmission.
I have driven several of the RAV4’s in the past years, the V6 addition is a little ripper with tonnes of grunt and good fuel economy to return around 10litres per 100km, the steering is a little vague across the range, but I have found this typical with all the Toyota range. The 2.4 4cyl is a tad under powered and struggles to get going, the base model CV is very basic and many other competitors offer. The back door hinged on the side is a pain if you have to park close to a wall, all other types of SUV offer a top hinged opened back door / tai...l gate. Now in 2010 I’d place my money with the new Hyundai ix35, far better looking cheaper, better handling etc: with better safety features (Rav is only 4 star ANCAP rated!!) Toyota name, you know it's going to last 10,000km service, base models are very base equipment, a back opening door hinged on side
Heavy on the fuel
Not a bad vehicle, but poor fuel consumption, 2.0 litre model labours under acceleration. Standard fitting Bridgestone Tyres very noisy. Steering direct. Dealer not very helpful when I had a claim under warranty, had a broken seatbelt and they expected me to take it away and bring it back later in the week
Easy to drive, steering direct and high driving position, very comfortable
Be very wary of the auto transmissions when they get to about 130,000 kms, they are know to fail and are expensive to repair
Questions & Answers
My rav4 navigation map shows the normal speed limit for a road. It is now changing to show a 40km speed when I go thru a school zone.
This has just started to happen. Is there a setting I can turn off so the map always shows the normal speed limit for that road?
Hey, I am looking at buying a Toyota RAV4 cruiser (4x4) 2001 for $5500, but the kms are around 277/281000 kms is that too much and what problems would I have to look out for?
Does anyone know if you can isolate when the car says speed camera down?when she says it 18 times within 2kms its annoying and there ain't any speed cameras at all.
|Category||Midsize / Medium SUVs||Midsize / Medium SUVs||Midsize / Medium SUVs||Midsize / Medium SUVs|
|Transmission||Continuously Variable (CVT) and Manual||Continuously Variable (CVT)||Continuously Variable (CVT)||Continuously Variable (CVT)|
|Drive Type||Front Wheel Drive (FWD)||Front Wheel Drive (FWD)||Front Wheel Drive (FWD)||Front Wheel Drive (FWD)|
|Wheels||17" Allow||18" Alloy||19" Alloy||17" Alloy|
|ANCAP Safety Rating||5 Stars||5 Stars||5 Stars||5 Stars|
|Fuel Consumption||6.5 L/100km||6.5 L/100km||6.5 L/100km||4.7 L/100km|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||55 L||55 L||55 L||55 L|
|Engine||4 Cylinder 2.0L||4 Cylinder 2.0L||4 Cylinder 2.0L||4 Cylinder 2.5L|
|Max Power||127kW @ 6600rpm||127kW @ 6600rpm||127kW @ 6600rpm||160kW|
|Max Torque||203Nm @ 4400-4900rpm||203Nm @ 4400-4900rpm||203Nm @ 4400-4900rpm||221Nm @ 3600rpm|
|Country of Manufacture||Japan||Japan||Japan||Japan|
|Ground Clearance||195 mm||190 mm||195 mm||190 mm|
|Maximum Towing Capacity (braked)||800 kg||800 kg||800 kg||480 kg|
|Maximum Towing Capacity (unbraked)||750 kg||750 kg||750 kg||480 kg|
|Manufacturer Warranty||5 year(s)||5 year(s)||5 year(s)||5 year(s)|
|Release date||May 2019||May 2019||May 2019||May 2019|
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