Freshened styling; roomy interior; fuel economy; safety features; 3-row seating available
Following a mild restyling last year, the 2010 Toyota RAV4 receives only minor styling enhancements, including chrome-accented interior appointments on the Limited model.
The RAV4 straddles the line between compact and mid-size SUVs, but its price is more in sync with compact competitors, making it a good deal for those who want space for the family. Its fuel economy is also enviable, especially with the 4-cylinder engine. Yet with the optional V6 it's very quick--faster than some sport sedans.
A 179-horsepower, 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine is standard on the RAV4, with a 269-hp, 3.5-liter V6 available. The 4-cylinder utilizes variable valve timing for both intake and exhaust valves, along with a variable induction system to assure good low-RPM torque. The 4-cylinder includes a 4-speed automatic transmission, while the V6 is matched to a 5-speed automatic; both transmissions have a...