Our dealership has already run the CARFAX report and it is clean. A clean CARFAX is a great asset for resale value in the future. This unit has a 2.5 liter 4 Cylinder Engine high output engine. When you encounter slick or muddy roads, you can engage the four wheel drive on the vehicle and drive with confidence. The Electronic Stability Control will keep you on your intended path. This vehicle features cruise control for long trips. The vehicle has an automatic transmission. The vehicle is built for driving comfort with a telescoping wheel. It looks aggressive with a streamlined rear spoiler. Enjoy the tried and true gasoline engine in this unit. This vehicle has a pickup shell to keep your gear out of the weather. Anti-lock brakes are standard on the Toyota RAV4. The traction control system on this model instantly senses tire slippage and executes minute power adjustments to maintain traction at all speeds.
The RAV4 gets a mild restyling, an upgraded interior, and a number of other changes for 2009. Most notably, the base 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine has been replaced by a new 2.5-liter one that's not only more powerful but also more fuel-efficient. <p><p>Front and rear styling has been redone for 2009, with a new grille and bumper in front, and redesigned tail lamps. Most models also get a redesigned rear step-up bumper with black protector molding. Inside there's a new standard seat fabric.<p><p>Front-seat active headrests are added to the roster of safety features, and a rear backup monitor is newly optional. Turn-signal side mirrors are now offered on the Limited, and Base and Limited models get a new alloy wheel design.<p><p>A Sport Appearance Package is also new and brings a redesigned rear door without the spare tire, plus chrome accents throughout and an exclusive exterior color, Elusive Blue Metallic.
A 179-horsepower, 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine is now standard on the RAV4, with a 269-hp, 3.5-liter V6 available. The new 4-cylinder engine 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 revised grade logic that reduces the frequency of shifting on steep, curvy roads.
Both engines can be paired with either front-wheel drive or a 4-wheel drive system that includes an Auto mode that automatically sends torque to the wheels that can better use it; a Lock mode maximizes the torque going to the rear wheels, for use at low speeds. V6 models and 4-cylinder ones with the third-row seat also get Hill-start Assist Control and Downhill Assist Control devices that help maintain control when negotiating steep, slippery slopes.
Fuel economy is quite good with either engine. For the front-wheel-drive models, the 4-cylinder engine returns 22 mpg city, 28 highway, and the V6 is rated 19 city, 27 highway yet it's capable of accelerating to 60 mph in less than seven seconds.
The RAV4 might rank as a compact on some lists, but its interior is more on par with mid-size crossover SUVs. Third-row seating is available, to accommodate up to seven. Models without the third-row seat get an added underfloor storage compartment, while the third-row seats fold neatly into the floor. The RAV4's 60/40-split second row slides fore and aft to reach a compromise for passengers and cargo, and they tilt forward and fold flat to further expand cargo space.
Safety features include front seat-mounted side airbags, front active headrests, and roll-sensing side-curtain bags that cover the first and second rows. Anti-lock brakes with Brake Assist are also included, as is a sophisticated electronic stability control system that is integrated with the RAV4's electronic power steering.
The RAV4 is offered in Base, Sport, and Limited trims; all are offered with either engine and drive system. Equipment even on the base model is generous, including keyless entry, cruise control, air conditioning, and a 6-speaker MP3-compatible sound system with auxiliary input. The Sport brings a sport-tuned suspension, larger alloy wheels, fog lamps, roof rails, and other appearance extras, while the Limited steps up to a power driver's seat, dual-zone climate control, steering-wheel audio controls, integrated satellite radio and a 6-disc changer. Top options include a moonroof, leather upholstery, heated seats and a 9-speaker JBL sound system with Bluetooth hands-free interface.
The newly available Sport Appearance Package quite significantly changes the RAV4's look, because it omits the spare tire that otherwise hangs off the back door, replacing it with a redesigned rear door and substituting run-flat tires. The package also includes chrome accents throughout, a bright exhaust tip, and unique steel doorsills, plus color-keyed power heated side mirrors with turn signal indicators.