Editor’s note: If you’re looking for information on a newer Toyota RAV4, we’ve published an updated review: 2019 Toyota RAV4 Review.
It’s always tempting to go for the latest and greatest, but the 2014 Toyota RAV4 is all about the tried and true. Actually, the RAV4 was fully redesigned for 2013, but that’s not the only reason why people who are faithful to Toyota keep coming back for more. You see, the RAV4 is a crossover you can count on, and that might be the most important feature of all. Here are five reasons to get behind the wheel of Toyota’s top-selling compact crossover SUV.
Good Fuel Economy
The RAV4’s 4-cylinder engine is great news in terms of fuel economy. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the RAV4 gets 24 miles per gallon in the city and 31 mpg on the highway for an overall 26 mpg. These numbers are pretty impressive for a utility vehicle — and there’s still 176 horsepower on tap if you need it. The 6-speed automatic transmission makes sure that you’re using that power as efficiently as possible.
Doesn’t Mind the Dirt
Although most RAV4 drivers will stick to the pavement, it’s nice to know that getting dirty is an option. The optional all-wheel-drive system includes a locking 50/50 torque split that you can activate with the touch of a button when driving below 25 miles per hour, meaning that half the power goes to the rear, so unlike most crossovers, the RAV4 is like a real 4×4. It can hold its own off the beaten path, whether you’re doing it for fun or navigating a storm. See the 2014 Toyota RAV4 models for sale near you
Ample Cargo Capacity
In a word, the RAV4’s cargo bay is cavernous. Behind the rear seatbacks, there is 38.4 cu ft. of storage — that’s about two-and-a-half Camry trunks. When you fold those seatbacks down, there’s 73.4 cu ft. of space — one of the biggest numbers in this class. The RAV4 may have lost its optional third-row seat in the redesign (you’ll need a Highlander if you want one now), but it certainly didn’t lose the versatility for which RAV4s are known.
The RAV4 isn’t notorious for having the latest gadgets, but the new interior might surprise you. The 6-inch touchscreen offers smartphone connectivity, and Bluetooth comes standard on every RAV4. The dashboard also looks very cool with a mix of angles and materials. The RAV4 used to be pretty humble inside, but now it’s ready for a party.
The RAV4 won’t blow you away with its acceleration or handling, but it’s supersmooth on the road. The suspension soaks up bumps like they’re nothing, yet the ride isn’t floaty — you still feel like you’re in control. It’s just a pleasant driving experience, day in and day out.
Throw in the 2014 Toyota RAV4’s famous reliability and excellent resale value, and it’s no wonder that RAV4 sales are off the charts. Go drive one, and see what all the fuss is about. Find a Toyota RAV4 for sale