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author photo by Colin Ryan October 2015

Compact crossovers like the 2015 Toyota RAV4 are pretty much the most popular vehicles on the road. It's easy to see why -- they offer the high driving position people enjoy in a useful size with bearable fuel bills. Yet the RAV4 stands above the crossover crowd in five compelling ways.

Good Manners

A lot of crossovers are dull to drive, with soft suspensions and vague steering. The RAV4 isn't like that. It feels taut and together, a pleasure to push into corners. It's also refined and relaxing enough for longer road trips.

Balance of Power

There's only one engine offered in the RAV4, but this 2.5-liter 4-cylinder kicks out 176 horsepower and 172 lb-ft of torque, which is plenty of power for most situations. It balances this with 23 miles per gallon city, 31 mpg on the highway and 26 mpg combined. So it's easy to live with from both money and muscle points of view.

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Compact crossovers work well for young families, yet there's plenty of space in the second row for a couple of grown-ups. Those seats also recline. Factor in a quiet cabin and you have the recipe for a tranquil road trip.

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Folding down those rear seats will create 73 cu ft. of cargo space, one of the best in this class. Even with the seats up, there's still a handy 38 cu ft. To make it even more practical, the load floor is pleasantly low.

The Whole Enchilada

So far, we've singled out separate aspects of the RAV4, but the real secret is how Toyota melds them all together to make this a truly desirable compact crossover. Whether it's driving, parking, loading or protecting, the RAV4 simply gets everything right.

Autotrader Says

The 2015 Toyota RAV4 is a best-seller in this segment because it's a great vehicle at a great price, starting at $24,500. And even the entry level model has a rearview camera. If the RAV4 isn't on your list of contenders, you'll be missing out.

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