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2007 Toyota RAV4 Review

A good compact SUV for anyone looking for third-row seating or a V-6 engine.

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview

The 2007 Toyota RAV4 represents an extremely popular and small sport utility vehicle, and Toyota has been producing it since 1996. At the time most SUVs looked huge and unwieldy, Toyota made a nice contrast to its size and drivability. In spite of reaching its third generation, it still looks good and has a well-deserved reputation as a quality-built SUV with strong reliability.

The RAV4 has somewhat aggressive styling, but this is tempered by its well-mannered handling while on the road as it feels just like a car to drive and every bit as comfortable. However it has reasonable off-road abilities and seems perfect for anyone looking for a compact SUV with versatile cargo and passenger configurations. It remains especially popular with young singles and couples, and later models prove good for young families who want a larger vehicle but who don't want to drive a station wagon or truck.

The 2007 RAV4 offers room for third-row seating and benefits from the introduction of the longer wheelbase in 2006. This increases the overall length by two feet, which makes the RAV4 look far more substantial on the road. This extra space gives an additional four inches in legroom for second-row passengers, along with an additional eight cubic feet of storage space.

The Range

Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 3.5-liter V-6, 2.4-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed automatic
Models: Toyota RAV4, Toyota RAV4 Sport, Toyota RAV4 Limited

What's New

For 2007 Toyota introduces front-seat side airbags and two-row side-curtain airbags as standard features. The optional premium stereo system offers controls mounted on the steering wheel and Bluetooth capability.

Exterior

The 2007 Toyota RAV4 provides a relatively compact car, but it has distinctive styling which looks quite attractive. One thing which may be a plus or minus depending on the driver is the side-hinged rear gate, which makes it difficult to load curbside.

Standard features of the base include 16-inch steel wheels. The Sport comes with 18-inch alloy wheels, a sport suspension, color-keyed door handles, a roof rack, and fender flares. The Limited offers 17-inch alloy wheels and power-folding mirrors.

Interior

The interior of the RAV4 looks clean and spacious with lots of storage room. It seems very practical but feels a bit plastic in comparison with competitors. It holds either five or seven passengers depending on whether or not it has the third-row seat, although these seats really only accommodate children. With the rear seats folded flat the RAV4 offers a maximum cargo capacity of 73 cubic feet.

Standard features on the base include a tilt and telescopic steering wheel, cruise control, air-conditioning, a CD stereo with MP3/WMA capability, power accessories, privacy glass, and 12-volt power outlets. The Limited features a power-operated driver’s seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a premium CD changer.

Third-row seating remains optional for all models. The Sport and Limited offer the option of a stereo system with nine speakers with Bluetooth capability The Limited also offers optional heated leather seats, along with a rear DVD-based entertainment system.

Performance & Handling

The 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine produces 166 hp and 165 lb-ft of torque and pairs with a four-speed automatic. A 3.5-liter V-6 produces 269 hp with 246 lb-ft of torque provides an option for all models, and it comes with a five-speed automatic transmission. All models use either front or four-wheel drive.

The 2007 Toyota RAV4 makes a great choice for everyday driving, and it has a firm suspension and responsive steering to make it much more fun than most SUVs. It delivers a smooth ride, although it sounds a little noisy on highways. Most buyers find the four-cylinder engine provides sufficient power.

Safety

Standard safety features for the 2007 Toyota RAV4 include anti-lock disc brakes, front-seat airbags, traction control, full-length side-curtain airbags, and stability control. Vehicles fitted with the V-6 engine or those with the optional seating in the third row come with downhill assist control. The RAV4 achieves top ratings in all crash tests.

EPA Fuel Economy

Toyota RAV4: 21/27 mpg city/highway
Toyota RAV4 Sport: 19/27 mpg city/highway
Toyota RAV4 Limited: 21/27 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Fuel economy
  • Roomy interior
  • Good handling

You Won't Like

  • Cheap-feeling interior
  • Lack of headspace
  • Side-hinged rear gate

Sum Up

A good compact SUV for anyone looking for third-row seating or a V-6 engine.

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