A organisation family favourite, a mid-size SUV now has acquire kerb interest to go with a essential stuff. Expect rivals in this hugely rival shred to follow a example.
We give a family of testers a high-specification 2WD Cruiser class for daily duties.
Jules: Does all get incomparable and heavier with age?
Iain: The RAV4 you’re articulate about?
Jules: Of course. When we was a kid, RAV4s were pocket-size, weren’t they?
Iain: Sure were. When introduced in 1994 they were tiddlers, generally a 3.7-metre-long three-door model. Kia Picanto-sized.
Jules: Well, they’ve put on some timber. This new one’s a whopper. It looks corpulent and severely tough with a pointed circle arches and 19-inch alloys.
Iain: They’re now resolutely mid-size family SUVs; about a metre longer than those beach-ready plasticky RAV4s from a nineties.
Jules: For a family of 4 it’s bang-on size-wise. Toyota’s Kluger is unnecessarily big, and a tiny C-HR SUV is too cramped.
Iain: Decent cost too. You can get a entry-level GX from about $34,000 drive-away, and a selection is healthy. Our Cruiser 2WD is $43K on a highway yet has a goodies to make parenting life some-more bearable.
The vital space
Jules: Hey Toyota, you’re removing flattering fancy.
Iain: we wouldn’t go that distant yet a cabins are so most improved than a few years ago. Soft-touch lurch and doorway plastics and mistake leather for a seats lend a grand air.
Jules: Yeah yet Audi isn’t underneath threat. That said, we unequivocally like a grippy rubber surfaces on a doorway grabs, meridian knobs and a accessible small tray in a dashboard in front of a passenger.
Iain: It’s let down by clunky cosmetic switches for a chair heaters though, and a eight-inch shade lacks a high-definition of some rivals.
Jules: No Apple CarPlay or Android Auto either, yet we could use Siri hands-free.
Iain: Toyota promises smartphone mirroring will be here after this year and can be retrofitted to any RAV4s bought now.
Jules: About time. Another positive, it’s flattering large in this cabin.
Iain: And it’s good stocked. Power driver’s seat, digital driver’s display, keyless entrance and start, ambient lighting, twin section meridian control and wireless phone horse are included.
Jules: I can see because mums adore SUVs. You float good and high in a RAV4 and it’s usually so gentle and well-spoken to drive. Doesn’t feel unwieldy either.
Iain: It’s an easy steer. The active journey control means it usually follows a automobile in front on a highway, seats are comfy — and how good are exhilarated seats in winter?
Jules: Hard to live though them, as good as a wireless assign pad. You usually hurl your phone on it and a electric fairies work their magic.
Iain: It excels on a reserve front yet a line depart warning was perpetually beeping. we had to spin it off. The automobile has line centring record yet we theory we cut corners.
Jules: In cars and in life. Anyway, it has torpedo JBL sound, that helped drown out a droning of a invariably non-static transmission.
Iain: Harsh. As CVTs go, it’s flattering well-spoken and quiet.
Jules: So most foot space. Plus there’s a fake building for storing valuables.
Iain: I’m all for automobile tailgates yet we probably grew a hipster brave in a time it took for that foot to open. And it beeps like a outpost reversing.
Jules: It was plentiful with sleet on one grocery emporium — trust me, we wish a tailgate to go adult in half a second then. Slow and protected goes out a window.
Iain: Safety pack includes breathtaking perspective guard reversing camera and sensors all round. Hard to have a automobile park bingle.
Jules: It’s usually 2WD so we suspect off-roading weekends are out?
Iain: Could do teenager stuff: a belligerent clearway is there yet we wouldn’t do soothing silt drives or go stone climbing.
Jules: The engine’s no firecracker.
Iain: It’s sensible. You can get a RAV4 with a punchier 2.5-litre; a 2.0-litre’s a bit underdone. That said, for $2000 some-more we can get a zippier hybrid. Far improved fuel economy, so it’d be my pick.
Jules: Importantly, it doesn’t hoop like a truck. It goes turn corners and roundabouts though a kids removing sick.
Iain: It is good offset and grippy for a mid-size SUV and indeed good fun to punt along if we get a urge. There’s even a “normal” initial rigging on a CVT, creation it improved off a line and reduction whiny.
Jules: If we don’t need 7 seats, don’t get a Kluger, get a RAV4. Rear space is large for adults or kids.
Iain: A few middle SUV rivals have 7 seats so a RAV4 will remove some sales there yet you’re right, it’s a shining behind seat.
Jules: Air vents, dual USB ports in a behind and a hulk moonroof kept a kiddies cheery.
Iain: And from a family indicate of perspective a reserve pack is massive. Service costs are usually $210 a year for a initial 5 years. That’s unbeatable.
Jules: Far reduction tedious than we feared, these new RAV4s demeanour a business and are very, unequivocally good during being ideal family SUVs. Dull if gentle to expostulate and a cabin is unequivocally clever. I’ll skip this car.
Iain: This new RAV4 is a constrained package. It’s adult there with a best middle SUVs I’ve driven. I’d collect a Hybrid — it adds usually $2000, no matter a grade. The economy benefits, generally for civic life, make so most sense.
Toyota RAV4 2WD Cruiser
Price: $43,000 drive-away
Warranty/servicing: 5 years/unlimited km; $1050 for 5 years/75,000km
Engine: 2.0-litre 4-cyl, 127kW/203Nm
Safety: 5 stars, 7 airbags, AEB with walking and cyclist detection, active journey control, line depart alert, line centring, road-sign assist, front and behind park sensors, behind camera, blind mark monitor, rear-cross trade alert