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2015 Toyota RAV4

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  • Popular compact crossover
  • Stylish interior and exterior
  • Over 30 mpg on the highway for FWD models

Now two years removed from its redesign, the 2015 Toyota RAV4 continues to be a segment leader with its mix of reliability, features, and fuel economy.

To put it bluntly, the old RAV4 was old old looking, old mechanically, and behind on in-car technology. The new RAV4 pulled the compact crossover into the modern age to better match up against competition like the Ford Escape and Mazda CX-5 and thankfully brought new sheet metal as well. The RAV4 matches up more closely with Toyota s latest styling direction, with a swept back front grille flanked by large headlamp clusters. There are also plenty of creases and folds along the bodywork which stands out in stark contrast to the blobbiness of the old RAV4. The rear was also changed, now offering a vertical liftgate instead of the side-hinge gate on the previous crossover. A power rear liftgate for easier opening/closing is now available on XLE models for 2015, and standard on the top of the line Limited trim.

Under the hood there is one engine option, a 176-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed automatic. Front-wheel drive is standard, with all-wheel drive optional. The RAV4 gets fuel economy competitive with its segment, coming in at 24/31 mpg city/highway with front-wheel drive. Equipping all-wheel drive drops each of those figures by two, respectively.

Inside, the 2015 RAV4 offers good cargo room with 38.4 cubic feet behind the rear seats, which expands to 73.4 cubic feet of cargo room with the rear seats folded. Interior materials also got a serious upgrade; the redesign and the dash, center console, and instrument panel were restyled. Standard features include a 6.1-inch touch-screen that houses the audio controls and shows the picture from the rearview camera. Dual-zone automatic climate control, the Entune multimedia/voice-recognition system, navigation, heated front seats, and an 8-way power driver s seat with memory are optional.

The RAV4 comes with a few extra airbags than most cars, giving it eight airbags standard. Also standard are the federally required electronic stability control and antilock brakes. A Technology Package, added last year, is optional; it offers blind-spot monitoring, rear-cross traffic alerts, lane departure warning, and automatic high-beam headlights.

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