Toyota made waves-ok, undulations and a few years ago, when it launched the “It’s a car!” advertising slogan for the overwhelming Yaris midsize sedan. The motto was a little “too on the nose, emphasizing the lack of striking style, characteristics, or the personality of the Yaris, and playing their existence as just one of many options for small cars available to consumers. Predictably, over time, “E ‘a car!” Slogans faded in the background almost as effective as the Yaris, but would adapt the slogan for the updated-for-2016 RAV4.
The limited scope of this style around 2016 update front-slightly modified, an inward slightly updated meaning that more interesting tidbit is the new model RAV4 sport-oriented SE. We drove one in December last year, but this is our first comprehensive test presumably spicier RAV4. Is your stiffer suspension (including stiffer dampers, springs and anti-roll bars) sufficient to provide a truly sporty RAV4?
In a word, no. The SE-oriented sport RAV4 is little more than a slightly different typical RAV4 views and a race more difficult. The retuned suspension is not for sporty atmosphere, but can not make the RAV4 less comfortable IF the broken pavement with solid answers to the impacts wheel throwing heads of the occupants, creating the sensation that the vehicle is blowing across the road imperfections. There is a better body control in the lively and less lean curves in tight corners, but these subjective improvements are not confirmed in skidpad, where it was marked 0.75g, worse than the pre-upgrade, SE-2013 RAV4. Blaming Ecopia Bridgestone-so fuel economy tires oriented ignore them, because without the direction slow life discourages enthusiastic driving anyway.
Thus, the RAV4 SE is not sports, but what about the mustache as a crossover? In this role, Toyota stands out. The cabin is in the upright position and spacious, with a reclining seat back, a wide margin, and a great and useful as cargo area. It provides 38 cubic feet behind the rear seats and the trunk floor can be positioned at two different heights; with the highest level there is space under the hide things until it is relatively flat.
Need more space? The rear seats fold down for a further period of 35 cubic feet. When folded, the backrests of the rear seats sit about two inches above the load floor; a panel built-in ramp bridges the difference. (Note that no release handles the load compartment, which means folding seat activity must occur through the side doors).
Ergonomically speaking, the key controls of the instrument panel are within easy reach. The climate controls are living just inches from the steering wheel, and the touchscreen infotainment system is complemented by hard buttons for the main menu shortcuts. The interior is disappointed with the hard plastic mold and flashings on display throughout the key contact points, such as doorknobs. The look dull all this suggests design-to-commission, but the riot of different materials and patterns suggests that perhaps the committee members were at war.
The $ 31,565 with all-wheel drive, the SE RAV4 comes well equipped with control dual-zone automatic climate; a touch screen of 6.1 inches; a security camera; faux leather seats; a rear door power; a sunroof; and lights, lanterns and lamps that function LED.
Our test sample had a box checked to US $ 3,030 Advanced Technology Package, which includes camera from a bird’s eye-view parking, front and rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, autonomous emergency braking, warning forward collision, navigating a 11- JBL audio system, and a larger 7.0 inch touch screen. With its mix of high technology and security equipment practicality, the Toyota RAV4 SE will help continue to sell loads of RAV4s as the basic package is still good. But if you’re after true sportsmanship in its passage, you should try the Mazda CX-5. If you want a RAV4, however, our choice is a non-SE model less firmly suspended. And remember: it’s a crossover!