in 2010 Affordable Compact SUVs

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MPG: 22 City / 28 Hwy
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Used Car: 2010 Toyota RAV4 Review

Review Last Updated: 7/26/12

The 2010 Toyota RAV4 is practical and comfortable with an available V6 engine and available third-row seat that make it one of the most appealing 2010 compact SUVs available.

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When it was new, the 2010 RAV4 earned reviewer praise for offering ample engine power and a refined, agile suspension. Reviewers also liked its interior, with comfortable seats and a thoughtful design, though some did find its interior material quality wasn’t as good as some competitors’. With its available third row, the RAV4 can seat up to seven, where most rivals can only handle five. Its reliability score is among the best in the class, only beaten by the 2010 Honda CR-V.

Powering the RAV4 is either a 179-horsepower four-cylinder engine or a 269-horsepower V6. While critics generally preferred the added power and torque of the V6, many noted that the four-cylinder is plenty adequate for day-to-day driving. The RAV4 is available with either front- or all-wheel drive. A four-cylinder, front-wheel drive model averages 22/28 mpg city/highway, which is good for the class. Opting for AWD or the V6 reduces fuel economy very little.

Inside, the RAV4 drew mixed reviews. Some critics said material quality was somewhat lacking, although in terms of functionality and comfort, most said the RAV4 excels. And while Toyota can boast that it offers one of the few third rows in the class, critics remarked that it is a small third row, best suited for kids. The RAV4 can carry a maximum of 73 cubic feet of cargo with the rear rows folded, which is very good for the class. Keep in mind that the rear hatch is side-hinged and swings to the right, rather than up, which some critics found to be a nuisance.

Standard equipment on base models includes cloth upholstery and a six-speaker CD stereo with an auxiliary input jack. Opting for the Sport or Limited trim adds features like a CD changer, satellite radio, dual-zone climate control, Bluetooth and leather upholstery. A power sunroof, navigation and a backup camera are also available.

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Other Cars to Consider

If you like the RAV4, you may also like the 2010 Honda CR-V which was named our 2010 Best Compact Crossover for the Money. Reviewers liked the CR-V for its spacious, high-quality cabin, ample cargo space and comfortable ride. The CR-V also has excellent safety ratings and a best-in-class reliability score. Keep in mind that there is no available V6 engine or third row with the CR-V.

Another alternative to consider is the highly-ranked 2010 Hyundai Tucson. Redesigned in 2010, reviewers liked its greater power, style, comfortable seating and excellent fuel economy. The Tucson also has the best safety score in the class, along with a strong reliability rating. A third-row seat is unavailable, but critics said the seats it does have offer plenty of comfort.

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