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MPG: 24 City / 31 Hwy
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Used Car: 2014 Toyota RAV4 Review

Review Last Updated: 6/24/15

The 2014 Toyota RAV4 has plenty of passenger and cargo space, but it isn't as powerful as some rivals, critics said.

Test drivers reported that the 2014 RAV4's four-cylinder engine has sufficient power for day-to-day driving, though they noted that acceleration is far from impressive. The Toyota RAV4 comes standard with a six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is available. According to the EPA, the 2014 Toyota RAV4 gets up to 24/31 mpg city/highway, which is midrange for the class. Automotive journalists wrote that the RAV4 has a comfortable ride and steady handling in curves, though they noted that some rivals are sportier.

The 2014 Toyota RAV4’s cargo space is near the top of its class, and critics wrote that the available, variable height power liftgate makes it easy to access. They also noted that the RAV4's front seats are comfortable on long trips, and they said there's plenty of space in the back seats for taller adults. Though auto writers said the 2014 RAV4 has attractive, modern cabin styling, they noted that its materials include some cheaper plastic pieces. Standard features include a rearview camera, Bluetooth, a USB port and a six-speaker stereo with a touch-screen display. Available features include push-button start, navigation, a premium audio system, dual-zone automatic climate control, blind spot monitoring and lane departure warning.

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Other SUVs to Consider

Reviewers said the 2014 Ford Escape has first-rate interior materials and a powerful available turbocharged four-cylinder engine. They noted that the Escape is fun to drive for an SUV thanks to its sharp cornering ability.

According to critics, the 2014 Mazda CX-5 delivers strong acceleration when equipped with its 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, and for an SUV, it feels agile in corners. The CX-5 gets better fuel economy than the RAV4, even with the CX-5’s more powerful engine.

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