Love the rav4, easy to drive, love the 4wd in a compact car!
I was initially very impressed with the rav, as it is a comfortable ride and having the 4wd along with my distance road experience is perfect. I live in a rural area, many of the roads are gravel and during winter conditions, the rav does well with a simple transition to the 4wd option when needed. . It sits high enough off the ground but yet not too high for comfortably getting in/out of vehicle. . During our worst winter the rav struggled in a 2.5 foot snow and was too light to plow thru fresh snow but once on packed icy roads it handles well. . The mileage fuel expense I think can be a bit better, since its a compact but overall fits our needs well. . I think having the spare tire as an option is a discredit to the car, this should come standard. We opted for the spare mount on the back door of the vehicle because there was no designated built in space. . The rav has quick response, quick take-off and overall easy to maneuver. I give the rav two thumbs up.