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Featured Toyota Review: ‘THE RAVS & THE RAV NOTS’

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Car and Driving's Independent Used Review of the Toyota RAV4 (2013 - 2015) Range

BY JONATHAN CROUCH
Added 8th April, 2016

Though opinion may be divided as to whether the RAV4 invented the soft roading segment, no one doubts that, more than any other, this model defined it. In some ways, it continued to do just that in this early MK4 guise, for this car still sums up most of what a model of this kind should be all about. Smart, wieldy, reasonably spacious, affordable to run and with just enough SUV-ness about it to get you to the places you tend to dream about but will probably never go. This fourth generation version brought notable changes - extra space and technology, lower running costs and a more dynamic drive - timely improvements, even if there are still other rivals that better it either on or off road. Few though, provide a stronger compromise between the two and none can better the unimpeachable build quality and strong residuals that have become a RAV4 trademark. Those aren't very SUV-like virtues, but then, neither were limpet-like roadholding and family car standards of ride and refinement before the original MK1 model first hit the scene. This Toyota's approach may have matured over the years along with sharper looks and stronger, more efficient engines, but its buying proposition still makes family-friendly, real world sense.

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