With its low sticker price and its excellent fuel economy, the 2015 Toyota RAV4 continues the Toyota brand’s commitment to value. This compact crossover delivers SUV performance with an economical price tag both at the dealer’s lot and at the pump.
The starting price for the base model in the low 20s puts it within the reach of most families. Its fuel economy which ranges from the front wheel’s 24 mpg city and 31 mpg highway to the all-wheel drive’s 22 mpg city and 29 mpg highway keeps its maintenance costs well within the family budget. Add to that Toyota’s offer of free maintenance for the first 25,000 miles or 2 years, and you have a great car that should, like most Toyotas before it, hold its value steady for years to come.
Safety-conscious families will applaud its monitoring system for blind spots, its headlights with automatic high beams, its reverse camera, and its warning system for lane departures. For long trips, there are plenty of forms of entertainment, with a touch-screen system that includes a USB port, iTunes tagging, HD radio, and a 6.1 inch screen. Conveniences include Bluetooth capability as well as HD traffic and weather. Upscale versions also include a push-button start, passive entry system, navigation, and the Entune App Suite, which gives access to a variety of smartphone apps at a mere touch.
The higher-end XLE version features a power liftgate option, as well as standard fog lights, intermittent windshield wipers, and heated side mirrors. Roof rails provide more topside storage options, and turn signals are seamlessly included in housings the same color as the car’s body. It seats five people in comfortable, workmanlike seating.
The 2015 RAV4 only comes with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder, 176-hp engine and a 6-speed automatic transmission which has overdrive and auto-manual capabilities. Its all-wheel drive version features a 50:50 power split which ranges up to 25 miles per hour.