Car Details

Mechanical and Performance

  • 2.5L DOHC 4 cylinder engine
  • 176hp @ 6000 RPM / 172 ft/lb torque
  • 6 speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters
  • sport tuned suspension
  • dynamic torque control all wheel drive
  • eco and sport modes
  • stainless single exhaust


  • 18″ machined alloy wheels with black painted accents
  • Barcelona red paint
  • Power rear liftgate
  • LED headlamps, tail-lights, DRL and fog lamps
  • Heated mirrors
  • Power moonroof


  • Dual zone climate controls
  • Etune Audio Plus, 6.1″ screen, Scoutlink GPS and Sirius XM radio
  • Backup camera
  • Leather wrapped steering wheel
  • Softex-trimmed 8 way adjustable power seats
  • Heated seats
  • Reclining and fold flat rear seats
  • Smart key system with push button start
  • 12 volt power outlets and USB
  • SE floormats and all weather floor liners for winter
  • Blind spot mirrors and rear cross-traffic alert

The Story:

This seems like an odd choice for a car guy like myself, but living where I do I needed something that I could drive daily all year round AND get good fuel economy.  The AWD Rav4 fit the bill with 30mpg highway and 23 in town.  I average 28mpg with combination driving, which I am very happy with.  Toyota has a reputation for dependability and I really wanted that.  Not that I am tired of working on cars but it is nice to know that I can just get in and go without worries.  Yes, I now have  car payment after 7 years of not having one, but $250/mo isn’t hard to stomach when I factor in I am saving about $125/mo in gas versus my Tundra.

Purchase Date: July 28, 2016

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