2011 Toyota RAV4

If you’re in search of a new SUV for the family, one of your top options is the 2011 Toyota RAV4—a reliable and affordable vehicle promising excellent fuel economy.

What’s great about the RAV4 family is its line of evolution. The 2011 RAV4 exterior possesses the design elements of its previous editions, but it definitely has added class and sophistication. The contours are much refined, giving the car a prettier look both in the front and the sides. One concern, however, is that the 2011 RAV4 is designed to have a rear door that opens to the side, making loading and unloading a bit of a challenge. Car owners who however want something new and edgy will love this specific detail.

The Toyota RAV4 is presumably designed for families, which means that the interior is spacious. The RAV4 is a winner in this competition, as the road beast can seat seven passengers and loads of things. The dashboard design is undeniably Toyota, packed with digital gauges and high-tech gears at par with the SUVs of other car manufacturers. The interior, however, is dominated by plastic, which takes away the luxurious feel and may turn off car owners seeking for a vibe of opulence.

Safeguard features

Toyota, as a car maker, is recognized for its innovations in driving safety, and the 2011 RAV4 carries these innovations. The car is packed with a plethora of safeguard features, among them premium seat-mounted side airbags for the front passengers, and roll-sensing curtain airbags to the sides. Since the car has just been released, the 2011 RAV4 has not been subjected to official safety tests, but considering the previous RAV4 scores, there’s no doubt that the most recent model will be graded excellent in the safety aspect.

The RAV4 comes in three editions like its predecessors. There’s the regular base model, the sports model simply called Sport, and the top-of-class model called Limited. It’s important to note that the main difference in the 2011 line is the optional V6 engine, offering car owners better speed and driving performance. What’s great is that this available option does not make a significant increase in price or in fuel economy, which means that it should be consider over the regular four-cylinder type.

The RAV4 is better in the field of performance and legroom. The car, as mentioned, offers the V6 engine option, and is designed with an optional third row that makes it fun when traveling with a group.

All in all, the RAV4 is a great choice for car owners who often travel in large groups or with the family. This Toyota line is one of the most affordable SUVs in the market, and the 2011 edition continues to follow this price-friendly legacy. Performance-wise, the most recent RAV4 enhances its speed and driving quality through offering a V6 engine option. What’s great is that Toyota ensures that affordability is not taken for granted in exchange for fuel inefficiency. The RAV4 of 2011 promises to have the best fuel economy in the SUV market.

The SuperCars Overall Rating = 74/100

What others say:

"The RAV4 is quite competitive in its class with either the standard four-cylinder or optional V6 engine.”Consumer Reports

"Don't let appearances mislead; the 2011 Toyota RAV4 is a modern, practical crossover choice and great for frugal families.”The Car Connection

"Toyota engineers have achieved their objective of car-like driving dynamics in a practical SUV package. High-strength steel increases the body's rigidity for improved ride, handling, steering and (if necessary) crash energy management, weighs less and reduces noise, vibration and harshness.”KBB

"Superb power yet great fuel economy from optional V6; huge cargo space with flat load floor and low load height; comfortable ride; responsive handling.”Edmunds

Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: Compact SUV Base Price: $ 22,475.00
Fuel Tank Capacity: 20 gallons Miles Per Gallon: 22 city / 28 hwy
Dimensions
Length: 181.9 in. (462 cm) Width: 71.5 in. (182 cm)
Height: 66.3 in. (168 cm) Weight: 3360 lb (1524 kg)
Wheel Base: 104.7 in. (266cm) Ground Clearance: 7.5 in. (19 cm) (unladen)
Luggage Capacity: Cargo Vol. 73 cu ft Maximum Seating: 7
Performance
Engine: 2.5 DOHC 16 Valve dual VVT-i-4 cylinder Displacement: N/A
Horsepower: 179 hp Torque: 172 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm
Max RPM: 6000 rpm Transmission: 4-speed ECT-i automatic transmission
0-60 mph: 6.7 seconds 1/4 Mile: N/A
Available Trims & Engine
Option:RAV4 2WD 2.5L 4-Cyl. MSRP: $22,475; MPG: 22 city / 28 hwy
Option:RAV4 2WD 3.5L V6 MSRP: $24,510; MPG: 19 city / 27 hwy
Option:RAV4 4WD 2.5L 4-Cyl. MSRP: $23,875; MPG: 21 city / 27 hwy
Option:RAV4 4WD 3.5L V6 MSRP: $25,910; MPG: 19 city / 26 hwy
Option:Sport 2WD 2.5L 4-Cyl. MSRP: $24,175; MPG: 22 city / 28 hwy
Option:Sport 2WD 3.5L V6 MSRP: $26,105; MPG: 19 city / 27 hwy
Option:Sport 4WD 2.5L 4-Cyl. MSRP: $25,575; MPG: 21 city / 27 hwy
Option:Sport 4WD 3.5L V6 MSRP: $27,505; MPG: 19 city / 26 hwy
Option:Limited 2WD 2.5L 4-Cyl. MSRP: $25,465; MPG: 22 city / 28 hwy
Option:Limited 2WD 3.5L V6 MSRP: $27,385; MPG: 19 city / 27 hwy
Option:Limited 4WD 2.5L 4-Cyl. MSRP: $26,855; MPG: 21 city / 27 hwy
Option:Limited 4WD 3.5L V6 MSRP: $28,785; MPG: 19 city / 26 hwy