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The 2014 Toyota RAV4 offers a smooth ride and plenty of cargo space, reviewers say, but rival SUVs offer more powerful engines that make them peppier off the line.
Test drivers say that the RAV4’s four-cylinder engine has sufficient power for daily driving, though a few note that acceleration is leisurely. Some reviewers point out that rival crossovers like the Volkswagen Tiguan offer more powerful engines. Reviewers like the standard six-speed automatic transmission for its smooth shifts. The base RAV4 gets an EPA-estimated 24/31 mpg city/highway, which is competitive with the fuel economy of other affordable compact SUVs, but not as good as class leaders like the Mazda CX-5. Equipped with all-wheel drive, the RAV4 achieves 22/29 mpg. Auto writers say the 2014 RAV4 has composed handling and a comfortable, balanced ride, but that other compact SUVs like the Mazda CX-5 and Ford Escape are sportier behind the wheel. The RAV4 comes standard with eight air bags, including a driver’s knee air bag, which isn’t available in some rivals.
Most reviewers agree that the RAV4's interior is stylish and modern and one notes that a reinforced windshield keeps the cabin quiet. Some test drivers say that the use of hard plastics in the cabin detracts from the design. It's easy for drivers to find a comfy position and the rear seats offer plenty of room for tall adults, test drivers report. Cargo space is excellent for the class and reviewers say the optional power liftgate is very convenient, as it can be programmed to open to a specific height. There’s a bevy of standard features, reviewers say, including a six-speaker stereo with a touch-screen display, a backup camera, Bluetooth and a USB port. Optional upgrades include dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, navigation, a premium audio system, a power liftgate, blind spot monitoring and lane departure alert.
Reviewers say the Mazda CX-5 is thrilling to drive, has a spacious cabin and a decent amount of cargo space. It also gets excellent fuel economy. Push-button start is standard on the CX-5, but optional on the RAV4.
The Buick Encore receives high praise from reviewers for its upscale interior, and like the RAV4, it comes with numerous standard features, including a backup camera. The Encore also gets good fuel economy for the class.
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The 2014 Toyota RAV4 seats five and has standard front-wheel drive. A 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and a six-speed automatic transmission are standard and all-wheel drive is optional. The RAV4 comes in three trims: LE, XLE and Limited. The Toyota RAV4 was completely redesigned for the 2013 model year and sees few changes this year, so this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2013 and 2014 model years.
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