***UPDATE*** “Thanks to a more powerful four-cylinder engine and other upgrades for 2009, the RAV4 narrowly outscored the Subaru Forester to remain Consumer Reports’ Top Pick for another straight year. It provides agile handling, a roomy and quiet interior, a comfortable ride, and an optional third-row seat. The four-cylinder version gets the best fuel economy of any automatic, nonhybrid SUV we’ve tested. And the spirited V6 version accelerates as quickly as a Mazda Miata, while getting only 1 mpg less than the four-cylinder. ESC and curtain air bags are standard…”
The Economy is in a precarious situation and the Markets are shall we say “Gone with The Wind” !
Yet there are still buyers who want to sit up higher than they do in a car, enjoy the flexibility of an SUV, but need to be prudent with fuel economy and their personal budget.
All of this along with the fact that larger Toyota SUV’s will be in very limited production for 2009 makes the 2009 Toyota Rav4 “The SUV For The Times” !
And Why Not!…The Rav4 has always been a Consumers Report Best Buy / Top Pick, is extremely reliable, it gets 30 Plus MPG, and once sold new, rarely is traded in…Folks tend to hang on to a Rav4 Forrr Everrr!…
Lets take a closer look at the 2009 Rav4. There are 3 models, Base, Sport, and Limited available in both 2WD and 4WD versions.
All three models have the same standard features including 2.5- liter 180 hp. 4 cyl. engine and 4-spd automatic transmission with an optional 3.5-liter 269 hp. engine and 5-spd automatic available. Electric power steering, power assist brakes, windows, locks, cruise control, CD-radio, and Toyota Star Safety System. are also standard on all three. The Base and Limited are available with 5 or 7 passenger seating.
The differences between the three models are with the Additional Option Accessories.
- The Sport includes 18″ alloy wheels, full size alloy spare tire, sport-tuned suspension, fog lamps, color-keyed fender flares, door handles, and foldable heated power side mirrors. Rear-side and cargo door privacy glass is also standard as well as the “Sport” emblem. The Sport features a dark fabric interior and 6-disc CD radio.
- The Limited includes 17″ alloy wheels with P225/65R17 Radial Tires, fog lamps, color-keyed fender flares, door handles, and foldable heated power side mirrors. Rear-side and cargo door privacy glass is also standard and the “Limited” emblem. Stand-out Limited features are the Smart Key System, Automatic Climate Control/Pollen Filtration, 6 disc CD/Satellite Capable Audio with leather-wrapped steering wheel audio controls, and an Optional 8-way Driver Power Seat.
Regardless of which model appeals to you, the Rav4 is a versatile, useful SUV that you can look forward to keeping around 15+ Years and it still have value in the market place. Also there is an Exclusive Lifetime Warranty available on new 2009 Rav4 models, Unlimited Miles, Unlimited Time!!
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