2011 Toyota RAV4

Toyota’s RAV4 is a sporty compact utility vehicle that can fit up to seven people. The 2011 RAV4 comes with front or all-wheel drive and three trim levels available: base (starting at $22.475 MSRP), Sport (starting at $24.175 MSRP) and top-of-the -line Limited (starting at $25.465 MSRP). Competitors include the Honda CR-V and Ford Escape.

The RAV4 was last redesigned for the 2006 model year and a new dwsign is coming for 2012.

New for 2011 Toyota RAV4 is a brake override system that takes precedence over the accelerator if both pedals are pressed simultaneously. Also new for 2011 Toyota RAV4 is an Extra Value Package for the base RAV4 that includes a six-disc CD charger, steering-wheel audio controls, 17-inch alloy wheels, a power moonroof, privacy glass and other optional items.

The 2011 Toyota RAV4 is equipped with two available engine. First is an 2.5 liter DOHC 16 valve 4-cylinder with Dual VVT-i that produce 179 hp and 172 lb-ft of torque. Dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i) controls timing on both the intake and exhaust camshaft. Integrated twin balance shaft reduce noise and vibration. This four-cylinder engine is paired with a four-speed Electronically Controlled automatic Transmission with intelligence (ECT-i). Fuel efficiency is excellent for its class, with EPA MPG estimates of 22 city/28 highway on 4×2 models and 21/27 mpg on 4×4 models.

The second engine available is an powerful 3.5-liter, DOHC 24 Valve V6 with dual VVT-i generating 269 hp and 249 lb-ft of torque. The V6 RAV4 is equipped exclusively with a five-speed automatic transmission and it offers better fuel efficiency than some less powerful competitors: 19 mpg city/27 mpg highway for 2WD models and 19 mpg city/26 mpg highway for 4WD models.

A strong stiff body structure, four-wheel independent suspention and Electronic Power Steering (EPS) give the 2011 RAV4 sporty handling and a comfortable car-like ride. The compact EPS unit contributes to fuel economy by eliminating the traditional power steering pump and provides computer-controlled assist only when required.

The 2011 Toyota RAV4’s available automatic on-demand four-wheel-drive system uses an electronically controlled coupling to distribute torque between the front and rear wheels, depending on road conditions and driver input. In Auto mode, torque distribution to the rear wheels is decreased during low speed cornering for better maneuverability. 4WD manual locking switch maximizes torque distribution to the rear wheels. When vehicle speed reaches 25 mph, the system reverts to Auto mode.

Like all SUVs in the Toyota lineup, the 2011 RAV4 comes standard with the STAR Safety System. On 2011 Toyota RAV4 that includes Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC) and an ABS with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA).

Form, fun, functionality and value are plentiful in the 2011 Toyota Rav4 with a generous array of standard convenience features across all three grades including air-conditioning, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel, AM/FM CD stereo with MP3/WMA playback capability, XM Radio, six speakers, an auxiliary audio jack, cruise control, outside temperature gauge, remote keyless entry, power mirrors with folding feature and three 12-volt auxiliary power outlets.

Edmunds says about 2011 Toyota RAV4:

Spacious, comfortable and easy to drive, the 2011 Toyota RAV4 is a top pick for a small-to-midsize crossover SUV, especially if you want a V6 or a usable kid-size third-row seat.


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