2009 Toyota RAV4 Values
For 2009, the Toyota RAV4 crossover SUV gets restyled front and rear fascia, a redesigned wheel, new interior seat fabrics, front active headrests and an engine immobilizer. Toyota RAV4 standard equipment features a new, more powerful 2.5L four-cylinder engine that generates 179 hp and 172 lb-ft of torque, paired to a four-speed automatic transmission. Optional is a 3.5L V6 engine that produces a powerful 269 hp and 246 lb-ft of torque and is coupled to a five-speed automatic transmission. A choice of either front-wheel or four-wheel drive is available. EPA fuel estimates for a four-cylinder, front-wheel-drive RAV4 rate 22 mpg city/28 mpg hwy and 24 mpg combined, while the 4WD gets 21/27/24 mpg. The V6 front-wheel drive achieves19 mpg city/27 mpg hwy and 22 mpg combined, but four-wheel drive drops that 1 mpg on the highway. Safety equipment includes stability and traction control, antilock disc brakes, active front headrests, front-seat side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags. With the V6 engine or optional third-row seats, hill-start assist and downhill assist are offered.Read more Read less
The RAV4 gets a mild restyling, an upgraded interior, and a number of other changes for 2009. Most notably, the base 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine has been replaced by a new 2.5-liter one that's not only more powerful but also more fuel-efficient. Front and rear styling has been redone for 2009, with a new grille and bumper in front, and redesigned tail lamps. Most models also get a redesigned rear step-up bumper with black protector molding. Inside there's a new standard seat fabric. Front-seat active headrests are added to the roster of safety features, and a rear backup monitor is newly optional. Turn-signal side mirrors are now offered on the Limited, and Base and Limited models get a new alloy wheel design. A Sport Appearance Package is also new and brings a redesigned rear door without the spare tire, plus chrome accents throughout and an exclusive exterior color, Elusive Blue Metallic.
Freshened styling; roomy interior; fuel economy; safety features; 3-row seating available
The RAV4 straddles the line between compact and mid-size SUVs, but its price is more in sync with compact competitors, making it a good deal for those who want space for the family. Its fuel economy is also enviable, especially with the 4-cylinder engine. Yet with the optional V6 it's very quick--faster than some sport sedans. And with the new Sport Appearance Package, shoppers who don't like the style set by the external spare tire finally have an option.