The 2009 Toyota RAV4 offers a choice of four-cylinder or V-6 powertrains, as do all of these models except the Honda and Subaru, and most of them have a choice of front- or all-wheel drive.
But each has a different way of prioritizing on- and off-road ability and interior space.
For instance, the Ford Escape is styled like a more traditional SUV, but its carlike underpinnings help it handle and perform quite well, despite an aging design.
The Hyundai Tucson bears an older design that doesn't perform as well as its most updated peers; it also feels smaller inside.
The new Vue is much improved, especially inside, with a fresh design.
The Honda CR-V is an excellent, very space-efficient design with plenty of room for five, though it's not much fun to drive, nor does it have any significant off-road ability.
The Subaru Forester is another alternative; it offers standard all-wheel drive, a well-designed, spacious interior, and top safety.
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|19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas Flat 4-Cyl||Gas I4||Gas I4|
|2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Sport Utility Vehicles||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||4WD Sport Utility||2WD Sport Utility||2WD Sport Utility|
|FWD 4-Door 4-cyl 4-Speed AT (GS)||FWD 4-Door I4 Manual XLS||FWD 4-Door I4 XE||4-Door Manual X||2WD 5-Door LX||FWD 4-Door I4 Manual GLS *Ltd Avail*|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|4 Door||4 Door||4 Door SUV||4 Door||5 Door||4 Door Sport Utility|
|Automatic w/OD||Manual w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Manual w/OD||Automatic||Manual w/OD|
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