2010 Toyota RAV4 vs. Its Competition

2010 Toyota RAV4
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

Most of the compact crossover vehicles now offer a choice of four-cylinder or V-6 engines, as well as front- or all-wheel drive.

The Honda and Subaru are the only exceptions.

But take a look at styling and interiors and they differ significantly.

The Ford Escape prioritizes boxy styling and a basic, square interior layout that still shows strengths versus sleeker, more rounded rivals.

It performs well, too.

The Subaru Forester became quite a bit larger with its last redesign; it still emphasizes all-weather handling over third-row utility or overt luxury.

The Honda CR-V is an excellent, very space-efficient design with plenty of room for five, and it's TheCarConnection.com's longtime pick in this class, though it's not much fun to drive, nor does it have any significant off-road ability.

Another model worth considering is the 2010 Kia Sorento—fresh off a complete redesign and to be assembled in Georgia.

The new Sorento measures up closely with the RAV4—between compact and mid-size—and promises especially nice interior appointments and a very generous feature list.

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7.4
Though it might wear a spare tire on its tail like the hard-core SUVs of yore, don't let that throw you off. The 2010 Toyota RAV4 is actually a practical, fuel-efficient choice for frugal families on the go.
7.4
Though it looks decidedly old-school, the Ford Escape is a solid and stylish five-passenger, compact SUV that has been kept up-to-date.
8.0
It’s significantly improved this year, but the 2009 Subaru Forester remains a unique all-wheel-drive crossover with less power and fewer features, but better carlike handling, than its competition.
7.8
The 2008 Honda CR-V doesn't have hip style or performance on tap, but it has the security, utility, and frugality that many sensible moms want.
7.0
The 2008 Kia Sorento has good towing capacity and all-weather handling, but it lacks the features, the performance and the carlike characteristics of more modern SUVs and crossovers.
MSRP From    
$21,675$20,435$19,995$20,700$20,695
Gas Mileage    
19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Gas I4Gas I4Gas Flat 4-CylGas I4Gas V6
EPA Class    
2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicles4WD Sport Utility2WD Sport Utility2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name    
FWD 4-Door 4-cyl 4-Speed AT (GS)FWD 4-Door I4 Manual XLS4-Door Manual X2WD 5-Door LX2WD 4-Door Base
Drivetrain    
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive2 Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
55555
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
4 Door4 Door4 Door5 Door4 Door
Transmission    
Automatic w/ODManual w/ODManual w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/OD