2009 Toyota RAV4 vs. Its Competition

2009 Toyota RAV4

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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Quick Specs
The 2009 Toyota RAV4 is a thoughtful choice for families looking for space that doesn't come at the expense of fuel economy.
The 2009 Ford Escape Hybrid is a viable and sturdy contender in the family crossover arena. Gas mileage is excellent for a compact SUV, and optional mechanical all-wheel drive sets it apart from softer competitors.
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.
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.
The 2008 Hyundai Tucson no longer stands out in its class for performance or safety, but it’s still a great value.
MSRP From    
Gas Mileage    
19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy
Gas I4Gas I4Gas Flat 4-CylGas I4Gas I4
EPA Class    
2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicles4WD Sport Utility2WD Sport Utility2WD Sport Utility
Style Name    
FWD 4-Door 4-cyl 4-Speed AT (GS)FWD 4-Door I4 Manual XLS4-Door Manual X2WD 5-Door LXFWD 4-Door I4 Manual GLS *Ltd Avail*
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
4 Door4 Door4 Door5 Door4 Door Sport Utility
Automatic w/ODManual w/ODManual w/ODAutomaticManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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