2011 Toyota RAV4 vs. Its Competition

2011 Toyota RAV4 FWD 4-door 4-cyl 4-Spd AT (GS) Angular Front Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

The 2011 Toyota RAV4 is one of the few vehicles its size that manages a third row of seating.

The other one is the Mitsubishi Outlander.

Most of the compact crossover vehicles 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's looking dated but still shows strengths versus sleeker, more rounded rivals.

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.

2011 Toyota RAV4 FWD 4-door 4-cyl 4-Spd AT (GS) Angular Front Exterior View2011 Toyota RAV4
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2011 Ford Escape FWD 4-door XLT Angular Front Exterior View2011 Ford Escape
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2011 Honda CR-V2011 Honda CR-V
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2011 Mitsubishi Outlander AWD 4-door GT Angular Front Exterior View2011 Mitsubishi Outlander
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2011 Subaru Forester2011 Subaru Forester
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Quick Specs
Don't let appearances mislead; the 2011 Toyota RAV4 is a modern, practical crossover choice and great for frugal families.
The boxy, old-school appearance might turn you off, but the 2011 Ford Escape still delivers solid crossover and SUV bona fides.
The 2011 Honda CR-V is homely, as well as unexciting to drive; yet it's a great minivan alternative on many counts—appealing to practical shoppers with a roomy, versatile interior and top safety ratings.
The roomy, versatile 2011 Subaru Forester handles better than just about any other small crossover, though the need for a more modern transmission and a little more cabin refinement keep it from greatness.
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Gas Mileage    
19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy
Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas Flat 4
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Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicles2WD Sport Utility2WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility
Style Name    
FWD 4-Door 4-cyl 4-Speed AT (GS)FWD 4-Door XLS2WD 5-Door LX2WD 4-Door ES4-Door Manual 2.5X w/Alloy Wheel Value Pkg
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
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Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
4 Door4 DoorSport Utility VehicleSport Utility4 Door Sport Utility
Automatic w/ODManualAutomaticContinuously variable ratioManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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