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Update: I have own it for 18 month and still enjoying it. The noisy motor issue doesn't bother me anymore I have grown use to it. Great Toyota quality.
I bought my Adventure fully loaded and love it. Yes, the motor is a bit noisy under hard acceleration, but it does accelerate. It has Safety features galore. I have taken it off road several times and it does great, It’s multi terrain mode, downhill assist and Dynamic Torque Vectoring All-Wheel Drive (TV-AWD) with Rear Driveline. If you want a car that looks like a SUV buy the Honda or Mazda. If you want a true dual-purpose SUV and this is the one you should buy.
The wife and I traded in our two cars (2008 Honda Civic-SI and 2005 CRV) for the AWD RAV4 XLE with upgraded Tech Package and Entune 3.0 (Entune sucks but it has Apple Carplay so doesn't matter, but this is the only way to get the JBL speakers which are AMAZING). We needed something that could get us hiking, camping, over mountain passes, and was comfortable on long road trips and this met those needs better than any other car in the segment while also offering the best safety features, cargo space, and MPG. But just as important to our final decision, this car looks awesome (we also got the Lunar Rock color which is very neat). When buying an SUV I didn't have high expectations for it being fun to drive (especially coming from a 6 speed manual Si) however this car is actually really fun to drive (when in sport mode). We just got back from a trip to Whistler and I didn't want to relinquish the steering wheel at all. The thing handled corners and accelerated extremely well and the only other cars that seemed to keep up with us on Sea to Sky were performance brands (Porche Cayennes, Jaguar SUVs, Etc.) and the CX-5 of course. This was of course all managed while still getting about 30 MPG which is extremely wild to me. I have read a lot of reviews about jerky gear shifting and slow starts and I 100% have noticed that in Eco Mode too (not in normal or sport). But that's what you get when the car is attempting to get 35 MPGs! IF YOU WANT GOOD GAS MILEAGE THIS IS WHAT YOU GET. Eco mode essentially just keeps you at the highest possible gear it can while also shifting power to the front wheels. Sport mode does the opposite and it is very noticeable. Also, speaking of MPGs, this car has the best in class by far. And if you want even better you can get a hybrid model. This was maybe factor #4 that pushed me in this direction. Other important factors were: It looks dope, the upgraded sound system is killer, it's very comfortable (leather interior at least is), cargo space is best in class, safety features are superb with blind spot monitoring, lane keep assist, and collision avoidance breaking (the car makes it very hard to crash), the tech package has a digital rear view mirror for when you have stacked things in the back (very handy for big camping trips or festivals), and the various other bells and whistles (locking the car by swiping a finger on the handle, very well made moon roof that doesn't make a lot of noise under 70 mph, 4 fast charging USB ports, AND A WIRELESS CHARGING PAD). All in all I couldn't recommend this car more. However, if you want a faster car there is the CX-5 which comes with a turbo on some trims (very cool... but not what I need in a utilitarian vehicle). TLDR: Great well rounded car that looks great, gets great MPGs, and has great options and safety features. But isn't as fast as the CX-5. As a side note I haven't noticed any gear grinding, which some reviews mentioned, for the 500 miles I've driven the car so far. Maybe Toyota fixed their AWD system or updated something since those reviews were written or maybe I just got lucky. Time will tell... I'll update this review if I notice it. I'll also update it if the car doesn't perform as well as I assume it will on snow this winter.
I just love the Rav4. It's always been my favorite SUV. And Route 119 had the best price so I just had to get one. It's been over a year now and no problems. Sweet.