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2009 Toyota RAV4 Pros and Cons at TrueDelta: Owner Pros and Cons by horseman1966

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Reviewed: 2009 Toyota RAV4

4dr SUV 179-horsepower 2.5L I4 4-speed automatic AWD

Why the 2009 Toyota RAV4?

Reliability & durability

High ratings from every car review I have read. Very high resale value and see used ones all the time with 150k+ miles - I should be able to own this 10+ years.

Discounts & incentives

We were able to get the 4 cyl in the cash-for-clunkers deal. Got payments on a new 09 for less than I was planning on paying for a used vehicle. Dealer also gave free lifetime oil changes as well.

Fuel economy

Amazing for an SUV - First 2 weeks we had it, went on 2 trips over 200 miles each mostly highway. Got over 27 MPG. There are some 4 cyl CARS that do not get that, let alone an SUV. We are saving $50/month just on gas compared to the minivan we traded in

Cargo capacity

The 09 is larger than the previous generation. We had actually been looking at a used Highlander, and this is not much smaller. There is a large storage area UNDER the rear cargo floor, which doubles the space. Can haul a lot of stuff!

Insurance cost

My insurance premium is low due to the safety and anti-theft features. Depreciation? I see 5 year old RAVs going for $15-16k - That is what I PAID after rebate! I can drive it 5 years with minimal depreciation. No concern with negative equity

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