Peoria, Illinois (PressExposure) May 25, 2009 -- The Rav4's run of consecutive best-car titles is impressive because Toyota has stayed ahead of the competition by continuing to build upon this already-successful SUV. The Rav4 has proved to be very design-forward each model year. Consumer Reports pointed to the Rav4's unique features. The Peoria Toyota Rav4 offers the more interior space than any other small SUV and is one of a few to offer a third row. Even though it has a large size for its category, the Rav4 actually weighs in as one of the lightest vehicles in the segment - helping to make it one of the most fuel-efficient vehicles in its class.
Managers at Peoria Toyota, a Peoria dealer, are not surprised the honor went the Rav4's way. Because the award means the vehicle achieved the best overall rating, they were happy the roomiest of all Peoria fuel-efficient vehicles retained its title. As a Peoria and dealer, the people at Peoria Toyota have seen many Bloomington Toyota Rav4consumers change their minds as to what type of vehicle they wanted to purchase after driving a Bloomington Toyota Rav4. Managers at the dealership say car shoppers often come into the showroom thinking they want to purchase a larger SUV or a sedan but are surprised by the Rav4's ability to handle like a car and provide the space benefits of a larger SUV.
The new generation of Rav4 design has only made the vehicle more popular. Car buyers seem to like its subtlety, as the Rav4 is just designed to get the job done with ample comfort and little fanfare. The Peoria Toyota Rav4 feels like more of a car than an SUV in its handling, according to managers at Peoria dealer, Peoria Toyota. Consumers get the benefits of a high platform and excellent interior space but still retain the car-like benefits of great fuel efficiency and handling.
The best thing about the new generation is that it manages to become more serious-looking and elegant without losing its fun image. The curves are nicer. The interior boasts better lines. Nothing about it says nerdy, just smart. During the test drive I took in a new Peoria Toyota Rav4, I noticed the obvious upgrades in style. The gauges are more streamlined, as is the rest of the interior. And there is no mistaking the exterior's better design, which features more curves in all the right places.
The new engine in the 2009 manages to be more powerful and more fuel-efficient than the previous year's as well. Toyota offers a V-6 for the Rav4, but based the opinions of the sales representatives at the Peoria dealer, the larger engine is not necessary. It could be considered an over-the-top option for a car that is one of the best Peoria fuel-efficient vehicles anyone can purchase. However, for buyers who want that extra muscle, the fuel economy doesn't suffer terribly when upgrading to six cylinders.