Toyota's Prince of Practicality

Ten years after its introduction the Rav4 gets an overhaul. It may be jack of all trades, master of none, but it offers a good value

Editor's Rating:

The Good: Versatility, optional V-6 engine, and all-wheel drive

The Bad: Unattractive interior

The Bottom Line: A practical, compact people-hauler at a reasonable price

Toyota has pulled off quite a coup with its redesigned Rav4 sport utility vehicle. The latest incarnation of the Rav4, which first hit the market in January, 1996, and has been completely redesigned for 2006, is a practical, well-designed compact SUV that is now big enough (14 inches longer than the previous model) and powerful enough (with an optional 269-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine) to really appeal to American tastes.

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