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First let me say that this seems like a great forum with lots of information.
Wife is ready for another vehicle. Her current vehicle is a 92 Corolla. This time around she wants a small SUV or another Corolla. We were very happy with how long the Corolla lasted so she wants to stick with Toyota. No major problems what so ever.
I have a couple of questions, how many MPG can I expect, how does it handle in the snow, and is the power good?
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I assume you are looking for late-model used RAV4 since you are posting to the 4.2 forum.

You'll notice I have a 2005 auto 4x4 - so I speak for it:

Acceleration is just fine if your 92 Corolla was good enough. She will be happy with the four cylinder. It was increased from 2.0 and became 2.4 liters in the 2004/05 years.

Our EPA sticker says 22/27 mpg: we're not quite broken in yet at 8,000 miles and are getting 23 city. Summer gasoline formulation should improve that. Our best highway was 27 but this summer will probably be 28mpg.

My wife hates snow but now with the RAV she loves it. All RAV's will do good. But, our 2005 also has traction control which prevents wheelspin; stability control to prevent rollover, and side curtain airbags for peace of mind.

You can get a new Corolla with side curtain airbags and maybe traction control. That should help in snow but it won't be a snowcat like the RAV4. I get 30/38mpg with our 2004 Corolla automatic. But, it does not inspire confident in snow with the stock S-model tires; the Corolla didn't come with ABS or side curtain air bags that year. Consumer Reports doesn't recomend the Corolla without them due to side impact crash test results. I would look for them in whatever vehicle you choose.

The RAV4 will be a little more costly but a lot more capable. I would choose it over a Corolla if I could only have one.
 

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What a coincidence! We have a Corolla 1992 as well and were (are) very happy with it. We bought a RAV4,2 2002 a few years back and just love its handling and ride. It is a drivers car. RAV is a big jump from the old Corolla that we love so much. I am sure you will like the RAV too. The engine sizes avilable in Europe are different to the ones in USA so I can not say much about your models. Best of luck in your hunt for the RAV.
 

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I know the owner of my local Toyota dealership and I had a chat with him one day about traction control in the Toyota line. We don't get a lot of snow here in southern Oregon, but once or twice a year we get snow, and occasionally ice. He told me he lives in the hills outside of town and that he has tried every vehicle in the Toyota lineup to get up his hill in the snow over the years, and that the RAV4 was the best of all in the line for getting through the snow...in fact, that's the vehicle he owns. He also advised that the 2004/2005 years have traction control and stability control standard.
 
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Don't dispare at the lackof responses Newbie. The 4.2 forum is not as popular now that the 4.3 model is out.

I think your questions are answered though.

Snow = GREAT
MPG = 25 average
Power = Good = get a 2004 or 2005 with the 2.4 liter motor.
 

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He also advised that the 2004/2005 years have traction control and stability control standard.
Yeah our 2005 FWD with traction control does great in the snow.

Gets 30mpg highway.

The 04-05 engine is more than enough to scoot the small suv around.
 

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We have a 02 rav4 and let me just say its unreal how well it goes through the snow. I live just south of Buffalo ny and man do we get snow by the feet (lake effect) and i have never been even close to being stuck... its a real bear in the snow, very little wheel spin if any. And with 28 mpg on the highway and a 120 miles commute each day you just can't go wrong.. The math is simple here BUY IT
 
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I see that you're in CO Springs ... I'm up in Aspen so I can tell you how incredible it is in the CO Winter! This is my first winter here, and first winter with the Rav, and it was the best thing I'd ever driven in the snow. As far as MPG goes, I have alot of stuff in the back of it, and, with the altitude, I probably get about 20mpg or less while doing short trips around Aspen ... but that's with alot of stop 'n go. When I hit the highway the MPG goes way up and is alot better. The power is fair, but with the style, the way it is in the snow and the confidence I have in it, it all works out great. I have not taken it on a trip to Denver yet, but when I go to Glenwood I can certainly feel an increase in the power. When I drove here, to Aspen, I was pulling a heavy trailer and I was getting 25 - 30mpg doing 70+ mph on the highway ... but the altitude definetly does affect the MPG.
 
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Our EPA sticker says 22/27 mpg: we're not quite broken in yet at 8,000 miles and are getting 23 city. Summer gasoline formulation should improve that. Our best highway was 27 but this summer will probably be 28mpg.
I have an 05 Auto 4x4 that I bought in December. If I ever average 27/28 MPG on a tank of gas, I think I will sh*t my pants. I averaged 23MPG this winter and now that the weather is getting warmer, I'm starting to get a little better mileage. I got 25MPG on the last tank. I don't expect it to get much better than that. And I don't have a lead foot. I do drive 75-80MPH on my commute though, which is basically keeping up with traffic around here.

12/27 - 270.1 11.749 23.0
01/03 - 240.4 11.200 21.5
01/09 - 262.2 11.827 22.2
01/19 - 295.6 13.257 22.3
01/25 - 297.5 12.662 23.5
01/28 - 295.5 12.785 23.1
02/06 - 287.8 12.156 23.7
02/09 - 296.7 12.690 23.4
02/14 - 300.1 13.687 21.9
02/19 - 277.6 11.542 24.0
02/26 - 260.9 11.778 22.2
03/02 - 297.1 12.850 23.1
03/08 - 305.0 13.586 22.5
03/13 - 292.5 12.375 23.6
03/19 - 287.8 12.846 22.4
03/24 - 278.7 12.130 23.0
03/29 - 307.5 13.259 23.2
04/03 - 282.7 11.860 23.8
04/06 - 312.4 12.526 24.9
 
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Yeh, there's yur trouble JohnnyG...80mph!

I get the 27mpg on a desolate state highway, 4-hour drive. We have to do 60mph or else. They're always hunting where you least expect it.
 
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Yeh, there's yur trouble JohnnyG...80mph!

I get the 27mpg on a desolate state highway, 4-hour drive. We have to do 60mph or else. They're always hunting where you least expect it.
Funny, this is the first vehicle I've had where that's made a difference. My Del Sol still averages 34MPG regardless of driving 75-80 or 60MPH, which is two less than the sticker's highway MPG claim.
 

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RAV4HER said:
Yeh, there's yur trouble JohnnyG...80mph!

I get the 27mpg on a desolate state highway, 4-hour drive. We have to do 60mph or else. They're always hunting where you least expect it.
Funny, this is the first vehicle I've had where that's made a difference. My Del Sol still averages 34MPG regardless of driving 75-80 or 60MPH, which is two less than the sticker's highway MPG claim.
Little Del Sol is a lot more aerodynamic than a Rav.
 
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Little Del Sol is a lot more aerodynamic than a RAV.
You're right! I think the Del Sol has a drag coefficient of .29 or something.

Big difference between the 05 and 06 RAV4 too:

2005 Drag Coefficient .40
2006 Drag Coefficient .33

2005 Curb Weight 2,897 lbs.
2006 Curb Weight 3,300 lbs.

I guess I could take the roof rack off and gain 1 MPG.
 
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Really, who needs 'em. Like you would want to mount a Yakima cargo box on those roof bars anyway and send the fuel economy down even more! I know, folks mount bikes and such and that's fine.

I did notice the 2005 RAV brochure does not tout that pathetic .40 drag coefficient but the 2006 RAV brochure does spell it out for the new and improved figure.
 
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