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Toyota hits another bull’s-eye with RAV4

Fort Wayne Journal Gazette: "Toyota hits another bull’s-eye with RAV4"

By Barbara and Bill Schaffer
Auto Digest

Barbara: Everything seems to be getting larger and better today, and the all-new Toyota RAV4 is no exception. It was good when it was first introduced 10 years ago, but like a fine wine, it has improved with age. With more than 700,000 of the cute little SUVs under its belt, Toyota introduced the third generation without a great deal of fanfare, but I was amazed at how extreme the makeover was.

Bill: Me, too. The RAV4 caught me off guard when officials announced the optional V-6 engine would be a 269-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 with a 5-speed automatic transmission.

That’s about 50 to 75 more horsepower than I would have expected and 108 more horsepower than the previous “big engine.”

Unfortunately, our test vehicle was powered by the standard 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 166 horsepower (which was five horsepower larger than the previous largest engines). Fortunately, the performance of the smaller engine was good, making it easy to drive.

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