Auto Review: 2010 Toyota RAV4 Sport

The 2010 Toyota RAV4 comes in three trims: Base, Sport and Limited. The 2010 Toyota RAV4 Sport is available both as a two wheel drive vehicle and a four wheel drive. Additionally, both drivetrains come with your choice of engines, a 2.5-liter 4 cylinder or a 3.5-liter V6.

2010 Toyota Rav 4 Sport

With that many options, there’s no wonder that Toyota rules the road. The RAV4 is already a superior vehicle. The Sport trim beats anything in its class on a number of points and when you add a 3.5-liter V6 engine with a 4-wheel drive option, you’ll be driving on cloud 9.

All four options have the ULEV-II emission rating, but for fuel efficiency they break down this way:

  • 2WD 2.5L 4-cylinder = 22 city, 28 highway
  • 2WD 3.5L V6 = 19 city, 27 highway
  • 4WD 2.5L 4-cylinder = 21 city, 27 highway
  • 4WD 3.5L V6 = 19 city, 26 highway

You lose nothing in dimensions going from the 2WD drivetrain to the 4WD or with an increase in engine size. All the vehicles are roomy, even with the optional moonroof taking up some of the head space. They all seat 5 passengers comfortably.

Mechanically, the RAV4 components are as sound as anything on the road. You get an electronic ignition with the patented Toyota Direct Ignition system. The 4-cylinder vehicles come with a 4-speed Electronically Controlled Automatic Transmission (ECT). The larger engine features a 5-speed ECT.

Both 2WD vehicles are front wheel drive so you do get some additional control and traction. The 4WD versions utilize electronic on-demand 4WD.

All 2010 Toyota RAV4 Sport vehicles feature as a standard electronic power steering, assisted rack and pinion steering with electronic power assist and Vehicle Stability Control with Traction Control.

On the 3.5-liter engine you get Hill Start Assist Control (HAC) and Downhill Assist Control (DAC). That feature is an option on the smaller engine. The HAC is designed to minimize backward rolling on steep inclines while the DAC helps the driver maintain control of the vehicle and speed on downward slopes. Those are two very useful features not very often seen on older cars.

Toyota offers some pretty snazzy options for all the vehicles and a sport appearance package allows you to soup up your 2010 Toyota RAV4 Sport with a rear door, stainless steel exhaust tip and other great interior and exterior features. You’ll feel like you’re driving a sports car and you’ll look good in it.


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