Toyota RAV4

BASE PRICE RANGE: $22,735-$29,045

WHAT'S NEW: In 2009, the 2.4L inline-four was replaced with a more powerful 2.5L four with better fuel economy. For 2011, the RAV4 gains a brake override system. Also, there is a new Base Plus Extra Value Package, with moonroof, steering wheel audio controls, roof rails, and 17-in. wheels. There are also some minor changes to other packages.

COOL FACT: Toyota is working with Tesla to produce a fleet of electric RAV4s in 2012.

SUM UP: Big compact or small midsize?
RATING: ***1/2

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2011 Toyota RAV4
Base Engine 2.5L/179-hp DOHC I-4
Optional Engine 3.5L/269-hp DOHC V-6
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, 4A/5A
0-60 MPH 6.3-8.4 sec*
Tow/Payload 1500-3500/950-1350 lb
EPA city/hwy fuel econ 19-22/26-28 mpg
Basic warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety ABS: S; Stab: S; Trac: S; Airbags: 6