For Brad Jacobson and his family of four, their 2009 Toyota RAV4, a four-door compact sports utility vehicle, is a perfect fit. Not only does the vehicle provide good gas mileage and tons of storage, but it has high safety ratings as well.
“Our main thing was that we wanted a bigger vehicle that offered good gas mileage,” Jacobson says. He says on the highway he gets about 27 to 29 mpg and about 24 in town.
The family recently took a camping trip, and the vehicle was large enough to haul the family and all their gear to and from the campgrounds.
“We had everything packed up, and it was very nice for us to be able to spread out in it,” he says.
His son agrees there’s plenty of room, but he insists the coolest thing about the family car is the hidden storage pocket under the back cargo area. The RAV4 also has a roof rack which provides even more hauling ability for the family. An option for larger families would be the third row seating which can fold down into the cargo space that is available in the Jacobson’s model.
Another perk of the vehicle is its overall safety ratings. The vehicle received five out of five stars for driver safety and four out of five stars on front passenger safety in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration crash tests. Some of the safety features include anti-whiplash head restraints, which automatically cradle the passenger’s head in the instance of rear collision, front and side impact airbags and stability control, which will reduce engine power if the vehicle’s handling power has been exceeded.
Jacobson says he and his family are happy with the vehicle, and when it comes for a new car, they would definitely look into a newer RAV4 model.
“Or possibly the Highlander,” Jacobson says, which he adds is one step up and a bit bigger than their current vehicle.