2010 Toyota Rav4 ZR6

Its been 7 months wince we took delivery of the Toyota Rav4 ZR6. Overall, the car is fantastic. Its performed its job with ease and is a very comfortable vehicle to drive. Its has plenty of power on tap and the driver assist features of Downhill Assist, Hill Start assist, traction control and the centre diff lock all work wonderfully.

The extra features of the ZR6 are worth the extra investment in my eyes, Whilst having the sunroof fully open in summer does little but baked the interior to an unbelievable tempreture and give you sunburn, tilting it up slightly helps the vehicle with a bit of fresh air flow. Its main value is in allowing natural light into the car. The Heated seats whilst a little useless at first appearance are a welcomed relief each morning when gazing down and seeing its 4 Degrees C outside. The climate control is a feature that once you have it, you can never live without it. Setting the tempreture to 23C and leaving it alone to do its stuff is what motorists want. Hassle free driving.

The Sat Nav is fairly simple to use and the integrated phone system works flawlessly. Being unable to ‘download’ my Apple iPhone address book is a pain. Also the inability to stream music via Bluetooth, as I can in my Poverty pack Aurion ATX is also a major pain. We do leave a 3.5mm jack cable in the centre console for this purpose.

The front and rear parking sensors are handy (well the rear are), I cna’t say I am overly impressed the Front Parking sensors button is backlit in Green when the rest of the dash is Orange. A complaint to Toyota revealed whilst this complaint is common, there is ‘nothing we can do’.

The lack of a Distance till Empty / Fuel Consumption gauge on a vehicle costing over $50k is a little dissapointing also. Especially when so many other vehicles in Toyota’s fleet have this feature. Maybe its a deliberate ploy in hiding the at times, woeful economy of the V6 and the lack of fuel capacity. I’d gladly trade my underfloor storage area for a decent fuel tank. I reckon I could get another 80 litres in there giving the rav a decent range.

I would be tempted to look at upgrading the suspension as it feels a little soft for my likeing and a little more lift would be welcomed offroad.

Overall its been a fantastic vehicle and I have no regrets in buying it. Even if the Toyota Prado Kakado looks like a Fantastic buy. If your interested in one, why not pop over to Discount New Cars. Its the site I go to to compare specs / features and getting an upfront discount to start your negotiations with dealers is a welcomed start for me.