By James Bergeron

Day 1:

2007 Toyota Rav4 Sport
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A few weeks back I reviewed the Honda CR-V EX, with a price of just over $34,000. Many of the comments were that it was overpriced and the RAV4 was the one to get because it offers a V6 instead of a four-cylinder engine. Well, this week we get to compare and see if the grass on the other side of the fence really is greener.

Upon first inspection of this vehicle, it is clear that it is very close competition to the CR-V. Even though Honda wants to move to more of a car like feel with their offering, both the RAV4 and CR-V offer similar interior space, seating positions, amenities and rather bland/plain interiors.

2007 Toyota Rav4 Sport
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If you are interested in 0-60 times and having enough power to never be left wanting, then stop reading right here.

The Rav4 delivers and there is no doubt in my mind that loading up the RAV4 to the roof and filling it with 5 passengers wouldn’t even cause the RAV4’s V6 to break a sweat. The 3.5litre V6 produces 269hp and rockets from 0 – 100km/h in 6.7 seconds according to Toyota. In real life driving it feels even faster!

Externally the RAV4 Sport looks the part as well, with its slanting headlights that flow rearward and its large 18-inch alloy wheels I think it looks fantastic. On the inside, though, the dull black interior and two-tiered dash do not tickle my fancy as much, especially the steering wheel — it’s rather plain.

Tomorrow is grocery day for me, so I’ll get a chance to really experience the “wrong way” swing out tailgate, but besides the tail gate and V6 engine so far I’m finding the RAV4 and CR-V nearly identical in feel. We’ll see how the week goes with the RAV4 before making any conclusions.

2007 Toyota RAV4 Sport w/B Package
MSRP as tested: $36,240

For more information on Toyota and the RAV4 visit Toyota Canada

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