As a family travel blogger and Dallas enthusiast I have worked with Toyota on many other campaigns with regards to family outings and learning more about their vehicles. As a single parent I specifically look for things such as safety ratings, fuel economy, interior room, interior panel technologies. Our friends at Toyota gave me the opportunity to drive a 2014 Toyota RAV4 with AWD (All Wheel Drive). If you followed me on Instagram or Twitter you could immediately tell so many things: 1) I like selfies 2) I like coffee 3) We KNOW Dallas.
In fact in the video at the end of this post is my daughter and I exploring downtown Dallas and the new Trinity Groves area. We went Christmas shopping at the famed Kate Weiser Chocolates in our 2014 Toyota RAV4.
Benefits and Features
One of the main benefits you will notice right away with the 2014 Toyota RAV4 is that for it’s class type of vehicle it manages better fuel economy at 22–24 city / 29–31 hwy mpg. One of the main reasons for this in my opinion is that it’s a small 4 cylinder engine option at 76-hp, 2.5-liter I-4. Obviously an economical choice for families with a budget, especially single parent families. It also appears that they redesigned the second row seat and interior. While for my needs with a three and four year old it was roomy, it’s harder to fold and the seat no longer slide to adjust for cargo space in the back. One of the key things I really did like was how much smoother this vehicle drives in comparison to the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SE which is also a great vehicle in this class of compact crossover vehicles. The outlander sport is a bit more stylish in this class than the RAV4.
What families will like is the price on these vehicles since they are under $30,000. They presently are running at $23,550–$29,720.
In terms of safety, Toyota has placed a ton of airbags in this vehicle. Knee, overhead, dual front side and dual front impact airbags are standard for all classes of the 2014 Toyota RAV4. This vehicle also comes with something called brake assist. The push button start allows for the engine immobilizer which is a great safety feature to have on this car. As a convenience the rear view camera offers you a great view to see what’s behind you.
My favorite convenience feature of the Limited was the rear liftgate door. When carrying heavy things it’s very convenient to be able to have a car where the liftgate can open and close at the push of a button making it hands free.
This was overall a great car buy for the family on a budget with great cargo space in the back. Offered in a variety of colors from Barcelona Red Metallic, Magnetic Grey Metallic, or Shoreline Blue Pearl there is sure to be a RAV4 for you.
To learn more, please visit: Toyota.com where you can also check out the 2015 models.
If you would like some help in the car buying process I would also highly recommend using the mobile app from Edmunds.com. Our friends from Edmunds.com have also sponsored Dallas Single Mom to try out the car buying experience. So far it has been pretty easy to use with their Price Promise that guarantees an up front price on a specific car.
Disclaimer: Our friends at STI and Toyota gave us complimentary use of this vehicle for the purposes of providing this review. All opinions are 100% those of Dallas Single Mom.