I needed to go to Chicago last month for the Sweets and Snacks Expo. I have a car…. but it is old and I was worried to take it as it had been acting funny. So then my wonderful car faeries offered me the chance to take a fully loaded Toyota RAV4 for the trip. I was excited to test drive the SUV because I had heard amazing things about the model, especially the fact it has the IHHS safety top rating! I was scared though, that an SUV would be a gas hog. Boy, was I ever glad to be wrong.
Sleek, isn’t it? The body itself is sporty but the interior is just deluxe to the brim.
So as usual I am going to give you the website link so you can see the stats and specs. But I am also going to tell you my whole experience driving this baby. Before this trip I had never EVER driven in the city of Chicago. I always avoided it. I would take the train from Michigan because I was scared to death of the not so safe drivers in and around that city. What I found was that it was near as bad as I thought, and I was blessed because I had to drive on Lakeshore drive, which is a nice cruise compared to straight downtown traffic.
The safety features on the RAV4 were very helpful in Chicago because the lane warnings made me stay perfectly where I needed to be and the ever important blind spot detection.
One of the best features I took advantage of was the one touch power lift gate opening. I may have only been gone for one night but I had my hands full of stuff from the show and my luggage, AND the parking garage I was in had minimal space. I got very lucky this SUV was small enough to qualify for the parking I paid for because it was close. The backup camera also came in very handy in the city!
So along with an extremely smooth ride, and radar cruise (if you don’t know what that is, it means the car automatically slows down when another car is too close in front of it) I really enjoyed the drive, even through the stupid construction in Indiana and the constant rain. Oh, and remember the gas economy I mentioned before? I went nearly all the way to Chicago and back on on tank of gas. I probably could have went all the way but didn’t want to give the amazing team a car with a tank on E when they came to pick it up. I was very pleasantly surprised at the amazing gas mileage. The space is beyond ample for my family, especially now that I only have my two younger kids to drive around.
The Toyota RAV4 that I tested was fully loaded but the lower end models start out at a very affordable $24, 410.