The Rav4 definitely lives up to Toyota's reputation for reliability and dependability. I live fairly far out in the country, and as such I put quite a few miles on my vehicles in a short time. I can say that I haven't had a single problem out of my Rav4, and that doesn't appear to be changing any time soon. I have gladly recommended it to family, friends, and even strangers!
Would I recommend? Maybe. The Rav4 is a good looking car and great for running around. It is not the most comfortable ride, however. I feel all the bumps in the road. On a smooth road, it would probably be fine. However, in Mississippi, there is no such road. If it had a nice, smooth ride, I would love it. But the discomforts of being bounced around have me dreaming of the day I can get something a bit nicer. My daughter says the back seat is much more uncomfortable than the front. My only other problem with the car are the headrests. They tilt forward at a bad angle, making me hold my head in an uncomfortable position. To fix that, I took the headrest on the driver's seat out and flipped it backwards. It is totally useless.
Pros: -Trunk is side opening. I'm short, and can't reach most liftgates to close them. -Trunk space has large hidden compartments for storage. GREAT plus to having the spare tire on the back. -Lower cabin noise and better acceleration than my old car had. -Entertainment system is very basic, but it has USB/AUX and Bluetooth. -Seat adjustment is great! I'm under 5 feet tall, and my husband's over 6 feet tall. We both can sit comfortably. Cons: -No automatic seats or seat memory. -Only a 12 gallon gas tank. I have to refill about every week.