Compact crossover SUVs are huge sellers, which means they must have broad appeal, which is why the 2015 Toyota RAV4 is so popular. Sharp but inoffensive styling inside and out, a spacious cabin for five passengers, a usefully shaped roomy trunk with easy access, and an engine that mixes fine EPA-estimated fuel economy with acceptable performance and refinement. It's not as exciting to drive as some rivals like the Ford Edge and Mazda CX-5, but the RAV4 is capable enough to engage all but the most demanding drivers. Offered in front- or all-wheel drive, the RAV4 comes with a six-speed automatic transmission. The engine choice is a sole 2.5-liter with 176 hp, while some RAV4 rivals offer a more powerful V6 option.
Trim choices start with the entry-level LE, which covers basics like air conditioning, cruise control, a rearview camera, Bluetooth® phone and audio streaming, a six-speaker sound system with a 6.1-inch touchscreen, and keyless entry. Step up to the XLE and you gain 17-inch alloy wheels, foglights, dual-zone climate control, a sunroof, and an upgraded audio system that incorporates satellite radio, HD radio traffic, and weather. The range-topping Limited has 18-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry and ignition, heated front seats, a power-adjustable driver's seat, premium synthetic leather, and an optional premium JBL audio system with navigation. A Technology package, available only on the Limited trim, features blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert and lane departure warning. A fine all-rounder, the RAV4 is a big seller for a reason. If you're looking at compact crossover SUVs, it should be on your list.