This post is sponsored by Toyota. All opinions are my own. #LetsGoPlaces
You all probably don’t know this fun tidbit about us, but almost two years ago Jake was driving a Firebird around after we moved home from Florida. Then, after a trip to the Indiana State Fair one Summer, and almost dying of heat stroke in the Firebird, I made it a goal that I would work enough to buy us something reliable. Something that would be good in snow and in the heat. After a busy few months, I was able to find us a trusty ’99 Explorer. She’s getting up there in age but somehow she doesn’t seem to come down with anything Jake can’t fix.
That said, when given the opportunity to check out the new ’17 Rav4 from Toyota, I was jumping up and down with excitement. My explorer may be trusty but comparing her and the Rav4 is like comparing apples and oranges.
Before I tell you about the Rav4 loan though, I want to preface my post with a couple details, that to me only makes sense to divulge to you all. I am not the main driver in our home. As you all know I am home full time with the girls, so I don’t have to drive to work everyday. Pretty much since Addie was born Jake has done the majority of our driving so I developed a bit of a fear of driving far from home. I have to be very comfortable to volunteer to drive somewhere. Thankfully there are cute little back roads all over Broad Ripple so I can get where I need to. I’ve become fairly comfortable with the Explorer even though it’s a little too big for my taste. I prefer something without blind spots and I don’t love being high off of the ground. So now that you have a little perspective on my relationship with cars, lets get into the Rav4.
At first glance the Rav4 looks like a normal Mid-sized SUV, which was a little scary for me. Then, however, I got inside and sat in the drivers seat and I swear to you guys I felt like I was just as low to the ground as I would be in a car. I love how comfortable I was right off the bat sitting in the drivers side of the Rav4. This is a feat in itself, so serious props to Toyota from little old fearful me. Also, remember my weird thing with blind spots in SUVs? This car has a little symbol that lights up in the mirrors to let you know someone is in your blind spot while driving. It’s basically like this car was designed for me, guys.
Even though I was shocked at how comfortable the car made me, I was still not the primary driver. Jake works about thirty minutes away, so he drove it to and from work while we had it. He said he was pretty impressed with the gas mileage. Next to the seats being super comfortable, he said getting an average of 25 miles per gallon was his favorite.
I loved being able to see a foot activated lift gate in action. It took us a few tries but we finally mastered it! You don’t really think about these things until you have arms full of groceries, or it’s raining and you have your hands full- that comes in super handy!
There is a ton of room inside, so for our family of four- it is the perfect sized vehicle. There is plenty of room in back for Piper’s full sized stroller plus more. I think if we ever were to have another child, we would outgrow this one though. You could definitely fit two carseats and a big kid in the back but it would be tight. So if you’re in the market for a new ride but you’ve got a bigger family than I do- maybe check out the 2017 Toyota Sienna.
A few other quick notes before I go, we thought these were worth mentioning!
- The navigation is user friendly and is bluetooth capable so you can easily connect your phone to the car.
- Pretty black leather interior which is awesome for young kids. Messes are easily cleaned.
- Loved the camera when backing out of the driveway. Made me feel more secure on our busy road.
- There are symbols on the dash to let you know if everyone is buckled in.
- Great sound system.
- Drives like a hatchback with the room and comfort of a SUV.
Tell me below, have you driven a RAV4? What did you like about it?