At a Glance: Toyota RAV4 EV

Does the thought of driving through the great open outdoors bring a sparkle to your eyes? Do you love to feel the breeze in your hair as you step on the gas on highways and country roads? Then the first thing you should eye is an excellent SUV that can plow through the harsh landform and hostile weather conditions that the great outdoors can throw at it.

The RAV4 from Toyota is one of your best options. For starters, this is one of the most affordable high end SUVs around. Right from its launch in 1994, this car has given the opportunity to SUV lovers to proudly explore the great outdoors in ways they could not even imagine before. Here are just some of the reasons why this car has ruled the roost among SUVs for quite a few years now.

Excellent safety measures: All season tires that work perfectly in most hostile weather conditions along with Toyota's very own STAR Safety System make the car one of the safest to drive. Besides, additional safety additions like rear bumper step with black protector molding and child safe locks on all doors were pretty thoughtful additions. All safety systems are standard features in all models of the Toyota RAV4 . Good fuel efficiency: An SUV that gets 19 miles per gallon in urban driving conditions and 26 miles per gallon on highways is very fuel efficient. All the driver needs to do is fill up the tank, and go out to explore his surroundings, keeping the worries about being stranded without a gas station nearby out of mind. Power-packed: A V6 engine under the hood, with a 5-speed automatic transmission packs plenty of punch to get the driver through a host of unforgiving landforms. The engine manages to post a torque rating of approximately 246 at 4,700 rotations per minute. The 4-wheel drive, supported by four 17" aluminum wheels allows silky smooth driving, even in hostile weather conditions. The RAV4 is soon to get a hybrid model, which is supposed to hit the market some time in 2011. Until then, the gasoline driven variant is the only one available, but weekend adventurers should not worry, even the general model of this SUV is enough to satisfy the adventurer in you.

Feel like grabbing the wheel of a Toyota RAV4 on the way to a brand new adventure? Then come to Toyota of Des Moines, one of the largest dealers of Toyota cars in the US.

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