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Toyota RAV4, SUV
Jun 23, 2007 (6:28 am)
Does anyone have any experience with snow tires on their 2006+ RAV4? I realize I probably wouldn't need them, but with the way some people drive in the snow, I'd like to have every bit of winter handling and performance I could possibly get.
My biggest concern is with the TPMS. I've heard that some people have had difficulty in getting their dealer to reprogram the system to recognize four or five new sensors. Maybe I'd have to keep the same sensors, in which case I'd be best off going with just tires and having them swapped off the regular wheels in the spring and fall. If I could do it, I'd rather go with a -1 wheel and tire package and just swap out the whole thing myself.
#9 of 17 Re: RAV4 2wd Northeast availability [rmarden]
Sep 13, 2007 (2:13 pm)
I've noticed that depending on the region you're, you may not have the availability of certain vehicles. In Southern CA, you cannot get a 4WD truck to save your life, unless you go with the top of the line ones that cost an arm and a leg. I managed to get my Rav4 V6 4WD in So-Cal... with it being the only one in the area... but in Phoenix, which services areas that are in the mountains and need 4WD due to inclement weather, they carried mostly 4WD. Meanwhile, in MD, where I am from originally, they had a 50-50 split due. Honestly, the inventory demographics is determined by the upper management of toyota overseas, so it doesn't surprise me that they only deliver 4WD models to your area.
#10 of 17 Re: RAV4 2wd Northeast availability [rmarden]
Sep 16, 2007 (5:51 pm)
Boston is not far from NY. Here you can buy RAV4 'base' in 4WD, 4 cycl. Because we bought one.
#11 of 17 Re: Winter driving [chstr1]
Feb 22, 2008 (9:39 am)
chstr1, very interesting. I live in western NY and we typically get around 95 inches of snow per year. I am intrigued by the notion of just getting the FWD (cheaper, better MPG), but obviously have concerns about the safety. My wife and I have a civic and accord, respectively, and have always felt relatively safe with the FWD. Anyone else go with the FWD in areas that get more substantial snow?
#12 of 17 Re: Snow tires? [leeharvey418]
Feb 22, 2008 (4:34 pm)
I am looking at getting a smaller SUV likwe the Rav 4 as a back up to by Suburban 4x4. I did put Goodyear's Fortera TripleTred tires. Awesome traction wet, dry or snow. Sure ain't cheap but I'd rather ride on the best.
#13 of 17 Re: RAV4 4WD V6 or V4 for snow & sleet condition?? [thecat]
Mar 17, 2010 (11:45 pm)
hey you seem to know alot about the rav4's 4wd system i was wondering how it worked bcuz i test drove 1 the other day and might get 1, but i noticed the lock button on the dash. i am considering getting the 4 cyl 4wd sport and was wondering if the car is in front wheel drive untill i were to press that lock button on the dash and over 25mph it would turn off?? meaning it would become a 2wd again? =/
sorry to ask you but the guy at the dealer doesnt seem to know much about the car and ive been doing my research elsewhere but cant find anything about it, and correct me if im wrong but you cannot push that lock button unless its really necessary so if it were raining and i am stopped at a light and the light turns green being in front wheel drive i would just burnout on the spot...
please answer asap i am getting the car very soon!
thanks in advance!!
#14 of 17 Re: Winter driving [jb347]
Apr 03, 2010 (6:04 am)
JB, I have a 2007 RAV4 with FWD the 4 cyl. and it does fairly well in the snow. I keep to the roads that someone has broken a trail and it works pretty well. For deep snow, I just plow through at a steady speed and the RAV4 kind of floats along like a boat. I took it out every day this year in the big blizzards here in Arlington VA and had a good time with it. I did get stuck once when I tried to blitz through a particularly deep virgin section of snow, probably 18" deep. Not up to my knees but close. I didn't have a good experience with the original Yokohama Geolanders, but the new Firestone Destinations give me much better traction. I grew up in Montana and like to drive in snow, so getting good snow is an opportunity to play.
Flip side, if I had it to do over again, I would either get the RAV4 w/4WD or the Ford Escape Hybrid. My mileage sucks, I average 19 mpg city and 28 mpg hwy. When I hypermile I can get my mileage up to 22 mpg but it isn't worth it, it only saves me about a gallon and a half a week.
#15 of 17 Re: Winter driving [jb347]
Apr 05, 2010 (6:13 am)
I've driven through 45 plus winters. Here we get 150 plus inches every winter. I've seen days where nothing would get you through but in truth, not that many. This area was on the national news for over a week two years ago. A 10 day storm, high winds (75 MPH, plus) and extreme cold hit. I was driving a FWD Sedan and made it to work every day. If my memory is correct I was maybe 15 minutes late on one of the days but then so was everyone else , Wasn't so much the amount of snow on the ground but the fact that you couldn't see past the hood of your car. - LOL - .
Just purchased a new 2010 RAV-4 FWD. Although it's only a week old and hasn't seen any winter driving I don't expect it will be any different than my previous Chevy sedan. IMOO - FWD is FWD. Doesn't matter if it's on a Chevy, Ford, Honda or Toyota, if you've gotten through a winter with a FWD sedan than you'll do just fine with a FWD RAV.
Yes, there are a few days when having the AWD would be nice but (just speaking for myself) I don't see the wisdom of "Feeding" AWD for the entire year just to have a bit of an advantage 10 or 15 days a year.
So many forget or don't seem to know that AWD really doesn't help during an ice storm nor will it help you in a white-out.
#16 of 17 Re: RAV4 4WD V6 or V4 for snow & sleet condition?? [mike1325]
Apr 08, 2010 (4:56 pm)
Mike, a RAV4 is either a FWD transmission or it is AWD (full time). The "LOCK" button is for the center differential and automatically cancels at 21 mph so it is not damaged by binding in turns on pavement. Locking so both drive shafts turn the same is only needed to overcome being stuck or where the chances of becoming stuck are high- deep snow or slick mud. Roy
#17 of 17 Re: RAV4 4WD V6 or V4 for snow & sleet condition?? [mike1325]
Apr 16, 2010 (3:00 pm)
Sorry for the late response. I haven't been here for some time. The 4WD system in the Rav4 is FWD until it senses slip and then power is diverted to the rear also. The lock sends power front & rear up to 25mph. Above that, it returns to FWD with rear power as needed.
I put new G.Y. Triple Treds on in early fall. When the blizards hit here in MD. I was quite impressed with both the RAV and the tires. I drove through very deep snow without a problem. As long as you don't get high centered ... you can go through almost anything.
With respect to your - "sitting at a red light in the rain" senerio .. as soon as the front wheels spin (less than you can feel) power is sent to the rear also. So, no ... no burnouts. You just can't do it.
Hope that helps.