First of all, we respect the Toyota RAV4, so put down the pitchforks. 

We’ve spent time in multiple different trim levels and understand the value it has to offer as a reliable SUV.

However, there is one crucial drawback to consider before buying the 2023 Toyota RAV4.  

To some drivers, the 2023 Toyota RAV4 could be tainted because it’s not exactly sporty or athletic. 

The standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine cranks out 203 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. This amount of power sounds great on paper, but it’s a bit sluggish 

As Edmunds notes, the 2023 RAV4 can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in about 9.1 seconds, which is below the class average 

The ‘merely satisfactory engine’ is one of the main reasons why the RAV4 is ranked as a top choice.  

You may need to give yourself extra time to pass others on the highway and to merge into traffic 

Also, you may notice that it takes a heavy foot to climb steep inclines. 

The steering is a bit vague, which doesn’t inspire confidence around tight bends, and the eight-speed automatic transmission can stumble while downshifting 

But it does feel confident and stable.  

Not everyone needs an engaging experience. But if you do

the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid reaches 60 mph in about 7.4 seconds, and the RAV4 Prime can get there in 5.6 seconds 

. However, it’s not as sporty as its rivals, like the Mazda CX-5.