2008 Toyota RAV4
There are 13 user reviews for the Base I4 4X4 trim shown below
- fuel economy, great handling, storage, features
- rear door
During the summer, at the height of the gas price crunch, I was able to get close to 30 mpg (being really careful about how I drove), with mostly suburban driving! When I am not careful, I get 25-26 mpg suburban, 28-30 highway. Rear door has its pros and cons. Nice wide opening to store things, side swing-out is not an issue in suburbia where you rarely parallel park, but not crazy about the top of the tire blocking out a small portion of rear view. The side swing rear door would be a real issue for me if I lived in a city where I did a lot of parallel parking.
I was agonizing between a CR-V and RAV4, and chose the RAV4 for the following reasons:
1) Better mpg
2) Much reduced blind spot (although it still exists), and better all-around visibility
3) Acceleration with the 4-cylinder. It felt compromised in the CR-V (there was a great deal of engine hesitation when going from 3rd to 4th at around 25-40 mph, which would make accelerating onto a highway an adventure). The acceleration and shifting on the RAV4, especially from 3rd to 4th, is smooth.
4) Power - no problem going up steep hills with 4 cylinder.
5) Center console in base model
6) Better dashboard indicators
7) Lower price with comparable features (not even considering that you cannot get the center console in the base CR-V; you have to upgrade to leather to get it).
The capper was that when I test drove the RAV4, it felt right (I had been a Honda guy for over 30 years, and test drove both the old and new CR-V several times, and was never convinced that either were "the car for me"). I would have liked to test drive the '09 Forester, but it was not out when I was buying my car. I have heard positive and negative things about the Subaru, but it is certainly worth considering. Honda, Subaru and Toyota are all very good cars.
I really enjoy driving the vehicle, and love the way it handles. I noticed some bounce when I first started driving it (I have the 17 inch tires), but got used to it. Some folks say the interior is a bit cheap, but it is just fine for a base model. I have read so many other reviews that are so picuane concerning the features, and I advise anyone thinking about this car to ignore those and just see if it feels right for you....read morehide
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- Good MPG, good interior, pretty exterior
- ride is a little boring
I think this small suv is a perfect example of efficiency and functionality. The new inline four will get 2 more MPG on the highway and in the city but, the asking price will also be a good amount higher. Doing city driving, I averaged 27 MPG with mine. You may find it just as cost efficient to purchase the old one due to premiums placed on the new model, or wait one more year to wait for the 2010 models to be in the marketplace. Anyway, I really like my '08 Toyota small suv and I hope you enjoy yours :)...read morehide
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- Roomy, Good looking, 25 mpg, Standard equipment
- Engine noise
I aboslutely love my RAV4, it is small but is very roomy, came standard with ABS, VSC and so on. The dashboard is very vanilla but the quality of the plastic parts is superb.
18 out of 45 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
- Lots of space, thoughtful design. My road & mountain bike fit in the back, with the seats down!
- None! As a savvy consumer, it is a great value.
As a 31 year old single guy, who is active I have found the RAV4 a great selection. I bought my RAV4 after researching all the competitors options and I am throughly impressed by the gas milage, build quality and value. Gas is very resonable, the tank is the right size. As an avid mountain & road biker, I can fold the seats down an carry both bikes anywhere. My bike rack mounts inside the vehicle with both standing up. I've received numerous compliments on the style and design....read morehide
22 out of 43 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
- Great handling vehicle Drove great through rough Wisconsin winter
- Hear a lot of road noise Worry about dents, not side bumpers
As a woman, this is the first car I got to buy on my own. Traded a Jeep Grand Cherokee for the RAV. Won't ever buy another Jeep product as there were always problems with it. I get great gas mileage, around 25 hwy. to 27 if I behave myself and use cruise.
Went through a terrible Wisconsin winter and didn't have a problem going through anything from slush, snow or ice, not once did I feel that I did not have control of the vehicle.
Interior is a little basic, could use a few bells and whistles. The four cylinder is plenty enough power, was afraid it wouldn't have enough get up and go, but wow, she has plenty to pass without having to force the pedal down. Tried the 6 cylinder when I was purchasing, but felt it was too much power for teen driver.
Should last me easy ten years, couldn't say that about the Jeep. It was nickel and diming me to death....read morehide
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- Great gas mileage for a SUV. Average 25mpg
- I honestly have not found any yet
I had test drove several different other 07-08's which were in the end way to expensive for my budget. Had liked the looks of the RAV4 that I found online and decided to try one out. Test drove the RAV4 V6 thinking that with a larger vehicle I would need the power, but again the price was out of my range, so I tried the 4 cylinder 4x4 and did not find any difference in the performance. I was amazed that it picked up just as quickly as the V6. I absolutely love it. It drives smooth, very little noise at all and although I was not immediately impressed with the layout of the dash features, ie the round buttons, since using them I love the ease in making changes to your heat/air....read morehide
27 out of 54 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
- Great on gas, nice and roomy can adjust seats in the front and back and a lot of fun to drive.
- Road noise, there is no warning when you leave your lights on.
Purchased my Rav4 in October 2007. Wow it is Fun to drive! So glad I opt for the V6 it is very powerful (getty up and go is really there). You can actually forget how fast you are going, need to use the cruise control. Love the 4 wheel drive, especially in the snow, never got stuck once! Our teenager loves that he can plug in the iPod. Most of all... the Rav4 is roomy. Have two grown children, they can adjust their seats, recline and stretch thier legs a lit bit more then our last SUV and there is an arm rest/cup holder. There is also plenty of room for all the cargo in the back. The only draw back for the interior would be the cloth seats, they attract everything that comes near, I'm forever picking lint off, next time I will buy leather. Still getting use to the back door (side open) never had that with the other SUV's in the past, its a little wierd still....read morehide
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- 2004, Far Better Than Any Jeep Product
I used to own a Jeep Liberty and it was one problem after another with the electrical system and engine trouble. The dealer told me to try the Jeep Patriot, but when I compared with the RAV4, the RAV was so much better quality all around. My good friend is a mechanic and he said he sees RAV4's come in for oil changes with over 400,000 on them and no problems. Jeep is horrible. Buy a RAV. Everything else is second place. -RAVMAN...read morehide
17 out of 45 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
- VERY fun to drive; turns on a dime; great on gas - at least 25mpg; 5stars for safety!
- No bell to go "ding" when I forget to turn off my lights or when my gas tank is low.
We liked the Rav4 so much that we purchased a second one 2 months later when our van died. We just LOVE it but a few "bells and whistles" would be nice....like a "ding" when I forget to turn off my headlights! Also, I'm use to having my doors lock automatically when I hit 15mph and this doesn't have that feature. After 5 months I still forget to lock my car doors when driving--not good. The Rav4 drives like dream, is comfy to sit in even in the back seats. LOTS of room in the very back but they could do without the cargo bar/net which is useless and only seems to be in the way all the time. We also liked the idea that it not only has duel airbags in front, but also curtain AND kidney airbags which is why we purchased them. With 4 drivers in the family we want somthing safe when our son's take them out....read morehide
15 out of 35 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
- GREAT POWER...FUN TO DRIVE...NOT TOO BIG
- STEERING WHEEL CONTROLS...4X4 MAYBE??
1700 MILES NOW ON A 4X4 V6 SPORT...THIS IS WHAT I CAN TELL YOU AFTER DRIVING IT ON A BUNCH OF SURFACES AND DIFFERENT SPEEDS...V6 IS TOO POWERFUL FOR THE VEHICLE, WHICH IS EXACTLY WHY I BOUGHT IT, IT'S VERY FUN TO DRIVE...BUT WHEN ON SNOW YOU MUST WATCH OUT BECAUSE OF THE POWER....I'M NOT SO SURE THE DRIVING IN THE SNOW...I DID PROBABLY ABOUT 10 TIMES IN THE PAST COUPLE MONTHS AND I DON'T KNOW IF I LOVE THE 4X4 OR HATE IT...IT'S MY FIRST 4X4 SO I DON'T HAVE ANYTHING TO COMPARE IT TO...I STILL DON'T KNOW IF I HAD IT IN 4 WHEEL DRIVE SOMETIMES BECAUSE WHEN YOU LOCK THE WHEELS (PUSH BUTTON) IT GOES OFF OVER 25 MPH...ANYWAY PRETTY AWESOME SUV ACTUALLY AND UNDERPRICED...YOU WON'T FIND ANYTHING LIKE THIS UNDER 30 GRAND IN THE NEXT COUPLE YEARS...WE GOT 2 GRAND OFF STICKER AND THOUGHT A BIT OVER 25 GRAND WASN'T A BAD PRICE FOR A V6 4X4 OF ANY AUTOMAKER...I WOULD RECOMMEND TO ANYONE EXCEPT FAMILIES THAT HAVE OVER 2 CHILDREN...read morehide
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