2008 Toyota RAV4 User Reviews
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- $10,775 - $13,593
- Great acceleration with V6, handles well with Sport suspension, runs on regular!
- Needs a larger gas tank, interior is kind of boring.
This is a great all around vehicle. Needed something that would handle in snow and other crummy weather being as I am a Paramedic and need to be able to get to work in anything... Fast, runs on regular, AWD, fun to drive with sport suspension, and you can drive it in snow with no problems how can ya beat that?? Its a "small" SUV, If you are a large person then buy a LARGE SUV, duh....read morehide
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- Roomy, very good power, leg room in back
- Slight bumpy ride
Ample power going up & down the mountain (SF Bay Area) & acceleration is good. The price is very reasonable for a roomy small SUV. I luv my 08 Rav4.
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- More than adequate power. Excellent fuel economy for an SUV.
- Ride is somewhat stiff, interior is plain in appearance, poor rear visibility
Prior to purchasing this vehicle I looked at and test drove most of the small SUV's and narrowed the list down to the Toyota RAV4, Misubishi Outlander, and the Honda CRV. The competition between these three vehicles is intense and the decision was not an easy one.
I first eliminated the Honda CRV because of the weak performance of the four cylinder engine. When accelerating up hills it tended to sound strained while getting up to speed. The Mitsubishi Outlander was a very compelling choice having a very good appearance both inside and out with lots of special features. In the end I selected the Toyota RAV4 based on: 1. The 269 horsepower engine for the RAV4 vs. 220 for the Outlander. 2. Better fuel economy 19/26 for the RAV4, and 17/25 for the Outlander (based on 2008 model EPA fuel ratings). The RAV4 gets better fuel economy than any other SUV having a V6 and as good as the others having 4 cylinders with 100 more HP to boot. 3. The more solid feel when driving the RAV4. 4. Consumer Reports recommendation (The RAV4 is their number 1 rated small SUV).
My actual gas milage is averaging 19.5 MPG in the city and 28 on the freeway. When considering the power of this vehicle I feel that this is very good, especially when gas is now over $3.00 per gallon.
According to Motor Trend magazine the 0 to 60 MPH time for the RAV4 is 6.4 seconds, much better than any other small SUV and the vast majority of the larger ones. You can feel this when you drive it. Hills are no problem, the RAV4 takes them with no effort. When the accelerator is depressed the engine performs instantly and does what you want it to do, with none of the coughing or hesitation as experienced in some similar vehicles. When accelerating the engine pulls like a locomotive with the tranmission shifing flawlessly.
The AWD drive system performs very well during snow stroms while driving on our Wasatch Mountain roads. The rear interior, with the flat folding seats, prvides adequate room for hauling a variety of items which is very nice. The seats are firm and the ride is somewhat truck-like, but comfortable, which is what this vehicle is, a small truck. The brakes perform well. The stereo and sound system with the sub-woofer is very good. Material quality and fit and finish both inside and out is pleasing.
In summary, if you are looking for a small SUV with loads of power, having a solid feel, good utility, and great gas milage, the RAV4 is a compelling choice....read morehide
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- average fuel economy=20.5 mpg first 500 miles
- not enough driver leg room for people close to 6 feet tall
steering wheel small, making oversteer easy. unable to back up driver seat enough for people with longer legs. one driver in the family is 5ft tall. fits well to drive vehicle. second driver 6 feet tall. when I drive the Rav4, I have to watch out not to press on the gas pedal too much, because unable to extend leg enough. not comfortable for person with long legs to drive on long trips or in heavy traffic areas due to lack of leg room for good pedal control....read morehide
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- The gas mileage is decent. Very roomy back seat & huge cargo space.
- Longer length makes it feel a little like a station wagon, could be higher off the ground.
I love my new Rav4 no mistaking, the extra leg room you have (in comparison with the Ford Escape and Honda CRV) does make the car feel a bit large, instead of the sporty look before '06. But as more than one person has told me, "It fits me." I'm past the kid hauling mini van phase of my life, but nowhere near the basic old person car.My Rav4 is just right! If you're done with your mini van but not
ready for the Park Avenue,, Go For It!...read morehide
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- easy steering. Turns corners well.
- Feels too light, doesn't have a solid feel, gas mileage is very poor. Driver excelerates gradually.
This vehicle cannot compare to a solid volvo, which I came out of. I guess I am not a sports utility lover. Vehicle was bought on impulse unfortunately. I do like the fact that the back door opens to the side, as it eliminates back strain. The upholstery is nice.
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- Toyota has been good in the past, but honestly, quality is falling apart
- Bad MPG, transmission shifts rough, ride is hard as rock, price is high, design is mediocre!
I once thought that Toyota would be leading the elite group of carmakers, but the way things are going, with their vehicles now made in China, it does not appear very encouraging. Too bad for Toyota, they just slipped through the cracks!
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- It is a pro if high price for a Toyota counts
- High price, low power, bad MPG, noisy ride, stiiff seats & ride, rough transmission shifts.
The Toyota RAV4 was good when I test drove it on the lot, but now after 3 months trying to prove the actual condition of bad MPG, noisy ride, stiiff seats & ride, low power and rough transmission shifting isn't true, I regret this purchase! I should have a lowered price SUV with a longer warranty to get peace of mind after the warranty runs out!...read morehide
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