2008 Toyota RAV4
There are 12 user reviews for the Sport V6 4X4 trim shown below
- Practical, good in snow
- Stiff and not real comfortable
Purchased As New
This is one noisy box, have to say, drove it NY to Boston and back yesterday, by the time we got back we were nearly deaf, were it not for this uncomfotable conditon this would be a great car. Why is this car so noisy, has less than 5000 miles and have to say this will drive us nuts.
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- Power (V6), fuel economy, features, radio
- No high end trim levels even the limited has an economy feel
This is a great vehicle! The V6 has more power than you need. We get about 22-24 MPG average. Cargo area is a little small compared to standard SUVs but it is well thought out. The rear seats that can be folded down from the tailgate area are a plus. Tiedown gromets in the back end come in handy too. Roof rack will hold a small canoe or 2 kayaks easily.
Goes good in the snow but it would go much better with more agressive tires. The short wheelbase and extra power makes it want to spin a little....read morehide
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- Great power, good fuel economy for 4X4 (26 mpg my last tankfull), more room than expected
- poor stereo
Great vehicle so far. Awesome power! Good fuel economy for a four wheel drive. My last tankfull was 26.1 mpg and that was driving about 5/10 mph above speed limit. Great room in the interior. Vehicle could be priced less but it holds its value compared to similiar vehicles.
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- Power, excellent economy considering power and size, good handling, comfortable, aggressive looks
- Awful standard sound system, steering wheel seems cheap and could telescope more
I traded in an 07 Civic for this RAV when I decided I wanted to be able to tow a trailer. I generally favor smaller vehicles but I like the RAV more than the Civic for daily driving. The seating position is quite comfortable, I like to stretch my legs out and the RAV accommodates that, I just wish the steering wheel could telescope out a few more inches so I didn't have to stretch my arms at the same time.
The power is excellent! Passengers have commented that "it's a rocket." It really is a sleeper car in this sense...if you have one of those pesky BMWs bugging you, a quick step on the gas will leave them confused and embarrassed that their Teutonic Ultimate Driving Machine just got smoked by a Japanese small SUV. I went with the V6 and 4WD originally for towing two motorcycles over the Sierra Nevada mountains, but it yields fun dividends every day.
The steering and handling are also relatively good considering that this is an SUV. I could rail my Civic into corners with irresponsible abandon, and while that's not possible with the greater weight and higher center of gravity of the RAV, you can still outmaneuver the majority of drivers out there without feeling like you're going to roll. For boring commutes, the suspension keeps the car smooth and stable, with just enough road feedback to keep me interested.
Considering the power available, the fuel economy is pretty good. I'm pulling down about 21-22 MPG in mixed commuting, and up to 28 MPG on extended highway trips.
My major gripe with the RAV4 as I have it is with the base sound system. It is completely awful. The high range sounds tinny, and the bass is useless. It doesn't produce a clean bass tone, it just thumps, which is incredibly annoying. At any decent volume playing music, the thumping bass drowns out any detail in midrange, and the tinny tweeters are marginal at any volume anyway. Even the Civic LX was miles ahead of the RAV4 in this respect, which is dismal considering it cost $10K less. Expect to listen to a lot of talk radio in the RAV4 if you take the base audio system and have any degree of sophistication when it comes to enjoying quality music, to avoid driving yourself insane.
Finally...they could have wrapped the steering wheel in faux leather and placed the cruise controls as buttons on the wheel instead of on an awkward stem jutting out of the steering column. Again, if a Civic that costs ten grand less can do it, I don't see why a RAV4 can't....read morehide
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- Great Gas Mileage, Roomy, Fun to drive....very zippy, crash test ratings, price.
- Small gas tank, poor stereo sound, wind noise with back windows down, no automatic lights.
I had a chevy trailblazer that was only getting 14 mpg so this is a real treat for us. So far getting 22-24mpg (still breaking it in). This is the first toyota we have owned. We have the V6 sport and OMG, can this thing go! You don't realize how fast you are driving so I literally have to use the cruise all of the time. The 4x4 is automatic so you don't have to push a button. It only locks if it is under 25 mph though so you can't keep it in 4 wheel drive all of the time. The seats are a little bit uncomfortable but it is very roomy in the back for my 3 kids and the cargo space is amazing. I'm not crazy about the spare tire on the back and the back door opening sideway is something you just have to get used to. Just make sure when you park that you don't park with another car behind you or you will never get your groceries/bags into the back. ;) I love how it handles and it is very easy to park. However, the lights do not come on automatically so you have to remember to turn them ON and OFF. There is no warning bell that your lights are still on. It's great on gas but a very small gas tank so a lot more trips to the gas station are needed. If you have the back windows down while driving it is unbearable in the front. There is a LOUD wind noise that just pierces your ears. I do like the fact that it has airbags throughout the vehicle and the safety ratings are awesome. We thought about getting the 3rd row seat but there is NO airbags to protect the child in the back so we scratched that idea. The stereo system isn't that great but that wasn't a selling point for me. The seatbelt for the middle seat in the back is kind of odd as it pulls back from the ceiling in the back of the rav so you have a belt coming down from the top of the rav to the middle seat. You can see out of the rav very well with few blind spots. We opted for the dark charcoal seats because of the kids (the light grey was too light) and I do like that as far as not showing dirt but you see every little lint ball on the dark interior. I'd still rather have that then seeing stains of some sort. Love the moon roof, too. Really makes the inside look more open. The locks do not automatically lock when the car is in gear so you have to remember to lock the doors if you don't want the kids trying to get out! The drivers seat is not a power seat. Automatic adjusting. Not a big deal. Someone suggested to get the all weather mats. I think that will help. All in all we are satisfied and would recommend the Rav4! Truly a sporty SUV for the price....read morehide
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- Good fuel economy, smooth, quiet, huge cargo capacity, and most importantly powerful!
- It is still too light. You will feel shaking in the highway and strong wind.
very impressive fuel economy, I got 24mpg even in the city. Many people complain that Rav4 is bouncy and noisy. I would say it may be true for other trims of Rav4. But for Sport + V6 + 4wd it is definitely a wrong opinion. I don't know why. Maybe it is because this is an perfect combination. V6 is so powerful that you have to find some ways to comsume the energy: a automatic 4wd can distribute it; a sport suspension can reduce it; even the weight can reduce the shaking (4720lbs, the heaviest amony all trims). I feel very smooth and quiet when I drive in the city. The only shortcoming is that it is still too light. I definitely feel shaking when I drive at a high speed (65mph) in the highway and strong wind. Well, if you want fuel economy what can you do except reducing the weight? I don't want the hybrid anyway. It is not a mature technology....read morehide
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- Toyota RAV4 V6 4X4 is a smooth ride.
- Small Gas tank. City Gas milage
My wife and I traded our 2007 Honda Pilot V6 4X4 in on a 2007 Toyota RAV4 4X4 (V6).
I love the power and the stability of the RAV4. I love the AWD/4WD as well. There a few adjustments that Toyota should make. They are as follows:
1. Make the fuel tank bigger. Make it at least 3-4 more gallons bigger. This would make all the difference in the world.
2. The guages on the steering wheel (volume/cruise/cd changer) do not light up at night.
3. Maybe make the RAV4 few inches longer.
1. V-6 (269 HP). Simply awesome and fun to drive
2. The RAV4 is built on a "car" frame. It handles like a car not like a huge SUV (like our previous Honda Pilot)
3. 7 Speaker Bose Stereo (including Sub centered in the back door). Our 2007 Honda Pilot had the same thing.....however the SUB was on the drivers side in the very back. Stereo Kicks!!!
4. When the power door locks are activated, the "sound" is a Chirp. Not a loud "honk". This is very similiar to its bigger brother brand (Lexus).
5. Vehicle height. Its just high enough to be considered an SUV but the feeling that you're still "close to the road"
6. 3rd row (optional seating) is a must. The 3rd row folds down flat and it splits 50/50...much better than a 60/40. Also...when one of the 3rd row seats are down..there is still room to store cargo in back behind the seat and the back door.
7. The "interior-lighting" is very nice too. After turning the RAV4 off at night, as long as the doors are shut...there is lighting that appears near the feet of the two front seats.
8. Vanity mirror's lights aren't on the Sun Visors. They are in the roof of the car and have a nicer feel than those other SUV's who have the vanity lights in the Sun visors themselves....read morehide
9 out of 28 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
- Everything. Our RAV averages 24 mpg, is super fast, dependable and most of all fun to drive!
- The rear hatch opens to the side instead of up or splitting into a top and bottom part.
The RAV is everything you could ask for in a small SUV. If you want something that you can't hear or feel the road in, this is not the vehicle for you. If you want something zippy and powerful that you look forward to driving, this IS the vehicle for you. We have taken ours on several very long road trips in bad weather to Boise and Omaha and we have nothing but good things to say about it, and I am 6-2. If you have a family of more than four you might consider something bigger. The RAV has plenty of space for us, our two boxers and all of our luggage and dog crates, but not much else. Great for camping. We average around 24 mpg even in winter and city driving, and the RAV is one of the fastest in its class, making merging and passing actually fun! Great visability, and the safety features make the RAV safe and save you some money on insurance. The rear hatch sucks when you want to unload groceries or something in your garage because it opens sideways, but is a small price to pay and the only flaw we have found so far. Also, get the all weather floor mats right away, they are awesome....read morehide
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- Super quick at any speed, push button locking 4wd, car like handling.Looks
- No heated seats.
A great vehicle for those who want a fun car to drive but need alot of room for people and stuff. It gets great gas milage for the large powerful engine 269hp. Nice charcoal interior on the sport model.
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- Good power from the V6 and decent mileage if you drive normal.
- Poor build quality. Knocking suspension noise, passenger side floor soaking wet for no reason.
No under hood light, rear door opens from the left side making you stand in traffic to get something from the back.
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