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Toyota RAV4 Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.0 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 120 hp @ 5400 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 19/24 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 1997 Toyota RAV4

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  • What's New for 1997

    New fabric debuts on the two-door RAV, and a sunroof is finally available on the four-door. Improvements have also been made by using sound-deadening material in the dash area, reducing engine noise in the passenger compartment.

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Customer Reviews

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Excellent quality

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Vehicle: 1997 Toyota RAV4 4dr SUV AWD

Had this car for over 13 years. No mechanical defects and 270,000 miles. Usually got around 28 mpg. It didn't have the pep that some later models had but it always got me where I needed to go.




Ravioli returns

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Vehicle: 1997 Toyota RAV4 4dr SUV AWD

This is my 2nd Rav, first was 5 speed, I sold it and regretted so I bought an auto. Stick shift needs another gear for sure, tachs at about 3k at 60 mph, but hey it never let me down the 3 years I owned it. Now the auto is better but for a 4 cylinder and its get up it should do better ( 23 city ). I love it, awesome in the snow, rain any weather. Would buy another, I am a Honda lover also. Auto shifts so smooth you almost don't feel it.




Great gas mileage, sad tires

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Vehicle: 1997 Toyota RAV4 4dr SUV AWD

We really enjoy this little suv. Ours is a standard transmission. It's 4wd kicks in when you need it. Gas mileage is a plus, plus. We use ours on dirt roads as a SUV. The tire performance is very poor with only 4 plys, we continually have flat tires. The rear door noise is horrible, and could use some insulation or additional soundproofing. We recently utilized the lay down front and rear seats, for our son with a hip cast. A good buy for the dollar. We will buy a newer model in the future.



2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Long term relationship

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Vehicle: 1997 Toyota RAV4 4dr SUV AWD

We have had this car since 1997, its reliability performance & style have all withstood the test of time. It rides today like it did 9 years ago.




Very reliable awd car

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Vehicle: 1997 Toyota RAV4 4dr SUV AWD

I actually own 2 1997 RAV4's. These cars have been very economical and no problem mechanically. I am in the mountains of North Idaho where there is lots of snow and ice. They perform very well on all-season tires. I am now looking for a third RAV4 and I will pass the older model off to another child of mine.




Rav is a dependable car!

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Vehicle: 1997 Toyota RAV4 4dr SUV AWD

Got my 97 RAV used in 99. I've only had to replace brakes in 2001 and from there, just regular maintenance. I rarely seem to see them for sale used, so I think there are several happy customers out there...



Full 1997 Toyota RAV4 Review

What's New for 1997

New fabric debuts on the two-door RAV, and a sunroof is finally available on the four-door. Improvements have also been made by using sound-deadening material in the dash area, reducing engine noise in the passenger compartment.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 19
  • cty
/
  • 24
  • highway
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