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Toyota RAV4 Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.0 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 120 hp @ 5400 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 21/26 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…

 
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  Average Consumer Rating (37 total reviews)

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

Love my 1997 rav4

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Vehicle: 1997 Toyota RAV4 2dr SUV AWD

I purchased my '97 Rav4 14 years ago with approximately 30,000 miles on it. Today it has 103,000 miles and is still going strong. The paint looks fantastic. The sunroof has never leaked. Seats still look great. It isn't a "peppy" driving vehicle but it is the most reliable car that I've ever owned. It goes in ANY weather. The amount of storage with the seats down is unbelievable. In 14 years the only repair (other than scheduled maintenance) has been to replace the oil pump. Since they had to pull the motor I had all belts replaced at that time (at approx. 85,000 miles). I've test driven a few newer vehicles with all the bells and whistles, but they don't compare to my 16 year old Toyota.



7 of 7 people found this review helpful

1997 toyota rav4 (auto 2.0l

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Vehicle: 1997 Toyota RAV4 2dr SUV AWD

I owned this 6yr. old / 57000mi. Rav4 for 5 years, used it for USPS duty for 2 years. It had decent engine performance, but got worse in higher gears. Overall seating package was not very good, with awkward rear access coupled with poor thigh support made it uncomfortable for taller peoples. Gas mileage was fairly poor at about 22 mpg. overall; never got above 24 mpg. Traction on ice and snow was bad as can be for 4wd. Rear trunk room was good, as was overall reliability and materials quality. Engine and transmission usually were flawless. Almost no body rust at 11 yrs. old. Tire wear was a bit excessive over time, and getting tires for it was very expensive.



2 of 2 people found this review helpful

It takes a licking and

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Vehicle: 1997 Toyota RAV4 4dr SUV

We live in Florida and my husband surfs the roof racks are great to hold his boards. We have put many,many miles over 202,000 and This car is still going. Love everything about this car.



 
 
 
Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 21
  • cty
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  • 26
  • highway
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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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