1997 Toyota RAV4 2.0L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual Consumer Review - Would Buy it Again
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1997 Toyota RAV4 - Consumer Review

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Base 4dr SUV (2.0L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Would Buy it Again
By MC on

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1997 Toyota RAV4 4dr SUV

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I fell in love with this car before I even bought it. It just looked like it was fun to drive. I live in Florida but have driven it to Texas and New York. The drives were very comfortable and I didn't feel like I was driving a small vehicle. Even drove it during a snow storm and it handled great. Since it's raised a little you have good visibility all around. Mine is a manual 4-speed. I've never had any mechanical problems with it - I do have regular maintenance from a trusted Toyota mechanic (not the dealership) I've already decided that if I ever need any major work done I'll pay to have it done before I buy another car.

Favorite Features

Handling by far! This vehicle is easy to maneuver - turns on a dime and fits into small spaces. The back seats flip down to allow for more cargo space. I read another review that said it didn't have a tight turning ratio - mine has a fantastic turning ratio and making a U-turn is easy.

Suggested Improvements

It only has ONE cup holder. Hello? I understand this was corrected in subsequent models.
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