On Dec 16th 2005 I 'T-boned' a 2004 Ford Explorer truck and both vehicles were totaled. I'm black and blue, no broken bones and lucky to be alive. It didn't buckle around me, roll over, or spin out of control - what it did was save my life. My significant other always teased me and my 'putter-mobile' because of it's slow pick up but is now grateful that I was able to walk away from the accident w/just bruises. I'm sold on the Rav4 and if the price is right will purchase another one. Maria
I rented a Rav4 to make sure I really wanted to purchase one and from the first day I realized it was just down right fun to drive! I always park facing out and this car is very easy to handle.
Offer a higher then '4' cyclinder- maybe they do now? I can only refer to my 1999. I'm only 5'4" but would still suggest that Toyota allows the driver seat to slide back further, I always felt I was sitting too close to the steering wheel so had to lean the seat back to compensate for it.
I have had my 1999 RAV4 5 speed for 5 years and I would buy another in a heartbeat. This has been the most reliable car I have ever owned. I bought it with 41,000 miles on it and have added about 100,000. I transferred to a new job last year and now commute about 130 miles per day. I never worry about whether my car will start or not (unless I run the battery down by leaving the lights on). I had some major maintenance work done this year (tune-up, timing belt, etc.), but other than regular maintenance work, I have had no other work done on my car. It runs great, has the Toyota reliability, and I fully expect it to keep going for another 200,000 miles. My gas mileage is about 33.
The tachometer, the fold up back seats (they are removable now), the great gas mileage for an SUV.
The seats could have been more comfortable. I wish the windows didn't slant - when it rains and I open the windows, the water pours in.
Purchased this car from a private person. I've had the car for almost 1 year and put 14k on it. It's a great car. Fantastic in the snow...the best car I've ever had in bad conditions (and I live in the western NY snow belt). I literally have done nothing other than oil changes. Storage capacity is really nice. Overall, GREAT CAR that I would recommend highly to anyone!
The car is great. I love everything about it!
The only improvement is the pickup...it lacks a bit of spunk. However, once you're higher than 50mph the car moves very well for passing. This pickup issue is resolved in later models!
A sure-footed, compact pseudo-SUV
that's fun to drive. Consistently gets
26mpg and drives great in all weather.
Feels nice sitting high but it can't
corner without feeling tippy.
Acceleration is poor (compared to my
98 corolla). Hate that the tailgate
doesn't open down or up or have a
window that opens. There's no way to
carry long items such as a ladder or
PVC pipe. Cargo footprint really is no
bigger than a Camry so "SUV" seems
kind of a misnomer. Due to small cargo
space, non-opening rear window & lack
of power we are looking to replace our
RAV4 with a Suburu Baja.
Toyota reliability. No problems
whatsoever. Rides nice. Reclining rear
seats and flexible-folding rear seats.
Full-size spare tire.
Needs antenna fix - reception is
terrible due to short fixed length
antenna. Add rear window or drop-down
tailgate to allow long objects. Make
rear seats completely removable.