by kefla22 on Jun 22, 2005 Vehicle: 2000 Toyota RAV4 4dr SUV
We have had our Rav4 for over 3 years. Never needed any service, besides regular maintenance. It would have been nice if Toyota put an extra 1 to 2 feet in length as the back seat hardly has any legroom. We drove across country to San Diego, was there for 6 months and drove back and it performed perfect. If you don't need a lot of room, buy this vehicle. Reliability - Committment to excellence
by jp582 on Oct 2, 2004 Vehicle: 2000 Toyota RAV4 4dr SUV
I bought this RAV just about 5 years ago and
have yet to experience one mechanical
problem. Exterior is solid and interior has
also held up well. Gets decent gas mileage for
a little SUV (both city and highway) and I have
taken it on long road trips without a problem.
Lacks power on mountainous roads and hills,
though and I have had it floored to keep up
with the Speed Limit in the Blue Ridge
Mountains. Great quality overall!
by SaraJane on Sep 3, 2004 Vehicle: 2000 Toyota RAV4 4dr SUV
I have had my RAV 4 for 4 years, and it
has NEVER needed any service(other than
typical maintance and has been one of
the most reliable cars I have owned.
It is comfortable, other than the small
back seat(not too great for adults),and
has alot of cargo room. It also has
alot of pep(I have a 5 speed), as much
as any sports car I have owned in the
past. Great car!!!!
The RAV4 SUV remains largely unchanged for 2000. A new cupholder design and the extinction of the two-door RAV4 convertible are the big news for '00.
The mini-SUV business continues to grow with more manufacturers jumping into the fray every year. Largely comprised of car-based AWD vehicles, the territory of this market has been staked out by Chevrolet, Honda, Kia, Nissan, Subaru, and Suzuki. Toyota, too, recognized this potential boom early on and jumped into the action with the introduction of the '96 RAV4.
A 2.0-liter, 127-horsepower engine hooked to either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission powers the front or all four wheels of the different RAV4 models. All-wheel-drive versions use powertrain components from the long-defunct Celica All-Trac. Four-wheel antilock brakes are optional on all RAV4s. Minimum ground clearance measures 7.5 inches.
The RAV4 is an adequate around-town driver, handling more like the car from which its platform is derived than a traditional SUV. Power is on the low side, however. It offers some initial pep when pulling away from stoplights, but any serious attempt at acceleration results in nothing more than noise and vibration. The engine gets particularly obnoxious above 4,500 rpm where underhood clatter is enough to stifle conversation between passengers. This would be more acceptable if accompanied by even a modest form of forward thrust. Unfortunately, it's not.
The interior is not a bad place to spend time. The ventilation controls are easy to understand, the stereo outstanding, and the individual bucket seats are quite comfortable. Even with the rear seat up, cargo space is a healthy 26.8 cubic feet. Fold down the second seat and that number jumps to 57.9 "moving-into-my-first-dorm-room" cubic feet. Adults placed in back will most likely whine about a lack of legroom, however.
While the RAV4 was never a hot rod, its lack of power when first introduced was forgivable in a world of Sidekicks and used Amigos. But with Honda CR-V making 145 horsepower, Suzuki offering a V6 Grand Vitara, and Nissan fielding a 170-hp Xterra, the RAV4 is rapidly becoming an "also ran" in this burgeoning market. Throw in 200-hp V6 competitors from Mazda and Ford, and Toyota could find themselves in a rare position for this company: at the bottom of the heap.
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