I've had many vehicles since I started
driving in 1966 and the Rav4 has to
rank in the top 5 of all of them.
That's pretty good because all the
rest of them were cars, no trucks or
SUVs. I've taken it on several trips
over 500 miles and it's as comfortable
as my Acura 3.2TL S Type.
The combination of ride and handling
is unbelieveable for an SUV and with
the 5 speed manual it has plenty of
Most people can't believe how much
room there is in the back especially
when the rear seats are removed.
I'm surprised that Toyota doesn't
advertise this vehicle more for as
good as it is.
I have put many miles on the car, and some rugged
off roading (quite a bit) I've never been stranded on
the side of the road. Horsepower is lacking but the
are seen at the gas pump. The five speed manual
gear box helps over come the power issue.
At 255,000km. I am Getting the best fuel milage
yet!! Lets hope for a hybrid!
The limited slip differential is a little "week" but as
long as the car is still moving it will pull though
My favorit feature is the car's quality.
Cabin room and more engine output or a on
demand increased engine output button or
bought toyota after my husband had his
truck for 18 years and he bought it
used. it didn't cost us anything. i
had a ford exploder with acutaly did
explode. bought toyota after much
research. i am happy with this
vehichle although i too have had
problems with stereo (had to be
replaced), check engine light, rattle
in my back door (took a year to be
fixed finally) and other small
things. I have had it 3.5 years and i
would buy it again. I just hope the
reliability I reasearched comes
through for me till the end. Definetly
go for the 5spd
If you want a speed/handling, car-based
SUV with very good fuel-economy and the
very best driver's seat-comfort/support,
the newer-model-year RAV4 is far ahead
of the rest of 'em. Toyota has a
penchant for the best and the brightest
cars/SUVs and trucks. This one again
makes its nearest competitors, Ford's
Escape/Mazda's Tribute into also-rans.
The 4-banger drive-train/suspension give
an excellent performance-rating--I've
driven closed-course "testing",
semi-competively; the RAV4 was the best.
Make the RAV4 have more carrying-weight
than the present 750 lb. "limit".