Overall the RAV4 has been a nice car to
drive around town in. The styling is
attractive and it gets the gas mileage
advertised. At 2 yrs. old the seal on
my RAV's back window leaked and had to
be replaced and the sunroof began
leaking almost as soon as I got it.
I've been told the backseats are
terribly uncomfortable on long trips.
My biggest complaint would be the
hesitation in the transmission.
The '02 RAV also has very little
power. I understand that has been
improved in the '04 model. Overall, it
is fun to drive and gives the driver an
excellent view of the road. It has a
fabulous braking system and handles
You guys who get bad gas milage are
trying way too hard!! I AVERAGE 30.5
mpg doing about 75 on the expressway
and jumping off the line every chance I
get. The automatic is lazy (found that
out on the test drive), so opt for the
5-speed for a little more oomph.
gas milage, exterior styling.
I'd love it if Toyota brought the 2-
door version back to the US.
HORSEPOWER IS ABOVE AVERAGE FOR A 4
CYL. HAD TROUBLE WITH NOISE IN THE
DASH AND THE TOP CARGO CARRIER.
DEALERSHIP TOOK CARE OF ALL OF THAT.
IT COMES WITH A COMPASS IN THE MIRROR
BUT NO OUTSIDE TEMP. DISPLAY. SEATING
IS GOOD IN THE REAR AND FRONT AND THE
SEATS FOLD DOWN AND COME OUT FOR ADDED
HAULING. FRONT TO BACK MEASUREMENTS
ARE EXCELLENT FOR MY NEEDS WHICH WERE A
ADDED FEATURE FOR BUYING IT AS WERE THE
EXTERIOR DESIGN. THE WESTERN
PENNSYLVANIA HILLS RUN DOWN THE TIRES
THAT WERE ON THE VEHICLE. I HAVE TO
CHANGE THEM THIS SUMMER AND IT'S NOT
QUITE 2 YEARS OLD WITH 17,000 MILES ON
EXTERIOR LOOK, SIZE, GAS MILEAGE AND
CARGO HAULING. GOES GOOD IN THE SNOW.
I purchased this vehicle new and have
been driving it for three years.
My "toy"ota has been totally reliable.
I have not had problems at all with
any part of the vehicle. It is both
fun and easy to drive because of it's
size. I have documented an average of
28 mpg/gas on trips. I keep the
vehicle clean and shiny and have had
numerous comments on it's beauty. AND,
it's a big hit with teenagers.
It's an SUV...my favorite feature is
the ease of getting in and out of the
To have the back gate open from either
side; and/or have the window roll up
and down, electronically.