I purchased my RAV4 in August of '02
and I have had a great experience. I
have friends that have large gas
guzzler SUV's that think my RAV is too
small. That is not the case. It has
hauled everything from a 36" TV to all
of our gear for a weekend of camping
while getting 25 - 30 mpg. It is best
balance of economy, cargo hauling
capability and comfort.
Comfortable seats, ability to take out
back seats, low load floor, Toyota
IS MY WIFE'S CAR, SHE LOVES IT
AND I DON'T MIND IT. ACCELERATION IS
SLUGGISH UNLESS YOU FLOOR IT THEN IT
TAKES OFF. WE HAVE DRIVEN IT TO
FLORIDA 3 TIMES (3000MILES) AND I WAS
VERY COMFORTABLE (6'3") MY ONLY
COMPLAINTS ARE; PASSENGER POWER MIRROR
HAS LIMITED ADJUSTABILITY CAN'T PUT IT
HIGH ENOUGH TO SEE WELL. WIND NOISE
FROM WINDSHIELD AT 65 MPH AND ABOVE. i
PUT A K+N FILTER ON IT WHICH HELPED
MILEAGE AND PERFORMANCE. WE AVERAGE 24
MPG CITY AND HIGHWAY. 28MPG IS THE
BEST WE'VE SEEN (4X4 AUTO) WHEN I
DRIVE I GET ABOUT 23 MPG ON THE
HIGHWAY DOING WELL OVER 65. DON'T
BOTHER WITH THE ANTILOCK BRAKES, YOU
DON'T NEED THEM. NOTHING HAS BROKE.
HAPPY WITH QUALITY
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.