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Toyota RAV4 Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.0 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 148 hp @ 6000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 20/25 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2003 Toyota RAV4

  • A solid and pleasing package, if a tad underpowered.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Steers and handles like a car, thoughtful cabin design, well-built interior.

  • Cons

    Small displacement engine for the class, noisy, most of the desirable equipment is optional.

  • What's New for 2003

    Already sporty-looking, the RAV4 compact SUV gets even sportier thanks to a new optional sport package that adds a new grille, a hood scoop, color-keyed door handles, heated exterior mirrors, tubular roof rack and gray-painted bumpers and overfenders. Inside, the package adds special sport fabric seats.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 20
  • cty
/
  • 25
  • highway
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What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews



Great car

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Vehicle: 2003 Toyota RAV4 AWD 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

I have had this car since 2003...it is manual shift though. It is peppy and I can fit both my kids in it and all of our junk. It is reliable and I have no concerns whatsoever. The only issue I have had is had to replace the breaks. Love the car so much that we looked this year to replace our mini-van with something more efficient and considered another RAV-4 (ended up going with the corolla after really thinking do we need two mini-SUVs????)




Irreplaceable

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Vehicle: 2003 Toyota RAV4 AWD 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

I have had this car for 7 + years and 82,000 miles. I have replaced tires and battery, but no problems, except starting to get a few rattles. Runs great. I like the styling of this car and it's comfortable ride. I want to upgrade some of the features like keyless entry, variable speed intermittent wipers, fog lights, and some other comfort items, but I don't like the design of the newer models. They lose out on looks and don't have AWD. My choice seems to be enjoy this car until it doesn't run any more and live without the perks, or change to a new kind of car altogether.




Love this car

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Vehicle: 2003 Toyota RAV4 AWD 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

Bought the vehicle used with 15k now at 38K. I keep up with maintenance with battery replacement just done. This has got to be the best vehicle I have every owned, reliable and fun to drive. Just the right size for city driving and parking with excellent gas mileage. I agree with other comments regarding engine underpowered on hills and steep inclines but in total a terrific vehicle. Bottom line I would buy it again. Too bad the new ones are so much larger.




Never thought i'd love an

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Vehicle: 2003 Toyota RAV4 AWD 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

I bought this car to replace my '97 Honda Civic. I have owned Toyotas in the past and I have always loved them. However, I was not prepared to fall in love with this car before I had even driven off the dealer's lot for the test drive! Some have mentioned it being underpowered, but I don't find the manual shift to be underpowered at all. It is a little noisy in the cabin, but this is an SUV, not a Lexus sedan.




Fran's suv

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Vehicle: 2003 Toyota RAV4 AWD 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

Very happy with purchase, only drawback is the noise in the cabin, plenty of sitting room and storage, easy removal of seats for all storage, decent mileage for an SUV.




4 yr / 100k review

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Vehicle: 2003 Toyota RAV4 AWD 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

After 4 yrs and 100K+ miles on my RAV4 I have had no problems whatsoever. What a great car. This is my first Toyota. No wonder people love 'em. Has been to the dealer for routine maintenance only. I seem to have finally done something to it: there is a slight squeak under the dashboard that I plan to have fixed soon. Besides that all I have spent on it is fuel and oil only. Too bad the new one is an oversized version, this was the perfect size (and I am 6"1' 220 lbs).



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Full 2003 Toyota RAV4 Review

What's New for 2003

Already sporty-looking, the RAV4 compact SUV gets even sportier thanks to a new optional sport package that adds a new grille, a hood scoop, color-keyed door handles, heated exterior mirrors, tubular roof rack and gray-painted bumpers and overfenders. Inside, the package adds special sport fabric seats.

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Talk About The 2003 RAV4

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skullguy
06-22-2009
2003 toyota rav4 leaking clean water frrom passenger side blower just under glove box....


marcomeneses
marcomeneses
03-22-2009
RAV4 and Internal Engine Control Module” failure....


marcomeneses
marcomeneses
03-22-2009
RAV4 and Internal Engine Control Module” failure....



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