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Toyota RAV4 Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.0 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 148 hp @ 6000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 21/26 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…

 
What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (146 total reviews)


Disappointed

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

I bought this Rav4, AWD about 10 months ago. It is great to drive, ride and handling are good for it's size, power could use lot of help, and the economy has yet to break 25 MPG-it has dropped since we bought it, it is now down to 19 to 21 MPG. I removed the PCM and sent it to a repair facility to get the transmission problem corrected before it actually failed. The man who is repairing is said that the poor economy could be part of the PCM failing, even thought the transmission area had not failed yet. The outcome of this repair will be the deciding factor whether I keep this car or not.



15 of 15 people found this review helpful

Ecm /transmission problem

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

I rarely write reviews online but I want to share my experience with this vehicle...My RAV4 is in excellent condition until I hit 89K on my 2003 RAV 4 last month when it's started jerking on shifting. I'm 3 months passed out of extended warranty as per TOYOTA 10 YEARS/150,000 miles. I took mycar to the dealer but told me I need to pay $$$$ for the diagnostic and repairs because of out of warranty...Even calling TOYOTA Customer Relation is still no help..This is my last TOYOTA ever...You lost one loyal customer...I traded my RAV4 for a 2013 Honda Accord...




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????)



 
 
 
Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 21
  • cty
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  • 26
  • highway
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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.

Talk About The 2003 RAV4

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skullguy
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....