2003 Toyota RAV4 Consumer Review: A commuters dream car.

2003 Toyota RAV4 SUV - Consumer Review

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A commuters dream car.
By ilvsmcars on


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


I bought a RAV4-L with AWD and 5sp Man trans. I purchased largely due to interior comfort and driver space. Aestherics playes a role as well. Driving experience is very good. The car is very nimble, and handles road bumps with ease. Excellent brakes. Downside is a somwehat underpowered engine. The manual seems to make little difference due to the rather close gearing in the car. One could easily go from 2nd to 5th and not really miss 3rd and 4th. Torque comes in a very tight range of RPM and I find myself always dropping a gear or two to get the most out of the engine. Nevertheless, I have come to really enjoy how the car drives.

Best Features

As a commuter car the RAV4 is a pleasure to drive. It is very quiet, comfortable and nimble to drive. It handles better than many cars.

Worst Features

As an urban cruiser it is near perfect. But it seems that any kind of grade causes the engine to bog down. A modification of the engine or transmission to provide more low end torque over a wider range would be very welcome
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