2003 Toyota RAV4 Consumer Review: Good, but could use some impro

2003 Toyota RAV4 - Consumer Review

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Base 4dr SUV (2.0L 4-cyl. AWD 5-speed Manual)

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Good, but could use some improvements
By Eric on


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


This is my wife's car, and she is enjoying it very much, as its been a good car for us. Has a nice ride,very comfortable, does well in the poor weather, and handles great for an SUV. I find the power to be quite adequate(and I Trans Am fairly often!) for most conditions, the only time it is lacking is on steep inclines when the transmission hunts for gears. The negatives are that there is alot of wind, road, and driveline noise that enters the cabin at highway speeds. Also the car has already developed 2 rattles in just over 2 years of ownership - not what I expected from Toyota. Gas mileage is underwhelming for a small car with a small engine, 25mpg is par for highway drives at 65-70.

Best Features

37,000 miles and not one problem to be spoken of.

Worst Features

More sound insulation for the cabin, transmission could be smoother. Dealership experience was less than stellar.
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