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Toyota RAV4 Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.4 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 161 hp @ 5700 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 21/27 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2004 Toyota RAV4

  • With ample power under the hood and a generous standard features list, the RAV4 is now a worthy adversary for mini-utes like the Honda CR-V and Ford Escape.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Steers and handles like a car, thoughtful cabin design, exemplary build and materials quality, refined engine.

  • Cons

    Somewhat cramped interior, high repair costs in low-speed rear collisions.

  • What's New for 2004

    Toyota has given the RAV4 a midcycle freshening for 2004. Notable improvements include a larger 161-horsepower, 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine, a mild restyling that gives it a more aggressive appearance, and inside, a new steering wheel and instrument panel. Standard equipment has increased significantly, with stability and traction control, antilock brakes, air conditioning and a six-speaker stereo heading up the list. Multistage front airbags are also new this year, and side airbags for front occupants and full-length head curtain airbags are now optional.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

Solid vehicle, some issues at

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Vehicle: 2004 Toyota RAV4 Fwd 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 4A)

Our 2004 Rav 4 has been a very solid performer and been reliable until today. At 78,000 miles (we just learned) the steering unit is leaking, the front brakes need rotors turned and pads replaced (2nd time). Also the water pump is leaking. All told - it looks like Toyota will charge $1200 to get things fixed. These are the first issues we've had, so I can't complain too loudly. Savannah Toyota has exceptional service and sales staff - so we don't mind supporting their business.




Tashas rav4

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Vehicle: 2004 Toyota RAV4 Fwd 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 4A)

So far put 8600 miles no problems to report to date, Awesome fuel economy for the type of vehicle avg 26mpg. Typical Toyota fit and finish and quality. Previous Toyota had 180000 miles without breakdowns and parts from the factory are very reasonable certainly cheaper than our Honda, also lot easier to maintain, don't have to take half the dashboard apart to change the a/c filter like our previous CR-V.




Excellent

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Vehicle: 2004 Toyota RAV4 Fwd 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 4A)

we are getting up in years and find it hard to enter and exit our solara which is in automotive talk can be considered a cream puff we would like to trade up to a rav4 if this is economicaly feasible




Good & bad

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Vehicle: 2004 Toyota RAV4 Fwd 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 4A)

I enjoy driving my RAV for the most part. However, I can't rely on the gas gauge, it goes up and down. I have to use the trip meter. Also, it doesn't get the gas milage we were told to look for, which was one of the main reasons we purchased it over other small SUVs. Also, it sometimes revs up to 4 rpms g when going uphill (not a big hill). I've never had a car that did that. If I had it to do over, I would probably not buy this car.




New rav4

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Vehicle: 2004 Toyota RAV4 Fwd 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 4A)

Just bought. Fun to drive..Very good looking Have only one question. I hear a squeal at low speeds, with the window down. Is this normal., or should I be concerned. Email me anyone with help Otherwise wonderful car smllfry1@aol.com




My rav4

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Vehicle: 2004 Toyota RAV4 Fwd 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 4A)

Up to now I have driven only 1900 miles on my new Rav4 2004. The reading of the clock is hard to see from the driving position. It is too bad that there is no rear bumper, I worry that somebody may hit the rear door. So far I have not had a mileage reading of 23 mpg. per the window sticker. I have had a reading of under 22 mpg., but mostly 19 mpg.



Full 2004 Toyota RAV4 Review

What's New for 2004

Toyota has given the RAV4 a midcycle freshening for 2004. Notable improvements include a larger 161-horsepower, 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine, a mild restyling that gives it a more aggressive appearance, and inside, a new steering wheel and instrument panel. Standard equipment has increased significantly, with stability and traction control, antilock brakes, air conditioning and a six-speaker stereo heading up the list. Multistage front airbags are also new this year, and side airbags for front occupants and full-length head curtain airbags are now optional.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 21
  • cty
/
  • 27
  • highway
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