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Toyota RAV4 Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.4 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • 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

  Average Consumer Rating (18 total reviews)  |  Write a Review

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Happyowner

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Vehicle: 2004 Toyota RAV4 Fwd 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 5M)

Best and smartest vehicle I have ever owned. Very reliable, economic to drive. The size is perfect fit to park in garage and parking spaces. Has great pickup when needed on the highway.Plan on driving this vehicle for long time. Would highly recommend this to any individual or small family.



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Buy a rav4

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Vehicle: 2004 Toyota RAV4 Fwd 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 5M)

So far, this has been the best vehicle I've ever owned for several reasons. I got rid of a Jeep Liberty for the RAV4 and now I have confidence about easily getting at least 200,000 miles. The engine build is real quality. Nothing beats RAV4 in its class and the proof comes from owning it. Way to go Toyota!




Getarav

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Vehicle: 2004 Toyota RAV4 Fwd 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 5M)

This is the best vehicle I've owned hands down. After owning Jeep, Dodge, and Ford vehicles, I opted for this Rav4 and couldn't be happier. It handles well and after careful examination of the engine components, it is clearly better built than Jeep Liberty. Plus the Rav isn't nearly as thirsty at the pump as the Liberty.




Trusty rav

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Vehicle: 2004 Toyota RAV4 Fwd 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 5M)

Great handling for an suv not at all like a truck plus on freeway trips gets 30 mpg. Love the hood scoop on the S model even though husband says its non functional so far 3 years 33000 mile no problems whatsoever then again its a Toyota. Also test drove a Honda CR-V which had more room but at the time the Rav had better safety features like standard ABS, Traction & Stability Control that was not even available on the Honda.




Drive with confidence

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Vehicle: 2004 Toyota RAV4 Fwd 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 5M)

Reliable front wheel drive in all weather but snow and rainy wind storms in particular. Moved from east to west coast -- handles great, climbs mountain passes like a champ. Trac system a plus driving in ice and snow. Can cruise along at 80 mph with the rest of the traffic. Fine for city driving parallel parks with ease. Nice stylish car.




Love this car

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Vehicle: 2004 Toyota RAV4 Fwd 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 5M)

I love love love my RAV4. I got this SUV because I was looking for reliability after having trouble with two prior cars by a different maker. And boy did I get what I paid for. This car is great. It drives great. Haven't had any problems. I can fit a lot in the back w/o the seats. Back seat passengers are relatively comfortable. Maneuvers well.



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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