2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl 5A)
Had the car for four months now. Took it on a cross country trip from MA to CA and the car did not disappoint as it was comfortable even during 13 hours/day drives and the engine allowed effortless driving and passing. Was able to load a lot of contents in the car yet allowed one person to sleep flat in the back. All the safety features incorporated in the car (e.g. VSC, EBD, etc) saved us from a highway catastrophe by a reckless driver in Chicago's south side and allowed us to maintain control. However, tighter brakes and suspension would create more driving confidence. Radio/6-disc CD changer/MP3 player/auxiliary port allows endless forms of audio entertainment!
Powerful and smooth V6 needs only regular gas, Bluetooth, MP3 player, comfortable seats (I am 5'7") with good driver lumbar support, lots of all around interior space given its exterior size. Especially love the hidden compartments under the cargo floor. Yes, Blizzard Pearl color rules!
Higher capacity gas tank! Interior plastic can be easily scratched. Brakes need to be stronger! Side opening cargo door is easy to operate for small stature owners but a clamshell opening would be nice if space to the car behind is tight and allows unrestricted views/access for tailgate parties.
I went from a '94 gas sucking explorer to my sleep red V6 rav4. I love this vehicle! I am getting over 29 miles a gallon with a bit of hyper-miling and not squealing the tires when I take off! I looked at Saturn vue, Ford escape, Ford edge, Mercury Mariner and I found this to be the best value! Its fun to drive, and I do not regret buying it a bit. 3rd row seat hold my daughters friends for combined mall trips, or lay 'em down and put all her softball stuff there! Its an awesome SUV
3rd row is my fav! Love the extra glove box too. Great idea to put functional cup holders for almost all the seats in the car. Orange lights on radio and cup holders is cool
Make mud flaps standard on even the base model - you will need them. Change manual seat adjustments - not real versatile. Don't like back door opening like that as well as up. (Had to be this way with the spare though!) make tire cover somehow locking so it wont get stolen.
2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 4dr SUV 4WD (2.4L 4cyl 4A)
I purchased my RAV4 Limited 4 cyl 4x4 3 days ago, and drove it Saturday and Sunday to Bear Mountain State Park NY. It was of course full tank of gas. After driving 180 miles over the weekend, and I refuel on Sunday night, it pumps only 5.6 gallons of gas. It turns out to be 32 miles / gallon. Unbelievable. It gives my family very smooth ride, reasonable wind noise and road noise. Interior room is spacious, near mid- side SUV interior space, with compact SUV price. It is fun to drive, good handling. Overall, great value for that kind of price.
I have driven previous Rav4s with 4 cyl engines. When I test drove the V6, I was sold instantly. This car is a dream, as if someone custom made it for you! It's everything you expect, and it flies! If you like a race car feel and performance and can handle the pick-up, this is for you. Conservative drivers will not like this car. This should be a major hit for the young and the young at heart who can afford a nice SUV.
Powerful engine, smooth ride, excellent auto transmission, great interior, JBL sound system. This SUV rocks.
The only negative I see is the old style antenna! It should be either built-in to the windshield or at the least retract down. It's the first thing I can see some car vandal will break-off!
I was previously driving one of the very first models of the Rav4 (1997) model. That car was very reliable for 10 years of use. I decided to finally upgrade it to a new 2008 model with more power for my road trips to Tahoe and the snow. I couldn't be more pleased with the model. The v6 engine provides plenty of power and torque. Love the roomy interior design! Sound system is great. I average about 300 miles per tank. That's a big plus for an SUV of this size.