2008 Toyota RAV4 Consumer Review: Good all-arounder

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Good all-arounder
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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!

Best Features

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!

Worst Features

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.
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