2008 Toyota RAV4 Consumer Review: Great concept but weak executi

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Great concept but weak execution.
By PGS031 on


2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


Failed on some basics: seats: too short, feels like stadium bench; angle of headrest horrible. Dash controls: paid designer too much; should hire an ergonomics engineer. Dash lighting and visibility - poorly lit & can't see some displays when wearing polarized sunglasses. Center and door arm rests too low. Throttle: peppy after lag, way too touchy, use more of the travel. 4x4 lock: this is an SUV, I want to control when it is 4x4 not have it automatically switch out at 25 mph. Rear bumper: add textures top for "stepping surface". "Premium" radio: whine w/ MP3; sound quality not very impressive. Window lock: driver can't open windows when lock is engaged. Strange clunk in back end.

Best Features

Seats: 2nd row forward/back adjustability; 3rd row split seats are great. V6 option. Fuel economy and fuel grade requirement. Responsive handling. OK turning radius. Good visibility all around. Functionality for size.

Worst Features

Length of seating surface. Allow 4x4 to 60 mph. Control ergonomics and functions. Arm rest heights. Sound system quality. Re-program throttle and eliminate lag. Could gain leg room by "thinning" seatbacks. Add front/back adjustability to headrest. Stiffen doors (shake when closed).
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