1998 Toyota RAV4 Consumer Review: Room for Improvement

1998 Toyota RAV4 - Consumer Review

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1998 Toyota RAV4 4dr SUV


A wholly functional around town
vehicle. The four-door model is near
perfect size for the family with one or
two small children. Mechanically
sound, if a bit noisy even with good
tires. Smooth in high-speed corners.
Paint and interior upholstery holding
up well, even in Florida sun. Lots of
visibility at all angles. Does
groceries well. Not a long distance
vehicle. Not a car I could get
emotionally attached to.

Best Features

When I go to places where there is crowded parking lots, I take the RAV4, not my pickup. Slides in and out of tight spaces. Nimble. Reliable to the point of being almost maintenance-free.

Worst Features

Underpowered. Poor gas mileage...it should do better for its size. Noisy. Gear ratio aggravating on the interstate; slightest upgrade causes it to downshift (assuming you're trying to keep a steady speed on cruise control). Little space between driver and passenger seats.
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