Quality-built, Fun Car
By Mellie Mel on
Vehicle1999 Toyota RAV4 4dr SUV AWD
ReviewA sure-footed, compact pseudo-SUV
that's fun to drive. Consistently gets
26mpg and drives great in all weather.
Feels nice sitting high but it can't
corner without feeling tippy.
Acceleration is poor (compared to my
98 corolla). Hate that the tailgate
doesn't open down or up or have a
window that opens. There's no way to
carry long items such as a ladder or
PVC pipe. Cargo footprint really is no
bigger than a Camry so "SUV" seems
kind of a misnomer. Due to small cargo
space, non-opening rear window & lack
of power we are looking to replace our
RAV4 with a Suburu Baja.
Best FeaturesToyota reliability. No problems whatsoever. Rides nice. Reclining rear seats and flexible-folding rear seats. Full-size spare tire.
Worst FeaturesNeeds antenna fix - reception is terrible due to short fixed length antenna. Add rear window or drop-down tailgate to allow long objects. Make rear seats completely removable.
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