1999 Toyota RAV4 Consumer Review: Quality-built, Fun Car

1999 Toyota RAV4 - Consumer Review

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35 Total Reviews

Base w/Soft Top Convertible SUV (2.0L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

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Reliability Value
Quality-built, Fun Car
By Mellie Mel on


1999 Toyota RAV4 2dr SUV w/Soft Top


A 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 Features

Toyota reliability. No problems whatsoever. Rides nice. Reclining rear seats and flexible-folding rear seats. Full-size spare tire.

Worst Features

Needs 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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