This has been just a great little car - I still have fun driving it. Even on trips it has provided plenty of comfort, partly because there is so much leg and head room. I can't complain that it lacks power; what would one expect from a 4-cylinder SUV? Snow and up-hill driveway is an issue where we live, and with studded snow tires, this is a little army tank!
Nibble to drive, with a short body and and small turning radius, it handles great on dirt or pavement, city or country.
Power would be the common complaint I've seen, but that would mean a bigger engine. Bigger engine would mean less gas mileage and less agility.
What a fun car to drive! I have always
been a fan of the manual transmission,
ever since learning to drive on the
Rambler with 3 on the "tree". Guess
manuals are a dying breed. I was so
lucky to get the 5speed in the gold
color I wanted. Yes, I have the dash
rattle, but it is very infrequent.
Besides I always have the radio on so
it's not really a problem.
5 SPEED, handling, exterior design as
the body side molding is perfectly
placed so I still have no door dings!!
versatility of the cargo area,
speakers have poor quality in the
standard system, needs power antenna as
it's in the way when cleaning the
windshield and going through the
I've had many vehicles since I started
driving in 1966 and the Rav4 has to
rank in the top 5 of all of them.
That's pretty good because all the
rest of them were cars, no trucks or
SUVs. I've taken it on several trips
over 500 miles and it's as comfortable
as my Acura 3.2TL S Type.
The combination of ride and handling
is unbelieveable for an SUV and with
the 5 speed manual it has plenty of
Most people can't believe how much
room there is in the back especially
when the rear seats are removed.
I'm surprised that Toyota doesn't
advertise this vehicle more for as
good as it is.
I have put many miles on the car, and some rugged
off roading (quite a bit) I've never been stranded on
the side of the road. Horsepower is lacking but the
are seen at the gas pump. The five speed manual
gear box helps over come the power issue.
At 255,000km. I am Getting the best fuel milage
yet!! Lets hope for a hybrid!
The limited slip differential is a little "week" but as
long as the car is still moving it will pull though
My favorit feature is the car's quality.
Cabin room and more engine output or a on
demand increased engine output button or