2001 Toyota RAV4 Consumer Review: Excellent little SUV, needs ab

2001 Toyota RAV4 - Consumer Review

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Base 4dr SUV (2.0L 4-cyl. 4x4 5-speed Manual)

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Excellent little SUV, needs about 30HP
By Karrock on


2001 Toyota RAV4 4WD 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


The RAV4 is the first and best in its
class. Others are overly large (Who
needs a V6 in an SUV this small? If I
need a V6, I'll probably want a bigger
SUV) or too trucklike and rough around
the edges (Blazer Sport, Sportage,
Grand Vitara, Tracker, Rodeo Sport,
Liberty, Wrangler). The overly-
glorified CR-V can be best described as
either a very short Volvo or a boxy
minivan. The Element? What were they

Best Features

Great styling, just-right size, zippy performance, amazing car-like handling, Toyota reliability.

Worst Features

Needs a little more power (but hopefully not at the expense of mileage), especially at grade and highway speeds. Would be nice to have the factory-optioned navigation system and electronic climate control that you can get in Japan.
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