2003 Toyota RAV4 Consumer Review: A commuters dream car.

2003 Toyota RAV4 SUV - Consumer Review

Average Consumer Rating

149 Total Reviews

All Models

Build Quality
Reliability Value
A commuters dream car.
By ilvsmcars on


2003 Toyota RAV4 AWD 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


I bought a RAV4-L with AWD and 5sp Man
trans. I purchased largely due to
interior comfort and driver space.
Aestherics playes a role as well.
Driving experience is very good. The
car is very nimble, and handles road
bumps with ease. Excellent brakes.
Downside is a somwehat underpowered
engine. The manual seems to make
little difference due to the rather
close gearing in the car. One could
easily go from 2nd to 5th and not
really miss 3rd and 4th. Torque comes
in a very tight range of RPM and I
find myself always dropping a gear or
two to get the most out of the
engine. Nevertheless, I have come to
really enjoy how the car drives.

Best Features

As a commuter car the RAV4 is a pleasure to drive. It is very quiet, comfortable and nimble to drive. It handles better than many cars.

Worst Features

As an urban cruiser it is near perfect. But it seems that any kind of grade causes the engine to bog down. A modification of the engine or transmission to provide more low end torque over a wider range would be very welcome
Recommend (0) (0)

Are you the author of this review?

Update Your Review
Report it
Comments (0) Post a Comment
Post a Comment

You must be signed in to post a comment.


Select a different vehicle  
Recently Viewed
There are no recently viewed vehicles to display

Write Consumer Reviews

Write Consumer Reviews

Write a review and rate your own car.