2003 Toyota RAV4 Consumer Review: Carve up the backroads

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Carve up the backroads
By matt_in_motion on


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


Nice engine. Quiet. Excellent stereo.
Superb handling. I drive 30 miles each
way to work (27mpg). Back roads and 2
lane highway. I bought this SUV for the
FT4WD and the stickshift. I didn't want
a computer deciding when to engage the

I also test drove CRV, Saturn,
Forester, Imprezza, others...

I was really excited when I first
purchased it. My wife likes it. Now
after 3 months, I am very satisfied. I
can't wait for a lot of snow this
winter to test the FT4WD.

With a rear-facing car seat, my 5'6"
wife has 1" of kneeroom between the
glovebox. Forward facing car-seat
provides adequate room in front seat.

Best Features

Handling (steering, suspension). Excellent 6 speaker stereo. Interior design. Fuel economy.

Worst Features

Add outside temp gauge!! The corolla has one!!! More rear legroom. With a rear-facing car seat, my 5'6" wife has 1" of kneeroom between the glovebox. Eliminate beep when locking/unlocking doors with factory alarm. Difficult to access CD's in center console.
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