2003 Toyota RAV4 Review

Pros & Cons

  • Steers and handles like a car, thoughtful cabin design, well-built interior.
  • Small displacement engine for the class, noisy, most of the desirable equipment is optional.
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Edmunds' Expert Review

A solid and pleasing package, if a tad underpowered.

2003 Highlights

Already sporty-looking, the RAV4 compact SUV gets even sportier thanks to a new optional sport package that adds a new grille, a hood scoop, color-keyed door handles, heated exterior mirrors, tubular roof rack and gray-painted bumpers and overfenders. Inside, the package adds special sport fabric seats.

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An excellent vehicle
David Scott,12/08/2015
Fwd 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 4A)
We owned this car for 12 years and it was as trouble-free as a vehicle could be. Basically, you never had to worry about something going wrong. Driver vision was excellent and seating was comfortable. We took it on four around-the-country trips and never had a problem other than a flat tire.
380,000 and Still Going !!!!!
AWD 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
Bought my Rav4L new 12 plus yrs.ago. Most dependable vehicle I have ever owned. Drove it for over 800 miles a wk for work. Starts in sub-zero weather, when our expensive vehicles would not. Maintenace cost almost nothing. Usual stuff....tires,got 109,000 out of one set, battery, brakes, wiper blades etc. this vehicle has saved me a fortune !!! I'm retired and now my trusted vehicle is used for leisure, golf trips, ballgames etc. If I covered the odometer, you would think the vehicle has less than 50 K. Going to buy my wife a 2016 Rav, safe, dependable, fun to drive. Finally sold my 2003 Rav, to first person who looked at it. Still ran great, and yes I bought my wife a new Rav, which has been problem free....awesome vehicle we both love to drive.
Toyota will pay for transmission repairs
I just found a link to an article that documents that Toyota will pay for ECM failures/transmission rebuilds. Here is the link:http://wheels.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/07/13/toyota-extends-warranty-on-troubled-2001-3-rav4/. You can call the center in Torrance, Calif at 800-468-7814 for more info. I am going to get back my repair costs of $4300 for a rebuilt transmission and ECM module replacement.
ECM /Transmission Problem
I rarely write reviews online but I want to share my experience with this vehicle...My RAV4 is in excellent condition until I hit 89K on my 2003 RAV 4 last month when it's started jerking on shifting. I'm 3 months passed out of extended warranty as per TOYOTA 10 YEARS/150,000 miles. I took mycar to the dealer but told me I need to pay $$$$ for the diagnostic and repairs because of out of warranty...Even calling TOYOTA Customer Relation is still no help..This is my last TOYOTA ever...You lost one loyal customer...I traded my RAV4 for a 2013 Honda Accord...

Features & Specs

20 city / 25 hwy
Seats 5
4-speed automatic
148 hp @ 6000 rpm
21 city / 26 hwy
Seats 5
4-speed automatic
148 hp @ 6000 rpm
22 city / 28 hwy
Seats 5
5-speed manual
148 hp @ 6000 rpm
20 city / 25 hwy
Seats 5
5-speed manual
148 hp @ 6000 rpm
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NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver4 / 5
    Passenger4 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Barrier Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover
    Rollover3 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of RolloverNot Rated
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
  • Roof Strength Test
    Not Tested
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Not Tested
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test

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Used 2003 Toyota RAV4 Overview

The Used 2003 Toyota RAV4 is offered in the following submodels: RAV4 SUV. Available styles include AWD 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 4A), Fwd 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 4A), Fwd 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 5M), and AWD 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 5M).

What's a good price on a Used 2003 Toyota RAV4?

Price comparisons for Used 2003 Toyota RAV4 trim styles:

  • The Used 2003 Toyota RAV4 Base is priced between $5,900 and$5,900 with odometer readings between 82662 and82662 miles.

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Should I lease or buy a 2003 Toyota RAV4?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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