2004 Toyota RAV4 Consumer Review: Great all-around truck

2004 Toyota RAV4 - Consumer Review

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Great all-around truck
By Jerre on


2004 Toyota RAV4 AWD 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 5M)


The new 2004 version is a nice upgrade
over 2003 and includes standard ABS and
steering wheel controls. Well designed
interior for practicality and
convenience. The new engine is quicker
and quieter which is a long overdue
improvement. The manual trans. is
smooth and easy to operate...unlike the
poorly engineered CRV clutch. Major
flaw- an oversized, ridiculously heavy
rear door with a window that won't
open. Puzzling why Toyota failed to re-
design such an obvious flaw?! Also, the
RAV4 could be a little longer for more
cargo room. Overall though, this is a
very well constructed vehicle and rates
the best out of all small SUV's I test

Best Features

Removable rear seats, 16 inch tires, smooth ride and steering, relatively good gas milage, multiple setting variable intermittant wipers. Beautiful dash instrumentation.

Worst Features

Rear door needs to be redesigned with a window that either flips up or rolls down, the blinking seat belt light is annoying, the "L" package needs to include tinted glass (is there anyone who doesn't prefer tinted glass these days?). Stereo should be XM ready.
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