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A Great Compact Utility Vehicle
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By JBOS
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2008 Toyota RAV4 Sport 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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This is a great car with the exception of the stock tires. If you get this vehicle, get new tires (I have Assurance Comfort Treads by Goodyear). We just had 16 inches of snow and not only did the Rav handle it like a champ it exceeded all expectations. The 4WD did exactly what it was supposed to do. The drive is steady and the V6 is very powerful. Just step on the gas and you will feel the 269 horses propel you out of the thick of traffic. It is a reliable car of good quality that doesn't feel heavy or cumbersome to drive.


Best Features

4wd, V6 engine, 269 horses, multi disk player is nice too. Love having a full size spare. I travel a lot on highway and don't worry about a flat especially in bad weather. I know the spare will handle the elements.


Worst Features

The fuel economy is not the best. About 270 miles for a full tank on the V6. But I live in a major city with terrible traffic and spend hours driving at 20 and 30 in traffic jams, so 270 miles in those conditions isn't all that bad for a V6. If you want fuel economy, then go for the 4 cyl.


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By dennism
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2008 Toyota RAV4 Sport 4dr SUV 4WD (2.4L 4cyl 4A)


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After one month I'm fairly happy with the RAV. There are a lot of little touches like the lighted vanity mirrors, hidden storage etc. I'm totally impressed with the performance of the 4 cylinder engine! CD player and sound system are great.


Best Features

Hot little engine, lots of storage.


Worst Features

Seats are uncomfortable. Gas pedal has a VERY light touch.. suggest a bit more tension. Front wheel drive gives little feel of the road


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Not Happy
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By Carlos
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2008 Toyota RAV4 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 4A)


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Just bought my Rav-4 and am already not happy. I have been getting some back pains since buying the car. Test drove a couple of small SUVs because wanted to downsize and at the dealership this was great, but have started to have problems with the back hurting, no place to put change with out it ringing all the time, push button dash area stinks because everything I put in it slides and bangs, car bounces more than I like on highway, and cargo area light is a joke. My SUV also does not ding when the lights are left on, I plan to check when I go in for my first service.


Best Features

The folding and adjustable rear seats, the 6 disc changer, gas is great.


Worst Features

Better suspension so that it rides smoother, better seats so that back does not hurt, coin holder better than the dumb hole next to steering wheel where it rings at every turn, better lighting in cargo area. I would like auto-locking when car reaches 10 or 15mph.


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Quite possibly the Perfect Vehicle
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By sp33dy_gr33n
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2008 Toyota RAV4 Sport 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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Absolutely love this vehicle. It is very quick with the V6 engine, and gets great gas mileage (25 mpg) for a 4wd, V6, SUV. The dimension of the vehicle are great too. Not too big, and not too small, and looks great.


Best Features

The engine and trans. Great performance in the snow. Sliding rear seats.


Worst Features

Rear dome lamp to better illuminate the luggage area at night.


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So far, so good
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By John C
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2008 Toyota RAV4 4dr SUV 4WD (2.4L 4cyl 4A)


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It's our first Toyota (past is mostly Hondas & Fords), and has been a good purchase so far. It replaced our Ford Explorer, and the ride and handling are great. 3rd row seat is good, but tight for the kids on short rides. Good ride / handling, and the 4 cyl engine has good acceleration (better than the CRV and V6 Escape we tested). Easy to get in and out for my wife (only 5' tall), and has good seating position. She drives it mostly around town, so we are only averaging 21 mpg, but hope to get better results on highway trips. Interior is well constructed, controls are easy to use with good layout. Looking forward to mileage on longer trips, and to see how good AWD drive is in the snow


Best Features

Nice ride, easy/tight handling (easy to parallel park). 3rd row seat. Good gas mileage and responsive acceleration for a 4 cylinder. Toyota quality and safety record is impressive so far.


Worst Features

Obviously if they could put a little more torque into 4 cyl engine, or improve gas mileage, then the good would become great. Wait to see if mileage and AWD perform as desired.


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