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Oh what a feeling?
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By Brad
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2008 Toyota RAV4 SUV Sport 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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We purchased the RAV specifically for gas mileage when the price per gallon was near $5. It has delivered high 20's on the road and around 20mpg in town. Ho-hum. The engine pulls like a freight train and easily tows up to the 3500# limit. Unfortunately, the engineers didn't sort out the torque steer problems under heavy acceleration, it can be very darty. Also, notice the acceleration rate keeps coming on even after I stop pushing on the gas any harder (like a turbo). We bought the Sport to get the darker interior, but the ride quality is too harsh for commuter style driving. And, worst for last, the AT has an irritating whine at 25-35 mph that is louder after warmed up.


Best Features

High resale value. Reliability. Only SUV this size and price that was seriously set up to tow 3500# without heroics. It's a Camry on steroids.


Worst Features

Fix the transmission whine (fluid viscosity?), include auto-off headlights on all models (mine is loaded but missing that? sheesh), redesign tailgate to swing AWAY from curb, make a driver's seat for a full-size American rear, improve the warranty.


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So far, so good!
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By Openroad
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2008 Toyota RAV4 SUV 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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Have put about 5000 miles on a lease/return since purchased 10/08 including about 1500 miles in extremely nasty snow/wind/icing conditions across the northwestern US. Handles snow packed "driveways" with 12-15% grades. We have room for my yellow lab in his kennel, 3 suitcases and a box of apples behind the split rear seat. Road noise is less than our Subaru OB. We have averaged 25+ MPG since purchase with individual tanks running between 24 MPG and 29 mpg highway. V6 cruises easily at 70 MPH with power to spare while passing. Driver visibility is great.


Best Features

Pleased with the fuel economy. The arrangement of space in rear seats and behind the rear seats is great. 5- speed AT allows you to select the appropriate gear when climbing or descending steep grades. I like the space saved with the externally mounted spare tire.


Worst Features

I don't care for the external appearance. The lines/shape should be changed to something a little more... sleek(?) The 4-wheel lock feature automatically reverts to all-wheel mode. I would like to be able to lock it in and have it stay there for tough road conditions.


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LOVE IT!!!
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By yanksgrl2446
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2008 Toyota RAV4 SUV Limited 4dr SUV 4WD (2.4L 4cyl 4A)


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I bought this car new from the dealership last year (jan. 07), and I was looking for a slight upgrade from a small sedan, and for a car with better reliability in the snow, considering I live in the Northeast. Last year didn't really snow but this year we've gotten a few big storms one with snow falling 3-4" per hour and I had absolutely no problems! the anti skid is fantastic and the 4WD kicks on automatically so I didn't have to do anything but drive! I've driven the car down to Florida and to DC and had no problems got good gas mileage (26 MPG), I love the car and would recommend it to anyone looking for a small SUV. Its very spacious and comfortable... and it drives just like a car!


Best Features

anti-skid, auto 4WD, clearance, roomy interior, spar tire on back, dual climate control, iPod hook up


Worst Features

control iPod from radio dash


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One year old
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Fred
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2008 Toyota RAV4 SUV 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 4A)


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I purchased an '07 RAV4, February, 2008, used, from a Toyota dealer, replacing a '01 Ford Taurus. Bought a 4 cyl, fwd. Use for daily commuter and weekend chores. Occasional trips. Just recently, averaged 27.5 mph at a steady 75 mph on a 500 mile round-trip. Around town, am getting 22 to 24 mph. As a daily driver, the car is excellent. Perfect for weekend chores. The swing rear door does cause some problems while carrying lumber, however, I knew that when I purchased the vehicle. Otherwise, car is perfect for intended use. Am very pleased with performance, handling, and overall build.


Best Features

Interior room; peppy engine; sliding rear seats allowing for massive amount of legroom for rear passengers; fun to drive for a 4 cyl suv.


Worst Features

Accelerator is a bit touchy.


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Good and Bad
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By Sal
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2008 Toyota RAV4 SUV 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 4A)


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This seems to be a good car. My wife has a 2008 CRV and I naturally compare the 2. CRV has a nicer interior, but not as comfortable. The CRV is a higher trim level. CRV has better pick up and, so far, better fuel mileage. RAV4 is easy to get in an out of, has a lower lift to load back, easier folding seats, looks more manly and has better visibility. The cruise stalk is terrible, in the way. 2001 Escort was on the wheel, why can't a 2008 RAV4?. Doors should look when you put in gear. This is more of a runaround then a fall in love vehicle.


Best Features

AC controls are large. Low lift in to back area. Easy to get into. Good pickup. Great visibility.


Worst Features

Hard cover for back area, better user manual. Doors should look when put in gear. Arm rest for driver. Hate the shift gate


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