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By jueregn
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2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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This vehicle is by far better than the Honda crv I had before. Gas mileage even with a 6 cyl is by far better than the Honda. Interior in the Honda was a little better. The main point against the Honda for me it has not the same power and the gas mileage is not as good. The seating and all the little bells and whistles are great. Handling and driving comfort are exceptional. Off road driving, attributed to great ground clearance and power, is great !


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The whole car


Worst Features

Better interior


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Excellent Automobile
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Lynn Hollenbach
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2008 Toyota RAV4 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 4A)


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Previously purchased an '07 Subaru Outback and disappointed with the interior space, although a great driving machine. Have had the Rav4 for 3 weeks and my wife and I absolutely love this car. Excellent driving position and front seat comfort and visibility while the 4 cylinder engine provides more than adequate power. If we lived up north I would recommend the all wheel drive, but in Maryland and/or further south the FWD is excellent since EST and traction control are standard. The 6 cylinder only truly necessary if one lives in a hilly area. Averaging 25 MPG. Our favorite car in 40 years of driving.


Best Features

Interior space. Driving position. Visibility. Comfort. Exterior appearance.


Worst Features

Interior door panel for driver cuts in a little too much. Lighting on dash middle console hard to read in daylight. (Only minor complaints)


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Leg cramps from uncomfortable seats
1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By Steve
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2008 Toyota RAV4 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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I really can't wait to get rid of this car. It's nothing like my old 4runner. Driver's seating position is so uncomfortable I have constant leg cramps. I tried spacers under seat legs, extra spring on gas pedal, lumbar pillow, seat cushion, none worked. I have to drive for now but this is the last toyota for me. That is saying a lot from a guy that had 4 so far but this one is not my favorite. Really don't like silly side-swinging rear door. Dash rattles. It struggles to get the rated MPGs. Transfer case whines a bit a certain speeds. I am just plain unsatisfied.


Best Features

Good size if you like suv but need MPG. 3.5L engine is great.


Worst Features

Front seat replacement. Too hard, wrong angle, just plain painful to drive long distances. Standard lift rear door instead of left opening. more MPG. Transmission is not always smooth.


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Great concept but weak execution.
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By PGS031
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2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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Failed on some basics: seats: too short, feels like stadium bench; angle of headrest horrible. Dash controls: paid designer too much; should hire an ergonomics engineer. Dash lighting and visibility - poorly lit & can't see some displays when wearing polarized sunglasses. Center and door arm rests too low. Throttle: peppy after lag, way too touchy, use more of the travel. 4x4 lock: this is an SUV, I want to control when it is 4x4 not have it automatically switch out at 25 mph. Rear bumper: add textures top for "stepping surface". "Premium" radio: whine w/ MP3; sound quality not very impressive. Window lock: driver can't open windows when lock is engaged. Strange clunk in back end.


Best Features

Seats: 2nd row forward/back adjustability; 3rd row split seats are great. V6 option. Fuel economy and fuel grade requirement. Responsive handling. OK turning radius. Good visibility all around. Functionality for size.


Worst Features

Length of seating surface. Allow 4x4 to 60 mph. Control ergonomics and functions. Arm rest heights. Sound system quality. Re-program throttle and eliminate lag. Could gain leg room by "thinning" seatbacks. Add front/back adjustability to headrest. Stiffen doors (shake when closed).


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Reconsidering It
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By Ray
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2008 Toyota RAV4 4dr SUV 4WD (2.4L 4cyl 4A)


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My first complaint is the interior. Really cheap looking. Other comparable models like the CR-V have much nicer interior. Toyota really lacks technology in their interiors. Cargo area lighting is so terrible! Why put the light on the door which is going to be open? Furthermore, door opens to curbside! Why? I'm only 5'7 and I sit with the seat all the way back, and that is already tight for me. if you're tall, definitely don't get a Toyota. They for some reason only have enough room for people my height. Radio antenna is cheap also. Unscrews easily which causes radio static. MPG not as good as advertised.


Best Features

Daytime running lights. All wheel drive.


Worst Features

They should make a compartment on driver side for holding quarters! There is no small compartment like on other vehicles. I have no place to stow away loose change. Car seems to make whistling/howling sound when cruising around 20-25 mph.


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