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  • (4.4) 64 reviews
  • MSRP: $5,729$13,693
  • Body Style: Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG: 22-24
  • Engine: 166-hp, 2.4-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: 4x4
  • Seats: 5-7
2008 Toyota RAV4

Our Take on the 2008 Toyota RAV4

Our Take

Toyota's RAV4 compact SUV was given an overhaul in 2006 that included a new 269-horsepower V-6 and a Sport trim level. It goes into 2008 with minor changes. The RAV4 can be fitted with an optional third-row seat as well as front- or all-wheel drive. Competitors in this segment include the Ho... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Hard rear seat cushions
  • Scant third-row space

Notable Features

  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • FWD or AWD
  • Five- or seven-person capacity
  • Available Sport model


Our Expert Reviews

The 2008 Toyota RAV4 bugged me. It bugged me in the same way that the perfect-looking mom from my kids' school bothers me. You might know her - she never leaves the house without her makeup on and her hair dried and styled. The RAV4 is definitely a pretty little thing. Its soft curves and graceful lines create an impression of function made fun; there are no hard edges or sharp corners, no... Read full review for the 2008 Toyota RAV 4

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Consumer Reviews


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Fantastic family and tow vehicle

by Tonyride from Central NJ on September 24, 2010

We got the RAV4 V6 AWD for our expanding family and to tow our camper trailer. The 3500 lb. towing capacity pulls our camper with ease and it has plenty of room inside for all of our gear. The fuel ec... Read Full Review

12 Trim Levels Available

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NHTSA Ratings

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National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.


There are currently 15 recalls for this car.

Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

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Roadside Assistance Coverage


What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained


Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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