2008 Toyota RAV4

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51 reviews
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Available Price Range $6,649-$14,201 Trims12 Combined MPG 22-24 Seats 5-7

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

Reviews

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 RAV4

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Consumer Reviews

4.4

Average based on 51 reviews

Love Love LOVE my new Rav4!!!

by Rav4 4 Life from on April 3, 2012

When I went car shopping, I knew that I wanted to buy an SUV that had good fuel economy. The Rav4 exceeded my expectations. I have a limited v6 4wd Rav4, and it behaves like a sports car when it comes... Read Full Review

12 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up.


It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.

Safety

Crash-Test Reports

NHTSA Ratings

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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.

Recalls

There are currently 14 recalls for this car.

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

Safety defects and recalls explained

Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

36mo/36,000mi

Powertrain

60mo/60,000mi

Roadside Assistance Coverage

36mo/36,000mi

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

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

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.

Powertrain

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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