2008 Toyota Rav 4
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Fantastic family and tow vehicle

by 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...
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 economy is amazing for an AWD V6 vehicle. We love it.
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A Real Good Used Car Buy

by from on November 20, 2010

V6, 5spd. auto, Limited : punchy engine, lots of torque, smooth shifting, surprisingly good mileage around town,uses regular fuel, feels solid except for front doors. Wish it had: speed sensing locks...
V6, 5spd. auto, Limited : punchy engine, lots of torque, smooth shifting, surprisingly good mileage around town,uses regular fuel, feels solid except for front doors. Wish it had: speed sensing locks, heated mirrors. auto setting for headlights.
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THE RAV IS OVERALL THE BEST CAR I'VE EVER OWNED.

by from WASHINGTON, PA on January 29, 2010

WHEN YOU GET BEHIND THE WHEEL OF A RAV AND IF YOU KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT A VEHICLE, YOU WILL REALIZE THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST BUILT AND DEPENDABLE VEHICLES ON THE MARKET. YES THERE IS SOME THINGS THAT CAN...
WHEN YOU GET BEHIND THE WHEEL OF A RAV AND IF YOU KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT A VEHICLE, YOU WILL REALIZE THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST BUILT AND DEPENDABLE VEHICLES ON THE MARKET. YES THERE IS SOME THINGS THAT CAN BE IMPROVED AND / OR CHANGED, BUT THE RAV IS A SOLID PERFORMER AND THE MPG IS ONE OF THE BEST IN ITS CLASS. THE SPARE WHEEL MOUNTED ON THE BACK DOOR IS THE ONLY DRAW BACK THAT I FEEL THAT NEEDS CHANGED. AFTER ALL SAID AND DONE A FIVE STAR PERFORMER.
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Basic Model

by from Fernley, Nevada on March 13, 2012

I traded in a 2007 Prius, that I loved. I needed something that would pull a small pontoon boat for fishing, This car has the V6 engine and will tow up to 3,500 lbs. It has great scores with Consumer ...
I traded in a 2007 Prius, that I loved. I needed something that would pull a small pontoon boat for fishing, This car has the V6 engine and will tow up to 3,500 lbs. It has great scores with Consumer Reports as well. It is also 4wheel drive,Purchased used, and as part of the deal they put on a hitch and gave me a bumper to bumper warantee for 24 thousand miles. I am very happy with my purchase, the car is nice to drive and handles well . Also like the 5 speed automatic trany. four wheel disk brakes are great , and work very well. fuel economy isn't to bad around 25 mpg. and that is more then the window sticker says. It also handles well in the snow.. I would recommend this auto to anyone wanting a nice suv.
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Nice Package

by from Nashville, TN on March 12, 2013

After putting about 1,000 miles on our '08 RAV4 Limited (purchased with 58,250 miles), this FWD 4-cyl. has lived up to my expectations. As a family car/commuter, the 4-cyl. is entirely fine; lively en...
After putting about 1,000 miles on our '08 RAV4 Limited (purchased with 58,250 miles), this FWD 4-cyl. has lived up to my expectations. As a family car/commuter, the 4-cyl. is entirely fine; lively enough from a standstill and cruises easily at 75. In the real world, 0-60 SUV sprints are a rarity and quarter-mile times are meaningless, so don't get wrapped up in the V6 mania unless 'fast' is your focus. The RAV is well proportioned and spacious without being an oversized 'box.' The most obvious drawback I've noticed is the limited front seat travel. Front seat legroom is barely acceptable. My 6'4" son's knees push against the passenger-side dashboard when seated normally. On the plus side, the backseat legroom is better than expected. And while I prefer a firm seat, these chairs are almost too hard, although oddly comfortable at the same time. Unlike most, I LOVE the swing open (rather than up) tailgate. It is easier to open in a tight garage and you are far less likely to hit your head on any part of it. The interior design and control layout is attractive and uncluttered. I would have preferred having the cruise control functions on the steering wheel in place of the bluetooth controls that occupy that space. And, unlike many, I think the cup holders are well placed and sufficiently sized (wrestling with a 78 oz. 'big gulp' when you should be focused on driving makes little sense to me). Long-term potential problems I've researced since our purchase may concern you, as they do me. In particular, the 4-cyl. in this 'generation 3' RAV has been cited by many owners for higher than expected oil consumption. A Toyota TSB addressed this issue prior to the '09 model year introduction. If this concerns you, I would recommend staying with an '09 or newer model. Noted shortcomings aside, I still believe the RAV4 should be on anyone's short list when evaluating a nicely-packaged, compact SUVs.
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2008 Basic model

by from on May 16, 2012

Purchased my base model RAV4 new in 2008. It just turned 4 and has 30,500 miles. The road noise has gotten considerably louder than when new, but this might be due to the unbalanced, original tires. T...
Purchased my base model RAV4 new in 2008. It just turned 4 and has 30,500 miles. The road noise has gotten considerably louder than when new, but this might be due to the unbalanced, original tires. The interior layout and design are wonderful except for the location of the front seat's cup holders. They are tucked in under the radio and A/C controls and have trouble fitting larger drink cups from convience stores. We have a 4 cylinder model with a 4 speed transmission, and have gotten as high as 30 MPG on the highway, although the average is closer to 28 MPG at 65-70 MPH. In the city it still gets around 21 MPG. Our biggest regret is not spending the extra money for the V6; the 4 cyl has struggled in hilly urban situations starting from a stop. Don't even think about asking three full size adults to sit in the back seat, two is the comfort limit. The car easily fits our 11 month old with all of his required accessories. We are now expecting our second child in a couple of months and realize the RAV4 will be a little small for two kids and their toys. Fitting two car seats is not the issue, just the additional cargo space required for strollers, etc. Our BOB Revolution takes up almost the entire cargo area, so a trip would be very tight with two small children. That said, for a family with one child or none, you couldn't ask for a better small SUV.
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2008 RAV4 SUV review

by from Green Bay on February 13, 2012

Excellent value and reliability all around. My only nit so far is the noisy interior back trunk covers and how loose fitting they are. They constantly rattle on rough pavement but I'm slowly silencing...
Excellent value and reliability all around. My only nit so far is the noisy interior back trunk covers and how loose fitting they are. They constantly rattle on rough pavement but I'm slowly silencing them with cloth furniture runners. Great gas mileage, performance, and handling. I have a different opinion about the dealership I dealt with however...
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Speed Racer SUV! : )

by from New York on June 1, 2008

We just got this RAV4 Limited with the 6 cyl. After having it a month both my husband and I love it. For us it is VERY comfortable, MUCH more than the CRV we test drove. The car has a lot of pep, much...
We just got this RAV4 Limited with the 6 cyl. After having it a month both my husband and I love it. For us it is VERY comfortable, MUCH more than the CRV we test drove. The car has a lot of pep, much more than I thought. The engine is quiet and has great acceleration. It has a lot more room than the old body style. I love the blue tooth feature. It is great to just hit a button on the steering wheel and make a call safely. That is a great feature. I do agree with others that this SUV should have a navigation option. I also would have liked power seats for the both the driver AND passenger. Still it is a GREAT little SUV and we are very pleased!
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Top Notch reliability

by from Danbury, ct on November 29, 2009

Purchased this car 2 years ago brand new. I now have 74,000 miles on it and all I have done is routine service. It makes a great around town vehicle. I would not want to make long distance trips with ...
Purchased this car 2 years ago brand new. I now have 74,000 miles on it and all I have done is routine service. It makes a great around town vehicle. I would not want to make long distance trips with it due to the road noise and poor seat comfort. Just be sure to rotate the tires every 5,000 miles. I will be on my 3rd set of tires soon.
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Great car.

by from Chicago, IL on March 3, 2011

I love my RAV4. I traded a Matrix for it only because the RAV is easier to get in and out of and has more room. It's a great car.
I love my RAV4. I traded a Matrix for it only because the RAV is easier to get in and out of and has more room. It's a great car.
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