2008 Toyota RAV4 Consumer Reviews

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2008 Toyota Rav 4
4.4
Average based on 51 reviews
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Love Love LOVE my new Rav4!!!

by 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...
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 to acceleration! The interior is beautiful! It's also nice to have a JBL sound system and a 6 disk changer. The ride is also very smooth for a 4wd car. The ONLY complaint I have is the (Goodyear) tires are extremely noisy; however, once I get new tires, I anticipate that problem going away. I couldn't recommend this car more!
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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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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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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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Great car

by from Arizona on February 10, 2011

One of the best out there. I've truly enjoyed mine. The only change I would make if on the redesign team would be to make the back hatch open up, instead of to the side.
One of the best out there. I've truly enjoyed mine. The only change I would make if on the redesign team would be to make the back hatch open up, instead of to the side.
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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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One of the best cars I've ever owned

by from Vancouver, WA on May 13, 2009

I purchased a 2008 RAV4 in Oct. '08 and I have been delighted with it. Easy to drive, good storage, surprisingly great mileage - everything about it has surpassed my expectations. Overall, a great car...
I purchased a 2008 RAV4 in Oct. '08 and I have been delighted with it. Easy to drive, good storage, surprisingly great mileage - everything about it has surpassed my expectations. Overall, a great car.
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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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My first SUV-love it!

by from St. Louis, MO on October 4, 2011

Overall I am very happy with my RAV4: have owned it for almost a year now. There is only one negative aspect I have noticed so far: it doesn't do well in wintery conditions. Last winter I tried drivin...
Overall I am very happy with my RAV4: have owned it for almost a year now. There is only one negative aspect I have noticed so far: it doesn't do well in wintery conditions. Last winter I tried driving through a snow storm and my Toyota was sliding all over the place, no matter how slow and careful i was driving.
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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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