1997 Toyota RAV4 User Reviews

1997 Toyota RAV4 Review Ratings

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  • Performance:3.3 out of 5 stars3.3 out of 5 stars3.3 out of 5 stars3.3 out of 5 stars3.3 out of 5 stars 3.3 / 5
  • Appearance:3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars 3.8 / 5
  • Build Quality:4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars 4 / 5
  • Overall: 4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars 4 / 5

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"reliable car" 3 reviews
"power" 3 reviews
"space" 2 reviews
CONS
"trip" 2 reviews

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Joe writes:
1997 Toyota RAV4 4 Door Review
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Sharp looking and very dependable suv

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A little small.

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Sharp And Dependable — My wife loves this car because it looks good. I lke it because its a Toyota. I don't worry about it breaking down on her. This car replaced another 1997 RAV4 that she had that was totalled in a head on collision that she walked away from. We ended up buying the exact car, even down to the color all over again.

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jjsteich writes:
1997 Toyota RAV4 4 Door AWD Review
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4

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Great traction in the ice and snow of Michigan winters, and not bad gas mileage on the dry summer pavement. We hauled my wife's artwork and often camping gear. In the summer, the kayaks went up until time to take them down after the first big snows. Dependable, reliable, sure footed.

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The 2 liter 4 cylinder would max out going up long grades--we trudged through the Rockies on a trip out west. There's no legroom in back if you are anything but a small person. There's not much legroom in front if you're a very tall person. My knees grazed the fascia on the dash.

jjsteich
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Black Beauty — Our 1997 RAV4 was a workhorse. It would probably have lasted forever, except we loaned it to a friend of our son who didn't check the oil when the oil light came on. We logged over 150,000 miles on it with nothing more than routine service, and it had 32K on it when we bought it. We drove it from home out to Montana one year, and other than being a little slow going up grade, it was a fun "little" SUV. We went camping often, and it stowed a lot of gear and carried our kayaks on top. It was a little small on leg room in front and back, but then I'm pretty tall (over 6'5"). We live up a small hill, and we never had a problem with traction in the winter, while others were spinning their wheels. I haven't driven any of the newer RAV4's, but the 1997 was a great car.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Kate writes:
1997 Toyota RAV4 2 Door Review
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It's extremely gas-efficiant, and the seats are cushy.  Back seats fold down for more trunk space.

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Is rediculously small, the backseat is hard to crawl into.  When the seats are up, there is probably literally 6 inches of trunk space.

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Small, Gas-efficiant, Comfy. — This is my mom's car, it's really small. It's pretty reliable, but the engine light is always on. It was owned by my dad's old Japanese tennant, and the car smelled like cigarettes when we bought it from her.

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Kym writes:
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Interior space for stuff, few maintenence issues , decent gas mileage

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rough ride, road noise

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1997 Toyota Rav4 — There isn't much I can say about my car, it gets me from point A to point B. I haven't had many maintenance issues with my car despite its age. We've used the car several times to move and I must say we've managed to haul a lot of stuff. The ride is a bit rough, as to be expected from an SUV, its especially bumpy and rather cramped in the rear seat.

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Danny writes:
1997 Toyota RAV4 4 Door AWD Review
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good on gas

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none

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The Best Small Suv — i like almost everything i wish it seated more ppl and the trunk was bigger this way i could have more people in the truck and i would have more room to lug things in the back with all the people in there as well

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Karl writes:
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its the best

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no reason at all

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Its The Best — its quite unique .never given any trouble,really smooth while driving well quite a good car. handling, breaking n acceleration are quite decent.interior is the best as well as the exterior which is quite a unique colour n i love it.......

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Ebrahim writes:
1997 Toyota RAV4 2 Door Review
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mileage

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interior

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Buy It If You Don't Care About What People Would Say About It — Good performance and relaible accelerates moderatly but good pickup..not that build quility but you will only take it to a garage once in two to three years..intrior is rabish but if paint it it looks like a new car..it is fun in little rocky area also in desert...

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Clif writes:
1997 Toyota RAV4 4 Door AWD Review
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Was a nice SUV

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Sold it

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1997 Toyota Rav4 — Great Cute Suv from Toyota. 1st Generation was the smallest and still very popular. A very solid vehicle.

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DANIELly writes:
1997 Toyota RAV4 2 Door AWD Review
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The navigation to peak to peak

Cons

always check on the CV boots time to time

DANIELly
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The Rav4 Is Less Expensive But It's Very Reliable Compare To Other Suv's — My RAV4 is awesome, compared to a 4 door. The unique space for 2 persons than have to much room. The exciment with just going to a peak in San Francisco and Utah are the best equiped machine, that anyone would love. I love my RAV4. It's awesome.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Tom3536 writes:
1997 Toyota RAV4 4 Door AWD Review
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fun, able to take harsh weather conditions

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slow acceleration, loud

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Rav4 — engine is way to small for a car of that size, slow acceleration, can handle any type of weather, decent on gas, a little noisy to drive on the thruway, a bit over 3k rpm going 65 mph in overdrive, so not really good for long trips, stock sound system sucks, but w/e

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1996 Toyota RAV4 Reviews

Awesome Big Little 4wd By susanbusch

I love the look of this car. Looks small from the outside but once you are in its there is plenty of space. Its handy with the cup holders near by, Its comfortable to drive. My son loves the car as it... Read More

Great Little Suv By emilyanreed

This is an awesome vehicle that works really well for me to work out of as I do maintenance and repair work. I love that the back door opens out that way I have extra head room when working out of th... Read More

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1998 Toyota RAV4 Reviews

Preowned Toyota Rav 4 By DBlack

Great car, 30 MPG, excellent handling especially in winter, little slow on acceleration with 4 cylinder but will keep up with traffic on highway, comfy front seating, could use more space in back / ca... Read More

Yes I Do Like My Snowflake By Lisa

I call it my snowflake. It does well but it isn't big enough for me. The fuel economy and reliability is up there which i like. I think this car is fun to drive though and i would reccomend it. Especi... Read More

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1999 Toyota RAV4 Reviews

I Call It My White Rat. By csmack

It's the other thing that will survive a nuclear explosion. Unbelievable reliability. Great gas mileage for a 15 year old 4WD SUV. It's not great to look at. I will always continue to have that kind o... Read More

Good Car If You Enjoy A Little Camping And Off-roading By eodgator

Overall I enjoy the RAV4 and while she's not the prettiest girl at the prom with a little dressing up she just might turn a head or two. I've installed several mods that make her handle better, off-r... Read More

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2000 Toyota RAV4 Reviews

Reliable Rav4 By Steve

I sold this vehicle for a friend who passed. Drove it for about 2 months. Very reliable, good on gas, comfortable, and fun driving a Manual again. NO backseat room unless front seats are adjusted for ... Read More

Clear By WCARLSTROMYAHOOCOM

Too short in back to sleep in for 6'-3" person. Best vehicle ever owned in 50 years of driving.... including Audi, VW, Ford, Chevy, 4Runners Exceptional handling on hiway and off....will go up steep... Read More

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2001 Toyota RAV4 Reviews

The Rav4 Always Impressed Me. By jkcampos

If you've ever thought about owning one get down to a dealer and test drive one. You will be impressed with the amount of space they pack into that small SUV. You'll also find that it handles well. ... Read More

Beginner Car That You Can Not Let Go. By Tim

Sporty four cylinder that has power. Has RPM gauge. No ABS. Handling has a little resistance but turns well. Can attempt drifts or has controlled accelerated turning. Four gears automatic and high... Read More

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