1997 Toyota RAV4 Top Comparisons

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Displaying 11 - 15 of 1997 Toyota RAV4 15 reviews.

1997 Toyota RAV4 4 Door AWDReview
Clif writes:
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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.

Pros: Was a nice SUV

Cons: Sold it

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1997 Toyota RAV4 2 DoorReview
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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.

Pros: It's extremely gas-efficiant, and the seats are cushy.  Back seats fold down for more trunk space.

Cons: 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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1997 Toyota RAV4 4 Door AWDReview
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Great, Reliable Car!! — I was happy with this car since day one! I had researched Rav4's before purchasing a 97 in 1999. She was always reliable, safe, and without any major issues until she was older, which is why I ended up selling her. Best of all, she was SO fun to drive. I would purchase another RAV4 again, in a heartbeat! And I did in Jan 2012 (this review has been edited since original post)! I researched again, and bought a 2005, which I also love. Rav4's are just great overall!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: I LOVED this car!!  She was so fun to drive, had lots of space, and was easy to maintain.  I  never had any major problems, short of what came with age and high miles (I sold her at 180k).  I have a 2005 Rav4 now, which I also love.  But I gotta tell ya, I miss the 97 body style and I miss the 4WD.  I love Rav4's overall, and will probably always own one.  

Cons: Pick up on inclines is not so great, but it has never bothered me much.  

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1997 Toyota RAV4 4 Door Review
Bow says:
Safety is an issue I didnt feel when driving the RAVA.
vs2009 Nissan Xterra
1997 Toyota RAV4 4 Door winning categories:
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Handling Ranked 2009 Nissan Xterra better.
"Size and personal preference."
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1997 Toyota RAV4 4 Door AWD Review
Ryleigh says:
vs1997 Honda CR-V LX AWD
1997 Toyota RAV4 4 Door AWD winning categories:
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Back Seats Ranked 1997 Honda CR-V LX AWD worse.
"compact space"
Value Ranked 1997 Honda CR-V LX AWD worse.
"gas efficient "

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2021 Toyota RAV4 Reviews

Review By Bferrari

My RAV4 Limited is everything I expected and more. It’s my first SUV and I couldn’t be happier with its performance and all its bells and whistles. The only downside is the gas mileage being worse whi... Read More

Review By Carol

After taking a look at the features, we decided with our finances to try for a more reasonable priced slightly older model with much the same features. Read More

2020 Toyota RAV4 Reviews

Review By Guru9C9V62

This is a very nice vehicle with more interior room than I expected. We will be buying this vehicle, just at a different dealership. Definitely prefer this to the Nissan rogue we are currently driv... Read More

Review By Ellen

I love my 2020 Rav 4. The feature i love the most is the navigation. I wish i had the lift gate for the trunk, a sun roofwould have been nice and remote start would have been a bonus. Overall i am v... Read More

2019 Toyota RAV4 Reviews

Review By Guru9CLVXL

Everything is fine except if the headlights and tail lights can be redesigned and make them more visible. Read More

Review By James

Im sure its a good value but, I cant stand that color! Just makes my skin crawl. Yech! Read More

2018 Toyota RAV4 Reviews

Review By Jennifer

I’m in LOVE with my car! The features, how it drives and the Adventure Trim! Read More

Review By Guru9CBDRP

Great gas mileage lotta creature comforts Little road noises from what I’m used to Read More

2017 Toyota RAV4 Reviews

Review By Guru9X252J

Great car , great mileage and in a very good condition. Worth money spent. Read More

Review By Guru9BM361

We absolutely love the Rav4 by Toyota. The vehicle drove very solidly, and tracked the highway very well. Everything mechanical and electrical worked as they were suppose to, and the AC was ice cold... Read More

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