2004 Toyota RAV4 User Reviews

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    2004 Toyota RAV4 Review
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    5
    Test drove with Daughter to see about getting her one. Then decided I would just give her the Lexus RX330 as it is safe and efficient and much nicer.
    Power Ranked 2004 Lexus RX 330 better.
    "Fast, and fuel efficent"
    Cargo Capacity Ranked 2004 Lexus RX 330 better.
    "So much room I can take 4 adults and all their luggage and still have room"
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    My Rav4 wasnt as sleek looking as my Murano but it was definitely better on gas.
    Power Ranked 2004 Nissan Murano better.
    "My Murano was a V6 and my Rav4 was a I4. I had more power in my Murano than my Rav4. I could pull my boat with my Murano but not my Rav4. Plus my Murano was excellent in snow."
    Cargo Capacity Ranked 2004 Nissan Murano better.
    "I could fit more suit cases in my Murano than my Rav. It also made camping easier."
    2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 4WD Review
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    55

    Cool Looking Suv — It is a real cool nice SUV ! bigger space and better mileage. should have bought the one with leather seats since we have small kids in the family. It will be a lot easier to make it clean all the time.

    Primary Use: Family transportation

    Pros: big space, better mileage.

    Cons: should have bought leather seats.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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    Reliable, Economical. — I really enjoyed driving this car, the sterling wheel is very smooth and soft, never ever had any problem with this vehicle, i did oil change every 300 to 400 miles, for $40, i liked to use the best recommend oil for my car. I did tune up every year. i

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: very economical, easy and fun to drive.

    Cons: small for family with kids,

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    Great Small Suv! — I love the reliability and practicality of the Toyota Rav4. It has never let me down and has been easy to maintain and care. It is the perfect size to fit camping, climbing, and all other gear or kids and friends in the back.

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: Reliability

    Cons: Nothing - would like more power and control.  It's not exciting to drive!

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    I Would Never Buy This Car Again Or Recommend This Car To Anyone. — i bought this car in 04 with 5 miles on it, straight off the lot. now it has over 200k, its a peice, the tranny went out twice, it supposed to get 25 mpg lets just say im lucky to get 20. i have to keep a vice grip on my gas line to keep it running semi- right. i love my car but all together its a piece and everyone knows it.. if it blew up tomorrow i would be the happiest girl in the world. :)

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

    Pros: i love how this car handles off road, it just creeps right on through. it has surprised a lot of ppl.

    Cons: its a piece..

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    Loved It More Than I Should Have — not very practical as a 2 door, very cofy though for short peopel like me tall people may not like the space in the back, with the 2 Dr version you have hardy any space for lugguage and but overall the ride is sweet!

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: back on the days it was best in class

    Cons: at some points its over rated

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    Highly Recommend It! — This is a rock solid Japanese car. It is very low maintenance, and it gets great gas milage for an SUV. It does not accelerate as quickly as you would expect, but that is not a huge issue! The car is small, so it is easy to park in tight spots!.

    Pros: Everything

    Cons: Nothing

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    Pretty Decent — its a decent little SUV for the money, good engine economic, quick, good handling, breaking could be a little better

    Pros: quick, cheap, economic

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    Returing To The Perfect City-car — I owned a RAV4 back in 01-03 and it proved to be a great car in Boston: fits easily in tiny parking spaces, has 4wd, can carry plenty of crap and fit my bike fully assembled with one seat removed. Plus, it's fun to drive with the manual transmission (shame! Toyota for messing this up) and returns decent MPG. On the outside, the RAV4 has a sporty look, and my L version has painted over-fenders, a spoiler, tinted windows and a hard spare tire shell. Over the look is clean and uniform. The L also has fog lights standard, a nice feature. Under the hood is a 4-cylinder, efficient engine. I return between 19 and 26 MPG, the lower number in all city driving. 4WD is permanently engaged, surely keeping MPGs lower than if it was defeatable. The manual transmission has 5 gears, and clutch engagement is decent. The shifter is not rubbery, either, however the 1-2 shift is somewhat finicky and can cause discomfort to passengers. My Accord did not suffer this fate. In 2004, Toyota made their Star Safety system standard, which includes Anti-Lock Brakes, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, Traction Control, Vehicle Skid Control and Brake Assist. All of these features were not on my 2001 RAV4. My particular vehicle also has side impact airbags. Overall I feel very safe in this car. On the inside, all of the controls are well laid-out and are of high-quality materials. The dashboard has high-quality appearance hard plastic. The seats fold down, recline, slide forward and backwards, and remove completely. As I mentioned I can completely fit my bike inside with just one seat removed...even placed on top of the other rear seat as they are split 50/50. The front seats are comfortable, and the driving position is great for my 6'3" frame. The steering wheel is smaller diameter than many I've seen, and is leather wrapped creating a sporty feel. Driving dynamics are pretty good, but definitely not BMW-quality. The ride can be somewhat harsh, especially with engine buzzing at high speeds. A sixth gear would be a godsend. The steering is not overly tight, but not Toyota-loose. Overall, it's a great compromise of ability and performance, in addition to utility and 4wd. Aside from my dream car, an IS (no AWD with manual - SHAME!), the RAV4 does well. It's really a shame that Toyota bloated up the 06+ RAV4's and removed the manual transmission option. They removed me from the RAV market by doing so.

    Pros: Space, utility, performance, size, 4wd.

    Cons: Could use a 6th gear, rather low MPGs, permanent 4wd.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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