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2002 Toyota RAV4 Sport Utility Crossover

4dr Manual 4WD (Natl)

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Source: The Car Connection

The bottom line and how to keep an eye on it.

by Eric Peters

The Toyota RAV4 mini-SUV is missing just two things — an extra couple of cylinders to enable it to compete on equal terms with the increasingly muscular lot of smaller, "mini" SUVs that have cropped up (or been beefed up) since the RAV4 hit the market in 1996.

These include models such as Ford's Escape, the excellent Hyundai Sante Fe, Suzuki's Grand Vitara, and the Chevy Tracker (the Vitara's cousin). All of these compact SUVs are priced comparably to the RAV4 and offer available V-6 engines while the RAV4 remains limited by its take-or-leave-it 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine.

True, the $18,750-$22,800 Honda CR-V and $21,095-$24,695 Subaru Forester — two of the RAV4's direct competitors — also lack available six-cylinder engines. They're also considerably more expensive (albeit much better equipped in standard form) than the $16,365-$18,815 RAV4. But if Toyota wants to lead the pack instead of being smack dab in the increasingly mediocre middle, the company will need to up the underhood ante in its little SUV.

Moving the goods

The RAV4's 2.0-liter DOHC engine, while equipped with variable valve timing, nonetheless has trouble moving a decently equipped RAV4 with the optional (and weight-adding) all-wheel-drive system and automatic transmission. Its 148 hp doesn't come easily, either: you must wind the little engine out to its 6000-rpm redline to get it. Similarly, the marginal 142 lb-ft of torque offered by this overtaxed engine is made even less adequate by the speed at which it arrives, way up there at 4000 rpm.

What all this means is you have to mash the pedal furiously to move with anything resembling alacrity in a RAV4. The V-6 competition listed above, in contrast, have more torque (which is what gets a car moving) to begin with, due to their larger displacement — and the torque that's there is more usable because it comes in at much lower engine speeds, where most real-world driving is done.

You can crutch the Toyota's inherent weakness by sticking with the non-AWD model (and save yourself some money, too), and elect to shift your own gears by choosing the standard five-speed manual gearbox over the optional four-speed automatic. That should let you get to 60 mph in about 10 seconds, still pokey but not unsafe. Automatic models weighed down with the AWD gear and lots of options will be significantly slower.

Less girly

The power deficit is the only thing that's clearly a problem with the redesigned '02 RAV4, which is now in its second generation and significantly bigger inside and out than the original model which first appeared in 1996. It's got a pretty decent 68.3 cubic feet of cargo room with the back seats removed and the styling is less girly than before. You don’t have to know all the Golden Girls by first name anymore, guys.

RAV4s come in two basic configurations: with all-wheel-drive or without it, with a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission. All models feature four doors with a rear liftgate.

Prices run from $16,365 for the base five-speed FWD model to $18,815 for the AWD version with automatic. Be aware that as they sit, the base RAV4 is pretty stripped. None come with air conditioning standard, for example, not even the models equipped with AWD. Both the Honda CR-V and the Subaru Forester, meanwhile, come equipped with standard A/C in even their base forms.

To get a decently equipped RAV4, you'll need to check some boxes on the options sheet. Air conditioning can be ordered as a stand-alone extra for $985; you can also add power windows and locks for another $760. Anti-lock brakes are available, too, for an additional $590.

If you want to get the whole enchilada, Toyota offers two packages of options, the least expensive of which adds $2295 to the tab but gets you A/C, cruise control, power windows and locks, and a decent, six-speaker CD-playing audio system. The L package — which carries a hefty $3,120 bill o' larding — adds all that plus heated outside rearview mirrors, fog lights, color-keyed spare wheel cover and carpeted floor mats.

Be careful with the options because it's not hard to get into the low $20s, and at that level the RAV4's value-for-content begins to slip. Remember that for $19,299, you could get a loaded, V-6-equipped Hyundai Santa Fe — a real SUV, mind you — with air conditioning, CD player, automatic transmission, power windows and locks, leather trim and heated outside rearview mirrors. Or, for $21,700, less than the cost of an AWD RAV4 with the L package, you could drive home a Chevy Tracker LT V-6 with true, truck-type four-wheel-drive (the RAV4 has full-time all-wheel-drive; there is no low speed transfer case and the system is not designed for heavy-duty use). Want power? The 201-hp, 3.0-liter V-6 Ford Escape XLS with AWD is stickered at $21,370 — again, less than the RAV4 AWD equipped with the L package.

These are things to think about when considering a RAV4. So long as the price is kept in the high teens, this vehicle is a solid alternative to its more expensive direct competitors, the Honda CR-V and Subaru Forester. The budget bottom line can also help you forget about the more powerful, more capable small SUVs — models like the V-6 Ford Escape, Chevy Tracker, Hyundai Santa Fe, and Suzuki Grand Vitara.

Just remember to keep it under $20k and you'll be fine.


2002 Toyota RAV4

Base price range: $16,365-$18,815
Engine: 2.0-liter four-cylinder, 148 hp
Transmission: Five-speed manual or four-speed automatic
Length: 165.1 in
Width: 68.3 in
Height: 64.9 in
Curb weight: 2711 lb (FWD); 2943 lb (AWD)
EPA (cty/hwy): 25/31 mpg (2WD/manual); 23/27 mpg (AWD/auto)
Safety equipment: Dual front airbags
Major standard features: AM/FM stereo w/cassette player, intermittent wipers, 16x6.5-inch steel wheels, rear defogger
Warranty: Three years/36,000 miles

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Fog Lamps Opt
Electrochromic Rearview Mirror Opt
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Anti-theft System Opt
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain 5 Years/60,000 Miles
Corrosion 5 Years/Unlimited Miles

Toyota Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

12-month/12,000-mile Comprehensive Warranty*
7-year/100,000-mile Limited Powertrain Warranty**
1-year of Roadside Assistance***
160-Point Quality Assurance Inspection
CARFAX® Vehicle History Report"****

Certified customers are eligible for standard new car financing rates*****

*Whichever comes first from date of Toyota Certified Used Vehicle purchase. The Comprehensive Warranty covers any repair or replacement of components which fail under normal use due to defect in materials or workmanship. (Program not available in Puerto Rico and Hawaii.)

**Whichever comes first from original date of first use when sold as new. See your Toyota Certified Used Vehicles dealer for warranty details. Program not available in Puerto Rico and Hawaii. For AL, FL, GA, NC & SC, warranty coverage differs in the following ways: 7-year or 100,000-mile Toyota Certified Limited Powertrain Warranty coverage begins on January 1st of the vehicle's model year and zero (0) odometer miles and expires at the earlier of seven years or 100,000 odometer miles.

***From date of Toyota Certified Used Vehicle purchase. Covers most services, including flat tires, lockout service, jump starts, fuel delivery up to 3 gallons and towing for mechanical breakdown or collision recovery to the nearest Toyota dealership. Services provided exclude any parts required. Coverage not available in Mexico. See Certified Warranty Supplement for warranty details.

****Beginning December 1, 2005 CARFAX® Vehicle History Reports" are a required part of every Toyota Certified Used Vehicle. See your local dealer for details.

*****Rates mentioned are for standard new car rates, and do not include new car specials or subvented rates. Not all buyers will qualify. Financing available through Toyota Financial Services for qualified buyers only.
Age/Mileage Eligibility 7 years / 85,000
Lease Term Certified Yes
Point Inspection All TCUV vehicles must pass a comprehensive checklist that includes a 160-point inspection. This way you can rest assured that your pre-owned Toyota is in perfect condition. To see full inspection list visit http://www.toyotacertified.com/inspection.html
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance 1-year of Roadside Assistance from date of TCUV purchase.
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $50

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