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2008 Toyota RAV4 Sport Utility Crossover

4WD 4dr V6 5-Spd AT Ltd (Natl)

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Benefits of Driving a 2008 Toyota RAV4 Sport Utility Crossover

The 2008 Toyota RAV4 has a very roomy interior for a compact SUV and is one of the few models in its class to offer a versatile third row of seating.

What's new for 2008?

Toyota's compact RAV4 sport-utility vehicle was completely redesigned in 2006. For 2008, minimal changes were made from the 2007 version. ISO-FIX child restraint system for rear outboard seating is now standard on all trims. An optional anti-theft system with an immobilizer is available on the base and Sport trims. In addition, XM satellite radio is now available as a post production option on all trims.

Model Strengths

  • Roomy interior, available third-row seating, acceleration with V6, standard safety features.

Model Review

The RAV4 offers two different engines, an in-line four-cylinder or V6, and both are available with either front-wheel drive or on-demand four-wheel drive.

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Source: MSN Autos

Back in 1996 the RAV4 ignited the fire that is now the compact crossover SUV segment. For 2008 the RAV4, solidly in its third generation, marches forward with a high level of refinement and versatility at its side. The scope of the RAV4’s amenities, fit and finish, and inventive design touches make it a beacon to singles and families alike.

Trim Choices
During the RAV4’s 2006 redesign it was profoundly transformed with a seven-inch jump in wheelbase and an additional two feet of overall length. The current "super-sized" RAV4 is a traditional SUV silhouette with five doors and an external, rear-door-mounted spare tire.

Available in three distinct trims (Base, Sport and Limited), all RAV4s can be configured with any combination of two- or four-wheel drive and four- or six-cylinder engines.

The Base trim includes 17-inch wheels, air conditioning and a CD stereo, but is shut out of many upscale options such as a sunroof, upgraded JBL sound system and color-keyed exterior. The Sport has more option boxes to check and includes an exclusive sport suspension and aggressive 18-inch wheels with performance tires. The Limited provides more standard-issue goods and more luxury options, such as leather seats, a wireless-headphone DVD system and seat heaters.

Under the Hood
There is no base engine in the traditional sense. You can order a 2.4-liter inline four cylinder or a big-block 3.5-liter V6 in any of the three trims.

The four is a 16-valve DOHC design with Toyota’s VVT-i variable cam timing system that is rated at 166 horsepower at 6000 rpm and 165 lb-ft of torque at 4000 rpm. The 2.4-liter puts up 21/27 city/highway fuel economy numbers in 2WD trim and 20/25 in 4WD guise. Four-cylinder versions feature four-speed automatic gearboxes.

The big motor provides 269 horsepower at 6200 rpm and 246 lb-ft of torque at 4700 rpm. The V6 uses a four-valve-per-cylinder design and Toyota’s Dual VVT-i that phases both intake and exhaust cams for optimum performance and economy. When it comes to fuel mileage the V6 compromises little, posting 19/27 in 2WD trim and 19/26 in 4WD. RAV4s with V6 engines feature five-speed automatic transmissions.

Two-wheel-drive versions are front-wheel drive, while 4WD RAV4s feature Toyota’s On Demand 4WD system, which defaults to front drive unless it senses slippage and then sends traction where needed. There is a manual lock button that sets the front/rear power-split at 50/50 for decidedly slippery conditions.

Inner Space
Versatility and practicality reign inside the RAV4. The dash layout is straightforward with an easy-to-read tri-nocular cluster flanked by a functional center dash and console. A dual glove box highlights the convenience designed into the interior, which includes 10 cupholders, fully illuminated entry and reclining second-row seats. The rear seats can be moved forward to open up cargo space or folded flat for maximum capacity.

The RAV4 can also be equipped with third-row seating for seven-passenger occupancy. The third row folds into the floor when not in use, and even Toyota describes it as meant for children, so it must be small. Nevertheless, a family of four will certainly appreciate this option when grandparents visit.

On the Road
We flogged a Limited 4WD fitted with the 3.5-liter V6. Optional equipment on our rig consisted of the rear-seat DVD system ($1,705), the JBL audio system ($640—and a pre-requisite for the DVD setup), leather seats ($1,050), seat heaters ($440), a tow hitch ($750) and a number of other items that brought the bottom line to $33,398 including destination charges.

The first impression was the surge of power from the V6 when we jumped on the gas. From a standstill or at speed, the RAV4’s 269-horsepower V6 is ready to run. Coupled with crisp steering and a communicative suspension, and the RAV4 V6 is more thrill ride than family truckster.

On a charge from Long Beach, California, to Lake Arrowhead, the RAV4 took the high ground with enthusiasm, carving its way to more than 6,000 feet in the San Bernardino Mountains. The Toyota really stuck in the turns with relatively little body roll, making us wonder how much fun the Sport model and its performance suspension would have been.

The leather seats in the RAV4 Limited are comfortable and the DVD system a godsend on longer trips, keeping kids entertained. We would have liked more legroom around the knees to open up the feeling of the cabin a bit. A captain’s chair armrest would be helpful when rolling up big miles.

Right for You?
With three trims and numerous engine/drivetrain options, Toyota’s lottery-like pricing hierarchy produces no less than 12 price points, ranging from $21,250 to $26,820 — which ensures there’s a RAV4 to fit many lifestyles and budgets.

Evan Griffey served as an editor of  Turbo & High Tech Performance, a pioneering publication about sport-compact tuning. Today Griffey freelances for Import Tuner, Sport Compact Car, Car Audio and Siphon.

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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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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Traction/Stability Control Std
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Air Bag Std
Side Head Air Bag Std
Rear Head side Air Bag Std
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

Daytime Running Lights Opt
Fog Lamps Std
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std

Accident Prevention

Handsfree Wireless Opt

Security

Alarm Opt
Anti-theft System Std
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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.

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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 ReportTM****

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 ReportsTM 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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