2008 Toyota Rav4 Specifications, Price, Dimension, Transmission, Review

Toyota RAV4 2008 offers seating for seven, cargo capacity comparable to some mid-size SUVs, and V6 performance near the top of its class. The 2008 Toyota RAV4 can tow 3500 pounds when properly equipped, and buyers have the choice of front-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. the RAV4 comes standard with a long list of safety equipment.

The available 269-horsepower V6 tops most of the 2008 Toyota RAV4’s competitors. It’s more than the RAV4 needs, but it allows the Toyota RAV4 to really accelerate while carrying as many as seven people and all their associated stuff. Yet the RAV4’s fuel efficiency remains comparable with some less powerful four- and six-cylinder SUVs. The base Toyota RAV4 seats five and offers a more frugal four-cylinder power.

Style-wise, the Toyota RAV4 looks like other contemporary Toyotas, featuring an aerodynamically efficient ovoid profile strategically relieved by sharp character lines.

Only small details have changed for 2008. Most significantly, an engine immobilizer is now standard on the Limited grade and optional on other models.

The 2008 Toyota RAV4 is a four-door, lightweight sports utility vehicle (SUV) offered in three trim levels: base ($21,250), Sport ($22,825) and Limited ($23,505). You get front-wheel drive for these prices; a 2.4-liter, 166-horsepower inline-4; and a four-speed automatic transmission. Both V6 RAV4s equipped with DAC (Downhill Assist Control) and Hill-start Assist Control (HAC).

With a 3.5-liter, 269-hp V6 and five-speed automatic transmission, all three trim levels are available, and MSRPs are as follows when equipped: base ($23,285), sport ($24,740), and limited ($25,420). For full-time all-wheel drive ($1,400), each of these is available.

Standard features on all RAV4s comprise air conditioning, cruise control, six-speaker AM/FM/CD stereo, MP3/WMA functionality, and auxiliary input jack; automatic windows; power folding mirrors; keyless remote locking; 60/40 split second-row manual recline and for-and-aft adjustable seats; tilt-and-telescope steering wheel; three 12-volt power outlets; rear privacy glass; and auto-off headlights. On steel wheels with hubcaps, the base four-cylinder RAV4 has P215/70R16 tires. On sleek steel wheels, the V6 is fitted with P225/65R17 tires. Both models come with a spare full-size tire.

A handling-tuned suspension and P235/55R18 tires on alloy wheels, plus fog lamps, a cross-bar roof rack, heated exterior mirrors, color-keyed trim outside and special charcoal fabric inside are fitted to the RAV4 Sport. Options are evolving to include a nine-speaker JBL premium stereo, a six-CD changer, XM satellite radio, Bluetooth, steering wheel controls and a power tilt-and-slide glass sunroof, but the Sport does not offer a third-row seat.

Dual-zone automatic climate regulation, luxury fabric upholstery, power-adjustable driver seat, six-CD changer, leather-wrapped audio control steering wheel, leather-wrapped shift knob, cargo area net, full-hard spare tire cover, new engine immobilizer, and other features are updated to the Limited edition. Outside, on six-spoke alloy wheels, Limited is characterized by a chrome grille and P225/65R17 tires; and a full, hard-shell spare tire cover. The third-row seat, leather upholstery, heated front seats and the same JBL stereo and sunroof available at Sport are alternatives. Just the Limited V6 is available with a rear-seat entertainment system.

On all RAV4s, safety measures include dual-stage front airbags, rear-impact airbags and side curtain airbags, Secure infant safety seat anchors, brake assist and electronic brake force distribution (EBD) antilock braking (ABS), electronic stability control (VSC), traction control (TRAC), and a tire pressure monitor.

INTERIOR DETAILS

ClockDigital Clock
Door Ajar WarningYes
Door TrimCloth door trim
Floor CoveringCarpet floor covering
Floor MatsFront and rear floor mats
Folding Rear Seats60/40-split folding rear bench seat
Front Center ArmrestFront center armrest with storage
Front SeatsDriver’s headrest manual up/down and tilt adjust &
Height-adjustable driver’s seat
Low Fuel WarningYes
Low Washer Fluid WarningYes
Luxury Dashboard TrimSilver accented interior trim
Number of Cup HoldersFront and rear cup holders
Oil Pressure GaugeYes
Outside Temperature GaugeOutside temperature display
Seat TrimCloth seats
Special FeatureRear under seat storage
TachometerYes
Water Temperature GaugeYes

EXTERIOR DETAILS

Bumper ColorBody-color bumpers
Door HandlesBlack door handles
Exterior Mirror ColorBody-color exterior mirrors
Headlight TypeHalogen headlamps
HeadlightsAuto headlamps cancel system
Heated Exterior MirrorsAvailable
MudguardBody-color front and rear mud guards
Power Exterior MirrorsYes
Rear SpoilerBody-color rear spoiler
Rear Window DefrosterYes
Tinted GlassYes

MECHANICAL

DrivetrainAll-wheel drive
Engine2.4L L4 DOHC 16-valve
Stability ControlYes
Traction ControlYes
Transmission4-speed automatic transmission

SUSPENSION AND STEERING

Front SuspensionFront independent suspension
Front TiresP225/65R17
Power SteeringElectric power assisted rack-and-pinion steering
Rear SuspensionRear independent suspension
Spare TireFull-size spare tire
Wheel Type17” Steel wheels

SAFETY

Anti-Lock BrakesAnti-lock brakes
Brake AssistAvailable
Brake Type4-wheel disc
Child Seat AnchorAvailable
Child-proof LocksChild security rear door locks
Driver AirbagDriver side front airbag
Electronic brake force distributionAvailable
Front Seat BeltsHeight adjustable, pre-tensioner
Ignition DisableAnti-theft engine immobilizer
Passenger AirbagPassenger-side front airbag
Rear Seat BeltsCenter 3-point
Roof Side CurtainSide-curtain airbags
Side AirbagFront side airbags

The 2008 Toyota Rav4 is a complete update of the previous 2007 Toyota Rav4. And it provides much security and riding comfort as well.