2008 Toyota RAV4 Pricing, Specs & Reviews

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$21,500-$27,070
$19,888-$24,632
19 /CITY / 26 /HWY
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Overall Performance and Design
Predicted Reliability

What Changed for 2008:

  • New finish on 18-inch Sport alloy wheel

  • Black Forest Pearl paint replaces Nautical Blue

  • Engine immobilizer standard on Limited, optional on Base and Sport
Overview
Completely redesigned for 2006, the Toyota RAV4 is significantly bigger and more powerful than its predecessor. Safety features-front-seat-mounted air bags and 2-row side curtain air bags-were made standard in 2007. Changes are minor for 2008.

The Toyota RAV4 was one of the models that kicked off the mini-SUV or \"cute ute\" segment when it launched in 1994. The RAV4 shed a bit of its \"mini\" image when it was redesigned in 2006, the new version offering both a third-row bench seat that expanded seating to 7 and an optional V-6 engine-both firsts for the RAV4. Despite its larger size, the RAV4 is still the entry-level offering in Toyota's SUV/CUV lineup, sized and priced just below the Highlander. Warranty coverage on the 2008 Toyota RAV4 is 3 years/36,000 miles bumper-to-bumper, supplemented by 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain coverage.

Model Lineup
The 2008 Toyota RAV4 is sold in base, Sport and Limited trim levels. The base model gets air conditioning, a 6-speaker AM/FM/CD stereo, remote keyless entry, 10 cup or bottle holders, illuminated gauges, and a tilt and telescoping steering wheel. The 4-cylinder base model gets 16-inch tires; the V-6 engine version gets 17-inchers. The RAV4 Sport adds 18-inch wheels and tires, color-keyed exterior trim pieces, fog lights, rear privacy glass, and a sportier suspension. On the top-line Limited RAV4, standard fare includes folding, heated side mirrors, dual-zone air conditioning, 6-disc CD changer, leather-wrapped steering wheel, 8-way power driver's seat, and chrome grille.

A third-row seat is optional on base and Limited models. It has a 50/50 split, and can be stowed flat. RAV4s with two rows of seats have under-floor storage in the rear of the vehicle. The second-row seat has a 60/40 split, and slides forward and backward as needed for passengers or cargo.

Powertrain
The 2008 Toyota RAV4 offers buyers a 166-hp, 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine as standard, or a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that makes 269 hp. Both engines are available exclusively with an automatic transmission: a 4-speed for the 4-cylinder engine and a 5-speed for the V-6. Front- or 4-wheel drive (FWD or 4WD) are available. The 4WD system automatically shifts power to the rear wheels as needed to maintain traction. The RAV4 doesn't have a low-range transfer case, but it can be locked into 4WD mode at speeds under 25 mph. Other off-road features include Hill-start Assist Control (HAC), which prevents the RAV4 from rolling backward on a steep incline, and Downhill Assist Control (DAC), which maintains a steady speed on steep downgrades. HAC and DAC are standard on V-6 engine models and 4-cylinder engine models equipped with the optional third-row seat.

Safety
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the RAV4 earns a 5-star rating in driver and passenger front crashes and front-seat side crashes. Rear-seat side crash tests earn a 4-star rating. Along with dual front air bags, side and side curtain air bags, electronic stability control, traction control and anti-lock brakes are included on all RAV4 models. An engine immobilizer deters thieves; it's standard on Limited models and optional on others.

Technology
Noteworthy technology in the 2008 Toyota RAV4 includes electrically-assisted power steering that improves fuel economy by eliminating the engine-driven pump, according to Toyota. It offers computer-monitored assistance only when needed. It works with the vehicle's stability control system to improve handling on wet or muddy road surfaces. Also, the sensor for the front-passenger air bag knows if the seat is occupied, and if the person weighs enough for the bag to inflate in a crash, Toyota says.

What Changed for 2008:

  • New finish on 18-inch Sport alloy wheel

  • Black Forest Pearl paint replaces Nautical Blue

  • Engine immobilizer standard on Limited, optional on Base and Sport
Overview
Completely redesigned for 2006, the Toyota RAV4 is significantly bigger and more powerful than its predecessor. Safety features-front-seat-mounted air bags and 2-row side curtain air bags-were made standard in 2007. Changes are minor for 2008.

The Toyota RAV4 was one of the models that kicked off the mini-SUV or \"cute ute\" segment when it launched in 1994. The RAV4 shed a bit of its \"mini\" image when it was redesigned in 2006, the new version offering both a third-row bench seat that expanded seating to 7 and an optional V-6 engine-both firsts for the RAV4. Despite its larger size, the RAV4 is still the entry-level offering in Toyota's SUV/CUV lineup, sized and priced just below the Highlander. Warranty coverage on the 2008 Toyota RAV4 is 3 years/36,000 miles bumper-to-bumper, supplemented by 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain coverage.

Model Lineup
The 2008 Toyota RAV4 is sold in base, Sport and Limited trim levels. The base model gets air conditioning, a 6-speaker AM/FM/CD stereo, remote keyless entry, 10 cup or bottle holders, illuminated gauges, and a tilt and telescoping steering wheel. The 4-cylinder base model gets 16-inch tires; the V-6 engine version gets 17-inchers. The RAV4 Sport adds 18-inch wheels and tires, color-keyed exterior trim pieces, fog lights, rear privacy glass, and a sportier suspension. On the top-line Limited RAV4, standard fare includes folding, heated side mirrors, dual-zone air conditioning, 6-disc CD changer, leather-wrapped steering wheel, 8-way power driver's seat, and chrome grille.

A third-row seat is optional on base and Limited models. It has a 50/50 split, and can be stowed flat. RAV4s with two rows of seats have under-floor storage in the rear of the vehicle. The second-row seat has a 60/40 split, and slides forward and backward as needed for passengers or cargo.

Powertrain
The 2008 Toyota RAV4 offers buyers a 166-hp, 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine as standard, or a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that makes 269 hp. Both engines are available exclusively with an automatic transmission: a 4-speed for the 4-cylinder engine and a 5-speed for the V-6. Front- or 4-wheel drive (FWD or 4WD) are available. The 4WD system automatically shifts power to the rear wheels as needed to maintain traction. The RAV4 doesn't have a low-range transfer case, but it can be locked into 4WD mode at speeds under 25 mph. Other off-road features include Hill-start Assist Control (HAC), which prevents the RAV4 from rolling backward on a steep incline, and Downhill Assist Control (DAC), which maintains a steady speed on steep downgrades. HAC and DAC are standard on V-6 engine models and 4-cylinder engine models equipped with the optional third-row seat.

Safety
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the RAV4 earns a 5-star rating in driver and passenger front crashes and front-seat side crashes. Rear-seat side crash tests earn a 4-star rating. Along with dual front air bags, side and side curtain air bags, electronic stability control, traction control and anti-lock brakes are included on all RAV4 models. An engine immobilizer deters thieves; it's standard on Limited models and optional on others.

Technology
Noteworthy technology in the 2008 Toyota RAV4 includes electrically-assisted power steering that improves fuel economy by eliminating the engine-driven pump, according to Toyota. It offers computer-monitored assistance only when needed. It works with the vehicle's stability control system to improve handling on wet or muddy road surfaces. Also, the sensor for the front-passenger air bag knows if the seat is occupied, and if the person weighs enough for the bag to inflate in a crash, Toyota says.
Available Trims for the 2008 Toyota RAV4
Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
Name FWD 4dr 4-cyl 4-Spd AT (Natl) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 21500.00 Engine 2.4L/144 City/Hwy MPG 21/27
Name FWD 4dr 4-cyl 4-Spd AT (GS) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 21500.00 Engine 2.4L/144 City/Hwy MPG 21/27
Name FWD 4dr 4-cyl 4-Spd AT (SE) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 21500.00 Engine 2.4L/144 City/Hwy MPG 21/27
Name Sport (FWD 4dr 4-cyl 4-Spd AT (Natl)) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 23075.00 Engine 2.4L/144 City/Hwy MPG 21/27
Name Sport (FWD 4dr 4-cyl 4-Spd AT (GS)) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 23075.00 Engine 2.4L/144 City/Hwy MPG 21/27
Name Sport (FWD 4dr 4-cyl 4-Spd AT (SE)) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 23075.00 Engine 2.4L/144 City/Hwy MPG 21/27
Name Ltd (FWD 4dr 4-cyl 4-Spd AT (Natl)) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 23755.00 Engine 2.4L/144 City/Hwy MPG 21/27
Name Ltd (FWD 4dr 4-cyl 4-Spd AT (GS)) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 23755.00 Engine 2.4L/144 City/Hwy MPG 21/27
Name Ltd (FWD 4dr 4-cyl 4-Spd AT (SE)) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 23755.00 Engine 2.4L/144 City/Hwy MPG 21/27
Name FWD 4dr V6 5-Spd AT (Natl) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 23535.00 Engine 3.5L/216 City/Hwy MPG 19/27
Name FWD 4dr V6 5-Spd AT (GS) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 23535.00 Engine 3.5L/216 City/Hwy MPG 19/27
Name FWD 4dr V6 5-Spd AT (SE) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 23535.00 Engine 3.5L/216 City/Hwy MPG 19/27
Name Sport (FWD 4dr V6 5-Spd AT (Natl)) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 24990.00 Engine 3.5L/216 City/Hwy MPG 19/27
Name Sport (FWD 4dr V6 5-Spd AT (GS)) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 24990.00 Engine 3.5L/216 City/Hwy MPG 19/27
Name Sport (FWD 4dr V6 5-Spd AT (SE)) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 24990.00 Engine 3.5L/216 City/Hwy MPG 19/27
Name Ltd (FWD 4dr V6 5-Spd AT (Natl)) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 25670.00 Engine 3.5L/216 City/Hwy MPG 19/27
Name Ltd (FWD 4dr V6 5-Spd AT (GS)) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 25670.00 Engine 3.5L/216 City/Hwy MPG 19/27
Name Ltd (FWD 4dr V6 5-Spd AT (SE)) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 25670.00 Engine 3.5L/216 City/Hwy MPG 19/27
Name 4WD 4dr 4-cyl 4-Spd AT (Natl) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 22900.00 Engine 2.4L/144 City/Hwy MPG 20/25
Name 4WD 4dr 4-cyl 4-Spd AT (GS) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 22900.00 Engine 2.4L/144 City/Hwy MPG 20/25
Name 4WD 4dr 4-cyl 4-Spd AT (SE) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 22900.00 Engine 2.4L/144 City/Hwy MPG 20/25
Name Sport (4WD 4dr 4-cyl 4-Spd AT (Natl)) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 24475.00 Engine 2.4L/144 City/Hwy MPG 20/25
Name Sport (4WD 4dr 4-cyl 4-Spd AT (GS)) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 24475.00 Engine 2.4L/144 City/Hwy MPG 20/25
Name Sport (4WD 4dr 4-cyl 4-Spd AT (SE)) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 24475.00 Engine 2.4L/144 City/Hwy MPG 20/25
Name Ltd (4WD 4dr 4-cyl 4-Spd AT (Natl)) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 25155.00 Engine 2.4L/144 City/Hwy MPG 20/25
Name Ltd (4WD 4dr 4-cyl 4-Spd AT (GS)) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 25155.00 Engine 2.4L/144 City/Hwy MPG 20/25
Name Ltd (4WD 4dr 4-cyl 4-Spd AT (SE)) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 25155.00 Engine 2.4L/144 City/Hwy MPG 20/25
Name 4WD 4dr V6 5-Spd AT (Natl) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 24935.00 Engine 3.5L/216 City/Hwy MPG 19/26
Name 4WD 4dr V6 5-Spd AT (GS) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 24935.00 Engine 3.5L/216 City/Hwy MPG 19/26
Name 4WD 4dr V6 5-Spd AT (SE) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 24935.00 Engine 3.5L/216 City/Hwy MPG 19/26
Name Sport (4WD 4dr V6 5-Spd AT (Natl)) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 26390.00 Engine 3.5L/216 City/Hwy MPG 19/26
Name Sport (4WD 4dr V6 5-Spd AT (GS)) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 26390.00 Engine 3.5L/216 City/Hwy MPG 19/26
Name Sport (4WD 4dr V6 5-Spd AT (SE)) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 26390.00 Engine 3.5L/216 City/Hwy MPG 19/26
Name Ltd (4WD 4dr V6 5-Spd AT (Natl)) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 27070.00 Engine 3.5L/216 City/Hwy MPG 19/26
Name Ltd (4WD 4dr V6 5-Spd AT (GS)) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 27070.00 Engine 3.5L/216 City/Hwy MPG 19/26
Name Ltd (4WD 4dr V6 5-Spd AT (SE)) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 27070.00 Engine 3.5L/216 City/Hwy MPG 19/26
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INTERIOR
  • Fabric-trimmed 6-way driver & 4-way passenger bucket seats-inc: driver height adjustment, seatback pockets
  • 60/40 split fabric-trimmed rear bench w/slide/recline function, 1-touch fold-flat lever, height-adjustable headrest, center armrest
  • Multi-function center console-inc: (2) illuminated cupholders, storage box, cell phone storage pocket
  • Tilt & telescoping steering wheel
  • Amber-illuminated Optitron instrument cluster-inc: speedometer, tachometer, fuel gauge, LCD odometer w/(2) tripmeters
  • Warning lights-inc: seatbelt disconnect, airbag, door-ajar, battery, oil pressure, brake, vehicle stability control, traction control, ABS, check engine, scheduled maintenance, low-fuel
  • Outside temp gauge
  • Direct tire pressure monitor system
  • Pwr windows w/driver-side auto up/down & jam protection
  • Pwr door locks
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Cruise control w/brake deceleration feature
  • Remote hood & fuel filler door releases
  • AM/FM stereo w/CD/MP3/WMA player-inc: (6) speakers, aux input jack
  • Fender-mounted mast antenna
  • Air conditioning w/air filtration
  • Rear window defogger w/timer
  • (10) cup & bottle holders
  • (3) 12V auxiliary pwr outlets-inc: (2) front, (1) cargo area
  • Dual glove boxes w/upper box one-push open/close
  • Digital clock
  • Door panel storage pockets, bottle holders
  • Dual visor vanity mirrors w/sliding extensions, roof-mounted vanity light
  • Illuminated entry-inc: key illumination, interior light, front map light
  • Cargo area storage pockets in wheel housing w/(2) cupholders
  • Rear deck storage-inc: water-repellant foldable deck board
  • Fabric-trimmed 8-way pwr driver & 4-way manual passenger bucket seats-inc: pwr driver lumbar support, driver height adjustment, seatback pockets
  • Leather-wrapped tilt & telescoping steering wheel w/audio controls
  • Engine immobilizer
  • AM/FM stereo w/6-disc in-dash CD changer-inc: MP3/WMA capability, aux input jack, (6) speakers, satellite radio ready
  • Dual-zone automatic air conditioning w/air filtration, information display, micro dust/pollen removal capability
  • Interior footwell lighting
  • Leather-wrapped shift knob w/metallic insert
  • Tonneau cover w/cargo net
EXTERIOR
  • Color-keyed bumpers
  • Color-keyed rear spoiler w/stop lamp
  • Aerodynamic multi-reflector halogen headlamps w/auto-off
  • LED rear lamps
  • High solar energy-absorbing glass
  • Rear privacy glass
  • Foldable pwr mirrors
  • Washer-linked variable intermittent windshield wipers
  • Intermittent rear wiper
  • Color-keyed rear door handle
  • Color-keyed combination hard & soft shell spare tire cover
  • Side-opening rear door w/hold-open feature
  • Black roof rails w/cross bars
  • Color-keyed fender flares
  • Aerodynamic multi-reflector halogen headlamps w/auto-off, blackout sport trim
  • Smoked headlamp bezels
  • Integrated fog lights
  • Color-keyed heated foldable pwr mirrors
  • Color-keyed door handles
  • Chrome grille
  • Color-keyed hard shell spare tire cover
MECHANICAL
  • 2.4L DOHC SFI 16-valve VVT-i 4-cyl engine
  • 4-speed ECT automatic transmission w/OD
  • Automatic limited-slip differential
  • Front wheel drive
  • Vehicle stability control (VSC)
  • Traction control (TRAC)
  • Independent MacPherson strut front suspension
  • Double-wishbone rear suspension w/coil springs, trailing arms
  • Front & rear stabilizer bars
  • Front & rear hydraulic shock absorbers
  • P215/70R16 all-season tires
  • 16" steel wheels w/covers
  • Full-size spare tire
  • Electric pwr rack & pinion steering
  • Pwr vented front/rear solid disc brakes
  • Anti-lock brake system (ABS) w/brake assist
  • Electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD)
  • Sport-tuned suspension
  • P235/55R18 all-season tires
  • 18" 5-spoke aluminum wheels
  • P225/65R17 all-season tires
  • 17" 6-spoke aluminum wheels
  • 3.5L DOHC SFI 24-valve dual VVT-i V6 engine
  • 5-speed ECT automatic transmission w/OD
  • 17" 5-spoke styled steel wheels
  • Electronic on-demand 4-wheel drive w/manual lock switch
PACKAGE
    SAFETY
    • Anti-lock brake system (ABS) w/brake assist
    • Electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD)
    • Driver & front passenger advanced airbag system w/occupant classification sensor
    • Driver & front passenger front seat-mounted side airbags
    • Front & 2nd row roll-sensing side curtain airbags
    • 3-point seat belts for all seating positions w/adjustable front seatbelt anchors, drivers emergency locking retractor (ELR) seatbelt, passengers automatic locking retractor (ALR) & emergency locking retractor (ELR) seatbelts
    • Child protector rear door locks
    • Child restraint system (CRS) top tether anchors for all rear seating
    • ISO-FIX child restraint system for outboard rear seating positions
    • Vehicle stability control (VSC)
    • Traction control (TRAC)
    • Collapsible steering column
    • Side impact door beams
    • Front crumple zone
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