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Used 2008 Toyota RAV4

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Combined Fuel Economy
21 MPG
Horsepower
166 HP
KBB Consumer Rating
4.5 
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Pros

If you want a small-to-midsize Japanese-built sport utility vehicle that combines car-like performance, ride, handling and fuel economy with available four-wheel drive and room for up to seven passengers, or five adults and a fair amount of cargo, the 2008 Toyota RAV4 is a good choice.

Cons

If you prefer a domestic or European brand and/or your needs include heavy duty hauling or towing or serious off-road rambling, you may want to look elsewhere. There are many fine competitors in this class, including some that may offer a combination of attributes, price and value that are better suited to your tastes and needs.

What's New For 2008

The Limited trim receives a standard immobilizer feature, which is optional on the base and Sport.

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Used 2008 Toyota RAV4 Pricing

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Used 2008 Toyota RAV4 Expert Review

The 2008 Toyota RAV4 underwent a major evolution in 2006, growing in size and price. Toyota's smallest SUV left its long-time rival, the Honda CR-V, in the feature-content dust by offering seating for seven and an optional V6 engine. Moving upscale can have its drawbacks, however, and the current RAV4's conservative styling might be the most noticeable of those. Where the RAV4 was once aimed at young singles with active lifestyles, the new vehicle caters to young couples with active two-year olds. While there are better equipped and less expensive seven-passenger SUVs on the market (the Hyundai Santa Fe, for example), none have the RAV4's impeccable quality, reliability reputation or strong resale value.

Driving the Used 2008 Toyota RAV4

Toyota engineers have achieved their objective of car-like driving dynamics in a practical SUV package. High-strength steel increases the body's rigidity for improved ride, handling, steering and (if necessary) crash energy management, weighs less and reduces noise, vibration and harshness. Improved sealing and insulation keeps most engine noise out of the cabin, except for some (un-Toyota-like) engine harshness at wide-open throttle, even with the V6. Elimination of outer moldings around the windshield and door glass helps reduce aerodynamic drag and wind noise. While the 166-horsepower four-cylinder is more than adequate with light loads and at lower elevations, the 269-horsepower V6 offers acceleration, pulling and passing power at or near the top of this class and is recommended for heavier loads and higher altitudes.

Favorite Features

Star Safety System
This comprehensive system integrates five active electronic safety features -- enhanced Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), traction control, anti-lock brakes (ABS) and Brake Assist -- to help avoid accidents, and one passive safety feature (multi-stage front airbags) to cushion occupants should a crash occur. The VSC is assisted by "cooperative steering control" and, on four-wheel-drive models, "cooperative four-wheel-drive system control." Driver and front passenger side-impact airbags and front- and second-row roll-sensing side-curtain airbags are available as stand-alone options.

Hill Start and Downhill Assist Control
Toyota's second-generation Hill Start Assist Control (HAC) automatically prevents the vehicle from rolling backward for two to three seconds when starting from a stop on an uphill slope. Downhill Assist Control (DAC), when activated by the driver, keeps the vehicle's speed to a crawl on steep descents. Both are standard on all V6 models and four-cylinder RAV4s with the optional third-row seat.

Used 2008 Toyota RAV4 Interior

The 2008 RAV4 offers nearly six inches more second-row legroom and an inch-and-a-half more head and shoulder room than the previous-generation models. The 60/40 reclining middle-row seats adjust fore and aft and fold flat with levers on their sides or (on two-row models) a one-touch lever in the cargo hold. The available third-row seat folds flat into the same space in the rear where standard RAV4s have hidden under-floor storage. Base RAV4s get durable fabric-covered seats, while higher-level cloth dresses Limited and Sport models, the latter in dark charcoal. The center cluster, door trim and steering wheel spokes are brushed metallic-look plastic. Lighted front cupholders, a console cell phone holder, an extra storage compartment above the glove box and a deep rear storage bin are notable features.

Used 2008 Toyota RAV4 Exterior

The third-generation RAV4 is more substantial and less "cute" than the original, with contemporary but conventional good looks. Only the triangular rear C-pillar and vertically-wrapped taillamps are somewhat unusual, reminding us (in profile) of the very unconventional Nissan Murano. The trapezoidal grille opening, sitting atop an integrated body-color bumper with two large cooling slots, displays a hefty Toyota logo on twin horizontal bars. The spare tire, mounted to the right of center on the rear door -- which, unfortunately and inconveniently, swings open from the driver's side (curb side in Japan) -- has a color-keyed cover with a full hard shell on Limited models.

Used 2008 Toyota RAV4 Standard Features

All three trim levels have an automatic transmission, front side-impact airbags, side-curtain airbags, air conditioning, remote keyless entry, power windows and door locks, rear privacy glass, power mirrors, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, three 12-volt outlets, 10 cupholders, cruise control and AM/FM/CD six-speaker audio with MP3/WMA and a mini-plug jack. The Limited adds 17-inch tires on six-spoke alloy wheels (in place of the 16-inch steel wheels of the base model), fog lights, heated outside mirrors, six-disc CD changer, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather-wrapped shift knob and steering wheel with audio controls, eight-way (plus lumbar) power driver's seat, cargo area net and tonneau cover, engine immobilizer system and a chrome grille. The Sport trim gets much of this plus 18-inch performance tires and wheels, sport suspension, blackout headlamp trim and fender flares.

Used 2008 Toyota RAV4 Options

Options for the base model include the six-disc CD changer, daytime running lights, black painted roof rails and cross bars, 17-inch wheels and tires, third-row seat, cargo area net and tonneau cover and (with the V6 only) a tow package that increases towing capacity to 3,500 pounds. Available options on the Sport include a power moonroof with sunshade and a JBL six-disc CD changer with nine speakers and steering wheel audio controls. The Limited offers optional leather-trimmed seats, heated front seats and a rear-seat DVD entertainment system with rear-seat audio.

Used 2008 Toyota RAV4 Engine

Toyota provides a choice of a 166-horsepower version of its 2.4-liter Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i) four-cylinder engine, or a potent VVT-i V6. The former is one of the more powerful fours in this segment, while the latter, pumping out a claimed best-in-class 269 horsepower, is good for zero to 60 miles per hour bursts in slightly under seven seconds. The four-cylinder engine drives through a four-speed automatic transmission and the V6 is fitted with a five-speed automatic.

2.4-liter in-line 4
166 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
165 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 21/27 (2WD), 20/25 (4WD)

3.5-liter V6
269 horsepower @ 6200 rpm
246 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4700 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/27 (2WD), 19/26 (4WD)

How Much Does the Used 2008 Toyota RAV4 Cost?

The base RAV4's Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starts just under $22,000 for the front-drive model and right around $23,000 for the four-wheel-drive model. The four-wheel-drive version with the V6 engine lists for just over $25,000. The Sport trim starts over $23,000 and a fully loaded four-wheel-drive V6 Limited tops out around $36,000. That price range is within a few dollars of such rivals as the Hyundai Santa Fe, Honda CR-V and Suzuki XL7. Prices consumers are actually paying can differ substantially, so click on Fair Purchase Prices to compare. Given Toyota's strong reputation, resale value should be as good as or better than any competitor's.

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Used 2008 Toyota RAV4 Consumer Reviews

4.5 

Overall Rating

Based on 719 reviews

5 star

67%

4 star

20%

3 star

7%

2 star

3%

1 star

3%

Value
4.5 
Performance
4.5 
Quality
4.5 
Comfort
4.4 
Reliability
4.7 
Styling
4.5 

Clyde
03/23/2019
2011 Toyota RAV4

"This Rav4 Sport has been the best vehicle ever"

Best vehicle we have ever owned and super nice
There is nothing negative we can say about it
I could not have owned a better vehicle than this Rav4 Sport. The black color still looks nice and shiny. Even though it has high miles it is still a very dependable suv. It has never failed to start when turn the key over. It still drives like it did the day we bought it. Everything works. We have had service performed every 5,000 miles. Other than the Toyota recalls we have never had any mechanical problems. Me and my wife have put every mile on it. We are still driving it regularly on daily basis. It was garage kept many years. It would most definitely be a good dependable auto for someone to buy to drive to work in any kind of weather since it is 4x4, or just to have a good used vehicle to drive anywhere. I can truthfully say we have had no complaints with this vehicle. If I had it to do all over again I wouldn't hesitate buying it again. We still get about 24 miles per gallon on it, as we always have for all around driving. Whoever we sell this suv to is going to get a good one and dependable.Read less
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Annie
02/14/2019
2011 Toyota RAV4

"Still a very good car and looks good"

Economical but has get up and go
No cons
This car is very good on gas mileage but will get up and go when you hit the gas, Leather interior and roof rack.
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Robb
01/27/2019
2010 Toyota RAV4

"Mindblowing integrated driver to vehicle connecti"

performance, looks, handling,overall feel.
Hard ride,different/odd 4wd,lack of lumbar support
....Ive owned and driven many, many vehicles, but this make and model takes the cake. I wasnt a devote Toyota enthusiast by far til i started driving them. Then one stood out more than any. I had purchased a 1998 used Rav4 for resell and fell for it. It was just a complete package of driving fun and no surprises vehicle with so much personality and versatility. Then it was totaled by a distracted driver. Their insurance paid me $6000 for it. I knew then the value. Next one was a 2003 Sport that was just as thrilling and much more. Hit a deer and totaled. Next was my 2010 Sport, 4 wheel drive, 6 cylinder, Appearance package wonder machine to date. It drives and handles like glued to the road and the acceleration is simply exhilarating with the vehicle becoming more stable the faster it goes. Its the complete package of reliability, consistancy, originality, looks and sporty. What a combination of power and diversity coupled with a uniqueness unsurpassed. Im looking at the new 2019 Adventure, but its going to be hard to part with this baby.Read less
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2008 Toyota RAV4 Specs & FeaturesBased on lowest-priced style.

Technology

  • Bluetooth Wireless Technology
  • Cruise Control
  • Hands Free Phone
  • Navigation System
  • Remote Keyless Entry
  • Remote Engine Start

Entertainment

  • AM/FM Radio
  • CD Changer
  • MP3 Player
  • Satellite Radio
  • Auxiliary Input Jack
  • CD Player
  • Front DVD Entertainment System
  • Rear DVD Entertainment System

Seating

  • Folding Rear Seat
  • Third Row Seat
  • Optional Seating Capacity - 7 passenger
  • Cloth Seats
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Leather Seats

Comfort & Convenience

  • Front Air Conditioning
  • Power Locks
  • Auto-Dimming Interior Mirror

Fuel Economy

  • EPA City - 20 mpg
  • EPA Class - Sport Utility Vehicles
  • EPA Hwy - 25 mpg
  • EPA Combined - 22 mpg

Performance

  • Horsepower - 166 hp
  • Horsepower RPM - 6000 rpm
  • Stroke - 3.78 inches
  • Torque - 165 foot pounds
  • Torque RPM - 4000 rpm

Interior

  • Cup Holder
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Window Defroster
  • Compass
  • Power Outlet
  • Tilt Steering Wheel
  • Tilt/Telescoping Steering Wheel

Exterior

  • Alloy Wheels
  • Automatic Headlights
  • Conventional Spare
  • Number of Doors - 4 doors
  • Power Mirrors
  • Privacy Glass
  • Roof Rails
  • Side Steps
  • Spare Tire Type - Conventional
  • Tires / Wheel Size - 17"
  • Tires / Wheel Size - 18"
  • Tires / Wheel Size - P215/70R16
  • Tires / Wheel Size - P225/65R17
  • Upgraded Wheels
  • Wheel Type - Steel
  • Sidewall Description - BSW
  • Rear Spoiler
  • Trailer Hitch Receiver

Security

  • Alarm System

Warranty

  • Basic Miles - 36000 miles
  • Basic Years - 3 years
  • Corrosion/Rust Through Miles - Unlimited miles
  • Corrosion/Rust Through Years - 5 years
  • Powertrain Miles - 60000 miles
  • Powertrain Years - 5 years

Mechanical

  • Axle Ratio - 3.08
  • Brakes: Front - Disc
  • Brakes: Rear - Disc
  • Braking System - Anti-Lock
  • Drivetrain - 4WD
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Engine Type - Gas
  • Power Steering
  • Tachometer
  • Transmission Type - Automatic
  • Cylinders - 4 cylinders
  • Displacement - 2.4 liter
  • Bore - 3.48 inches
  • Compression Ratio - 9.8
  • Fuel Induction - Sequential Fuel Injection
  • Total no. valves - 16 valves
  • Valve Train - Dual Overhead Cam
  • Engine Configuration - Inline
  • # of Speeds - 4 speed
  • Recommended Fuel - Regular
  • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes
  • Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Hill Descent Control
  • Hill Start Assist
  • Limited Slip Differential

Dimensions, Weights & Capacities

  • Curb Weight - 3444 pounds
  • EPA Passenger - 108.2 cubic feet
  • EPA Total Interior - 144.6 cubic feet
  • Fuel Capacity - 15.9 gallons
  • Head Room: Front - 40.8 inches
  • Head Room: Rear - 39.7 inches
  • Height - 66.3 inches
  • Leg Room: Front - 41.8 inches
  • Leg Room: Rear - 38.3 inches
  • Max Seating Capacity - 7
  • Minimum Ground Clearance - 7.5 inches
  • Overall Length - 181.1 inches
  • Shoulder Room: Front - 57.1 inches
  • Shoulder Room: Rear - 55.3 inches
  • Standard Seating Capacity - 5 passenger
  • Towing Capacity, Maximum - 1500 pounds
  • Trunk or Cargo Capacity - 73.0 cubic feet
  • Turning Diameter - 34.8 feet
  • Wheel Base - 104.7 inches
  • Width with mirrors - 71.5 inches
  • GVWR - 4535 pounds
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2008 Toyota RAV4 Safety

Driver Front
5 
Passenger Front
4 
Front Side
5 
Rear Side
5 
Rollover Rating
4 
Provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
2008 Toyota RAV4 Safety Technology
  • Child Door Locks
  • Child Seat Anchors
  • Driver Airbag
  • Passenger Airbag
  • Stability Control
  • Traction Control
  • Front Head Curtain Airbag
  • Front Side Airbag
  • Rear Head Curtain Airbag
  • Rear Parking Sensors
  • Rear View Camera

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2008 Toyota RAV4 Rankings

Horsepower
166 HP
MPG Combined
21 MPG
Consumer Ratings
4.5 Rating
Rank
Vehicle
HP
#34
2008 Toyota RAV4
166 HP

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