The RAV4 V6 4WD Sport is a spectacular vehicle that makes driving fun. In 2008, Autos: Yahoo.com reports the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) was $26,390. The Kelly Blue Book Average as of September 2010 is $18,550, based on a vehicle in excellent condition with 35,000 miles. So what do you get for this?
Spacious, family-friendly vehicle
RAV4 V6 4WD Sport is easy to drive. Comfortable and spacious, the optional, usable kid-sized third-row seat is good for two children. Only you can decide if you want to try squeezing two adults in there; Twiggy and Tyra might work okay, but not the typical American adult. I am just going to call this a good vehicle for five, with extra space for two more children. Several cubbies store or hold items, and there are many cup holders. A rear-seat DVD entertainment system provides entertainment for long drives. The cargo space boasts 73 cubic feet of space.
With my long legs, I am very picky about legroom: the second row is great. Roof height is good for most drivers and passengers. Construction is excellent; one feels safe in the RAV4 V6 4WD Sport. The V6 engine and four-wheel drive only cost a mile or so a gallon on fuel economy, making fuel consideration minimal. Driver controls are large and simple to use. The rear seats recline, and can slide forward or rearward 6.5 inches to give more legroom or cargo room.
The rear gate is hinged on the side, hampering curbside loading. The interior looks a bit cheap, as far as the seats, carpet, and mats go. Although Edmunds mentioned that the driver seat was a tight fit for tall drivers, I did not notice any problem for drivers up to 6 foot 3 inches tall.
The five-speed automatic transmission is coupled with a 3.5-liter V6 engine, producing 269 horsepower and 246 lb-ft of torque. In testing, the RAV4 V6 4WD Sport delivered 0-60 in 7.2 seconds, which isn’t something I am likely to try, but is good to know if you have to accelerate quickly. Mileage is good, averaging19 miles per gallon during city driving, and 27 miles per gallon with highway driving. Using four-wheel drive results in a loss of only one mile per gallon when highway driving.
One of my favorite standard features on the RAV4 V6 4WD Sport is the 18-inch alloy wheels, which add an additional spot of class to the SUV. Additionally, it is a great feeling to have rear tinted windows, and full power accessories, such as keyless entry, cruise control, heated side mirrors, an auxiliary audio jack, fog lights, and sport-tuned suspension.
Optional features for the Sport include a sunroof, and a nine-speaker stereo system with satellite radio capability & Bluetooth.
I buy safe cars. I credit that with still being around to write this article. Toyota’s RAV4 V6 4WD Sport has antilock disc brakes, stability, control, traction control, front-seat side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags, as well as uphill start-assist, and downhill assist control.
In crash tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the RAV4 Sport earned a perfect five stars for driver protection in frontal impacts, and four stars for the front passenger. It earned five stars for front-and rear-occupant protection in side impacts, and the top rating of “Good” in both the frontal-offset and side-impact crash tests with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests.
Impressions while driving
Toyota’s 2008 RAV4 V6 4WD Sport is a great road and highway car, with a smooth ride. It does well on unpaved roads meant for four-wheel vehicles. The quick electric steering takes getting used to. Road noise can be a bit loud at times, but wind noise is minimal. U.S. News & World Report commented that it earned 10.0 (Excellent) on Predicted Reliability from J.D. Power and Associates.
I’ve watched family members, friends, and strangers enjoy their time behind the wheel of their Toyota 2008 RAV4 V6 4WD Sport, and recommend it without hesitation.
Autos:Yahoo.com, 2008 Toyota RAV4 Sport V6 4×4 Expert Reviews
Edmunds,2008 Toyota RAV4 review
U.S. News & World Report, 2008 Toyota RAV4