2003 Toyota RAV4 L 4×4 Auto Review

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2003 Toyota RAV4 L

When thinking small sense

Bob Nagy on 03.01.2003

In SUV market, bigger-is-better has become an rallying cry. Spurred on by margins that rise in lockstep with the physical of these super-utes, manufacturers been only too happy to the whims of customers who believe the road to true happiness can be negotiated in a vehicle whose weight and footprint dimension those of a small condominium. saner minds do prevail in parts of the realm.

For those who that form really follow function when it to right-sizing a sport utility-and like gasoline prices and really do matter-Toyota offers its yet practical RAV4.

The Sport Package, new for 2003, air conditioning, cruise control, radio/cassette/CD with six speakers, windows and door locks and mirrors and cargo mats. A new hood scoop, tubular rack and special sport seats are exclusive to this new designated by RAV4 S badging.

still notably less than most SUVs, doses of foot-to-the-floor motoring ensure that the RAV4’s fuel-economy numbers will significantly from the designated mpg city/highway EPA ratings. A V-6 option-or at a custom supercharger package Toyota’s in-house TRD performance be a most welcome addition to the option list. In addition to more sport to its basic SUV a well-mannered force-feeder would the RAV4 to tow considerably more the current-and we’d guess optimistic-1,500-pound maximum.

While go-power is at a bit of a premium, and handling prowess are both This optimum mix of control and comes courtesy of the RAV4’s independent coil-spring suspension and power rack-and-pinion steering While clearly skewed tarmac touring, a couple of off-road forays showed its passenger-pampering competence extends the realm of light-duty dirt as well.

The RAV4’s MacPherson-strut underpinnings and double-wishbone rear are each trimmed with a bar to limit body roll and pretty well with its proportioned 215/70SR16 standard Those who plan to press into corners on a regular should consider stepping up to the 235/60SR16 boots for a bit of extra at the limit.

No matter what size it wears, the RAV4’s relatively dimensions make it a master of maneuvering. Just 167.1 long (including the spare-tie and 68.3 inches wide, diminutive do-it-all slips and out of places its gargantuan kin can only about. With a modest wheelbase, it also boasts a circle of just 35.4 nearly half a foot than a Celica.

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Whether a narrow backroad, fighting traffic in the heart of rush or navigating the confines of a packed lot desperately seeking that one compact-scaled open space, the is more than equal to the

In typical Toyota fashion, the passenger compartment is well-designed, and remarkably well-isolated from noise. In short, it’s an place to spend quality time, regardless of whether the are being racked up transporting or cargo. Despite modest dimensions, the RAV4’s space-efficient offers adequate room for adults and can handle five on treks. Numerous storage and a central covered bin add even utility to the mix.

Although its front buckets are unquestionably the primo perches, a cleverly 50/50 split rear seat offers both adjustability of the lower cushions and seatback recline. Each of the elements can be flipped forward or easily removed altogether, a that increases total capacity in the RAV4 from the 29.2 cubic feet to

Despite generous proportions and bumper-level lower margin, the single-piece rear gate have one idiosyncratic design To accommodate its externally mounted tire, the hatch opens not upward. Since the RAV4 was for the Japanese market, this port also pivots left-to-right.

While fine for items in or out in non-confining spaces, hardly the best setup for with cramped curbside

Although still relegated to an modest corner of the SUV universe in of absolute numbers, the light-makes-right continues to grow and prosper. hardly surprising with a little fun-runner like the RAV4 effectively championing the cause. Agile, economical, and comfortable to a fault, it’s an less-is-more alternative for people a natural aversion to excess for the of excess. (www.toyota.com)

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