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1999 RAV4

Overall rating:  Product Rating: 4.5

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Great for students and city life

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Nov 4, 2004 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: good for city and country driving
Cons: a bit small for taller passangers in the backseat
The Bottom Line: This is good if you want a nice small truck for traveling and don't have a big family.

I bought my "baby SUV" in 2001. Since then, the only problem I have had with it is the battery. I had to replace the battery twice since I got it, but i'm guessing that's more the dealership I took it to's fault than the truck. I got it because of ... read more

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Fun & high quality

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May 13, 2002 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: fun, looks cool, mpg, it's a Toyota
Cons: noisy; cramped rear seating
The Bottom Line: It isn't a Camry or Maxima or a Jeep either, but it is a great little suburban-type SUV for those who want that kind of fun, practical, and well-built car.

We have a 1999 RAV4-L which has most of the usual options such as electric windows and locks, cruise, A/C, automatic, AWD, roof rack. It's a great little car, especially as a second family vehicle. Fun to drive around town with decent gas mileage ... read more

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Toyota's Friendly SUV

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Feb 2, 2002 (A Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 40 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Sporty, fun to drive, easy to handle
Cons: Only holds four people.
The Bottom Line: If your looking for a not so pricey and "fun size" SUV, this is the one.

When my husband and I decided to get another vehicle, we were determined to get something bigger to accommodate our growing family. So we went in search of an SUV. We knew we couldn't afford the trendy bigger models or the monthly payments that came with ... read more

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Rave about the RAV4

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Nov 21, 2000 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: room, price, handling, comfort
Cons: takes a little longer to settle into 4th gear

I was looking at several of the smaller SUVs, comparing the Honda CRV, the Subaru Forester and the RAV4 for price, reliability, handling and room. My husband and I drive 2200 miles to Montana or Wyoming every other year for 3 weeks and I wanted something ... read more

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Best of both worlds

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Nov 18, 2000 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Economical and fun to drive
Cons: None found yet

Recently my husband and I decided to trade in two of our three cars and get just one car. Since my car was the oldest we decided to trade in my car and the company car we were leasing. I searched on the internet for vehicles I thought I might like and ... read more

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Toyota RAV4

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Nov 16, 2000 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Addictive to drive.
Cons: Hard to share.

I bought the RAV because of Toyota's reputation for reliability, but I love it because it's so fun & easy to drive. It zips onto the freeway, it turns bumps into almost nothing, it handles more easily than a toy. My husband talked me into ... read more

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My Rav4 saved my life.

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Aug 14, 2000 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Very safe, fun to drive, good hauling.
Cons: None

My Rav4 saved my life in 1999. I had purchased it more than a week before the accident. It had all but 212 miles on the odometer and I was driving from Cleveland the Traverse City to see my girlfriend for a much needed vacation in April of 1999. One ... read more

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Everything I need

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Aug 6, 2000 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 40 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Compact size, easy to maintain
Cons: OK sound system

I traded in my Accord for a 4-door '99 RAV4 L over a year ago. It's been a good experience. Car-based SUVs are becoming more popular. The RAV4 was one of the first - it was introduced as a concept car back in 1989. The RAV4 delivers everything ... read more

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One for the Road

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Aug 3, 2000 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 40 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: gas mileage, good handling for a SUV, parking
Cons: interior space, road noise and fan noise

Bought the '99 Rav4 nearly a year ago, and it has been a great LITTLE car. Seems to hold the road better than the Tracker. I'm a safety nut and after reading the crash test results on the small Hondas, I wouldn't even get in one for a test drive. We ... read more

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Driver Friendly, Passenger Pitfall

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May 20, 2000 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 30 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Gas mileage, handling, looks
Cons: No room for passengers

My family purchased our RAV4 brand new in 1999. We were forced to look for a new car when our old minivan died. My stepfather looked around for a while and fell in love with the RAV4. He really liked the gas mileage, the handling, and the overall ... read more

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A 17 Year Old's Dream Car

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May 14, 2000 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Fun to drive, fun to look at, tons of room, controls are easy to read and reach, very reliable
Cons: A bit pricey

Ok, first I should probably start out by saying that I am obsessed with the Toyota RAV4. I saw my first RAV in 96' when I was 13 and knew right then and there that it was the car for me. Initially, I was attracted to the RAV4 because of its ... read more

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Perfect for two people

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May 4, 2000 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 40 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: price , ease of handling, gas milage, reliability
Cons: too small for a family

My wife and I purchased our first RAV4 in December of 97. We were looking for a 4 wheel drive vehicle that my wife could use to drive to work. We live in Southern NH and she was concerned about foul weather. The last two vehicles we owned were ... read more

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Fun and Affordable

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Apr 21, 2000 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Fun to drive, less expensive than full size SUV's
Cons: Not much space in the back seat

The Toyota Rav4 is a great option for people who want a sport utility vehicle, but don't have the money to buy a full size SUV. I actually would have preferred to have a Toyota 4-Runner, but considering the average price for this vehicle is over $30,000, ... read more

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Sporty but small

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Apr 17, 2000 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Handles well for an SUV, will haul a 27" TV with ease
Cons: Seats not comfortable for everyone, will not haul a 60" table

The RAV4 is great fun to drive, on-road and off. It's roomier than a hatchback, with good ground-clearance. The small engine is surprisingly powerful. It's off-road performance is reasonable for a car, although it doesn't compete with a Jeep or ... read more

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It Sure is Fun!

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Mar 24, 2000 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 40 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Fun to drive, great mileage, plenty of cargo room
Cons: Interior noise is awful

I bought a 1999 Rav4 for my wife about 6 months ago (over her serious objections)and now I can't get her to trade cars with me at all. I drive a new Cadillac Seville! I consider this vehicle a great shlepmobile. Plenty of room in the back for ... read more

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Raves for RAV4

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Mar 3, 2000 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Reliable, great visibility,handles like a car -- what's not to like
Cons: None so far

There were no two ways about it -- I fell in love with the RAV4 the moment it hit the market several years back. My husband and I drooled over them at the dealership, practically shredded the brochure from looking at it over and over again, and ... read more

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Cute SUV?

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Feb 26, 2000 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 30 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Good Gas Mileage, Reasonable Pricing, Cute
Cons: Needs more power, Needs more room in the backseats

First off, the RAV4 is Toyota's version of a "carlike" SUV. My parents bought this car for my brother's birthday. I recently had an opportunity to live with this car while my brother was out of town. When I first looked at the RAV4, I went ... read more

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RAV 4 L - SUV for Everyone

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Feb 1, 2000 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 40 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Looks great, handles well
Cons: Cramped back seat

When my husband and I were considering buying a small sport utility vehicle, the RAV4 was the last on my list. The older models looked strange to me. We found a used 1999 RAV4 L with 35,000 miles on it at our local Toyota dealer and took it for a spin. ... read more

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Rave about my RAV4

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Jan 24, 2000 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Handles well, roomy, cute
Cons: NONE!!!

I had been driving Honda Civics since 1992. I love the hatchback and the fold-down seats for space, but I wanted to have a bigger "presence" on the road, and more space inside. I carry a lot of electronic equipment around. I looked at big ... read more

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