Kelley Blue Book Value®
$7,704 - $9,627
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
19 City / 27 HWY
Horsepower
166-269
Seats
5-7
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Kelley Blue Book Value®
$7,704 - $9,627
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
19 City / 27 HWY
Horsepower
166-269
Seats
5-7

Expert Review

By Kelley Blue Book Editorial Staff

You'll Like The 2008 Toyota RAV4 If...

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...

Toyota RAV4 Models & Trims

Prices are Kelley Blue Book® Fair Market Range

2008 Toyota RAV4 Owner Reviews

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246 Reviews
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Toyota Rav4 Sport unsurpassed reliability

I have owned my Toyota Rav4 sport for the past year. The only issue I have experienced thus far is a dead battery that is not attributed to the vehicle's reliability in the least bit. This model features heated seats which is a game changer during winter months, coupled with the 4WD it makes it an ideal choice for people living in areas experiencing cold and snowy conditions. My vehicle has the V6 engine which averages around 21 mpg with a combination of both city and highway driving. It is my daily driver and my workday commute is around 45 miles roundtrip making the fuel economy leaving more to be desired. This is combated by the increased power which allows for a smoother commute and ease for my weekend jaunts up to the mountains, previously owning a 4 cylinder that struggled on steep grades it is a relief to drive a car that tackles inclines with ease. There is plenty of room to haul multiple passengers comfortably or fold the seats down to transport larger cargo. The driver's seat could be more comfortable, extended periods of driving can leave you a little stiff. The headrest adjustment feature doesn't help matters, it adjusts up and down only while there is an awkward tilt that cradles your head forward. All in all, this car has some areas of opportunity in the comfort department but as far as reliability goes it is hard to beat. I bought this vehicle because I value the reliability above all, I love to explore and not being stranded with car issues is my main priority.

- Meredith H

The 2009 Toyota RAV4 will become your new best friend

The 2008 Toyota RAV4 was my wisest vehicle purchase to date. With minimal care and only a few minor typical bumps along the way, my RAV4 has been my best buddy for over 10 years now. It's a smooth ride, but not too smooth as to make you car sick, it's a pretty quiet ride. I had to have the brakes done within the 1st two years of buying the RAV brand new, and this could be because of the salt air (I live by the beach), or it could be subpar craftsmanship, who knows-- this was the only thing I've had to do to keep the car running pristinely besides routine maintenance. It's spacious as heck, and the 3rd row seating is virtually non-existent so don't depend on that as a real seat (I don't know what they were thinking w this addition??). The upholstery is enduring of lots of coffee and snacks being spilled on it, wipes clean no problems. Accelerates as well as expected, gas is around 19-22 mpg depending on driving conditions. I highly recommend the 2008 Toyota RAV4.

- Sarah M

Others should know about my car’s performance and reliability.

My vehicle is very comfortable. It is spacious, lots of compartments and seats. It has one secured compartment in the front passenger seat and in between the driver’s and passenger seat. You can also put your things on the sides of each seats because it has a mini compartment. Another thing is, it can occupy seven passengers with convenience since it has a wide legroom. In addition to that, it has many drink compartments which are again convenient especially if you will eat inside the car. Furthermore, the back seat can be folded to store other stuff like groceries when needs. Lastly, the excess tire is located just a the back of the car which is very easy to get whenever it is needs.

- Maria R

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Key Specs

Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book
$7,704 - $9,243
$8,060 - $9,627

Horsepower

Horsepower
269 hp
166 - 269 hp

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
Optional

Engine Type

Engine Type
3.5L DOHC SFI 24
2.4L DOHC SFI 16
3.5L DOHC SFI 24
Interior Features

Convenience & Comfort

Sun Roof

Sun Roof
Optional

Alarm

Alarm
Optional
Optional

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry

Heated Mirrors

Heated Mirrors

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors

Cruise Control

Cruise Control

Power Windows

Power Windows

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost

Privacy Glass

Privacy Glass

Premium Sound System

Premium Sound System
Optional

Power Steering

Power Steering

Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
41.8 in.
41.8 in.

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
39.5 - 40.8 in.
39.5 - 40.8 in.

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
38.3 in.
38.3 in.

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
39.7 in.
39.7 in.

Entertainment

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
Optional

MP3 Player

MP3 Player
Optional
Optional

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio
Optional
Optional

AUX Input

AUX Input

CD Player

CD Player
Optional
Optional

Seats

Passengers

Passengers
5 - 7
5 - 7

3rd Row Seating

3rd Row Seating
Optional

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat
Exterior Features

Accessories

Standard Wheels

Standard Wheels
Steel
Aluminum

Rear Spoiler

Rear Spoiler

Running Boards

Running Boards
Optional
Optional

Dimensions

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
104.7 in.
104.7 in.

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
34.8 ft.
36.8 ft.

Length

Length
181.1 in.
181.1 in.

Width

Width
71.5 in.
73 in.
Mechanical Specs

Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
3655 lbs.
3373 - 3677 lbs.

Horsepower

Horsepower
269 hp
166 - 269 hp

Torque

Torque
246 ft. lbs.
165 - 246 ft. lbs.

Maximum Tongue Weight

Maximum Tongue Weight
200 - 350 lbs.
150 - 350 lbs.

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes

Performance Tires

Performance Tires

Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
V6 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
4 Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
15.9 gal.
15.9 gal.

Combined

Combined
Unknown mpg
23 - 21 mpg

City

City
Unknown mpg
19 - 21 mpg

Highway

Highway
Unknown mpg
27 mpg
Safety Features

Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire
Conventional Spare Tire
Conventional Spare Tire

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes

Automatic Headlights

Automatic Headlights

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks

Stability Control

Stability Control

Traction Control

Traction Control

Assistance

Automated Emergency Braking

Automated Emergency Braking

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Safety & Reliability

NHTSA Crash Test
  • Front

  • Overall

  • Rollover

  • Side

*National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

IIHS Crash Test
  • Moderate Overlap Front

  • Side

  • Roof Strength

  • Driver-side Overlap Front

    N/A

*Insurance Institute for Highway Safety