2003 RAV4 New Car Test Drive
Toyota's RAV4 is stylish and useful, and comes with Toyota's reputation for quality, durability and reliability. RAV4 handles well and feels stable out on the open road. It's comfortable for running around town, easy to park, and its low load floor makes it convenient for hauling stuff.
Toyota completely redesigned and re-engineered the RAV4 for model-year 2001, producing a more refined and better-looking vehicle than the previous-generation model.
For 2003, RAV4 adds an optional Sport Package with unique trim inside and out, plus popular comfort and convenience features such as air conditioning, power windows and mirrors, six-speaker stereo, and carpeted floor and cargo mats.
Toyota RAV4 is available as two models: 2WD ($16,525) and 4WD ($18,975). Various options and option packages allow you to tailor your RAV4 to your personal taste.
All RAV4s have four doors. There is only one engine, which was new for 2001: an all-aluminum, 16-valve, dohc inline four-cylinder with variable valve timing, displacing 2.0 liters and producing 148 horsepower. A five-speed manual is standard. A four-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission is available for the 2WD ($17,575); and 4WD ($18,975) models.
RAV4 sounds cheap, but options can add up. Air conditioning is not standard ($900). Other options: antilock brakes ($300); roof rack ($220); alloy wheels with slightly wider tires ($895); remote keyless entry ($230); leather ($840); limited-slip differential ($390) rear spoiler ($200); power moonroof ($900). The L package ($2,153) includes air conditioning, cruise control, a premium CD sound system, tinted windows, fog lamps, color-keyed body trim, and a hard spare tire cover. Quick Order Package ($1,433) adds air conditioning, a CD audio system, cruise control, power windows, locks and mirrors and carpeted floor mats.
The new Sport Package ($2,067) features a unique grille, aerodynamic headlamps, a hood scoop, and gray-painted overfenders.
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