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2004 Toyota RAV4 REVIEW

Edmunds.com logo Edmunds.com 4/6/2017

Con: Somewhat cramped interior, high repair costs in low-speed rear collisions.

Pro: Steers and handles like a car, thoughtful cabin design, exemplary build and materials quality, refined engine.

Edmunds Say: With ample power under the hood and a generous standard features list, the RAV4 is now a worthy adversary for mini-utes like the Honda CR-V and Ford Escape.

What’s New: Toyota has given the RAV4 a midcycle freshening for 2004. Notable improvements include a larger 161-horsepower, 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine, a mild restyling that gives it a more aggressive appearance, and inside, a new steering wheel and instrument panel. Standard equipment has increased significantly, with stability and traction control, antilock brakes, air conditioning and a six-speaker stereo heading up the list. Multistage front airbags are also new this year, and side airbags for front occupants and full-length head curtain airbags are now optional.

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