If you want a small SUV for driving mainly on pavement, you won't go wrong with the RAV4. It has nimble handling and a respectable ride. A fully independent suspension also helps make the RAV4 feel more like a car than a truck. All-wheel drive is available, but it has no low range for serious off-roading. Acceleration is leisurely; the engine is a bit boomy when revved.
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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"Poor acceleration but it handles superb"

Anonymous, ID (2000 Toyota RAV4)

"Great car for pickup and handling. Turns on a dime."

Amy D., CA (2000 Toyota RAV4)

"Decent, not as good in snow/ice as the Subaru Forester"

Bert-Carol P., ON (2000 Toyota RAV4)

"It has adequate power and gets great mileage. Not the fastest, not the slowest, but the ride is very comfortable. I like this vehicle so much that I have 2 of them even the same color. This one had 98000 miles and my original one has 267000 miles."

Anonymous, FL (2000 Toyota RAV4)

"Good acceleration and nimble in the turns. Power in climbing is OK but on steep climbs lost speed."

Anonymous, AR (2000 Toyota RAV4)

"It has steady acceleration going up mountains. It gets up to steady highway speed quickly."

VIVIAN R., OR (2000 Toyota RAV4)

"I can change the ratio for when it shifts (automatically,) to keep it perky. I lose gas mileage but it's worth it to have that quick response around town. It has a fan that apparently is an extra feature to cool the engine when car idles on a hot day, particularly if a.c. is running. This fan causes a sound that is REALLY loud and out-of-proportion to whatever effect it is creating. Heads turn, people may be wondering if the car is about to blow up. It's been that way since I got it over te"

Anonymous, ME (2000 Toyota RAV4)

"nothing"

Anonymous, BC (2000 Toyota RAV4)

"It drives great and is reliable but does not accelerate fast with the small four cylinder engine."

Anonymous, KS (2000 Toyota RAV4)

"How well it seems to have be manufactured to last not be obsolescent, like some vehicles seem to be in recent years.Plus can still be serviced same as when we bought it easily!"

MARILYN V., CA (2000 Toyota RAV4)

"It IS an old car, which means acceleration isn't as peppy as newer 4 cylinders, but it still gets me around. The only bad thing is that, with its older width to length size, it is more sensitive to wind and other weather, making it more unstable than newer small SUVs. I put wider tires on it, which has improved its stability considerably."

Anonymous, NV (2000 Toyota RAV4)

"Decent handing in all road conditions"

BERT-CAROL P., ON (2000 Toyota RAV4)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"My car is 13 years old and the seats are still in good shape with supportive comfort. The ride is smooth with minimum noise. I compare all newer cars that I test drive to the noise level abd ride of my 2004 Camry."

D D., IL (2000 Toyota RAV4)

"Front seats comfortable but back are hard and not inviting."

Anonymous, AR (2000 Toyota RAV4)

"Quite comfortable, a little road noise."

Bert-Carol P., ON (2000 Toyota RAV4)

"The power is adequate, it gets great gas mileage, the comfort is very nice, supportive adjustable seats, great storage and hauling capacity. Gets better fuel mileage with an extra 800lbs in back."

Anonymous, FL (2000 Toyota RAV4)

"Comfortable seats. Car is extremely noisy from outside noise when driving on highways."

Amy D., CA (2000 Toyota RAV4)

"If I could get another 2000 RAV4 in as good condition as mine I would jump on it"

VIVIAN R., OR (2000 Toyota RAV4)

"Inside noise - loud."

Anonymous, TX (2000 Toyota RAV4)

"Seats are comfortable and easy to see out of it- very few blind spots. It is a noisy ride but not bad if you don't have passengers. There really isn't much room for passengers either."

Anonymous, KS (2000 Toyota RAV4)

Value

Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"Bought this car when I first moved to Colorado because I needed something that was useful in winter weather conditions. Used it to travel 100 miles every Friday, often in a snowstorm, and never had any trouble."

Anonymous, CO (2000 Toyota RAV4)

"own the RAV4 since 2000 and have not had any major problems"

Anonymous, IL (2000 Toyota RAV4)

"No rust; engine still working well for the most part. This car continues to run well after 16 years."

KEITH G., MD (2000 Toyota RAV4)

"Bought used at low cost and performs well"

Anonymous, NY (2000 Toyota RAV4)

"Got this car in 2003 with 21,000 miles on it for only $12,500 and it has run perfectly with only routine maintenance ever since then."

Anonymous, IL (2000 Toyota RAV4)

"Worth the money."

Anonymous, CA (2000 Toyota RAV4)

"this car has been great. Some things have broken as expected since it has almost 250,000 miles, but it has been totally reliable."

Anonymous, CO (2000 Toyota RAV4)

"I purchased it as a pre-owned vehicle for a very good price. Standard transmission and 4WD were paramount and the car performs very well. Interior is very basic and suits my needs for transportation and cargo."

Anonymous, NH (2000 Toyota RAV4)

"Very dependable and parts are cost effective and easy to acquire"

BERT-CAROL P., ON (2000 Toyota RAV4)

Styling

How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"good"

Anonymous, BC (2000 Toyota RAV4)

"It has a high enough carriage that I don't worry about hitting things from underneath -- and even though it is small SUV, and relatively light, the center of gravity is low enough that it sticks to the road better than I was expecting. Also, I love the way it is shaped -- looking at it from all sides. The design appeals to me."

Anonymous, ME (2000 Toyota RAV4)

"I love how it handles in small spaces"

Anonymous, OH (2000 Toyota RAV4)
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