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#1556 of 2127 Re: 2005 RAV4 price increase is announced [chipchipowski]
Sep 15, 2004 (6:23 pm)
Another press release...
...dated today states:
"Front seat-mounted side airbags and first and second row side curtain airbags are available for RAV4, much like the level of passive safety features available in the brand's larger SUV models."
Obviously the words "...are available..." mean that side air bags will be an option. So, no standard side air bags on the RAV4 for '05.
There were several other press releases dated today for the RAV4 including feateures, specs and options. See this page:
Sep 16, 2004 (3:12 am)
I see they are still over stating the payload capacity on the RAV4. They had those numbers listed for the 04 models too. In side the drivers door are the specs and my 04 AWD auto says max load 760 lbs. It's made me feel a little ripped off.
#1558 of 2127 Re: RAV4 Back Bumper [autonuts]
Sep 16, 2004 (5:14 am)
If the CRV has a 5 mph bumper, which I believe it does I would think it would do much better in some hits. Since I've experienced at least three hits in the rear I'm concerned about the no rear bumper. When shopping for small SUVs in 2002, the CRVs were in high demand and therefore the dealers were getting sticker, when they had them. My plan was to drive them both and buy the one we liked best. We bought the RAV4 and are happy with it and now have a 2004 also.
Sep 16, 2004 (5:20 am)
I went to the local quarry to buy sand for my Fall lawn work. Without looking at the manual, I figured that a "5" seater's capacity would be around 1,000 pounds. So I shoveled in 1,000 pounds of sand. The car drove fine. I wouldn't recommend this for everyday driving, buy once a year I'm ok with it.
#1560 of 2127 Re: RAV4 Back Bumper [wsommariva]
Sep 16, 2004 (2:04 pm)
Thanks for your input. I'm still confused about the supposedly no bumper on the RAV since it appears to have what looks like what other small suv's and cars have. Oh well...
#1561 of 2127 Re: RAV4 Back Bumper [autonuts]
Sep 17, 2004 (7:22 am)
It has no visible, exterior bumper. Yes, it will cost more to repair than a car with a regular bumper, but that is why you have insurance. The most you pay is the deductible, if your fault. The cost to insure a Rav is CHEAPER than my car, so the high cost to the insurance company to repair a hit to the rear is not an issue. Even a tap to a car bumper is over $500. Don't worry about the bumper - it really is not an issue.
#1562 of 2127 Re: RAV4 Back Bumper [autonuts]
Sep 17, 2004 (9:37 am)
The RAV4 definity has no rear bumper. You need to open the rear door and you will see. BTW, my wife's son backed into a telephone pole once. The spare wheel took the impact resulting in a nippled spare wheel cover. So now we can easily tell whose RAV4 is whose from the rear. (as we have two RAV4s)
I like our RAV4s and would stick with it over the CRV or other small SUVs based on Consumer Reports ratings.
#1563 of 2127 October Consumer Reports
Sep 17, 2004 (1:20 pm)
I heard that the October issue has a review for the RAV4, has anyone read it?