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#715 of 2127 sport package
Sep 16, 2002 (8:01 am)
The package code for the 16" is AW. It's the split 5 spoke aluminum. I think all the sport package comes built with extra options I listed from the factory. On the Built Your Own page on Toyota's website, you have to get those extra options when you select the sport package. On the sticker, the factory subtract $1000. 80% for invoice and 4% for dealer kickback is about the same as the $750 rebate they are offering on the 2002.
It's pretty much all looks. Since I didn't test drive a regular or L RAV4, I can't say. Here are the different I can think of. The graphite gray is only for the sport package RAV, it's the same color used on the IS300. The hood scoop is cover and insulated from the inside. Things I don't like compare to L package. The S doesn't come with fog lamp, tonneau cover, and hard shell tire cover. Didn't really care if the side molding color match or not.
PS. I had the dealer add the tonneau cover as a dealer option.
Sep 16, 2002 (1:54 pm)
What is it with this new fascination to have non-functional hood scoops on trucks?
It is just my little worthless opinion, but while hood scoops enhance the looks of sporty cars, like coupes, they look a little silly on trucks, especially the RAV, which is no sports car!
#717 of 2127 The return of the non-functional hood scoop
Sep 16, 2002 (2:28 pm)
These were big years ago. Now they're coming back? Go figure. They actually catch air and create more wind resistance!
Sep 17, 2002 (6:29 am)
Toyota is making the hood that has a scoop for other markets' RAV4 that has turbo disel engine. It was the easiest way for them to come up with something new for 2003. Just like offering the graphite gray from the IS300.
Sep 17, 2002 (7:29 am)
if more people will be attracted to buy one because of the hood scoop.
I have driven RAV extensively, and one thing it is not, to me, is very sporty...it would need more power for that. It is great just the way it is, but if I were Toyota looking for a way to refresh its image a little, I would probably do something to accentuate its enormous utility, rather than its questionable sport appeal...
Sep 17, 2002 (11:47 am)
Maybe Toyota is trying to accentuate the RAV's difference from the grocery-getters.
And maybe sporty is not the best word for the RAV, but it sure is nimble.
#721 of 2127 No problems here
Sep 17, 2002 (4:42 pm)
RAV4, red, auto, no 4wd.
No problems with winds here in California. Just stable and runs fine. No problems about getting pushed about in moderate winds. Don't have hurricanes like back east however
No problems with on/off ramps even fully loaded in back with boxes of heavy stuff. Just floor the baby and off it goes. Nice pickup even between 30-60mph and it merges securely and safe with the usual killer LA traffic. Don't know about towing, so can't say there. Basically, if you've driven a Civic or compact sedan, it runs just like one. Scoots well and just goes w/o much complaint.
Very nice for a daily commuter and shopper car. Easy as pie to park, quick to maneuver, sure responsive steering, low effort go. Easy, comfy, and goes.
See my other post in Corolla vs. RAV4 for a longer list of pluses.
Sep 18, 2002 (9:59 am)
That's funny. Yesterday the afternoon commute was very windy and the RAV4 seem to handled it pretty well.
Merging on to the freeway is no problem. I drove a sporty coupe with the same engine size for couple years. The RAV4 seems have the same pick up. Although, the RAV4 is rated 2 second slower.
#723 of 2127 RAV4 Sport Package availability on EAST coast?
Sep 18, 2002 (2:05 pm)
I may be interested in upgrading my 2000 RAV4 L to a 2003 RAV4 Sport Package w/4WD. I have tried the build your own section on the Toyota site and came up only with QO or L packages.
I also need 4WD, here in Connecticut we get lots of bad weather, especially in winter. I'm not some California sun chaser who can suffice with only 2WD.
Thanks for any help.
#724 of 2127 re: RAV4 Sport Package availability on EAST coast?
Sep 18, 2002 (3:51 pm)
Looks like the dealers haven't called for it. I was able to look it up using a California zip code but not Connecticut.