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Toyota RAV4 2008

emsman1emsman1 Posts: 6
Does anyone know when the 2008 will be out? Any word on changes?


  • ebbyebby Posts: 23
    Going by Toyota's tradition, I will be expecting some mid-term upgrade on the Rav-4 (being the 3rd year of the new design)- 2008 will be 3rd year of the new Rav4!.

    There are no specific cues from Toyota at this time, but I am expecting cosmetic changes to front and rear lamp designs, some cosmetic additions to the Limited model and probably a refreshened interior design. I am also expecting either a 5-speed auto on the base 2.4 engine or more power from the engine - or both.

    Just take a look at changes made to the current Sienna and 4Runner in their 3rd year and we should expect a similar treat for Rav4. I dont expect a carry over in the 3rd year.

    These are just my speculations or wish list.
  • bodble2bodble2 Posts: 4,519
    A 5-sp auto for the 4 cyl would be nice. I also think/hope they upgrade the interior, or add more content to the Sport. The interior of the RAV4 is quite spartan for the money, especially in the Sport --- not even a leather-covered steering wheel or redundant audio controls? C'mon Toyota, get real!!
  • spfoteyspfotey Posts: 130
    I know toyota is committed to putting hybrids in all of their vehicles -- any chance this one picks up the one used in the camry??
  • yassyyassy Posts: 70
    the new RAV 4 supposedly is coming later this year in oct-dec time frame. Ive been told it will be refreshed, possibly with projector lenses headlights, and many other changes. cant wait!
  • avalonownavalonown Posts: 2
    When will Toyota switch its production of the 2008 RAV4 from their Japan plants to the Woodstock, Ontario plant? Or is Toyota only going to manufacture the RAV4 from the Woodstock plant for North America and that is why it won't be available in showrooms until October or November of 2007? Or is Woodstock even operational yet? Thanks.
  • agiragir Posts: 4
    I both called and wrote to Toyota and was told the date for the Rav4 to be released is mid August. They said this means it should be shipping from Japan at that however long it takes to get to the US?

    Yassy, can you share any more info on possible changes? Thanks
  • cbmortoncbmorton Posts: 252
    I live near the new Woodstock plant. It's still under construction. They are not supposed to begin building actual vehicles there until sometime in calendar 2008. Japanese production of the 2008 RAV4 starts in August so I would expect vehicles on lots by September, same as it was for the 2007s.
  • avalonownavalonown Posts: 2
    Thanks for the information. I appreciate it.
  • cubssoxscubssoxs Posts: 139
    Has anyone heard if there will be any changes to the 2008 RAV4?
  • bankonebankone Posts: 44
    I contacted Toyata Canada and was told that they do not know when the 2008 RAV 4 is coming.
  • parnolaparnola Posts: 140
    This was just posted on Truck Trend's blog:

    The RAV4 maintains all interior and safety enhancements for 2008. All models now feature driver and front passenger seat-mounted side airbags and first- and second-row side-curtain airbags with roll-over sensor as standard equipment. RAV4 models carry a base MSRP that ranges from $21,100 for the base model 2WD four-cylinder to $26,670 for the 4WD Limited V6. Total RAV4 average MSRP increases $150 or 0.6 percent.

    Link to Source
  • prigglypriggly Posts: 643
    Why does the RAV4 have no satellite radio option or Nav system option? This, to me, is a gross oversight.
  • yassyyassy Posts: 70
    amazing why we dont have projector headlamps, pushbutton start, or the antenna on rear, not to mention the navigation system @1689242668.1186254556@@@@&BV_EngineID=cccfaddljemflficfngcfkmdfkidfgf.0&navRoot- =toyota_1024_root&portal=null&nodiv=TRUE&edname=RV4_gal&catname=%2ftoyota_1024_r- oot%2fmain_nav%2fpageTopNav%2fZone+RAV4&menuid=45829&zone=Zone+RAV4&skin=-1undef- ined&id=RV4_gal
  • mylegacymylegacy Posts: 38
    It needs to open up like the new CRV.
    If Honda offer a V6, I'm headed there. :P
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    "..we don't have projector headlamps..."

    Good-o, blessed are you.

    Projector beam headlamps have been brought into the market not to benefit YOU, but to benefit the oncoming driver.

    Ever since HID healamps entered the marketplace there have been complaints, justifiable complaints, by oncoming drivers.

    We all already know, or certainly should know, that HID headlamps are brighter, offer a wider spectrum of light, closer to actual sunlight, and provide more lumins/watt than their halogen counterpart.

    So the "race" was on. First, "shading" appertures to provide SHARP high level (elevation) lighting cutoff. Then "auto-leveling" to compensate for vehicle loads and help keep the HID lighting out of the eyes of oncoming drivers. Then Bi-xenon.

    Now we have projector headlamps since they provide a more tightly focussed, focussing, HID forward low beam lighting. Also with internal apperture upward "shading", auto-leveling, swiveling in tight low speed turns, etc.

    I'm not sure that last, swiveling, would have been practical absent projector lenses.

    I just retrofitted my '01 Mustang convertible with HID projection headlamps purchased on Ebay. Not as good, not as "broad" light coverage overall as my '01 RX300 factory HIDs, but a definite improvement.

    Now I have to add a relay and maybe a diode or two so the low beam HID projectors remain on in high beam mode.
  • nimrod99nimrod99 Posts: 343
    They get all the bells and whistles, (Nav, push to start, no rear mounted tire) but they don't get the US V6
  • 719b719b Posts: 216
    getting the v6 is nice, but still doesn't make sense why the american version doesn't offer the same options.
  • cbmortoncbmorton Posts: 252
    In both the US and Canada. Changes are minimal. No exciting new equipment and no changes to the look, inside or out.
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