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Toyota RAV4 2008

emsman1emsman1 Posts: 6
edited May 2014 in Toyota
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: 131
    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: 642
    Why does the RAV4 have no satellite radio option or Nav system option? This, to me, is a gross oversight.
  • 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.
  • nimrod99nimrod99 Posts: 343
    Did you notice if they offer DVD nav?

    If they don't, I can't believe Toyota offers a really tricked out RAV4 in Europe (Rav4 XTR) which has nav and push button start and no spare on the rear door, but not in the US
    Honda CR-V has Nav
  • prigglypriggly Posts: 642
    Nav systems are becoming quite common now on many vehicles. It is inexcusable for Toyota not to offer it on the RAV4 although I must say the Garmin Nuvi 660 is a good solution to this problem.
  • cbmortoncbmorton Posts: 252
    No factory navigation in the RAV4 for 2008. Maybe next year, when we should see the mid-cycle refresh. Personally, I prefer the portable nav units like the Nuvi anyway so this wouldn't be an issue for me if I were looking to buy.
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    "Nav systems are becoming quite common now on many vehicles."


    In the "beginning" a hard disk was used and then that evolved into the use of a DVD player. Not something that could easily be made portable. But nowadays with solid memories coming into the market the current trend is most definitely AWAY from captive nav systems and toward portable, hand held nav systems.

    Just think of the many advantages.

    Like being distracted via cell phone use, now you can kill yourself and your passengers as you drive along while "setting-up" your portable nav system.
  • prigglypriggly Posts: 642
    Like I said, nav systems are becoming much more common in vehicles nowadays. A perusal of the equipment lists for many lines of automobiles bears this out.

    That is not to say that portable units are not also becoming more common. They are in many cases, such as in the case of the Garmin Nuvi 660, the equal of the integrated units although not so aesthetically pleasing and a bit more cumbersome in setting them up and removing them from the dashes.
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,059
    drive along while "setting-up" your portable nav system

    Just think of all those past generations of drivers who had no idea where they were or how to get to where they were going! :P

    tidester, host
    SUVs and Smart Shopper
  • nimrod99nimrod99 Posts: 343
    quote [wwest] "In the "beginning" a hard disk was used and then that evolved into the use of a DVD player. Not something that could easily be made portable. But nowadays with solid memories coming into the market the current trend is most definitely AWAY from captive nav systems and toward portable, hand held nav systems.

    Just think of the many advantages."

    You are not making sense. What is the source for your statement?.
    The market for portible nav is to address vehicles without nav.
    If all cars came with built in nav, then portible would be less in demand (for motorcycle, bikes, jogger etc).

    I have a garmin portible and I like it. But it's not voice activated. The big plus for me is the text to speech in the garmin. I can also get software updates over the web, simply by plugging in a USB cable to my PC
    The downside is setting the unit up on the dash each time I drive.

    Having a nav system built in that can be voice activated will reduce the need to "set up" while driving.
    Then there is the convenience factor of not having to plug it in the power socket, set it on the dash and have wires dangling all over the place
  • jbm2jbm2 Posts: 3
    Where did you find a 2008 Rav4 brochure in the US? My local dealers do not have them and they are not available on the Toyota website.
  • cbmortoncbmorton Posts: 252
    I'm not in the US, but based on posts on another forum the 2008 US brochure is apparently available at dealers in some parts of the country. Shouldn't take too long for them all to get copies.
  • Sorry but no 5 speed for the 4-cyl. I went to the dealer yesterday. They checked and there is a 2008 on land in CA. RAV4 Limited with the 4-cyl BUT 4 speed trans :mad:
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