Toyota RAV4 2008 review & prices in Nigeria

May 15, 2019

Posted by: Okenwa Emeka

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1. Toyota Rav4 2008 - an introduction

The delectable RAV4 (Recreational Activity Vehicle 4-wheel-drive) is a compact crossover SUV and a product of the Japanese automaker Toyota. The crossover was the 1st ever made and it was born out of buyers demand for a vehicle with more cargo space and the option of a full 4-wheel-drivejust like the regular SUVs but with drive feel and maneuver of a compact car. The 1st models were launched in Japan and in Europe in 194 and in Australia and North America in 1995.

Though the RAV4 is in its fourth generation of production, the 2008 model features in its 3rd generation and was a deep refresh for Japanese who were already seeking cheaper options for compact crossovers. This is based on the fact that the RAV4 was placed on the upper tax bracket due to its larger exterior dimensions and engine displacement ultimately making it expensive to own.

Here on, check out Toyota Rav4 2008 review and prices in Nigeria.


The RAV4 is accronym for Recreational Activity Vehicle 4-Wheel Drive.

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2. Toyota Rav4 2008 trims & features

The 2008 RAV4 comes in 3 trims; base, sports & limited which features a number of changes from the other models in the 3rd generation RAV4 models. The new features includes a new 4-cylinder engine, a tweaked front and rear end and a third row seating arrangement available in the base and limited trims.

Base trim

Unique features on base trims are: 

  • 16-inch steel wheels with optional 17-inch alloys types,
  • rear tinted windows,
  • full power accessories,
  • keyless entry,
  • cruise control, 
  • tilt-telescoping steering wheel
  • six-speaker stereo with CD/MP3 player and auxiliary audio jack

Sports trim

  • The Sport adds the following features:
  • 18-inch alloy wheels,
  • a sport-tuned suspension,
  • fog-lights,
  • heated side mirrors and several exterior details

The range-topping Limited trim includes 17-inch wheels for a smoother ride, dual-zone automatic climate control, an eight-way power driver seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and an in-dash six-CD changer (optional on other trims). We also find that the rear tires attached to the back door isn't available on the sport trim.


One of the unique features of the RAV4 2008 is the absence of the attched tires on the back door in its sport trim

Limited trim

On the Limited trim, options include:

  • leather upholstery,
  • heated front seats and
  • rear-seat DVD entertainment system.

Optional on the Limited and Sport trims are:

  • sunroof
  • upgraded nine-speaker stereo system with satellite radio capability and Bluetooth

3. Toyota Rav4 2008 interior & safety features

3.1 Interior

The 2008 RAV4 has a very comfortable cushioned interior design with more leg room in the rear seat space which is even more space than some larger SUVs. The controls are simple and user friendly and there is also lot of cargo room. The cargo room is made possible as a result of the reclining seats and they can slide forward and backward to make more room for both passengers and cargo alike. Though the optional third seat row is said to be for kids, it can be maneuvered to turn the interior from the normal 5 seating capacity.


The 2008 RAV4 has a very beautifully designed dashboard and comfortable cushioned interior design with more leg room in the rear seat space

3.2 Safety features

The 2008 model of the RAV4 didn't leave little to the safety of it's drivers and passengers. It is fitted with Anti-lock Brakes (ABS), Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) with Traction Control (TRAC) are standard. In the government frontal crash tests, the 2006-2010 Toyota RAV4 received five stars for the driver and four stars for the front passenger. In the side-impact crash test, the RAV4 got five stars for both the driver and the rear seat passenger.

 Safety features Base Trim   Limited Trim  Sports Trim  
 Electronic Brakeforce Distribution + + +
 Front Seatbelt Pretensioners + + +
 4-Wheel ABS + + +
 Rear Door Child Safety Locks + + +
 Rear Center 3-Point Belt + + +
 Child Seat Anchors + + +
 Dual Front Side-Mounted Airbags + + +
 Front And Rear Head Airbags + + +
 Stability Control + + +
 Emergency Braking Assist + + +
 Passenger Airbag Occupant Sensing Deactivation + + +
 Rear Height Adjustable Headrests + + +
 2 Front Headrests + + +
 3 Rear Headrests + + +
 Auto Delay Off Headlamps + + +
 Tire Pressure Monitoring + + +
 Traction Control + + +
 Ventilated Front Disc / Solid Rear Disc Brakes + + +
 Front Fog/Driving Lights + + +

4. Toyota Rav4 2008 engine & performance

The 2008 4-cylinder RAV4 models have the 166-hp 2.4L DOHC (2AZ-FE) engine before the 179-hp 2.5L 4-cylinder (2AR-FE) became the base engine starting from the 2009 model. The optional 269-hp 3.5L V6 makes the V6 RAV4 one of the fastest Toyota vehicles. All three engines are very reliable and all three have a timing chain; there is no timing belt.

Toyota Rav4 2008 specs 
Base trim Limited trim Sports trim
 Engine type  Gas  Gas  Gas
 Transmission  4-speed automatic  4-speed automatic  5-speed automatic
 Drive train  Front wheel drive  Front wheel drive  Four wheel drive
 Total seating  5  5  5
Torque 165 ft-lbs. @ 4000 rpm 165 ft-lbs. @ 4000 rpm  246 ft-lbs. @ 4700 rpm
 Base Engine Size  2.4L  2.4L  3.5L
 Horsepower  166 hp @ 6000 rpm  166 hp @ 6000 rpm  269 hp @ 6200 rpm
 Horsepower  16  16  24
Turning Circle  34.8 ft.  36.8 ft.  34.8 ft.
Toyota Rav4 2008 test drive
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5. Toyota Rav4 2008 driving experience & fuel economy

5.1 Driving experience

Remember the Toyota RAV4 was built to give you an on the road driving experience like a sedan and high vision like a SUV, well, we can say that driving a RAV4 feels more like driving a tall car than an SUV. It has electrical steering which is light, easily to control and responds fast. Combine this light steering feature with its thick suspension and what you have is a perfect car for off road driving and simple enough also to be used for regular errands. The large side mirrors make up for the thick rear pillars and road imperfections are easily waved off. The RAV4 has proper wind sound control though nothing about its road noise is clearly stated.

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The RAV4 has a comfortable tall build yet gives you the feeling of a sedan drive

5.2 Fuel economy

We can tell you that the compact crossover SUV doesn’t just give you a sedan driving feel but it also boasts of better fuel economy than most sedan cars. And for an all-wheel drive, non-hybrid SUV, its gas mileage is quite economy friendly.

The 2008 AWD Toyota RAV4 2.4L 4-cylinder reaches 20 mpg city and 25 mpg highway (11.8/9.4 L/100 km) and can go for up to 415 miles on a 60L tank.

 Fuel & MPG  Base Trim    Limited Trim   Sports trim  
 EPA Mileage Est. (Cty/Hwy)  21/27 mpg  21/27 mpg 19/26 mpg 
 Range In Miles (Cty/Hwy)  333.9/429.3 mi.  333.9/429.3 mi.  302.1/413.4 mi.
 Fuel Tank Capacity  15.9 gal.  15.9 gal.  15.9 gal.
 Combined MPG  24  24  21

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6. Toyota Rav4 2008 maintenance for Toyota Rav4 2008

By recommendation, you should use the 5W-20 or 0W-20 oil for the 4-cylinder engine and 5W-30 oil for the V6 and change the engine oil regularly (See what are 5W-20 and 5W-30 means).

  • Keep the engine coolant and other fluids clean and topped up.
  • Use only recommended transmission fluid; wrong transmission fluid type can cause problems.
  • In 4WD models you also have the transfer case oil and the rear differential oil that need to be changed in recommended intervals.

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7. Pros and Cons of the Toyota RAV4 2008


  • It has good fuel economy, especially the 4-cylinder model.
  • It is reliable
  • It has comfortable ride and car-like handling,
  • It has decent cargo space and plenty of storage areas
  • Very small turning radius.


The roomy cargo space makes the RAV4 travel efficient.


The RAV4 common problems aren’t major flaws. They are mostly minor flaws that can be fixed with a few thousands of naira. Although some of these flaws are with factory fitted components, they do not necessarily depict the RAV4 is any less a super user friendly SUV.

  • Front seats lack support on long trips and this causes discomfort for the driver after driving for long hours
  • The RAV4 has no manual transmission available (See Top 6 manual transmission cars)
  • Its driver compartment is clustered making it a non-suitable for choice for drivers with long legs
  • Rear door opens toward the curb. 
  • There’s complaints about a leaking water pump of the engine cooling system.
  • The steering shaft makes a clunking sound when turning the steering wheel left or right when it is worn out which is not expensive to fix.


One major issue with the RAV4 is its driver compartment is clustered making it a non-suitable for choice for drivers with long legs

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8. Toyota RAV4 2008 problems and buying guide

There are certain tips when buying a Toyota RAV4 like most other cars you need to look out for. We listed a few of them here that are peculiar to the 2008 Toyota RAV4:

  • When test driving, watch out for a whining or humming noises from the drivetrain.
  • Listen for knocking or rattling sound from the steering when driving over small bumps or rough road.
  • When the car is parked, try turning the steering left and right; there should be no clunking noises.
  • Check the engine oil level. If low, it could be an indication that the engine burns oil fast if not it may just need refilling. Check for leaks too.
  • If any of the warning lights come on after the engine is started, this indicates a problem. Some of the issues causing the "Check Engine" light to come on could be quite expensive to repair. For example, some of the issues with an evaporative system could require a replacement of the charcoal canister; which is a few hundred dollar repair.

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9. Prices of Toyota Rav4 2008 in Nigeria and cost of clearing

The range of prices for buying a used 2008 RAV4 varies. If you are having to import from abroad then you may have to factor in certains costs like cost of shipping, clearing e.t.c. Also, you need to know that prices vary from dealership to dealership so before you buy, check for the dealerships that have the best deals.

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Here we have stated the price range of the 2008 RAV4 as applicable in Nigeria and also the cost of clearing in Nigeria incase you are shipping in from abroad.

9.1 Tokunbo/Foreign used Toyota Rav4 2008 prices in Nigeria

Tokunbo/Foreign used Toyota RAV4 2008 prices in Nigeria
 Model  Price in naira
Tokunbo 2008 RAV4  ₦2,400,000 - ₦3,400,000
Tokunbo 2008 RAV4L  ₦2,500,000 - ₦3,500,000
Tokunbo 2008 RAV4 S  ₦2,600,000 - ₦3,600,00
Cost of clearing  ₦630,000

9.2 Locally used/ Nigerian used Toyora Rav4 prices in Nigeria

 Locally used/Nigerian used Toyota Rav4 prices in Nigeria
Model Price in naira
 2008 RAV4  ₦1,650,000 - ₦3,500,000
 2008 RAV4 L  ₦1,650,000 - ₦3,500,000
 2008 RAV4 S  ₦1,650,000 - ₦3,500,000

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The Toyota RAV4 is a nice choice in compact crossover SUVs if you are looking for something easy to drive and maintain. It has good fuel economy, the parts are affordable and easy to get. For more fuel economy, we recommend the 4-cyliner model. Like we always say, your car is as good as you maintain it. So if you take proper care of your RAV4 it shouldn’t give you problems and you will enjoy using it for a very long while.

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Okenwa Emeka is a prolific writer who combines his content creation skills with a strong passion for automobiles to make engaging articles for Naija car lovers. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing CAM with a diploma in digital marketing. 

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