Like all of these compact utility vehicles, the 2008 Toyota RAV4 offers a choice of four-cylinder or V-6 powertrains (except the Honda), with front- or all-wheel drive.
Where they differ is that they each have different ways of prioritizing between carlike on-road handling and off-road ability.
For instance, the Ford Escape is styled like a more traditional SUV, but its carlike underpinnings help it handle and perform quite well, despite its aging design.
The Honda CR-V is an excellent, very space-efficient design with plenty of room for five, though it’s not much fun to drive, nor does it have any significant off-road ability.
The Hyundai Tucson bears an older design that doesn’t perform as well as its most updated peers; it also feels smaller inside.
The new Vue that’s been introduced is much improved, especially inside, with a fresh design.
And the Mitsubishi Outlander, like the RAV4, has a very small third-row seat, for those who want two extra positions for small children on occasion; although it doesn’t match the RAV4’s V-6 engine for power, the Outlander V-6 feels very sporty behind the wheel, with good handling, though its ride is firm and somewhat noisy.
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|2008 Toyota RAV4Browse Used Listings||2009 Ford EscapeBrowse Used Listings||2009 Saturn VUEBrowse Used Listings||2008 Honda CR-VBrowse Used Listings||2008 Hyundai TucsonBrowse Used Listings||2008 Mitsubishi OutlanderBrowse Used Listings|
|19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4|
|2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Sport Utility Vehicles||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Sport Utility||2WD Sport Utility||2WD Sport Utility|
|FWD 4-Door 4-cyl 4-Speed AT (GS)||FWD 4-Door I4 Manual XLS||FWD 4-Door I4 XE||2WD 5-Door LX||FWD 4-Door I4 Manual GLS *Ltd Avail*||2WD 4-Door ES|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|4 Door||4 Door||4 Door SUV||5 Door||4 Door Sport Utility||4-Door Wagon|
|Automatic w/OD||Manual w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic||Manual w/OD||NA|
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