Like with any good sequel (“Terminator 2,” “Godfather II,” and “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Again”), the second era RAV4 improved on practically each side of the unique. It was larger, extra highly effective, and featured extra choices. You might even get a six-disc CD changer, absolutely the peak of audio comfort all the best way again within the yr 2000.
The brand new motor within the second era RAV4 featured the identical 2.0-liter displacement as the primary era however produced considerably extra grunt at 148 horsepower by using Toyota’s signature Variable Valve Timing with intelligence system. That engine was later bumped to a 2.4-liter displacement that put out 161 horsepower.
The second era not solely made the automobile extra usable, but it surely remodeled the RAV4 from a wacky little compact to a tempting possibility as a household hauler that did not have the identical unearned social stigma of a minivan and wasn’t as woefully inefficient because the Chevy Tahoes and Ford Explorers of the identical period.