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Toyota RAV4
2017
Toyota RAV4 2017 4-door SUV Trim Shown: 2017 XLE 4-door SUV AWD Automatic

For years, the RAV4 has consistently been among the top-ranked small SUVs. The current RAV4's cabin is quieter, the ride is smoother, it has a suite of advanced safety features, and it offers a frugal hybrid version. The energetic 2.5-liter four-cylinder and smooth six-speed automatic returned 24 mpg overall in our tests of an AWD version. The hybrid version gets a terrific 31 mpg overall. Handling is responsive and very secure. Inside, the controls are clear and intuitive. Though the XLE comes with automatic climate control and a sunroof, you must step up to the Limited trim to get adjustable lumbar support and the more comfortable faux-leather seats. Access is very easy, and the rear seat is roomy. For the 2017 model year, automatic emergency braking is standard.

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2013-2016
2013 Redesign Year
Toyota RAV4 2016 Trim Shown: 2016 XLE

This version of the RAV4 is roomy and versatile, as well as a wise choice as a used car. The 2012 to 2015 vintage handles nimbly and gets 24 mpg in the AWD version. But the ride is a bit stiff and the cabin is rather loud. Most versions are XLE, which adds auto climate control and a sunroof. For a power seat and lumbar support you'd have to get the Limited. The 2.5-liter engine is quite energetic and the transmission shifts smoothly. Controls are clear and easy to use, access is easy and the rear seat is roomy. A 2016 freshening brought improvements to ride comfort, noise isolation and introduced a hybrid version.

Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2016 $20,850 - $27,750 $18,170 - $24,870
2015 $18,975 - $24,700 $16,330 - $21,880
2014 $17,225 - $23,100 $14,630 - $20,330
2013 $15,625 - $21,350 $12,975 - $18,525
2006-2012
2006 Redesign Year
Toyota RAV4 2012 Trim Shown: 2012 Base

RAV4s from 2006 to 2012 had a side swinging rear gate, which is cumbersome. They also offered an optional V6 that was smooth and powerful as well as an optional third row seat. Rear seat accommodations are roomy and the cargo area is generous. Don't expect crash safety to be as up to snuff as more recent RAV4s, but stability control is standard. Responsive handling and a fairly comfortable ride made it easy to drive. Controls are also very user friendly, including the ability to pair a phone via Bluetooth.

Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2012 $14,125 - $19,200 $11,470 - $16,315
2011 $12,225 - $16,875 $9,565 - $13,960
2010 $11,050 - $14,975 $8,405 - $12,065
2009 $10,075 - $13,500 $7,450 - $10,650
2008 $9,325 - $11,850 $6,685 - $9,055
2007 $8,375 - $10,800 $5,765 - $8,040
2006 $7,650 - $9,850 $5,080 - $7,130
2001-2005
2001 Redesign Year
Toyota RAV4 2005 Trim Shown: 2005 Sport Utility

Avoid buying a RAV4 older than the 2004 model year, as they lack electronic stability control. Otherwise, the RAV4s of that vintage have nimble handling and compact dimensions that made them fun to drive and very maneuverable. Ride comfort and noise isolation were ok for the time but not a match for newer versions. A side swinging door makes loading and unloading rather cumbersome and doesn't shelter from rain. Rear seat room and cargo volume are modest.

Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2005 $6,775 - $8,275 $4,265 - $5,665
2004 $6,275 - $7,600 $3,785 - $5,035
2003 $5,800 - $6,775 $3,320 - $4,245
2002 $5,200 - $6,025 $2,765 - $3,540
2001 N/A N/A
1996-2000
Toyota RAV4 2000 Trim Shown: 2000

Introduced for the 1996 model year, the original RAV4 ranked among the best of the small, car-based SUVs. Available in both two- and four-door versions, it delivers carlike driving manners and a comfortable ride, though noise from the driveline can be intrusive. On the down side, the engine isn't very strong, the rear seat is tight, and cargo room is scant.

Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2000 N/A N/A