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Toyota RAV4

2018
Toyota RAV4 2018 4-door SUV Trim Shown: 2018 XLE 4-door SUV AWD Automatic
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For years, the RAV4 has consistently been among the top-ranked small SUVs. The cabin is reasonably quiet, the ride is compliant and controlled, 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. Forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking are standard.
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2016-2017
2016 Redesign Year
Toyota RAV4 2017 Trim Shown: 2017 SE
Freshened for 2016, the cabin is quieter; the ride is smoother; and 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. The 2016 RAV4 offered a suite of advanced safety features such as forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking which became standard equipment from 2017 on. 
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2017 N/A N/A
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2016 $20,700 - $31,325 $18,070 - $28,370
2013-2015
2013 Redesign Year
Toyota RAV4 2015 Trim Shown: 2015 Base
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.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2015 $18,450 - $25,100 $15,830 - $22,280
2014 $17,325 - $22,725 $14,730 - $19,980
2013 $15,775 - $20,350 $13,125 - $17,575
2006-2012
2006 Redesign Year
Toyota RAV4 2012 Trim Shown: 2012 EV
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 $12,775 - $17,725 $10,220 - $14,915
2011 $11,175 - $15,600 $8,615 - $12,760
2010 $9,900 - $13,400 $7,355 - $10,615
2009 $8,850 - $12,250 $6,300 - $9,500
2008 $7,850 - $10,450 $5,335 - $7,755
2007 $7,350 - $9,650 $4,815 - $6,990
2006 $6,850 - $8,800 $4,330 - $6,180
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 $5,850 - $7,300 $3,415 - $4,765
2004 $5,350 - $6,625 $2,935 - $4,135
2003 $5,025 - $5,950 $2,620 - $3,495
2002 $4,875 - $5,525 $2,465 - $3,090
2001 N/A N/A
1996-2000
Toyota RAV4 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