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Toyota RAV4

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2019
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2019 Toyota RAV4 Ratings & Reliability
The redesigned RAV4 has a more-rugged appearance than before, but it compromises the interior space. The standard 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and delivers relatively quick acceleration. Fuel economy is commendable at 27 mpg overall. The hybrid version feels energetic, with the electric drive producing immediate and quiet motivation from a standstill. And that hybrid delivers an impressive 37 mpg overall. The RAV4 is responsive in corners, and it remains under control even when pushed. The ride, however, is stiff and a little jumpy, and the noisy engine hurts the driving experience. Apple CarPlay compatibility is standard. Forward collision warning with pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, and lane keeping assist are standard. However, blind spot warning is optional.
2016-2018
2016 Redesign Year
Toyota RAV4 2018
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
2018 $19,300 - $29,400 $17,955 - $28,055
2017 $17,800 - $25,875 $16,485 - $24,495
2016 $17,075 - $22,625 $14,885 - $21,235
2013-2015
2013 Redesign Year
Toyota RAV4 2015
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 $15,325 - $17,725 $12,840 - $16,140
2014 $13,675 - $16,225 $11,140 - $13,640
2013 $12,750 - $15,075 $10,180 - $12,430
2006-2012
2006 Redesign Year
Toyota RAV4 2012
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 $10,250 - $14,400 $7,745 - $11,740
2011 $9,225 - $12,125 $6,705 - $9,505
2010 $8,325 - $10,775 $5,820 - $8,160
2009 $7,725 - $10,000 $5,210 - $7,410
2008 $7,100 - $8,600 $4,610 - $6,060
2007 $6,425 - $7,500 $3,955 - $5,005
2006 $6,075 - $7,050 $3,595 - $4,545
2001-2005
2001 Redesign Year
Toyota RAV4 2005
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 $4,925 - $5,500 $2,510 - $3,055
2004 $4,425 - $5,075 $2,055 - $2,655
2003 $4,050 - $4,775 $1,735 - $2,335
2002 $3,775 - $4,500 $1,480 - $2,080
2001 $3,325 - $4,025 $1,230 - $1,675
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 $2,725 - $3,700 $810 - $1,400