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Toyota RAV4

2019
Overall Score
Toyota RAV4 2019 4-door SUV
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  • Predicted Reliability
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The popular RAV4 gets a complete redo for 2019, highlighted by new exterior styling, more claimed off-road abilities, and a supposedly quieter cabin. The standard powertrain remains a 2.5-liter four cylinder matched with an eight-speed automatic. A hybrid version is also available. All-wheel drive is optional. A Multi-Terrain Select system allows drivers to dial in certain settings to get through snow, mud, and sand. Limited models feature an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with two-way lumbar support, a 7-inch infotainment screen, and a rearview mirror camera. An Adventure trim includes special roof rails, fog lights, and other outdoorsy-looking exterior bits. All models get standard forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection, lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist, and adaptive cruise control.
All Ratings & Reliability
2018
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For years, the RAV4 has consistently been among the top-ranked small SUVs. The cabin is reasonably quiet, and the ride is compliant and controlled. It has a suite of advanced safety features and offers a frugal hybrid version. The energetic 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and smooth six-speed automatic transmission 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.
All Ratings & Reliability
2016-2017
2016 Redesign Year
Toyota RAV4 2017
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
2016 $18,550 - $27,225 $15,885 - $24,385
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 $16,525 - $22,350 $13,885 - $19,635
2014 $15,000 - $19,925 $12,335 - $17,135
2013 $13,800 - $18,250 $11,090 - $15,390
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 $11,300 - $16,125 $8,640 - $13,210
2011 $9,800 - $13,925 $7,130 - $11,055
2010 $8,525 - $12,000 $5,925 - $9,185
2009 $7,675 - $11,075 $5,070 - $8,275
2008 $7,075 - $9,625 $4,435 - $6,855
2007 $6,675 - $8,650 $4,055 - $5,930
2006 $6,350 - $7,975 $3,745 - $5,295
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 $5,400 - $6,825 $2,855 - $4,205
2004 $5,050 - $6,325 $2,525 - $3,725
2003 $4,850 - $5,775 $2,310 - $3,185
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.
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2000 N/A N/A