The RAV4 has been redesigned for 2001, and is our top-rated small SUV. This new version comes only as a four-door and is a little roomier, but it retains its youthful styling. The flexible interior includes a rear seat that lets you fold and remove each half. Theres still no six-cylinder engine.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"Love the standard transmission which provides great acceleration after stops and in highway situations."

Jacqueline S., CT (2001 Toyota RAV4)

"Acceleration could be better. Handles well."

Anonymous, WI (2001 Toyota RAV4)

"I have a manual transmission. I leaned they don't make these any longer. I love manual transmissions and will miss it in a future car. I feel safe in this car when driving in all weather and traffic conditions. I have been stuck in deep snow just twice in 12 years."

MARY H., IN (2001 Toyota RAV4)

"This is a standard. Amazing handling around corners! Great acceleration"

JAMES F., NH (2001 Toyota RAV4)

"somewhat under powered, should have waited for the V-6"

ABRAHAM S., CA (2001 Toyota RAV4)

"Reliability, ease of handling."

Anonymous, GA (2001 Toyota RAV4)

"It has a manual transmission so I am in control! it has excellent acceleration, and turns on a dime. It is so easy to park."

Anonymous, MO (2001 Toyota RAV4)

"Excellent handling, acceptable acceleration"

Dale F., AZ (2001 Toyota RAV4)

"It is surprisingly spry and easy to handle. I'm sure the 5-spd manual transmission is part of this experience. The power curve of the engine matches the gear shifting quite well. My one wish would be to have a 6th gear with higher overdrive. Cruising at 70 mph means 3k revs in 5th gear which is kinda loud for a long drive."

Jeffrey T., TX (2001 Toyota RAV4)

"Small and maneuverable, well powered for its size, I love my stick shift!"

Anonymous, MN (2001 Toyota RAV4)

"Manual transmission"

Anonymous, CA (2001 Toyota RAV4)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Outside noise is very loud. Have to crank up the sound on the radio or CD player to hear music clearly. Then turn volume down if at a stop."

Anonymous, HI (2001 Toyota RAV4)

"The seat has lumbar support. It is the only car that I have had that actually supports my back. All other cars I must buy a pillow!"

Anonymous, NC (2001 Toyota RAV4)

"Noise level terrible. Ride somewhat rough. Interior comfortable."

Anonymous, WI (2001 Toyota RAV4)

"Car has always had brakes that squeal. I've had them replaced and repaired many times and they still do."

Anonymous, MO (2001 Toyota RAV4)

"When we were shopping for a vehicle, the RAV4 was BY FAR the most comfortable. Seats were soft with good support, didn't sound like a tin can when doors were pushed shut, controls were convenient."

MARY V., MO (2001 Toyota RAV4)

"ditto the 2009, except that the value was even better because I bought it "used" (12,000 miles) for about $12,000. It was such a good deal that even though I didn't really want the vehicle, the price was too good to pass up. Grandson is driving it now at college. What could be better? We're all happy."

DELCIE L., ND (2001 Toyota RAV4)

"We tested every SUV on the market before buying the RAV4, and it had the most comfortable seats, easy to read controls, and convenience of storage and hauling of any we saw."

Anonymous, MO (2001 Toyota RAV4)

"Great car but lots of road noise - even with new tires"

Edward S., OR (2001 Toyota RAV4)

"I've had my 2001 Rav4 for 17 years now and I love it. It is comfy and fits my style."

Anonymous, NE (2001 Toyota RAV4)

"Driver's seat can be perfectly adjusted to this small driver. However car is pretty noisy and tiring for long drives."

Anonymous, MN (2001 Toyota RAV4)


Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"I'm so very satisfied with this RAV4. 192k miles with very little repair. Original clutch, original front brakes, original AC system, nimble to drive (if a little bumpy with it's tired suspension), dependable gas mileage and a big "fun" factor. Best vehicle I've ever owned."

Anonymous, TX (2001 Toyota RAV4)

"Solid, reliable vehicle over the long haul."

W C., NS (2001 Toyota RAV4)

"Small, nimble, versatile, simple and pleasingly attractive car. The entire package (performance and attractiveness) have caused us to appreciate this car more every year."

S M., WA (2001 Toyota RAV4)

"I love this car. I need a people and thing mover to complement having a 2 seater sports car as my main drive. This car just keeps on going with very little maintenance. Just can't beat it for value."

John K., LA (2001 Toyota RAV4)

"Only second to the Toyota Corolla for value & reliability."

Donn B., WI (2001 Toyota RAV4)

"It just keeps going, It is 17 years old. Good in winter snow..."

G M., BC (2001 Toyota RAV4)

"Reliable car with very little problems. Good with 4 wheel drive where we live."

Anonymous, OR (2001 Toyota RAV4)

"Absolutely no repair efforts in the past 5 years"

LINDA M., TX (2001 Toyota RAV4)

"As of now I've over 224,000 miles on this vehicle and is still running great. It won't die. I expect to be driving it for another 3 to 5 years."

JOHN S., WA (2001 Toyota RAV4)

"We found this car to be well worth our investment . 204,000 miles and 15 years of dependable driving!"

LARRY W., AL (2001 Toyota RAV4)

"The RAV 4 is very useful for driving and hauling materials for DIY projects"

WILLIAM B., CA (2001 Toyota RAV4)

"I paid about 17K in 2004 with 40K miles. I have been taking care of it and have 173315 miles. I was told by the service center at the dealer I could get 250K miles if I keep up with recommended maintenance. No serious or major repairs in 12 years. I Love my Rav4."

MARY H., IN (2001 Toyota RAV4)

"There are 170,000 miles on it and it is in great shape."

Anonymous, TN (2001 Toyota RAV4)

"it is still running well after 15 years"

Anonymous, QC (2001 Toyota RAV4)

"Had to replace transmission at my cost when it was clearly Toyota's problem as reflected by the class action suit against them that I neglected to join. Next time I will join any and all class action suits related to any of my vehicles."

Anonymous, ID (2001 Toyota RAV4)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"15 years ago I fell in love with the RAV4 based only on how it looked from the outside. When I went to a Toyota dealership and got a good look at the interior and took a test drive, I knew this was the car for me. Buying a RAV4 was definitely one of the best decisions I have ever made; it's been a fantastic vehicle. I'm just sorry that the newer models no longer have the spare tire on the back. As silly as it may sound, I really like that feature and it will be a factor when I decide to buy a"

KAY S., CA (2001 Toyota RAV4)

"They are well made reliable cars but not good looking"

Anonymous, BC (2001 Toyota RAV4)

"I love how small this SUV is. The newer ones are longer so I didn't buy one. I had this suv gone over and kept it."

CONNIE J., NE (2001 Toyota RAV4)
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