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Toyota RAV4 2002 4-door SUV
Trim Shown: Sport Utility
The RAV4 was redesigned last year and is now our top-rated small SUV. Available only as a four-door, the current version manages to be a little roomier than its forebear without being much larger outside. The RAV4's flexible, well-laid-out interior includes a rear seat that lets you fold and remove each half. There's still no V6, but the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine picked up a much-needed 20-hp boost, and now provides adequate performance. The engine and automatic transmission work well together, and the all-wheel-drive system does its job efficiently and unobtrusively. Access and loading are very easy. Nimble handling, excellent brakes, and good fuel economy also add to the RAV4's appeal. One caveat: The RAV4 lacks a rear bumper, so even minor rear impacts could require expensive repairs.

Safety Equipment

ABS available; standard from 2004. ESC standard from 2004. Side and head protection air bags available from 2004, standard from 2007.

Road Test

The RAV4 is cleverly designed and fun to drive. Though the engine is a little noisy at times, it works well with the transmission and provides good fuel economy for an SUV.


2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front

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Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Manual
  • 4-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2-liter 4 (148 hp)