Our top-rated small SUV, the RAV4 is 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.

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

"Sometimes difficult to get acceleration. Rather top heavy and felt unsure in hard turns as if it might turn over if not careful. Otherwise, car has been very serviceable. Only two major repairs in history. Very easy for me to get in and out of vehicle and carry a walker without folding it. Good vision and driving position.Finish excellent, appearance good, leather seats great."

Anonymous, OR (2002 Toyota RAV4)

"It has all wheel drive which has multiple times got me out of very bad road conditions, off road and in the winter"

DALE R., CO (2002 Toyota RAV4)

"The 4 cylinder is a bit lacking in power but is totally adequate for commuting. The all wheel drive is great as this car cannot be beat on ice or snow. Long trips the high RPM of the motor gets to be annoying after while."

CRAIG B., NV (2002 Toyota RAV4)

"The RAV4 has a lot of cabin noise."

MICHAEL M., IA (2002 Toyota RAV4)

"This old RAV handles pretty well. No problems under normal driving conditions. Acceleration and handling are fine. A problem area is steep inclines, where it struggles to adequately accelerate. I now avoid driving through mountainous areas where there's ongoing steep inclines after declines as it's very unpredictable."

Adrienne C., MA (2002 Toyota RAV4)

"Steering to light. Bounces around in wind"

Peter C., VA (2002 Toyota RAV4)

"good on gas"

George D., AB (2002 Toyota RAV4)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Seats are pretty comfortable but the drivers seat (at least) doesn't go back far enough to make it comfortable for my long legged spouse to drive. Car is VERY noisy (road noise) even with the windows closed."

Anonymous, AZ (2002 Toyota RAV4)

"The seats are as hard as rocks, very uncomfortable. The car at 65 mph is so loud that it is hard to hear the stereo."

CRAIG B., NV (2002 Toyota RAV4)

"Seats are perfect for me cause im short."

Anonymous, PA (2002 Toyota RAV4)

"No adjustments on seats other than tilt back & forward, on long trips seat put pressure on sciatic nerve and causes discomfort. Other factors (ride, noise, etc.) not most great but tolerable."

Anonymous, TN (2002 Toyota RAV4)

"Comfort is fine, though a bit noisy."

Anonymous, WA (2002 Toyota RAV4)

"seats cradle the driver an front passenger well, making for a comfortable ride even on several hour trips."

Anonymous, CA (2002 Toyota RAV4)

"After 280k miles, it's noisy"

Michael M., IL (2002 Toyota RAV4)

"Between good and bad"

Hieu N., VA (2002 Toyota RAV4)

"Very comfortable car for either quick or cross country trips. Easy on the wallet as well."

Michael R., DE (2002 Toyota RAV4)


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

What Owners Say

"2 recalls - windshield wipers motor- no remedy notice yet but 2 interim seat belt - remedy notice - work done"

Anonymous, VA (2002 Toyota RAV4)

"Workhorse. Keeps going and going"

Anonymous, WA (2002 Toyota RAV4)

"We hav spent less than $300 on items other than normal maintainence since it was new. We replaced two sensors."

DAVID H., CA (2002 Toyota RAV4)

"What can I say? 2002 Toyota RAV4 has been the most dependable vehicle I have ever owned. Only significant issue was the need for a new engine management computer but that was covered by a Toyota extended warranty."

RICHARD G., NV (2002 Toyota RAV4)

"very dependable"

A C., CA (2002 Toyota RAV4)

"Been a great, trouble free SUV. Wish backseats came out easier."

Gary A., SC (2002 Toyota RAV4)

"Very happy with the RAV4 except I believe it burns a little oil now. Not enough that I have to replace or add oil but a little smokey on start ups. I believe that is a problem with this years engine. Rely on Consumer Reports to identify these problems before I buy my next car."

Ronald B., HI (2002 Toyota RAV4)

"good value. no repairs needed"

George D., AB (2002 Toyota RAV4)

"excellent long term reliability makes for excellent value"

Anonymous, MD (2002 Toyota RAV4)

"Excellent, reliable SUV"

Anonymous, NC (2002 Toyota RAV4)

"Great car, bought it new, no issues.Would buy another rav4 tomorrow."

Michael R., DE (2002 Toyota RAV4)

"Other than tires,oil changes one battery, very low maint for the first 12 years."

Michael M., IL (2002 Toyota RAV4)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"All good on styling. Love the lines, the rear tire and side panels which add definition."

Anonymous, MI (2002 Toyota RAV4)
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