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

"Adequate acceleration; I've never been happy with the gas mileage, especially around town Avg 17-19 in town"

Anonymous, OR (2002 Toyota RAV4)

"It doesnt have a lot of power for driving up hills"

Anonymous, CA (2002 Toyota RAV4)

"It will turn on a dime. It accelerates wonderfully. I love my car"

Anonymous, CA (2002 Toyota RAV4)

"This is a 4 cylinder and as such has just sufficient acceleration. Not great. Handling is pretty good. My main beef here is that we needed to have the valve rings replaced at about 65,000 miles."

Roland R., NC (2002 Toyota RAV4)

"With manual transmission, the car accelerates and handles well. I will not buy another car because I do NOT want to buy an automatic. I want to drive the car and not have the car decide when and how to accelerate. It would solve the texting proble, since it takes two hands to drive."

Anonymous, HI (2002 Toyota RAV4)

"nimble fun to drive easy to park."

Dennis P., TN (2002 Toyota RAV4)

"A bit undepowered but adequate for my needs. It has benign but unexciting handling."

Daniel C., KY (2002 Toyota RAV4)

"The rav4 spins out really easily on icy roads"

Erin R., IL (2002 Toyota RAV4)

"Great driver height and vision; peppy"

Andrew D., TN (2002 Toyota RAV4)

"Handling and turning radius has been much better than I had expected. Acceleration is a little bit wanting but if you plan for it in your driving it is OK."

Anonymous, WA (2002 Toyota RAV4)

"For the size, I wish the acceleration was better. It’s particularly problematic in very hilly areas. The handling, otherwise is just fine. That said, the car is 18 yrs old, still runs great, has had no big issues and owes me nothing!"

Adrienne, MA (2002 Toyota RAV4)

"This car still runs smoothly and comfortably and has a tremendous amount of pep for the engine size . Very smooth handling"

David A., MA (2002 Toyota RAV4)

"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)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Do not like visual color of displays - clock, mileage reading, etc. Black on tan makes them difficult to read."

Anonymous, OH (2002 Toyota RAV4)

"I wish seats folded flat to floor, in rear."

Anonymous, CA (2002 Toyota RAV4)

"Still rides somewhat smoothly for being 16 years old. Seats are a bit firm."

William K., PA (2002 Toyota RAV4)

"After 16+ years, the car is comfortable and quiet. We'll keep it forever."

Thomas D., IL (2002 Toyota RAV4)

"Driver's seat position is good, and adjustable. Good lower back support. Lots of headroom."

Susan H., WA (2002 Toyota RAV4)

"good seats. low noise level. good vision from drivers seat"

Anonymous, AB (2002 Toyota RAV4)

"I could ride around all day in my RAV4 and never have a backache. Great seats."

Anonymous, PA (2002 Toyota RAV4)

"The seats are uncomfortably hard and the noise level at freeway speeds is deafening"

Anonymous, NV (2002 Toyota RAV4)

"car is older now and the seats are not as comfortable now."

Anonymous, CA (2002 Toyota RAV4)

"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)

Value

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

What Owners Say

"this car has been very reliable with no major problems"

Anonymous, MD (2002 Toyota RAV4)

"Has lasted me for 16 years with minimal maintenance costs."

William K., PA (2002 Toyota RAV4)

"The cost was acceptable. Costs of maintenance and operations have been as expected or better. Has required only normal maintenance. Has been very reliable for 16 years."

Anonymous, GA (2002 Toyota RAV4)

"Great value for the price paid. Overall, this car has held up well without a lot of problems. Unfortunately, we have had some emissions systems/sensor issues that missed being recall eligible due to time frame of issues."

Anonymous, AZ (2002 Toyota RAV4)

"Excellent commuter vehicle"

Anonymous, NC (2002 Toyota RAV4)

"It has been super reliable and the cost per mile is probably the best of any car I have ever owned."

Anonymous, NV (2002 Toyota RAV4)

"The price was moderate when I bought the car new. Now, 16 years later, my amortized annual cost is very low. At my recent oil-change, the mechanic said the car should run another 100,000 miles. My annual costs will be minuscule by then! :-)"

Susan H., WA (2002 Toyota RAV4)

"This car also has been trouble free and for 16 years has held up really well. At the time of purchase I loved the styling and the dependability is fantastic. It doesn't have tremendous milage but still runs like a clock. It handles so well and is still real peppy and well running. Never spent any money on problems repairs."

David A., MA (2002 Toyota RAV4)

"It’s not a fancy car but it has proven to be a good value based on its longevity and consistency."

Daniel C., KY (2002 Toyota RAV4)

"Still gets me there and gets me back after 16 years."

Danling S., TX (2002 Toyota RAV4)

"THE CAR HAS DONE EVERYTHING WE WANTED FROM IT. WE HAVE USED IT AS A UTILITY VECIAL BY REMOVING THE BACK SEATS AND AS A FAMILY CAR AS REQUIRED. THE SEATS HAVE BEEN COMTERABLE EVEN ON LONG TRIPS, 2000 OR BETTER MILES. MPG @ 24 AVG IS NOT BAD."

Anonymous, WA (2002 Toyota RAV4)

"very reliable ,"

Dennis P., TN (2002 Toyota RAV4)

"This 16 year old car has had very few problems. With regular maintenance it just keeps on going and going."

Anonymous, CA (2002 Toyota RAV4)

"The car still runs well after 16+ years. We have no interest in buying a new car. It has been great investment for us."

Thomas D., IL (2002 Toyota RAV4)

"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)

Styling

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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