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The RAV4 uses an energetic 2.5-liter four-cylinder and a smooth six-speed automatic that returned 24-mpg overall in tests of an AWD version. Handling is quite nimble and very secure. Though the ride is firm and well-controlled, it may not be smooth enough for some. Inside the somewhat loud cabin are clear, intuitive controls and decent fit and finish. The XLE is a good value with the auto climate control and sunroof, but the seats lack adjustable lumbar support. Access is very easy, and the rear seat is roomy. A rear-view camera is standard. The RAV4 scores Good in its latest IIHS small-overlap crash test. A freshening for 2016 improves ride comfort and noise isolation, and a hybrid version joins the line.

See Reliability page for the latest 2015 Toyota RAV4 recalls.

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 2013 RAV4 redesign eliminated the awkward side-hinged rear gate and replaced it with a more convenient top-hinged hatch. The spare tire was also moved off the rear gate to reside in a well beneath the cargo floor, which was previously occupied by...

Highs

  • Very practical, with good rear-seat and cargo room
  • Fuel-efficient

Lows

  • Ride may be overly firm
  • Cabin is not very quiet

Best Version to Get

The XLE is the best overall value. It includes standard automatic climate control and a power sunroof and tailgate for around $29,000 with all-wheel drive. However, given the budget, we'd go for a SE or Limited, simply because those top trim levels are the only ways to get a power driver's seat....

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2.5-liter 4 (176 hp)