Not only has it pioneered the genre, but the Toyota RAV4 has been one of the better compact SUVs, consistently among the top-ranked models in the class. But competition in the small-SUV class has never been stiffer, so to maintain its position the freshened 2016 Toyota RAV4 underwent a number of changes.
Alerts
There are 2 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
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

Not only has it pioneered the genre, but the Toyota RAV4 has been one of the better compact SUVs, consistently among the top-ranked models in the class. But competition in the small-SUV class has never been stiffer, so to maintain its position the freshened 2016 Toyota RAV4 underwent a number of changes. It has a quieter cabin, slightly retouched interior and exterior styling, and a kinder, gentler suspension for an improved ride.

For those who want to make an ecological statement, there is a new hybrid version that gets a terrific 31 mpg overall. Toyota also added a pseudo-sporty SE variant to the line.

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.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
  • CVT
Engines Available
  • 2.5-liter 4 hybrid (194 hp)
  • 2.5-liter 4 (176 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2016 Toyota RAV4 owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Backup or other camera/sensors

"Alarms kept going off. They tell me the connections were loose. Final check up is next week"

Anonymous, OR (2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The display is ineffective when used during the daytime in normal sunlight conditions. Parking assist and GPS functions are for the most part ineffective and distracting. This product should also have never been released for use to the customer. My $200 Garmin NAVI operates must better"

Maxwell S., ON (2016 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"In sun, the Rear Nav Display is impossible to see. A real safety problem"

Steven H., NJ (2016 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The screen will freeze when a call ends. The radio will come on but there is no way to control anything"

Todd J., CA (2016 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"ocassionally does not select the best route choice. Difficult to stop once started. Telephone favorites used to appear without the name and a truncated phone number"

Anonymous, IL (2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Vehicle location on GPS was several miles from the actual position"

Douglas B., CA (2016 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Phone will disconnect from the pairing, then reconnect, then disconnect, sometimes every couple of minutes, over and over again. It will not stay paired to receive txt msgs. Sometimes that works, sometimes it doesn't. I have to pair it again to get back to working with txt msgs"

Anonymous, IA (2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Bluetooth failed and the car's Bluetooth transmitter was replaced"

Anonymous, DE (2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The pairing is lost for no apparent reason, and is sometimes difficult to correct. The car may have to be restarted in order to get the pairing to work properly"

Karen R., GA (2016 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Won't work with my Apple phones"

David K., CA (2016 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The radio volume changes without warning. This is not due to speeding up or road noise. It seems to not receive as strong a signal at some points in time than others. The radio has also gone off completely and the car must be restarted in order to fix the situation"

Karen R., GA (2016 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Voice control commands

"The voice command system is terrible. It is clunky and really poor at recognizing what I've said. It is so much easier to work around it and ask Siri to place phone calls, get directions, or do any of a number of tasks that the Entune system is supposed to do on its own. The computer engineering on this system is way behind the times"

Anonymous, CT (2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Voice recognition is terrible. The system does not recognize commands about 50% of the time. Much less reliable than Android Auto, which I used in a rental car"

Anonymous, WI (2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"GPS navigation voice commands usually do not work. I have retrained the system several times. It is an expensive product that simply does not work. It is distracting to use and should never have been offered. I'm sorry I purchased this car"

Maxwell S., ON (2016 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The Voice Recognition System is terrible. It never gets commands correct. Toyota is not able to fix. Terrible"

Steven H., NJ (2016 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Doors or sliding doors

"rear deck not latching"

Anonymous, DE (2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Glass defects

"Drivers side door window shattered for no reason"

Anonymous, CO (2016 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Heated or cooled seat controls

"The Rav is a hybrid and the heating system is poor in cold weather. I took into Toyota Dealership and they said they found no issue. In -10 C you must leave a jacket on as the interior does not heat sufficiently to do so. Front seats are okay because of seat heaters but cold in the back. It is a HUGE disappointment and effects if I would tell someone to buy one!"

George C., BC (2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Locks and latches

"Recall--it was fixed"

T P., PA (2016 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The console needs replaced because of a broken latch.estimated cost 380.00. The service advisor was aware of issues cropping up concerning the console. I am planning to file a complaint with Toyota"

Anonymous, OH (2016 Toyota RAV4 Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"Rear tailgate motor was replaced as it failed and wouldn't work. Was covered by warranty but I feel like I will need to have replaced again as it is noisy"

George C., BC (2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Rear hatch sticks when trying to open"

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"I took the vehicle in to have the tires rotated and was told that there was a recall on the hatch latch. (Sorry. I couldn't help myself there.) They fixed the problem and rotated the tires in well under the estimated time"

Jack B., AZ (2016 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Seal around sun roof has been replaced twice and it STILL leaks (even if it's only a light rain)"

Anonymous, NV (2016 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

"rattle inside passenger door. Dealer fixed it"

Anonymous, AZ (2016 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Squeak in the door behind the passenger"

Anonymous, TX (2016 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"There is a noise when braking or accelerating"

Delmar E., OH (2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Wind noise

"Drivers side wind noise. They can't find the leak or do anything about it"

Anonymous, IL (2016 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I am disappointed in the amount of noise in my RAV4 compared to the comparable vehicles of my children and friends. The noise becomes annoying above 30 mph"

Norma G., MN (2016 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"strange noises from the brakes that the dealer has no clue about and what the issue is"

Geoff B., BC (2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Squeaking

"Just after purchasing the car in the winter the brakes squeezed when I applied the brakes. The dealer told me it was common and would go away as the car warmed up. Eventually the dealer repaired the brakes and did not charge me for the $350 bill that they created working on the car. No problem sine then"

Jeanie H., NY (2016 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"As I press on the brakes sqweeking kicked in"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Toyota RAV4 LE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"Battery died after less than1 year"

Anonymous, ON (2016 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Electronic ignition

"After battery change, I had an situation where the car would not start but not sure if it was the car or me"

Anonymous, ON (2016 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"The paint on this vehicle chips very easily. It's a new car and is chipped all over"

Anonymous, CO (2016 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I had an accident in this car and the right front fender needed repair and re painting. It was being repaired for 2 days"

Mary P., SD (2016 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Automatic climate control

"The controls are not user friendly. I cannot have air blowing on my face, and the Automatic button will not work on foot-directed air unless it is VERY cold outside. I find it hard to believe that I cannot have full control over air direction. Also, it takes 10 minutes before heat comes on in cold weather. This is absurd!"

Norma G., MN (2016 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Transmission leaks

"Transmision leaked"

Anonymous, WI (2016 Toyota RAV4 Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

12V power plug

"A couple of them started working. Replacing fuse fixed the problem"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

4WD/AWD components

"Passenger side rear axle seal leaking from the rear differential at approximately 6000 miles and 6 and a half months of ownership. Toyota dealer replaced seal under warranty. Required leaving my vehicle at the dealer overnight. A loaner vehicle was provided at no charge"

Anonymous, IL (2016 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

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