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.
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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

"Drives like a sports car. Responsive, well-powered, smooth ride. A delight to drive."

Anonymous, ON (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"great acceleration and handling"

Anonymous, NC (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"Had plenty of pick-up in spite of getting 30 mpg."

Anonymous, CT (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"Lots of power when needed. Overall driving experience very good"

Anonymous, BC (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"Provides a smoother acceleration than older RAV4"

Anonymous, TX (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"For a small SUV, this car really can get around. It has a great start to 50 miles per hour. It's a classy looking car that gives a lot of energy considering that it's a hybrid."

Joseph M., OH (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"I like the way it handles. The acceleration is good for a vehicle this size.. I also like that I sit higher in the vehicle."

Anonymous, CA (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"good power"

Anonymous, KS (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"Handling is good. Coming from a 6 cylinder to the hybrid, it lacks the spunk, but can make it up hills in ok fashion. The increased mpg is worth that small difference."

Anonymous, KY (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"excellent"

K F., OR (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"This is a peppy care with great handling! Fun to drive!"

Anonymous, CA (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"This car handles well in all areas"

Anonymous, GA (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"Everything is great!!"

John F., NV (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"Very Quiet interior, great safety features, great sound system"

Anonymous, PA (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"The new 2017 Rav4 computerized transmission shifts so smoothly you feel nothing, just acceleration. It also is very economical when you select the ECO mode. Or if you select Sport Mode you will accelerate so fast you better make sure no cops are watching ... no joke! The handling is instant, and the new Lane Assist is great for highway driving to warn you if you start crossing lanes. Also the radar feature will break the Rav4 if kids, dogs or people walk in front of you. The new technology..."

Leonard P., AZ (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"Very impressed with hybrid's acceleration and nimble handling."

Anonymous, FL (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"The acceleration is very acceptable even in the ECO mode and very good in the sport mode."

Richard B., NE (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"see last entry"

Bill F., WA (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"Up-right seating and good visibility. CVT feels like a sophisticated regular transmission."

John H., MD (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"Acceleration and regenerative braking are excellent. It is a little giggly on rough and patched pavement. I always drive with passenger and rear seat headrests lowered or removed which improves visibility to the right and rear."

R R., MA (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"Quite smooth, but doesn't feel as smooth as the Toyota Camry Hybrid, and, when accelerating, it feels slightly under-powered (whereas the Camry Hybrid feels quite powerful)."

Susan S., TX (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"Haven't used it in snow yet, anxious to see if it will drive as well as my 2003 Subaru."

Anonymous, OR (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"Excellent looks, drive, handling and space. Love it."

M G., CA (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"Major safety features. auto brake, lane control."

Anonymous, NV (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"Hybrid has much better acceleration than the 4 cylinder gas model. Milage is significantly better if you do a good amount of local driving"

David W., NJ (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"Handles well for a C U V and am very impressed with acceleration for a hybrid. Only wished I had known that the next grade up hybrid has a sportier suspension."

Anonymous, CA (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"Hybrid technology is quite evolved."

Anonymous, MI (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"The new safety features are very valuable to me. I especially like the way the cruise control has morphed into a limited automatic function, allowing me to keep on a set speed but to automatically always keep a safe distance between me and the next vehicle."

Donald R., VA (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"4 cyl. engine poor acceleration, vehicle drives like it is barely touching the road"

Henry B., MA (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"I love the look and the smooth ride, although a little bouncy on some bumpy roads."

Robert C., IL (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"Handling, outward view, safety features. Acceleration can be a little bit better though."

Rajpal S., NJ (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"Good pickup, nice short turning circle... I LOVE, LOVE - adaptive (radar) cruise control, blind side monitoring, rearview camera, and exp0ecially love rear cross-traffic alert I do wish that the lane departure warning was a LOT louder."

Robert Z., OK (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"Again, this car moves out AND it's quieter than our '09 RAV4. It's not 'quite' as 'enthusiastic' at starting out but it performs fine and the handling is just as good, if not better than our older model RAV4. Love that it's quieter inside too."

Lionz G., WA (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"Vehicle has good acceleration. The 6 speed transmission is smooth and seems to contribute to the good acceleration and quietness."

Paul T., NL (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"Bouncy"

Anonymous, NY (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"The vehicle handles responsively in city and highway traffic."

Anonymous, TX (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"handling is excellent and the acceleration exceeds my expectations for a 2.5 4-cylinder power plant"

Anonymous, AZ (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"Very nimble, good acceleration, and great view of the road."

Anonymous, WA (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"I installed a dashboard mounted DIGITAL speedometer because I didn't like the analog speedometer on the RAV4. You can see it on RAV4WORLD.com."

Tom A., MN (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"Handles well and the high seating gives you a better view outside."

Anonymous, FL (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"I have no fears or concerns about accelerating onto the interstate highway system as this vehicle demonstrates adequate power for all my driving needs."

D M., OH (2017 Toyota RAV4)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Lov everything about it ,!would like more ports for the IPhone.."

John F., NV (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"Great ride, quiet and packed with safety features"

John S., OH (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"We previously owned a 2007 Ford Explorer. We frequently take long driving trips. In the 07 explorer we were never, ever uncomfortable. After 4 hours in the RAV4, we are uncomfortable. After 8 hours, we are very uncomfortable. I'm considering that i may have to change vehicles sooner than I'd like."

Jane G., FL (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"The seats are comfortable and the ride is quiet."

Anonymous, OK (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"Seats worse than the 2008 Highlander,"

Henry B., MA (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"Not as comfortable as the Lincoln"

Anonymous, FL (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"Love the extra lumbar support and seat controls. Most comfortable I have ever been when driving."

Miles W., FL (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"Seats too narrow and very difficult to see out, particularly to the rear quarter. There is a rattle that began the first week"

Tim J., OR (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"Very comfortable in the front. Less so in the back"

Anonymous, NY (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"Very roomy, good views, very quiet, comfortable."

Anonymous, AL (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"Like riding in a limo ... no noise ... LOVE IT! AND in total comfort. I would be jealous of someone else if I DIDN'T own this Rav4! WHY wouldn't a reasonable person want a Rav4?"

Leonard P., AZ (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"Males shorter than 5'8" may have discomfort getting in seat, lip on edge of seat pinches male parts."

Anonymous, AZ (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"I had to buy lumbar and neck cushions to compensate for least comfortable Toyota seat we've had after owning Prius, Sienna, Camry in prior years."

Scott M., MO (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"great riding car with above average inside quality"

Raymond J., IN (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"I have owned my RAV4 Hybrid for less than a month. So far I'm well satisfied with its comfort on most road surfaces. Not as smooth and quiet a ride as my 2007 Highlander.It is quite peppy, and does well merging with high speed traffic. I bought this car because of it's up to date safety features, and getting used to them."

R R., MA (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"Too new to tell; however, if it like my previous RAV4, I expect it to be a superb vehicle."

Anonymous, TX (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"Comfortable, fully adjustable seating, quiet ride, easy access to all controls. Warning systems are a life saver."

Anonymous, ON (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"The overall ride, including road noise, is a bit more than I expected. When shopping for this vehicle, my wife's first choice was the Subaru Forrester. However, we went with the RAV4 because 1) great Toyota experiences with past vehicles and 2) a bit larger seat than the Forrester (front to back). While the seat is better, and seemed the best choice right after test driving the Forrester, I don't care to drive long distances in this vehicle. We also had plans to buy a 2017 Highlander (for me), w..."

Jeffrey P., KS (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"I can't believe that a small SUV can be so quiet and comfortable."

Jon P., IA (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"The ride quality is great and the noise level very quiet for a SUV. Much smoother and quieter than our 2012 Honda CRV."

Richard B., NE (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"Driver position, quiet ride. I am more relaxed after longer rides."

Mark T., MA (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"So far we have not been able to find the "right" adjustment for the seats. Currently driving more than 10 miles bothers both my back and my arms."

Anonymous, OH (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"The interior layout of the RAV4 looks fantastic and everything is easy to use and reach. The cloth seats are comfortable and nice looking as my wife and I don't like leather seats. Noise levels are low and the ride is nice and handling is crisp. Such a great looking vehicle inside and out."

Jim C., WA (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"Quiet and comfortable ride for a SUV."

Anonymous, NJ (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"Extremely comfortable."

Anonymous, FL (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"The seats themselves are comfortable if somewhat on the firm side, its the headrests where I have an issue. The headrests in this car (like most with inactive headrests) do not work well with my head shape and result in extreme neck fatigue in less than an hour of driving."

Stanley C., MS (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"Ride is a bit harsh."

Anonymous, RI (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"Front seat is very comfortable for my wife. I am six foot three and I am a bit cramped for leg room. Back support is very good. Ride is smooth. Very little wind or road noise enters the cabin."

Terry P., OH (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"Very comfortable ride and very quiet inside cabin"

William S., FL (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"smooth ride, comfortable seats"

Anonymous, MA (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"Seats are comfortable. Ride is quiet. Padding is soft and seats support back."

Anonymous, KS (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"I paid extra for power seats but found that the right seat does not come with that, only the driver seat! Toyota has a problem with filtering out road noise."

Anonymous, AR (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"This SUV rides smooth, similar to a sedan and is very quiet."

Raymond H., KY (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"i have the limited model, the car is very quite with a smooth ride. i wish that the drivers seat lower side bolsters were a little wider"

Anonymous, MA (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"More noise than I anticipated. Doesn't handle as well as the Sienna"

Anonymous, CA (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"Nice seating position"

D W., IL (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"This vehicle is very quiet, with minimal road noise. Drivers seat is very comfortable.Passinger seat would be better if it was 6 way power. Both seats would also be better cooled."

Anonymous, PA (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"all around the seats in the rav are very comfortable"

Stephen F., NB (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"Good lumbar support"

Fred S., CA (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"Just drove to FL and back from CT. It drove awesome the entire way. 2660 miles."

Anonymous, CT (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"The RAV is very quiet and comfortable. It drives more like a car to me than an SUV."

Gerald M., IN (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"Hard"

Anonymous, NY (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"Road noise, bumpy ride, driver's seat not adjustable or comfortable for my wife. She is 5 ft. 1 inch and has to sit on a thick cushion with a pillow against her back to be able to see the road ahead of her."

Mark P., PA (2017 Toyota RAV4)

Value

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

What Owners Say

"This SUV is loaded for the price. Has features that you see in a $50000 car."

Anonymous, TX (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"Good looks, good mileage for all city driving I have done so far. Ease of entry and exiting the car and outward vision. very handy for hauling things Like all the new safety features Toyota now makes standard on the hybrid."

Anonymous, CA (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"It was high priced to get the features we needed."

Anonymous, IL (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"Excellent history of quality and reliability. Safety features are awesome....price of safety features was awesome. Fit and finish is impressive."

William B., NY (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"Many features included for this trim level, Limited, and the safety features such as blind spot monitor, lane departure, etc. and standard on the Toyota"

Raymond H., KY (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"Great fuel economy and standard pedestrian detection, lane departure alert, dynamic radar cruise control and other safety features."

Rajpal S., NJ (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"The 2017 Rav4 Hybrid with all its standard safety features, and good gas mileage for an SUV offers great value as a primary family vehicle."

G K., MN (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"very good price for the equipment you get on vehicle"

Anonymous, PA (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"Tons of nice features included in Limited Package along with a nicely priced hybrid drive system."

D M., OH (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"We were able to get all of the safety systems in our RAV4 that you wold only find in the most expensive model cars. The ride is reaonably controlled and responsive. It is a fun car to drive and park! My wife was reluctant to accept this car as a replacement for her Cadillac, but now has developed a real love for this RAV4. The features and price were great."

Anonymous, MI (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"Top of the line trim for well under invoice. Reliability is great! Handles well in emergencies."

Robert C., HI (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"Seemed expensive relative to otherbrands in its class."

Anonymous, ME (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"excellent"

K F., OR (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"I have the limited edition which I think is a bit overpriced, but I would buy again in order to have the features offered in the package."

Anonymous, MA (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"Hits the sweet spot for usability, safety and cost."

D S., CT (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"got a great deal on a great vehicle"

Kerry R., TN (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"My wife loves her RAV4!"

John H., MD (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"Did not buy it loaded, thus spent only 24K purchase price."

Ronald E., MO (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"reasonably priced for model chosen, was able to benefit with offered incentives and dealer price reduction."

Anonymous, MA (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"I got talked into a lease rather than purchase and then the dealer determined the agreed upon value based on what I was willing to pay monthly rather than on the price they would have sold the car for. Then in the leasing process I never saw any of the numbers until I had signed the documents and then they printed my copy of the signed documents. Very deceptive process."

Anonymous, WA (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"Amazing vehicle for the price paid."

Anonymous, MD (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"Purchased a Toyota Camry in 2016 and a Rav4 in 2017. Both were LE models. Very disappointed that the Rav4 did not have the same standard features that the Camry came with eg: heated mirrors, variable intermittent windshield wipers, one touch electric windows, power driver's seat."

Ron G., NY (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"Too new to tell; however, if it like my previous RAV4, I expect it to be a superb vehicle"

Anonymous, TX (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"I was able to purchase a Limited Hybrid model for almost the same price as the non hybrids, under $31,000 with rebates and discounts."

Jon P., IA (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"good gas mileage though for a hybrid I would have thought it would be better"

Anonymous, NY (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"got the deal we wanted from the dealer with little trouble."

Louis L., MA (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"Competitive pricing. Strong standard features. No frivilous add on packages"

Allen H., NV (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"Hybrid only 700 extra"

Anonymous, KS (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"a lot of car for the price"

Anonymous, NC (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"It is good value for the money."

Anonymous, RI (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"The one thing you all didn't mention is the safety system. The lane alert and the collision control are GREAT."

Bill F., WA (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"Dealer add on costs for perpetration seem excessive, add them on with out asking you if you want them."

Anonymous, AZ (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"Hybrid version has more power, especially in Sport Mode."

Fred S., CA (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"All Toyota's have great resale value."

Anonymous, NV (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"Got a fully-loaded Limited edition hybrid for the price of an XLE from a volume Toyota store. They threw in for a pittance 8 - 1- years worth of free maintenance including all electronics and hybrid materials"

Anonymous, AZ (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"Good value, but the buying experience of dealerships is terrible."

Anonymous, FL (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"lots of safety features"

Anonymous, NJ (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"I think that for only 700 more for the hybrid, its a no brainer."

Anonymous, PA (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"Excellent value for a small SUV that is a hybrid and beats all the others on gas mileage. Also has a lot of room and storage capacity."

Paul G., MD (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"Base model was affordable, handles well, gets good mileage and has the collision avoidance and lane warning standard on the base model. I really like the adaptive cruise control too."

Anonymous, CA (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"I purchased my 2017 RAV4 in October 2016 and did not receive any discount from sticker price. It was our 3rd Toyota from same dealership. Couldn't believe there was no loyalty discount from Toyota or end of season discount given, sould have shopped around."

Anonymous, FL (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"Feel that cost for what you get is excellent"

David W., NJ (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"Hybrid version was only $750 more than standard models."

Don S., MI (2017 Toyota RAV4)

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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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