The original Toyota RAV4 pioneered the small, car-based SUV segment in the mid-1990s, and it has continued to set a high standard for the class with each subsequent generation—until now. Today, the RAV4 is no longer among the best in class in our road tests. Toyota changed the RAV4's proportions with the redesign, drawing styling cues from its truck-based vehicles to craft a more rugged appearance.
Alerts
There are 6 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

The original Toyota RAV4 pioneered the small, car-based SUV segment in the mid-1990s, and it has continued to set a high standard for the class with each subsequent generation—until now. Today, the RAV4 is no longer among the best in class in our road tests.

Toyota changed the RAV4's proportions with the redesign, drawing styling cues from its truck-based vehicles to craft a more rugged appearance. The SUV is a bit shorter, wider, and lower than its predecessor, making a notable change in its dimensions. Sadly, these changes come at the expense of passenger and cargo room.

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
  • 8-speed Automatic
  • CVT
Engines Available
  • 2.5-liter 4 (203 hp)
  • 2.5-liter 4 hybrid (219 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2019 Toyota RAV4 owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

"When you slow down and then step on the gas nothing happens for a second or two. The trans will hunt for a gear to select and then find it and you take off with a jerk when this happens. Also when you step on the gas a little too much it down shifts and the engine makes too much noise. This is a new transmission for the RAV4, it is a 9 speed trans and I think it has some problems that Toyota needs to find a fix for it."

Wayne P., AZ (2019 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"When slowing to approximately 10 mph or less the vehicle is very slow to down shift so the vehicle lurches and hesitates before being able to accelerate. This happens most often on making turns and when driving in heavy traffic."

Anonymous, TX (2019 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"At low speed, almost stopped it has trouble deciding on what gear to go into, 1st or 2nd and clunks into one or the other with a rough shift."

Anonymous, ON (2019 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The 8-speed transmission shifts up very abruptly at lower speeds. and shifts down very abruptly. The jerking of the vehicle due to rough shifting is so bad that driving in traffic causes nausea. It is undrivable, we are returning it to the dealer."

Alex M., FL (2019 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Taking off from a stop the car will shift many times. A lot of noise."

Anonymous, MD (2019 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission computer

"there is a definite hesitation when turning into traffic. iris very problematic."

Anonymous, CA (2019 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

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

Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"There is NO clear, concise explanation of how to pair Bluetooth phone items with this system, or what that pairing will accomplish for the driver. The owner's manual is over 700 pages long and would take years to read and completely understand. I finally figured it out via trial and error."

Virginia R., ID (2019 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"We have to keep entering saved phone numbers"

Anonymous, NJ (2019 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Radio

"Again, there is lack of clear, concise explanations on very simple items such as how to select and save preferred radio stations. Trial and error over a period of 2 months worked much better than trying to read the owner's manual."

Virginia R., ID (2019 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Routine software updates

"Entune Software Update application will not download"

Sheila W., SC (2019 Toyota RAV4 XLE 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

Squeaks or rattles

"License plate from dealer was rattling. Removes and all good now."

Anonymous, MD (2019 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"sounds like the molding, could be something under the car. it shouldn't squeak or rattle, it's a brand new car."

David F., NJ (2019 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

"Road noise and engine noise are higher"

Anonymous, MD (2019 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Exhaust leaks

"The engine is too loud. Sounds like an exhaust leak. Dealer says all cars of this type sound like mine does."

Leonard M., IN (2019 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Other/unsure

"It is great when you have a line on the road on each side of the vehicle. But with the center line only it wants to wander right to find the other line, to the point of almost going into the ditch!"

Anonymous, ON (2019 Toyota RAV4 XLE 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

Mirrors

"Door mirrors rattle: over certain bumps and closing either door"

John M., ON (2019 Toyota RAV4 XLE 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

Body control module

"Seat settings (per driver 1 & 2) did not work at delivery and instructions are incorrect. Still awaiting a resolution."

Anonymous, PA (2019 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"This plastic trim piece just disappeared one day , not knowing if it was ever on?"

Larry W., AL (2019 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

Transfer case

"There was a grinding noise from the front of the car, seemed to be coming from near the drivers side front wheel. At first, the mechanics at the dealership couldn’t diagnose it. They could hear it but not sure what it was. An engineer was called in and diagnosed the problem as the transfer case. It was replaced at no charge and I was given a free loaner vehicle for 2 days while the repair was made. No problems since."

Mark W., NY (2019 Toyota RAV4 Limited 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 system is automatic and it works fine for passengers in the front area, but the system will not provide air or heat to the rear area."

Mary J., IN (2019 Toyota RAV4 Limited 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.

Engine Major

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

Brakes

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

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.

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

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