2014 Toyota RAV4

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$23,550

starting MSRP

Key specs

Base trim shown

SUV

Body style

26

Combined MPG

5

Seating capacity

179.9” x 65.4”

Dimensions

Front-wheel drive

Drivetrain

Overview

The good:

  • Efficient four-cylinder
  • Smooth ride
  • Roomy cargo area
  • More standard features

The bad:

  • Second-row no longer slides
  • Folding the seats has become more complicated
  • Too much hard plastic in the cabin
  • Firm second-row seat

3 trims

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Notable features

  • Newly available safety features
  • Four-cylinder only
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • FWD or AWD
  • Seats five
  • Standard backup camera

2014 Toyota RAV4 review: Our expert's take

What Is the 2014 Toyota RAV4?

The 2014 Toyota RAV4 is a five-seat compact SUV that competes with the Honda CR-V, Ford Escape and Mazda CX-5, among others. Trim levels include the LE, XLE and Limited. All come with front-wheel drive or optional all-wheel drive.

What's New on the 2014 Toyota RAV4?

The most notable changes for 2014 include an available Technology Package with a blind spot warning system and rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning and automatic high-beam headlights.

How Does the 2014 Toyota RAV4 Compare to Other Compact Crossovers?

The RAV4 became a much stronger competitor with its 2013 redesign than it had been for many years. The standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine is a standout in terms of both performance and fuel economy. With this engine, front-wheel-drive models are EPA-rated at 24/31 mpg city/highway, beating the CR-V (23/31) by only 1 mpg and just trailing the CX-5 (26/35). The RAV4's efficiency doesn't come at the expense of power.

Where the 2014 RAV4 stands out for the wrong reason is road noise. On a variety of surfaces, it's noticeably noisier than both the Equinox and the CR-V – but to be fair, the overall wind noise is less intrusive than we've experienced in the CR-V and CX-5.

The interior sports nothing special compared with the previous generation's; it still has hard plastic throughout the cabin. On the upside, the old buttons and dials were replaced with larger ones, making it easier for the driver to use the controls, and the technology interface is more intuitive. The RAV4 comes standard with a 6.1-inch touchscreen radio and a backup camera.

When it comes to interior space, the RAV4 (42.6 inches of front legroom) comes in second against the Escape (43.1) and is beat out by the CX-5 in rear seat legroom. There are also a few things missing from the RAV4's cabin such as a backseat sliding function. It only reclines.

What Features in the 2014 Toyota RAV4 Are Most Important?

The 2014 RAV4 comes standard with a 176-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine paired with a six-speed automatic transmission with Eco mode to help promote more efficient driving.

Significant standard features include 17-inch steel wheel with covers; a 60/40-split, folding and reclining rear seat; cruise control; a tilt/telescoping steering wheel; air conditioning and a CD stereo with 6.1-inch touchscreen, MP3 jack, USB port and Bluetooth connectivity.

Significant available features include 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, foglights, heated front seats, a power moonroof, a navigation system, roof rails, push-button start and a power liftgate.

Standard safety features include front side-impact airbags, antilock brakes, active front head restraints, a backup camera, side curtain airbags and an electronic stability system with traction control. Significant available safety features include lane departure warning, blind spot warning with rear cross-traffic alert and automatic high-beam headlights.

Should I Buy the 2014 Toyota RAV4?

The 2014 Toyota RAV4 is a good choice for shoppers who value efficiency, a smooth ride and plenty of standard features. The RAV4's downsides include some hard interior plastics, firm seating and a complicated backseat folding routine.

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Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.4
  • Interior 4.2
  • Performance 4.4
  • Value 4.3
  • Exterior 4.5
  • Reliability 4.6
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Most recent consumer reviews

4.0

rav4 very gud

Overall, the RAV4 is a great car for commuting, families of four, and space. The RAV4 is the best when it comes to reliability. The RAV4 is very spacious in the second row and the trunk and the car offers comfortable seats. The RAV4 gets okay fuel economy but it does do decent in the snow. However there are some things that it lacks. The RAV4's navigation system is very frustrating to use, just use google maps instead. The RAV4's interior quality is not that great either, there are tons of fake buttons and plastic throughout the interior, but no one who buys a RAV4 cares about the interior. The RAV4 has decent styling, but it is not as stylish as the Mazda CX-5. The RAV4 only has 1 engine option, but does not feel underpowered. The RAV4 also doesn't have a very quiet or comfortable ride. Even though the seats are comfortable, the ride is loud and the inside rattles frequently. If you don't care about luxury and want a practical, reliable car, the RAV4 is perfect.

5.0

Very Reliable!!

I absolutely am in love with my Rav! The gas mileage is great! I have owned my Rav for years! I just turned over 100000 miles on it. I have not had any big problems with it at all! They don't make cars like this anymore! My RAV is so very reliable! It also does super great in the snow as well!

4.0

THE BEST NEW CAR EVER PURCHASED BY ME!!!

Owned a silver 2014 Rav 4 XLS for 9+ years now. The best car I have ever owned to date just required to do regular oil and filter changes 2 brake jobs and routine maintenance. Very good on gas consumption compared to my GMC Envoy, Jeep Grand Cherooke!

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Safety

Based on the 2014 Toyota RAV4 base trim.
Combined side rating front seat
5
Combined side rating rear seat
5
Frontal barrier crash rating driver
4
Frontal barrier crash rating passenger
3
Overall frontal barrier crash rating
4
Overall rating
4
Overall side crash rating
5
Risk of rollover
17.4%
Rollover rating
4
Side barrier rating
5
Side barrier rating driver
5
Side barrier rating passenger rear seat
5
Side pole rating driver front seat
4

Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Toyota
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
36 months/36,000 miles
Corrosion
60 months/unlimited distance
Powertrain
60 months/60,000 miles
Maintenance
24 months/25,000 miles
Roadside assistance
24 months/25,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
7 years/less than 85,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
12 months/12, 000 miles
Powertrain
7 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
160- or 174-point inspections
Roadside assistance
Yes
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