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2014 Toyota RAV4

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$10,642 — $20,898 USED
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Sport Utility
5 Seats
25-27 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

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
2014 Toyota RAV4 exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2014 Toyota RAV4
  • Newly available safety features
  • Four-cylinder only
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • FWD or AWD
  • Seats five
  • Standard backup camera

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2014 Toyota RAV4 Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

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

What drivers are saying

4.4
180 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.5)
Performance
(4.4)
Interior Design
(4.2)
Comfort
(4.3)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.3)

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(4.0)

2014 RAV radio issues

by Cairomom from Corydon on January 21, 2020

My 2014 Rav 4 stereo just went out!! The bluetooth began to kick on and off a few days ago, I thought is was issues with my phone. Read full review

(5.0)

Meet my expectation in every way

by Chan from Portland,Or on January 8, 2020

I owned this car since 2014. The front seat at least for a smaller person (5'6") is comfy, though an adjustable lumbar support would make the seat better.Engine power is enough to easily get up to ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2014 Toyota RAV4 currently has 3 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Toyota

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    24 months / 25,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The RAV4 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*

Third-row access

N/A

Infant seat

A

Booster

(second row)

A

Booster

(third row)

N/A

Latch or Latch system

B

Forward-facing convertible

(third row)

N/A

Forward-facing convertible

(second row)

B

Rear-facing convertible

A
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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