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Toyota RAV4

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The Toyota RAV4 was one of the earliest car-based crossover SUVs. Now in its fourth generation, it’s one of the best-selling vehicles in the U.S. The current RAV4 has compact dimensions and seats up to five people. It’s powered by a four-cylinder engine and offers a choice of front- or all-wheel drive; there’s also an available hybrid drivetrain. Maximum towing capacity is 3,500 pounds when properly equipped, further enhancing its versatility. A good fit for small families, the RAV4’s key competitors include the Honda CR-V, Nissan Rogue, Subaru Forester and Ford Escape.

Good Fit For
Small Families

Small Family vehicles include mid-size and larger sedans, hatchbacks, wagons, SUVs and minivans with four doors and five seats.

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Towing

Towing vehicles can tow a minimum of 2,000 pounds (see specifications for maximum). May require specific trim level and/or optional features.

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4 Generations

RAV4 - 4 Generations

2013–2019 RAV4

Redesigned in 2013
2013–2019 RAV4 Generation, 2019 Toyota RAV4 model shown Showing the 2019 Toyota RAV4

In the fourth-generation RAV4, a liftgate replaced previous models’ side-opening rear door, and the spare tire moved under the cargo floor. The V-6 engine and third row were dropped, leaving all gas-only models with a 176-horsepower four-cylinder engine and seating for five. Overall length shrunk by an inch, and the RAV4’s styling took on a meaner, more aggressive look. Inside, the rear seat lost its fore-aft sliding feature, and the relocated spare tire took up some underfloor storage space. A RAV4 Hybrid with standard all-wheel drive was added for the 2016 model year, and for 2017 Toyota’s Safety Sense P active safety suite became standard.

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  • MSRP Range $24,660–$36,400
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.9) 345 reviews
  • Combined MPG 24-26
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  • MSRP Range $24,410–$36,150
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.8) 458 reviews
  • Combined MPG 25-26
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Notable Features in 2017
  • New high-end Platinum trim available
  • Hybrid version available
  • Newly standard active safety features
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • LED lighting availabl
  • Current List Price $15,820–$27,744
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.6) 108 reviews
  • Combined MPG 25-26
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Notable Features in 2016
  • All-new RAV4 Hybrid variant
  • All modes slightly restyled
  • Electric all-wheel drive system
  • New, sportier SE trim level
  • Available LED lighting
  • New interior materials
  • Additional sound deadening materials
  • Current List Price $15,513–$24,409
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.5) 241 reviews
  • Combined MPG 25-26
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Notable Features in 2015
  • Four-cylinder only
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • FWD or AWD
  • Seats five
  • Standard backup camera
  • Current List Price $13,369–$22,421
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.4) 154 reviews
  • Combined MPG 25-27
  • Body Styles:

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Notable Features in 2014
  • Newly available safety features
  • Four-cylinder only
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • FWD or AWD
  • Seats five
  • Standard backup camera
  • Current List Price $12,534–$21,238
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.4) 140 reviews
  • Combined MPG 25-27
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Notable Features in 2013
  • Four-cylinder only
  • V-6 dropped for 2013
  • New six-speed automatic transmission
  • FWD or AWD
  • Third-row discontinued for 2013
  • Standard backup camera
  • Side-hinged tailgate replaced by traditional roof-hinged setup
  • Spare tire moved from cargo door to under cargo floor

2006–2012 RAV4

Redesigned in 2006
Showing the 2012 Toyota RAV4

The RAV4 grew into compact dimensions with this redesign, adding 14 inches of overall length and more than 3 inches of width. It also gained an optional third row that increased seating capacity to seven (seating for five was still standard). In addition, a 269-hp V-6 engine became available as an upgrade to the standard four-cylinder engine. Optional on-demand all-wheel drive replaced a permanently engaged 4WD system, and a manual transmission was no longer offered. A larger, more powerful four-cylinder arrived for 2009, and in 2012 a battery-powered RAV4 EV (engineered by Tesla) with an EPA-estimated range of 103 miles went on sale in California. EV production continued into 2014 on this design.

  • Current List Price $9,588–$19,620
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.7) 98 reviews
  • Combined MPG 22-25
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Notable Features in 2012
  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • FWD or AWD
  • Five or seven seats
  • Available backup camera
  • Current List Price $7,935–$16,727
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.6) 111 reviews
  • Combined MPG 22-25
  • Body Styles:

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Notable Features in 2011
  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • FWD or AWD
  • Five- or seven-person capacity
  • Available backup camera
  • Current List Price $7,007–$15,707
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.6) 104 reviews
  • Combined MPG 22-25
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Notable Features in 2010
  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • FWD or AWD
  • Five- or seven-person capacity
  • Available backup camera
  • Current List Price $6,404–$14,572
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.5) 53 reviews
  • Combined MPG 22-25
  • Body Styles:

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Notable Features in 2009
  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • FWD or AWD
  • Five- or seven-person capacity
  • New backup camera
  • Current List Price $5,533–$13,209
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.4) 77 reviews
  • Combined MPG 22-24
  • Body Styles:

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Notable Features in 2008
  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • FWD or AWD
  • Five- or seven-person capacity
  • Available Sport model
  • Current List Price $4,944–$12,172
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.3) 111 reviews
  • Combined MPG 24-27
  • Body Styles:

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Notable Features in 2007
  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • FWD or AWD
  • Five- or seven-person capacity
  • Available Sport model
  • Current List Price $4,784–$11,464
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.4) 68 reviews
  • Combined MPG 24-27
  • Body Styles:

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Notable Features in 2006
  • Redesigned and enlarged for 2006
  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • FWD or AWD
  • Five- or seven-person capacity
  • New Sport model

2001–2005 RAV4

Redesigned in 2001
Showing the 2005 Toyota RAV4

The second-generation RAV4 was slightly larger, roomier inside and featured more chiseled styling. It could seat up to five people, and it came only as a four-door SUV. The spare tire was mounted on the rear door, which swung open to the right -- two carryover features from the first generation. A new four-cylinder engine made more power, and a larger, still-more-powerful four-cylinder with 161 hp arrived for the 2004 model year.

  • Current List Price $4,118–$9,826
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.8) 32 reviews
  • Combined MPG 24-27
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  • Current List Price $3,249–$9,213
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.4) 18 reviews
  • Combined MPG 24-28
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  • Current List Price $3,306–$8,574
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.4) 38 reviews
  • Combined MPG 24-28
  • Body Styles:

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  • Current List Price $2,924–$8,736
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.6) 25 reviews
  • Combined MPG 24-28
  • Body Styles:

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Read About the 2002 Model 2002 RAV4 Articles
  • Current List Price $2,590–$7,614
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.4) 19 reviews
  • Combined MPG 24-28
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1996–2000 RAV4

Redesigned in 1996
Showing the 2000 Toyota RAV4

The RAV4 (Recreational Activity Vehicle with 4WD) subcompact SUV debuted in two- and four-door versions with a choice of front-wheel drive or permanently engaged four-wheel drive. It was based on the platform used for the Celica sports coupe and had unibody construction, an independent suspension and a four-cylinder engine. A two-door convertible version became available for the 1998 model year but was dropped in 2000. Starting in 1997, Toyota produced small numbers of RAV4 electric vehicles to meet California’s zero-emission-vehicle requirements. The EVs had a range of 88 to 95 miles; sales continued into 2003. 

  • Current List Price $1,749–$7,613
  • Consumer Rating
    (5.0) 5 reviews
  • Combined MPG 23-26
  • Body Styles:

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  • Current List Price $2,370–$5,982
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.4) 13 reviews
  • Combined MPG 23-26
  • Body Styles:

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  • Current List Price $1,505–$6,813
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.8) 12 reviews
  • Combined MPG 24-26
  • Body Styles:

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Read About the 1998 Model 1998 RAV4 Articles
  • Current List Price $1,551–$5,603
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.7) 21 reviews
  • Combined MPG 24-26
  • Body Styles:

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Read About the 1997 Model 1997 RAV4 Articles
  • Current List Price $22–$4,718
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.8) 6 reviews
  • Combined MPG 24-27
  • Body Styles:

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Read About the 1996 Model 1996 RAV4 Articles

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