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Toyota RAV4 FAQs

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Learn more about this compact SUV.

Since its debut in the mid-90s, the Toyota RAV4 has been a favorite in the compact crossover SUV segment. The newer RAV4 model years are no exception—offering different trim levels, a standard suite of driver assistance features, and two available all-wheel drive systems.

If you have questions about the Toyota RAV4, CarMax has answers. Explore comprehensive answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about this model to inform your next vehicle search.

Toyota RAV4 FAQs

Q: Can a RAV4 go off-road?

A: As a crossover SUV, the RAV4 is designed to handle tough terrain—including some off-road conditions. If you really want a RAV4 that's designed to venture off the beaten path, the 2021 RAV4 TRD Off-Road trim comes with all-terrain tires and an upgraded suspension.

Q: What does RAV4 mean?

A: According to Toyota, "RAV4" stands for "Recreational Active Vehicle with 4-Wheel Drive." Most people, however, simply know the RAV4 by its classification of compact crossover SUV.

Q: Does the RAV4 have remote start?

A: The 2021 RAV4 does not come standard with remote start capabilities. However, the 2021 RAV4 is equipped with an Audio Plus package on select trims, including the Adventure, TRD Off-Road, and Limited trims, that each come with available remote start technology.1

Q: What are the different models of Toyota RAV4?

A: The 2021 Toyota RAV4 is available in six different trim configurations: the base LE, the XLE, the XLE Premium, the Adventure, the TRD Off-Road, and the Limited. Each trim varies in its included features, though all are equipped with the same four-cylinder engine.

Q: Is the Toyota RAV4 a reliable car?

A: The reliability of a specific vehicle may vary depending on its maintenance and driving history, model year, trim, and features. According to RepairPal's Reliability Ratings, however, the RAV4 receives an "excellent" rating of 4.5 out of 5.2

Q: What cars are similar to the Toyota RAV4?

A: The Toyota RAV4, which is classified as a compact crossover SUV, has many competitors for comparison. Some examples of similar vehicles include the Honda CR-V, the Ford Escape, the Nissan Rogue, the Jeep Cherokee, the Chevrolet Equinox, and the Subaru Forester.

Q: Which has more cargo space: the Honda CR-V or the Toyota RAV4?

A: With all seats intact, the Honda CR-V offers slightly more cargo space than the RAV4. Specifically, the 2021 CR-V offers 39.2 cubic feet of cargo space, compared to 37.6 cubic feet of cargo space on the 2021 RAV4 with rear seats in place.

Q: Which Toyota RAV4 should I buy?

A: The RAV4 model that's right for you will depend on the specific features you're looking for in your next car. With six trims to select from, you can find an option to suit your tastes and budget. Looking for a RAV4 with the basics? The base LE trim may be all you need.

Meanwhile, if you're looking for a RAV4 trim that's built for adventure, the TRD Off-Road trim comes with all-terrain tires and an upgraded suspension. Explore the range-topping Limited trim for more luxurious features that include a built-in navigation system, heated front seats, and an 11-speaker sound system.

Q: Which RAV4 trim has a sunroof?

A: A sunroof is standard equipment on the XLE Premium, TRD Off-Road, and Limited trims on the 2021 RAV4. An even larger panoramic sunroof was also available as an add-on for some trim levels when this vehicle was sold as new.

Q: Does the 2021 RAV4 have a heads-up display?

A: No, a driver heads-up display is not offered on the 2021 RAV4. However, a driver heads-up display is available as a package add-on for the 2021 RAV4 Hybrid. Specifically, the available Premium Package comes with a 10-inch color heads-up display.

Q: How much should I pay for a Toyota RAV4?

A: The price of a used Toyota RAV4 can vary based on many factors, including trim and mileage. According to CarMax data, however, the average price of a 2021 RAV4 is $31,298.3 Meanwhile, earlier model years sell for a lower average price on CarMax. The 2016 model, for example, sells for an average of $20,342.3

Q: What is the top-of-the-line RAV4?

A: The Limited trim is considered the top-of-the-line option on the RAV4. This trim comes with features such as heated front seats, an 11-speaker premium sound system, a built-in navigation system, simulated leather upholstery, and a power liftgate.

Q: What does XLE mean on a RAV4?

A: According to Toyota, the XLE trim stands for "Executive Luxury Edition." On the 2021 RAV4, the XLE comes with such features as automatic dual-zone climate control, blind-spot monitoring, and keyless entry/ignition.

Q: Is the Honda CR-V or Toyota RAV4 better?

A: This depends on what you're looking for in a compact crossover SUV. If cargo space is a priority, then you'll find slightly more cargo space in the 2021 CR-V compared to the 2021 RAV4. On the other hand, the engine on the 2021 RAV4 puts out more horsepower (203 hp vs. 190 hp on the 2021 CR-V).

Q: What is the difference between a RAV4 LE and XLE?

A: On the 2021 model, the LE is the RAV4's base trim. It includes such standard equipment as a seven-inch touchscreen display, a smartphone integration, and a suite of driver assistance features. Meanwhile, the XLE is the next step up, with additional equipment that includes dual-zone climate control and blind-spot monitoring.

Q: Is the RAV4 a 4x4?

A: The 2021 RAV4 comes standard with front-wheel drive on most trim levels, though a 4x4 all-wheel drive system was available as an option when this vehicle was sold as new. On the Adventure and TRD Off-Road trims, a premium all-wheel-drive system with added traction is standard.

Q: Can I start my 2021 RAV4 with my phone?

A: This depends on whether your 2021 RAV4 is equipped with the Audio Plus package, which was optional on the Adventure, TRD Off-Road, and Limited trims when they were sold as new. This package comes with an available remote start system that can be controlled via smartphone, though activation and purchase of a subscription plan may be required to use this feature.1

Explore Used Toyota RAV4 Models at CarMax

Its roomy design, smooth ride, and well-appointed cabin make the Toyota RAV4 worthy of your consideration as you shop for your next crossover SUV. Ready to take the next step in your car-buying journey? Check out our current inventory of used Toyota RAV4 models here at CarMax.

1Remote start functionality may require the purchase of a subscription plan and/or a compatible device like a smart phone. See the owner’s manual or manufacturer website for more information.
2RepairPal Reliability Ratings are based on the actual cost, frequency, and severity of unscheduled repairs and maintenance on make/model data for select 2006-2020 vehicles. RepairPal Reliability Ratings are provided by RepairPal and CarMax is not responsible for their accuracy. These ratings are based on RepairPal Reliability data as of 9/1/2021. Learn more at
3Average estimates are based on prices on in November 2021. Actual prices may vary based on your selected model year, features and trim packages. Prices do not include taxes, tags, titles, and any applicable fees.
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