2019 - 2024
Fifth generation Toyota RAV4
The 2019 Toyota RAV4 introduced the fifth-generation SUV with tougher looks and a much-needed technology update. It launched with five trim levels and a fuel-efficient hybrid and powerful plug-in hybrid models. The base LE offers standard driver aids and smartphone integration, while the XLE adds more conveniences and blind-spot warning. The XLE Premium introduces synthetic leather, a power liftgate, and a sunroof. The range-topping Limited gets a premium stereo, a larger touchscreen, navigation, and more.
Toyota also offered the Adventure trim, with a slightly raised ride height, increased towing capacity, selectable terrain modes and hill descent control, and a rugged appearance package.
For 2020, Toyota expanded the RAV4 lineup with the TRD Off-Road, which adds off-road suspension and tires to the Adventure, among other upgrades. The standard RAV4 engine provides adequate power, although acceleration lags top competitors.
Opt for the RAV4 Hybrid and you get more power and better EPA-estimated fuel economy. The RAV4 Hybrid follows the same trim-level structure as the gas-powered version, but it skips the off-road models and instead adds the SE (for 2022) and XSE. These are slightly sportier variants, which add sport suspension and appearance packages to the XLE and XLE Premium, respectively.
The plug-in hybrid RAV4 Prime introduced for 2021 is the most powerful version, boasting 302 horsepower, and it offers up to 42 miles of all-electric range.
Standard Apple CarPlay® (Android Auto™ added for 2020)
Standard forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking
Available blind-spot warning and rear cross-traffic warning
Available heated and cooled seats
Optional all-wheel drive
Available hybrid model
Available plug-in hybrid model, the RAV4 Prime
TRD Off-Road trim offers extra off-road capability
2013 - 2018
Fourth generation Toyota RAV4
The 2013 redesign refocused the RAV4 on being a utilitarian all-rounder, with lots of room for passengers and cargo. It received driver aids during its life cycle, but other tech features lagged behind competitors. The previous generation’s optional V6 was dropped, and the RAV4 came standard with a moderately powered four-cylinder engine. A new six-speed automatic replaced the previous four-speed, making for a dramatic improvement in drivability.
Toyota launched the RAV4 Hybrid for the 2016 model year, with a hybrid powertrain that improved on the standard model’s horsepower and EPA-estimated fuel efficiency.
The Toyota RAV4 gets most things right. Its roomy cabin boasts more cargo room than most rivals, and there's ample space for adults in front or back. On the plus side, the RAV4 makes a strong utilitarian pick, and it was one of the first compact SUVs to make driver aid technology standard. On the downside, the standard four-cylinder engine returns mediocre performance and efficiency, and the RAV4 didn’t receive other common tech features—like Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, or in-car Wi-Fi—until the new generation was introduced for 2019.
By 2018, the RAV4 offered no fewer than six trim levels. The base LE trim offered a decent set of standard technology features, while the XLE added more comfort and convenience features. The Adventure (added for 2018) came with more ground clearance and a higher towing capacity, along with a more rugged look. The SE (added for 2017) brought a sportier suspension and more technology features. The Limited topped the range in terms of features until the Platinum was introduced in 2017 with even more luxury-oriented add-ons.
Hybrid model introduced for 2016
Large cargo area
Electric RAV4 with 103 miles of range sold for 2013 and 2014 only
Available forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking (added for 2016)
Available blind-spot warning with rear cross-traffic warning (added for 2014)
Standard Bluetooth® connectivity
Standard backup camera
2006 - 2012
Third generation Toyota RAV4
For 2006, the RAV4 grew more than 14 inches in overall length, adding more cargo and passenger space, and offered a strong optional V6 engine. Two engine choices were offered in the first year of the third generation: a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine or a much more powerful 3.5-liter V6. Automatic transmissions were standard, with the four-cylinder paired with a four-speed, while the V6 received a five-speed unit.
Three trim levels include base, Sport, and Limited. Base highlights include air conditioning, cruise control, a height-adjustable driver's seat, and full power accessories. The Sport added 18-inch alloy wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, and a roof rack, while the Limited topped it off with 17-inch wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, a power driver's seat, and an upgraded audio system. A third-row seat, a moonroof, leather upholstery, and a DVD-based rear entertainment system were options on upper level trims.
The 2006-2012 RAV4 has pleasant driving manners and roomy cargo space, but the side-hinged rear gate can make access difficult when street parking, and the RAV4 suffers from noticeable road noise.
Changes since its debut were minimal but included additional standard airbags in 2007, a slight styling update in 2009 (with an option to remove the external spare tire), and a power increase for the four-cylinder engine (from 166 hp to 179 hp). A newly available touchscreen audio interface and Toyota's Entune™ smartphone apps were introduced for 2012.
Available third-row seat
Standard four-cylinder engine with four-speed automatic transmission
Available V6 with five-speed automatic transmission
Standard front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive optional
Available backup camera (added for 2008)
Optional Bluetooth connectivity (added for 2012)
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Changes by year
Latest generation from 2019 - 2024
2024 Toyota RAV4
No significant changes
2023 Toyota RAV4
New optional touchscreen and digital instrument panel displays
Added Woodland Edition on Hybrid models
2022 Toyota RAV4
New optional nine-inch touchscreen replaces eight-inch optional touchscreen
Midrange SE trim available for RAV4 Hybrid adds sportier appearance and suspension
2021 Toyota RAV4
RAV4 Prime, a plug-in hybrid variant with 302 horsepower and 42 miles of all-electric range, debuts
XLE Premium trim available for RAV4 Hybrid, upgrades XLE with more comfort and convenience features
2020 Toyota RAV4
Android Auto™ smartphone integration added as standard equipment (previously Apple CarPlay® only)
TRD Off-Road trim available, adds off-road suspension and tires along with a few other convenience features
Power-adjustable driver’s seat now standard on XLE trim
2019 Toyota RAV4
Fully redesigned gas and hybrid models
RAV4 comes standard with 203-horsepower four-cylinder engine and eight-speed automatic transmission
Front-wheel drive standard, all-wheel drive optional
RAV4 Hybrid comes standard with 219-horsepower hybrid powertrain and all-wheel drive
Standard seven-inch touchscreen infotainment with Apple CarPlay®, 8-inch touchscreen available
Adventure trim retains max towing capacity of 3,500 pounds
Towing capacity for all other trims rated at 1,500 pounds
Updated advanced driver aid systems
Previous generation from 2013 - 2018
2018 Toyota RAV4
Adventure trim introduced with rugged design flourishes, slightly increased ground clearance (6.5 inches), and max towing capacity of 3,500 pounds
Hybrid gains base LE trim
2017 Toyota RAV4
Forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking now standard on all trim levels
New Platinum trim level with premium interior touches and new features like a surround-view camera
SE trim added to RAV4 Hybrid
2016 Toyota RAV4
Updated exterior styling
Available forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking
RAV4 Hybrid model introduced with XLE and Limited trims
Gas-powered RAV4 gains SE trim, with sportier styling and suspension tuning
2015 Toyota RAV4
Structural changes improve small-overlap frontal-offset crash score in IIHS testing
2014 Toyota RAV4
Optional blind-spot warning with rear cross-traffic warning
2013 Toyota RAV4
Fully redesigned for 2013
All models come with 176-horsepower four-cylinder engine and new six-speed automatic transmission
Front-wheel drive standard, all-wheel drive optional
Available touchscreen infotainment with navigation
Standard Bluetooth connectivity
Heated seats available
Available power liftgate
Previous generation from 2006 - 2012
2012 Toyota RAV4
2011 Toyota RAV4
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RepairPal gave the Toyota RAV4 an overall reliability rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Excellent. This rating ranks Toyota RAV4 3rd out of 27 among Compact SUVs.
RepairPal reports that the average total annual cost for repairs and maintenance on a Toyota RAV4 is $386, compared to an average of $489 for Compact SUVs and $619 for all the vehicles RepairPal considered in its dataset.
According to RepairPal, Toyota RAV4 owners bring their vehicles into a repair shop for unscheduled repairs an average of 0.7 times per year, compared to an average of 0.9 times for Compact SUVs and 1.4 times for all the vehicles RepairPal considered in its dataset.
RepairPal reported that the probability of a repair being a severe or major issue is 6% for the Toyota RAV4, compared to an average of 10% for Compact SUVs and 12% for all the vehicles RepairPal considered in its dataset.
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