Used 2014 Toyota RAV4 EV

Pros & Cons

  • Good driving range and enormous cargo capacity for an EV
  • quick acceleration
  • secure handling
  • the only all-electric SUV.
  • Expensive
  • available only in California
  • antiquated interior design with ho-hum materials
  • missing some useful features from the new-generation RAV4.
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Edmunds' Expert Review

Compared with other electric vehicles, the 2014 Toyota RAV4 EV is an impressive all-around package. Compared to conventional gasoline-fueled crossover SUVs, though, its high price and limited driving range are still tough sells.

Vehicle overview

The all-electric 2014 Toyota RAV4 EV is something of an odd duck in the company's extensive model lineup. Although the gas-powered RAV4 was recently redesigned, the all-electric version presses on still based on the previous-generation RAV4. Of course, this means the RAV4 EV lacks the newer RAV4's various improvements. But that's not to say that being an odd duck is a bad thing.

As a crossover SUV, the RAV4 EV is expected to offer abundant cargo capacity, and despite its need to accommodate a sizable battery pack, it does. Its 73 cubic feet of max capacity not only matches the redesigned gas-only RAV4, but makes it one of the most spacious compact SUVs. Performance is also impressive, as this electric SUV can scoot to 60 mph in just 7.2 seconds. Of course, "how far can it go on a charge?" will likely be more of a concern than how quickly it charges forward. Although the RAV4 EV's 103-mile driving range may seem stingy by conventional vehicle standards, it's actually better than any other 2014 electric vehicle apart from the super advanced (and super expensive) Tesla Model S. Add in this Toyota's high-tech yet user-friendly features and comfortable cabin and you've got an unusually well-rounded electric vehicle.

Unfortunately, there are some significant issues with the RAV4 EV, the least of which is its antiquated interior with lesser materials and fewer features than you'll find on the redesigned, gas-only RAV4. Primarily, you'll need to be a California resident to buy or lease a RAV4 EV, as they're not available anywhere else. Second, you'll need to bring upwards of $40,000 to buy what is ostensibly a last-generation RAV4, even after government incentives and tax breaks. However, if that price seems right and you call the Golden State home, we encourage you to give the 2014 Toyota RAV4 EV a close look.

Toyota RAV4 EV models

The 2014 Toyota RAV4 EV is a five-passenger crossover SUV offered in a single well-equipped trim level.

Standard features include 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights and running lights, power-folding mirrors, a unique grille, an elongated rear spoiler, keyless ignition and entry, cruise control, dual-zone automatic climate control, "SofTex" simulated leather upholstery, a height-adjustable driver seat, a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, heated front seats, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a 60/40-split-folding reclining and sliding rear seat and an EV-specific instrument cluster with a 3.5-inch information display.

Also standard are Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a rearview camera, an 8-inch touchscreen display, a navigation system, Toyota's Entune smartphone app integration and a six-speaker sound system with satellite radio, an auxiliary audio jack and an iPod/USB interface. EV-specific smartphone functionality, including charge status monitoring and charge schedule setting, is included as well.

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2014 Highlights

For 2014, the Toyota RAV4 EV carries over unchanged and as such remains based on the previous-generation RAV4.

Performance & mpg

The Toyota RAV4 EV is powered by a 115-kW electric motor that produces the equivalent of 154 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque in Sport mode. Normal mode reduces torque to 218 lb-ft. A single-speed transmission sends all that force to the front wheels. All-wheel drive is not available.

In Edmunds track testing, the RAV4 EV zipped from zero to 60 mph in a swift 7.2 seconds. Switch from Sport to Normal and you're looking at a still-respectable 8.6 seconds.

The electric motor gets its energy from a 41.8-kWh lithium-ion battery pack located underneath the floor. According to the EPA, a single charge from this pack is good for an estimated 103 miles of driving, longer than any other EV except the Tesla Model S. The RAV4 EV needs about 6 hours for a full charge on a recommended 240-volt current.

There's another metric the EPA uses to grade electric vehicles, and that's kilowatt-hours (kWh) of energy consumed per 100 miles. The RAV4 checks in at 44 kWh per 100 miles driven (remember that the lower the number here, the better). Translated, that's 76 mpg combined in miles-per-gallon equivalent (MPGe) (78 city/74 highway).

That's not great by EV standards, as other EVs like the 2014 Ford Focus Electric, 2014 Honda Fit EV and 2014 Nissan Leaf are more energy-efficient, though they are considerably smaller.

Safety

Standard safety features for the 2014 Toyota RAV4 EV include antilock brakes, traction and stability control, dual front airbags, front-seat-mounted side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags and a rearview camera. Also standard is Safety Connect, which is a suite of Toyota safety services comprising emergency and roadside assistance, stolen vehicle tracking and automatic collision notification.

Unlike the new-generation RAV4, however, the EV version can't be had with blind-spot monitoring or rear cross-traffic alerts.

In Edmunds brake testing, the RAV4 EV stopped from 60 mph in 126 feet, a solid showing considering the EV's extra weight (it's more than 400 pounds heavier than a regular RAV4) and efficiency-biased tires.

Driving

The 2014 Toyota RAV4 EV may be a generation behind in RAV4 terms, but its driving character is still impressive. Despite being a high-riding crossover, the RAV4 EV handles relatively deftly, and its regenerative braking system is surprisingly easy to live with. Overall ride quality is very good, too. We suspect that the EV's extra weight serves it well in this regard, as there's a sense of solidity to the ride that we don't recall from previous-generation RAV4s. What really sets the RAV4 EV apart and makes it a bit of a kick to drive is its robust acceleration, as it's the quickest new Toyota RAV4 you can buy.

Interior

The RAV4 EV's ho-hum dashboard materials and generally uninspired cabin design contrast with the gasoline-powered RAV4's more modern and recently redesigned interior. Nonetheless, there's plenty of cool stuff here. The shifter, for instance, is a Prius-style joystick wrapped in Toyota's distinctive deep-blue trim, while the instrument panel provides a slew of attractive and helpful information displays. Then there's the 8-inch touchscreen, which offers iPad-like scrolling functionality and even split-screen viewing for multitaskers. That said, the EV is missing a couple of desirable features found on the regular RAV4, namely a sunroof and a power liftgate.

Seat comfort is just fine in front, and outward visibility is commanding. In back, there's enough room for a couple of adults to ride in comfort, and you can squeeze a third in for short trips. Note, however, that the RAV4 EV lacks the third-row seat common to previous-generation RAV4s, so five passengers is the limit.

Because the RAV4 EV's battery pack is mounted low and out of the way, you get effectively the same cargo-carrying versatility as in a regular previous-generation RAV4. That means a healthy 36.4 cubic feet behind the second row seats, and a downright cavernous 73 cubic feet with those seats folded forward.

Scorecard

Overallundefined / 5

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2014 Toyota RAV4 EV.

Average user rating: 4.5 stars
2 total reviews
5 star reviews: 50%
4 star reviews: 50%
3 star reviews: 0%
2 star reviews: 0%
1 star reviews: 0%

Trending topics in reviews

  • comfort
  • interior
  • electrical system

Most helpful consumer reviews

5/5 stars, Best EV short of a Tesla
Philip Reed,
4dr SUV (electric DD)
The RAV4 EV gets about 140 miles on a full charge. This is more than any other car out there except the Tesla. Furthermore, the range doesn't bounce all over the place like other EVs. In fact, you often get more range than is promised. It's also bigger and faster than other EVs. The only real problem with this car is the charging timer. You can't set it to begin charging in the middle of the night when rates are low. This is a very poor omission.
4/5 stars, A rocket ship suv
Leslie,
4dr SUV (electric DD)
I love this car. It is so loaded that there is nothing that you can really add. I had leather seats installed because I love the small.


Features & Specs

Base MSRP
$49,800
Battery & Range
EPA KWh/100 mi.: N/A
Time To Charge Battery (At 240V): N/A
EPA Electricity Range: N/A
Seating
5 seats
Drivetrain
Type: front wheel drive
Transmission: 1-speed direct drive
Basic Warranty
3 yr./ 36000 mi.
Dimensions
Length: 180.1 in. / Height: 66.3 in. / Width: 71.5 in.
Curb Weight: 4032 lbs.
Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 36.4 cu.ft.


FAQ

Is the Toyota RAV4 EV a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2014 RAV4 EV both on the road and at the track. You probably care about Toyota RAV4 EV energy consumption, so it's important to know that the RAV4 EV gets an EPA-estimated 76 mpg-e. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the RAV4 EV has 36.4 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Toyota RAV4 EV. Learn more

Is the Toyota RAV4 EV reliable?

To determine whether the Toyota RAV4 EV is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the RAV4 EV. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the RAV4 EV's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2014 Toyota RAV4 EV a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2014 Toyota RAV4 EV is a good car. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2014 RAV4 EV is a good car for you. Check back soon for the official Edmunds Rating from our expert testing team Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2014 Toyota RAV4 EV?

The least-expensive 2014 Toyota RAV4 EV is the 2014 Toyota RAV4 EV 4dr SUV (electric DD). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $49,800.

Other versions include:

  • 4dr SUV (electric DD) which starts at $49,800
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What are the different models of Toyota RAV4 EV?

If you're interested in the Toyota RAV4 EV, the next question is, which RAV4 EV model is right for you? RAV4 EV variants include 4dr SUV (electric DD). For a full list of RAV4 EV models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

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Used 2014 Toyota RAV4 EV Overview

The Used 2014 Toyota RAV4 EV is offered in the following submodels: RAV4 EV SUV. Available styles include 4dr SUV (electric DD). The Used 2014 Toyota RAV4 EV comes with front wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 1-speed direct drive. The Used 2014 Toyota RAV4 EV comes with a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. basic warranty, a 2 yr./ unlimited mi. roadside warranty, and a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. powertrain warranty.

What do people think of the 2014 Toyota RAV4 EV?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the Used 2014 Toyota RAV4 EV and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the Used 2014 RAV4 EV 4.5 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the Used 2014 RAV4 EV.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2014 Toyota RAV4 EV and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2014 RAV4 EV featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New Used 2014 Toyota RAV4 EV?

Used 2014 Toyota RAV4 EV 4dr SUV (electric DD)

The Used 2014 Toyota RAV4 EV 4dr SUV (electric DD) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $50,660. The average price paid for a new Used 2014 Toyota RAV4 EV 4dr SUV (electric DD) is trending $34,007 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $34,007 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $16,653.

The average savings for the Used 2014 Toyota RAV4 EV 4dr SUV (electric DD) is 67.1% below the MSRP.

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What is the MPG of a 2014 Toyota RAV4 EV?

2014 Toyota RAV4 EV 4dr SUV (electric DD), 1-speed direct drive, electric fuel
76 compined MPG,
78 city MPG/74 highway MPG

EPA Est. MPG76
Transmission1-speed direct drive
Drive Trainfront wheel drive
DisplacementN/A
Passenger Volume144.6 cu.ft.
Wheelbase104.7 in.
Length180.1 in.
Width71.5 in.
Height66.3 in.
Curb Weight4032 lbs.

Should I lease or buy a 2014 Toyota RAV4 EV?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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