2021 Toyota RAV4

MSRP range: $26,350 - $36,280
3.4 out of 5 stars(64)
MSRP$28,451
Edmunds suggests you pay$28,212

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2021 Toyota RAV4 Review

  • Quiet interior and comfortable ride quality
  • Abundant cargo and passenger space
  • Easy-to-use controls
  • Lackluster power from powertrain
  • Uncomfortable front passenger seat
  • Vague steering
  • No significant changes for 2021
  • Part of the fifth Toyota RAV4 generation introduced for 2019
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The RAV4 is a pleasant SUV that rides smoothly, has a roomy interior that's easy to live with, and offers plenty of utility. It brakes and handles in a confident way, and it's fuel-efficient. The merely satisfactory engine and indifferent steering, however, prevent it from being a top choice for a small SUV.
The RAV4 doesn't impress here, unfortunately. The engine is willing around town, and passing and merging are drama-free. But if you're in a huge rush, you might notice the engine's ultimately modest power delivery. In Edmunds testing, our RAV4 Adventure test vehicle needed 9.1 seconds to cover 0-60 mph, which is slightly slower than the class average.

Another gripe we have is with the steering, which is vague at the center point and doesn't have appropriate levels of feel and heft. As such, it's easy to misjudge your level of input. In better news, the RAV4's optional upgraded all-wheel-drive system includes rear-axle torque vectoring and more advanced traction control systems with selectable terrain settings and hill descent control. These systems, plus respectable ground clearance, give the RAV4 Adventure above-average off-road ability for a small SUV.
The RAV4's suspension is tuned to strike a good balance between control and softness. The body doesn't bound or float when you drive over bumps, and small to moderate impacts are absorbed without much drama. As for the front seats, they are nicely sculpted and padded appropriately, but the seat bottoms begin to feel flat on longer drives. The passenger side's lack of adjustment can also make it difficult to find a comfortable position.

At highway speeds, the RAV4 is generally quiet. The exception is when you hit the gas for a burst of speed, at which point the engine sound gets rather coarse. We do like the climate system's performance. Air distribution is ideal, with forward vents that can be closed off completely and vents for the rear seat.
The driving position, roominess, and ease of entry and exit are all good. But the RAV4 would score higher if the front passenger seat wasn't set so high or could be adjusted down. The driver's seat and steering wheel have a good range of adjustment, but tall drivers might want a smidge more of each. Outward visibility is praiseworthy.

The control layout is intuitive with large, easy-to-read labeling. The audio system and climate system controls are islands unto themselves, and everything else is right where you expect it to be. The big rubberized climate control knobs are nice too. Our only gripe is that the touchscreen is too far away from the driver. The tuning knob, in particular, requires a reach to twist.
The RAV4's interface has a mix of touchscreen and fixed buttons that are easy to learn without consulting the owner's manual. But even though the RAV4 is relatively new, the touchscreen's graphics look dated. The sound system works well enough, but it's nothing special. You do get standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration. It's a good thing too since Toyota's native Entune software remains clunky.

The standard suite of driver aids is impressive. It includes adaptive cruise control that works down to 0 mph, automatic emergency braking, drowsy driver detection, automatic high beams, lane keeping assist and something called Line Tracing Assist, which is an active (but not hands-free) steering aid.
The RAV4's cargo hold is nearly the biggest in its class. You get 37.5 cubic feet with the rear seats up and 69.8 cubic feet with them stowed. The RAV4 is also easy to load thanks to a low cargo floor. Up front, the cabin has numerous shelves and bins to handle assorted road-trip paraphernalia. If you're planning on towing, certain versions of the RAV4 can pull up to 3,500 pounds, which is above average for a small SUV.

Parents with young kids will appreciate the RAV4. It's easy to locate and connect safety seats to the lower car seat anchors. Likewise, tethering to the three upper anchors is straightforward. Forward-facing seats and boosters fit readily, but installing a rear-facing infant seat on the passenger side will likely require scooting the front seat up. The too-high front passenger seat is the issue.
The EPA estimates the RAV4 will get 27-30 mpg in combined city/highway driving, depending on the powertrain and trim level. We drove an AWD Adventure carrying three people, equipment and luggage for more than 7,000 miles. And over a variety of road and weather conditions, we averaged 28.6 mpg. Our best tank was 32.3 mpg and the worst was 25.6 mpg.
The RAV4 is well built inside, with nice layered materials and seams that are invisible because they're built into the styling. It has tactile touches such as rubberized grip surfaces on the interior door pulls and the radio and climate knobs. The RAV4's optional simulated leather upholstery feels soft and pliable, and the stitching is tidy. Toyota's warranty coverage is average, but you do get a generous two years/25,000 miles of free scheduled maintenance.
Driving a RAV4 isn't a chore, but it's not particularly memorable either. It's at its best when you go with the Adventure or TRD Off-Road trim level. The advanced torque vectoring all-wheel-drive system, capable traction control system with multiple terrain settings, and styling that's a little more rugged help the RAV4 stand out a little more.

The Toyota RAV4 is one of the best-selling passenger vehicles today. It's easy to understand why: This small SUV has a smooth ride, plenty of space for passengers and cargo, and many standard advanced driver safety features. No doubt the RAV4's long-running status — it debuted all the way back in 1996 as one of the first crossover SUVs — and Toyota's name recognition help too.

But this popularity doesn't necessarily mean it's the best. In fact, we rank a few other small SUVs ahead of the RAV4, including the equally popular Honda CR-V and the upscale Mazda CX-5. If you want a RAV4, we're more inclined to recommend the RAV4 Hybrid or the new RAV4 Prime plug-in hybrid. They are more powerful and easily justify their higher initial cost. Check out our Expert Rating for our in-depth take on the 2021 RAV4.

Which RAV4 does Edmunds recommend?

The RAV4 in midrange XLE Premium trim gets our recommendation. It has enough features and interior upgrades to make it look and feel nicer than supporting models, and delivers it all at a sensible price.

Toyota RAV4 models

The 2021 RAV4 is available in six trim levels: LE, XLE, XLE Premium, Adventure, TRD Off-Road and Limited. All come with a 203-horsepower four-cylinder engine paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard on most of the trim levels, and those offer all-wheel drive as an option. The Adventure and the TRD Off-Road come standard with an upgraded all-wheel-drive system that can enhance traction on loose and slippery surfaces.

The RAV4 LE trim may be the base model, but you still get a decent number of features that include:

  • LED headlights
  • 7-inch touchscreen interface
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity
  • Six-speaker sound system
  • Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 suite of safety features:
    • Forward collision mitigation (warns you of an impending collision and applies the brakes in certain scenarios)
    • Adaptive cruise control (maintains a driver-set distance between the RAV4 and the car in front)
    • Lane keeping system (makes minor steering corrections to help keep the vehicle centered in its lane)
    • Automatic high beams
    • Traffic sign reader

The XLE adds more convenience features such as:

  • Keyless entry and ignition
  • Power-adjustable driver's seat
  • Blind-spot monitor (alerts you if a vehicle in the next lane over is in your blind spot)
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Additional USB charging ports

The XLE Premium dresses up the RAV4 with:

  • Larger wheels
  • Slightly raised suspension
  • Sunroof
  • Power liftgate
  • Simulated leather upholstery (Toyota's SofTex)
  • Soft-touch dashboard materials

The Adventure trim goes without the sunroof and power liftgate but adds some off-road appearance and mechanical elements that include:

  • Fender flares
  • Taller roof rails
  • Selectable terrain drive modes
  • Hill descent control
  • 8-inch touchscreen

The TRD Off-Road trim gets the sunroof and liftgate back and adds more capabilities with:

  • All-terrain tires
  • Off-road-tuned suspension
  • Unique black trim elements and interior trim

At the top of the range, the Limited builds on the XLE Premium equipment list and adds:

  • Chrome exterior trim
  • Heated front seats
  • Digital rearview mirror (allows you to see out the back even with a fully loaded cargo area)
  • 8-inch touchscreen
  • Navigation system
  • Premium 11-speaker JBL audio system

Some features are available as options on supporting trims. Other notable options are dependent on trim level and include:

  • Surround-view camera system
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Wireless charging pad
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Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2021 Toyota RAV4.

Average user rating: 3.4 stars
64 total reviews
5 star reviews: 36%
4 star reviews: 9%
3 star reviews: 25%
2 star reviews: 16%
1 star reviews: 14%

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Most helpful consumer reviews

4/5 stars, Lost some luster over the years
JohnIL,
XLE 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 8A)
We have purchased several Toyota's over the years. All of them have given us great service. Our latest a 2021 XLE has taken the shine off that impression. We hear whistling noises at highway speeds, the engine is much noisier then previous generation and the transmission is also not as enjoyable. Interior sort of jumps back to a more sterile and cheaper finish. I guess everything is still providing a decent experience just not what I have come to expect from past Toyota's.
5/5 stars, Best Car I Have Ever Owned
Lester R,
LE 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 8A)
I have owned so many cars in my lifetime but never a Toyota. I have bought used cars, cars that were just junk and I have bought new cars and most of them have let me down and failed prematurely. My background in the Military required an immense ability for attention to detail and trust me when I say that when something wasn't right with my vehicle, I knew it. Everything from the steering, to braking, to subtle noises and even distinctive smells that should not be coming from under my engine compartment that certainly hinted at trouble to come. That being said, I can honestly say that I was thoroughly impressed with the workmanship and quality that was noticeable immediately when inspecting the exterior and interior of my new Rav4. You can feel it when you are driving in the response of the vehicle the way it handles, the way the steering feels in your hands and the purr of the motor you feel under your feet. You just get the sense that this car is going to last and is a worthy investment of safety and peace of mind. If you are considering a Rav4...don't even hesitate...go drive one and I am willing to bet, you will buy it. They are truly amazing vehicles.
3/5 stars, RAV4 ways when Cruise Control & LTA is on
deccan,
Limited 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 8A)
Yesterday we took the RAV4 on a long distance drive to checkout the features. I like the road sign and lane sway warning feature however we observed the car was swaying and appeared to be difficult to control while traveling around 65-75 mph when LTA and Cruise Control were on. I did not use cruise control during the remainder of the trip. This seems to be a known issue .. too bad we did not see this issue when we checked out the numerous video reviews on Youtube ...... https://www.cargurus.com/Cars/Discussion-t89236_ds1096909
1/5 stars, Shakey when driving fast
Kellie,
XLE 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 8A)
I think they’re actually may be a safety issue with the 2021 RAV4, I have been trying to get in contact with Toyota and it’s almost impossible. When I drive starting around 60 to 65 mph, the car gets really shaky and bumpy and feels unstable. I am now noticing this reflected in a few other reviews and I’m starting to think that there actually may be an issue with this exact model

2021 Toyota RAV4 video

[MUSIC PLAYING] CARLOS LAGO: Hey, Carlos Lago here. ALISTAIR WEAVER: Alistair Weaver also here. CARLOS LAGO: Present. Compact SUVs provide the right mixture of fuel economy, cargo space, tech features, and ride comfort. It's why millions of families choose them to be their primary means of transportation. These vehicles often cost between 25,000 to $40,000 or thereabouts. But we find the best value is right at about 30 grand. ALISTAIR WEAVER: We've gathered together the newest, the most popular, and our favorite small SUVs in the market today. We're now going to talk through the pros and cons of each and reveal which one might just be the right choice for you. At Edmunds, we thoroughly tested all of the cars you can see here. In fact, we've tested every SUV on sale today. Some we've even owned as part of our long-term test program. CARLOS LAGO: We're going to present these five vehicles in reverse order, that's from the lowest rank to the highest rank just to make things interesting. There are a lot of vehicles in this segment though, so many we actually couldn't fit them in this video. So if you want to see the ranking on your favorite SUV be sure to visit edmunds.com/suv. ALISTAIR WEAVER: And if you are looking for a new car, be sure to check out edmunds.com/sellmycar for a cash offer on your old one. The Toyota RAV4 is an easy recommendation to those who just want simple, four-wheel transportation. It's totally competent at tackling all the needs of a small family and sells in huge numbers. It's just a bit well, average in every way. And we should know, when it was new we drove one through all 48 contiguous states nonstop in a single week, over 7,000 miles. Yes, really, I literally spent 24 hours nonstop in one of those, which was, fun. What do we like? The simple well-built and generally quiet interior. You know exactly how to use most of the controls just by looking at them and there are a lot of useful nooks and cubbies for storing stuff on long-distance drives. In a world of ever more complex touchscreen systems, we really value these simple pleasures. The interior space is generous as is the cargo volume, which is on the larger size for a compact SUV. On the downside, there's no way to lower the second-row seats from the trunk, so shorter folk will have at least one mild annoyance when loading large items. The best thing we can say about the driving experience is that there isn't anything dramatically wrong with it. Just expect slightly lower than average acceleration unless you get the seriously rapid plug-in hybrid. Otherwise, the ride balances comfort and control nicely. And the seats are generally plush and supportive. One big gripe though, the front passenger seat sits weirdly high and is non-adjustable up and down. You feel like you're sort of perched on top of the car. It's not good. While most of the RAV4 attributes are well, average, the lineup does have a couple of standouts. One is a TRD off-road variant with an upgraded all-wheel-drive system and all-terrain tires. You won't out-muscle a Jeep but it is better-equipped than most other alternatives when it comes to adventure. The other is the Prime plug-in hybrid that offers 42 miles of all-electric range, and around 5 and 1/2 seconds for 0 to 60, that makes it more efficient and quicker than the other options but at a steep entry price of roughly $40,000. As for fuel economy, most RAV4s are rated at 30 miles per gallon combined, which is better than average. The hybrid gets 40 mpg, which is the best of any hybrid version of the cars we've selected here. Overall, the RAV4 is a pleasant SUV that rides smoothly, has a roomy interior that's easy to live with, and offers plenty of utility. It stops and handles confidently, and it's generally fuel-efficient. The merely satisfactory engine and indifferent steering, however, prevent it from being a top choice for a small SUV. CARLOS LAGO: The 2022 Hyundai Tucson is the newest entrant in this segment and it's styled to make a point of it. While the design may be polarizing, the rest of the Tucson is generally agreeable. Overall, as far as price, features, and comfort go, this is an impressive SUV with one major downside. First, the good, we really like the size and shape of the interior. The Tucson is a little longer and wider than most other small SUVs, and that means its interior dimensions are slightly bigger than most in key areas. Combined with generously sized doors and windows, and you have a vehicle that's as easy to access and easy to see out of as you might hope. The same goes for the cargo area as well. From behind the wheel, we really like the seat comfort and digital displays on this top trim level version. So what's the downside? Well, a small one is that those screens have touch-sensitive controls instead of buttons, and the center console isn't as clever as some leaders with regard to storage options. You could get used to those things but our bigger frustration is the tepid, no glacial-like acceleration from the standard 2 and 1/2 liter engine. As equipped, this is one of the slowest vehicles in the class, and that means merging with traffic can just be dicey. The fuel economy makes this even more of a head-scratcher because you'd figure if an engine wasn't powerful, it better be fuel-efficient. This one though is less than mid-pack, with 26 mpg combined with all-wheel drive, and that's why we recommend getting the hybrid version. It not only makes more power, it's among the smoothest of the competition. Its fuel economy is a significant improvement over the standard engine as well. If we were only comparing hybrids here that Tucson would likely be our top recommendation. Also, you should know there will be a plug-in hybrid version with 32 miles of all-electric range in the future. For the time being, the Hyundai Tucson is an impressive crossover for the money. It's got a comfortable ride and helpful technology features that aid the ownership experience. We also like its upscale feeling materials, its class-leading warranty, and an abundance of cargo space compared with rivals. Unfortunately, it's dogged by a sluggish engine that has trouble keeping pace when the traffic speeds up. It's a nice SUV but it's slow. ALISTAIR WEAVER: Like the Tucson, the Nissan Rogue underwent a big update recently that really enhanced its appeal. It now has some pretty bold styling, especially at the front, and underneath is a highly competent SUV with lots of features, comfortable seats, a large and functional interior, and modern tech. The Rogue is just a comfortable SUV to sit in, the seats feel like one of those memory foam mattresses that really molds to your body. They're terrific. There's also an available three-zone climate control system, which is unique in this segment, and ensures that those in the rear don't feel like poor relations. The doors are large, which makes for big openings. Those in the rear actually open 90-degrees for easier loading. The cargo area is clever too, we really like the divide-and-hide cargo partitioning system. As you start climbing in price, the Rogue gets really impressive tech and interior materials. From a large and clear center touchscreen and digital instrument cluster to diamond-quilted leather seats, not just quilted, diamond-quilted. You really feel like you're getting your money's worth. The Rogue's shortcoming is its driving experience, which like the RAV4, is simply average. It takes its time building up speed on freeway on-ramps and passing on two-lane roads takes some planning. The engine doesn't sound so good either, and the steering is a bit vague. If you don't care about the nuances of driving fun, this doesn't really apply. But it's still worth calling out. As for fuel economy, the Rogue is above average, with a 30 miles per gallon combined rating for front-wheel-drive models. Add all-wheel drive and the rating falls to 28 mpg. A forthcoming turbo-charged three-cylinder engine, yes three, has a slightly higher rating of around 32 or 33 mpg but we don't yet know when that will be available. The Nissan Rogue makes a lot of sense for many shoppers, and this latest version marks a huge step forward from its lackluster predecessor. Its interior is easy to use and sensibly sized, and we like a lot of the tech features that are available. While it's not as nice to drive as some of its highest-rated rivals, the Rogue is easily among the best small SUVs on the market. CARLOS LAGO: To be blunt, when you look at the Mazda CX-5, through the lens of practicality it's not a great compact SUV but when you get behind the wheel, you just don't care. This is the SUV to get if you just enjoy driving. It's far and away the most fun of the group and by such a significant margin that it could be in its own category. But as we learned during a year-long test with a long-term test car, the CX-5 makes some sacrifices to get that experience. The biggest is the cargo area, which is the smallest of the group and by a pretty good margin. Also, interior storage options aren't as plentiful or as smart as others here. The other negative is technology, the screen looks nice but the exterior cameras don't. You still get Android and Apple device integration but there's no wireless charging. The other thing you'd have to get used to is that that center screen is not a touch screen, you use a dial and button to control it, which takes some getting used to. But some on our staff actually prefer it after learning how to use it. And then there's the matter of pricing but this really isn't a negative, simply, the Mazda CX-5 is best at its most expensive. The base models are still fun to drive from a handling perspective but you really want to upgrade to the version with the bigger 250 horsepower turbo engine. Not only will the acceleration make you smile, the interior quality will make the CX-5 feel like a luxury SUV. The design and materials just look better than anything else here and you honestly feel better sitting inside of it because of it. With great acceleration comes not-so-great fuel economy. The upgraded engine is rated at 25 mpg combined, subtract 1 for all-wheel drive, and that's worst of the group. The base engine is just beneath average at 28 mpg combined for front drive. In summary, the CX-5 offers a high-quality interior, sharp handling, and good acceleration. It comes up short in terms of cargo capacity and fuel economy. So practicality certainly isn't the strength. Why do we rank it so high? Well, we believe that the driving experience warrants it. If you want more of an appliance, skip the CX-5 by all means. But if you actually want to enjoy your time from behind the wheel, the Mazda CX-5 remains one of the best small SUVs around. ALISTAIR WEAVER: In our opinion, the Honda CR-V has been the best choice for most shoppers looking for a small SUV since this generation debuted back in 2017. Today, it's still a favorite of ours but a bit like me, it is showing its age in a few areas. We own the gas-powered CR-V as part of our long-term test fleet. And we've recently acquired a hybrid version. We put close to 50,000 miles on the gas car, which emphasized its strengths but also highlighted some of its weaknesses. First, the interior is exceptionally roomy and has tons of storage space and clever solutions for cargo big and small. The large door openings and low step-in height make for easy access like when you're loading kids or an uncooperative dog. And the seats are comfortable and easy to adjust, though it's far from quick, acceleration is mid-pack in our testing. The CR-V makes for a nice commuter thanks to better-than-average steering and handling and a great ride quality. What are the downsides? Most of them have to do with technology, which makes sense because this generation of the CR-V is one of the oldest vehicles here. Like all the other SUVs we've gathered today, the CR-V's touchscreen supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as long as you plug your phone in. And we really do recommend using one of those systems because the regular setup isn't as modern as the competition. It was also super-glitchy in our long-term test car. Also, some of the interior materials now don't look and feel as high-quality as the others here, even in this fully-loaded model. The CR-V has a fuel economy rating of 29 to 30 miles per gallon combined, depending on whether you choose all or front-wheel drive. We averaged a bit less than that with our test car over 50,000 miles. To be honest, that's not unusual for us-- we do live in LA. The optional hybrid version has a 38 miles per gallon rating, which is a touch less than the rival RAV4 Hybrid. In summary, the Honda CR-V appeals with this high level of competency across the board. It has exceptional storage space and functionality, plenty of features, a comfortable ride, and enjoyable performance. And all of that comes at a competitive price for the class. Impressive. So the CR-V wins again but this time only by a head. CARLOS LAGO: Yeah, and if you look at the scores from our rankings, you see that there's only a tenth or a couple tenths separating all these vehicles and that indicates just how competitive this segment is. ALISTAIR WEAVER: And as we explained, you can pretty much make a case for any of the vehicles that you see here. And the competition's only going to get more intense, Kia has a new Sportage on the way, and there'll be an all-new version at the CR-V, so the best might get even better. CARLOS LAGO: Keep up-to-date with the latest news and rankings by visiting edmunds.com/suv. And hey, if you made it this far into the video let us know in the comments, we want to hear from you. Also, click like and subscribe and give your grandparents a call too, they probably want to hear from you. ALISTAIR WEAVER: And be nice to your mom. CARLOS LAGO: Yeah.

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Features & Specs

Base MSRP
$26,350
MPG & Fuel
27 City / 35 Hwy / 30 Combined
Fuel Tank Capacity: 14.5 gal. capacity
Seating
5 seats
Drivetrain
Type: front wheel drive
Transmission: 8-speed shiftable automatic
Engine
Inline 4 cylinder
Horsepower: 203 hp @ 6600 rpm
Torque: 184 lb-ft @ 5000 rpm
Basic Warranty
3 yr./ 36000 mi.
Dimensions
Length: 180.9 in. / Height: 67.0 in.
Overall Width with Mirrors: N/A
Overall Width without Mirrors: 73.0 in.
Curb Weight: 3370 lbs.
Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 37.6 cu.ft.

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Safety

Our experts’ favorite RAV4 safety features:

Pre-Collision with Pedestrian Detection
Detects and warns of potential front impacts, including one involving a pedestrian or cyclist, and automatically engages the brakes.
Blind-Spot Monitoring
Monitors your blind spots for other vehicles, illuminating a warning signal on the outside mirrors.
Lane Departure Alert w/Steering Assist
Monitors the vehicle's position in its lane and corrects steering to avoid unintentionally leaving the lane.

NHTSA Overall Rating 5 out of 5 stars

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
Overall4 / 5
Driver4 / 5
Passenger5 / 5
Side Crash RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Side Barrier RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Driver5 / 5
Passenger5 / 5
Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
Front Seat5 / 5
Back Seat5 / 5
RolloverRating
Rollover4 / 5
Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
Risk Of Rollover15.9%

IIHS Rating

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

Side Impact Test
Good
Roof Strength Test
Good
Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
Good
IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
Moderate Overlap Front Test
Good



Toyota RAV4 vs. the competition

2021 Toyota RAV4

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2020 Honda CR-V

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Toyota RAV4 vs. Honda CR-V

The current Honda CR-V has been a top pick since it was introduced in 2017. Even as newer SUVs have risen to challenge it, the CR-V maintains its Edmunds Top Rated status. It may not be all that exciting, but it is significantly better than the RAV4, which suffers with a comparably weak engine and numb steering. Read Edmunds' long-term road test of the Honda CR-V.

Compare Toyota RAV4 & Honda CR-V features 

Toyota RAV4 vs. Mazda CX-5

The Mazda CX-5 is a bit of a counterpoint to the Honda CR-V in that it's more visually appealing and enjoyable to drive, but it sacrifices ride comfort and cargo space in the process. It's a great choice for shoppers who want something a bit more special. It's positively luxurious and upmarket compared to the RAV4, even though they're similarly priced. Read Edmunds' long-term road test of the Mazda CX-5.

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Toyota RAV4 vs. Hyundai Tucson

The Hyundai Tucson, like most vehicles in the Hyundai stable, gets you a lot of features for the money. Add in the standard 10-year warranty and it makes a lot of sense for the long haul. We like its smooth ride and intuitive infotainment system, but it could move up the rankings with more cargo space and better fuel economy. The Tucson's base engine is comparably weak against the RAV4's, but at least there's a more powerful option.

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2021 Toyota RAV4 First Impressions

What is the RAV4?

If you don't count pickup trucks, the Toyota RAV4 has been the best-selling vehicle for several years running. Curiously enough, it's not one of Edmunds' top-ranked small SUVs, trailing our favorite Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-5 and Hyundai Tucson in a rather disappointing seventh place. Also a bit of a surprise is that we like the RAV4 hybrid quite a bit more than the standard RAV4, and we've ranked it fourth among all non-luxury hybrids.

For 2021, it's entirely possible the new RAV4 Prime could make a big impact in the plug-in hybrid category. It's not your typical plug-in hybrid, though, since it has a definite performance slant that's new to the RAV4. With more powerful electric motors powering the rear wheels and new lithium-ion batteries, the RAV4 Prime will have an estimated combined output of 302 horsepower. That makes it the most powerful RAV4 ever.

Toyota also estimates the RAV4 Prime will reach 60 mph in 5.8 seconds, making it the second-quickest vehicle in the lineup behind the GR Supra. To accompany the power, the Prime will feature a sport-tuned suspension and unique styling flourishes. In more pragmatic news, it should return 39 miles of electric range on a full charge.

When it arrives in dealerships this summer, the RAV4 Prime will be offered in SE and XSE trims and feature a two-tone paint scheme with a black roof. With any luck, we'll have more information and driving impressions before that happens, so check back here.

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The Toyota RAV4 isn't normally equated with performance or excitement, but the new 2021 RAV4 Prime should change that. Even more surprising, this sporty variant of the small SUV is also a very efficient plug-in hybrid. Who says you can't have it all?

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FAQ

Is the Toyota RAV4 a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2021 RAV4 both on the road and at the track, giving it a 7.7 out of 10. You probably care about Toyota RAV4 fuel economy, so it's important to know that the RAV4 gets an EPA-estimated 28 mpg to 30 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that carrying capacity for the RAV4 ranges from 37.5 to 37.6 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. Learn more

What's new in the 2021 Toyota RAV4?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2021 Toyota RAV4:

  • No significant changes for 2021
  • Part of the fifth Toyota RAV4 generation introduced for 2019
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Is the Toyota RAV4 reliable?

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

Is the 2021 Toyota RAV4 a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 Toyota RAV4 is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2021 RAV4 and gave it a 7.7 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2021 RAV4 is a good car for you. Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2021 Toyota RAV4?

The least-expensive 2021 Toyota RAV4 is the 2021 Toyota RAV4 LE 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 8A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $26,350.

Other versions include:

  • XLE 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 8A) which starts at $29,045
  • XLE 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 8A) which starts at $27,645
  • LE 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 8A) which starts at $27,750
  • XLE Premium 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 8A) which starts at $31,750
  • LE 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 8A) which starts at $26,350
  • XLE Premium 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 8A) which starts at $30,350
  • Limited 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 8A) which starts at $36,280
  • TRD Off-Road 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 8A) which starts at $36,080
  • Limited 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 8A) which starts at $34,880
  • Adventure 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 8A) which starts at $33,455
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What are the different models of Toyota RAV4?

If you're interested in the Toyota RAV4, the next question is, which RAV4 model is right for you? RAV4 variants include XLE 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 8A), XLE 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 8A), LE 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 8A), and XLE Premium 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 8A). For a full list of RAV4 models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2021 Toyota RAV4

2021 Toyota RAV4 Overview

The 2021 Toyota RAV4 is offered in the following submodels: RAV4 SUV. Available styles include XLE 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 8A), XLE 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 8A), LE 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 8A), XLE Premium 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 8A), LE 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 8A), XLE Premium 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 8A), Limited 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 8A), TRD Off-Road 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 8A), Limited 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 8A), and Adventure 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 8A). Toyota RAV4 models are available with a 2.5 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 203 hp, depending on engine type. The 2021 Toyota RAV4 comes with all wheel drive, and front wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 8-speed shiftable automatic. The 2021 Toyota RAV4 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 2021 Toyota RAV4?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 Toyota RAV4 and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2021 RAV4 3.4 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 2021 RAV4.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2021 Toyota RAV4 and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2021 RAV4 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 2021 Toyota RAV4?

2021 Toyota RAV4 LE 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 8A)

The 2021 Toyota RAV4 LE 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $28,451. The average price paid for a new 2021 Toyota RAV4 LE 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 8A) is trending $239 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $239 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $28,212.

The average savings for the 2021 Toyota RAV4 LE 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 8A) is 0.8% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 16 2021 Toyota RAV4 LE 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 8A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

2021 Toyota RAV4 XLE 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 8A)

The 2021 Toyota RAV4 XLE 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $30,394. The average price paid for a new 2021 Toyota RAV4 XLE 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 8A) is trending $178 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $178 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $30,216.

The average savings for the 2021 Toyota RAV4 XLE 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 8A) is 0.6% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 31 2021 Toyota RAV4 XLE 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 8A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

2021 Toyota RAV4 XLE Premium 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 8A)

The 2021 Toyota RAV4 XLE Premium 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $33,178. The average price paid for a new 2021 Toyota RAV4 XLE Premium 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 8A) is trending $225 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $225 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $32,953.

The average savings for the 2021 Toyota RAV4 XLE Premium 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 8A) is 0.7% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 15 2021 Toyota RAV4 XLE Premium 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 8A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

2021 Toyota RAV4 Adventure 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 8A)

The 2021 Toyota RAV4 Adventure 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $36,583. The average price paid for a new 2021 Toyota RAV4 Adventure 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 8A) is trending $164 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $164 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $36,419.

The average savings for the 2021 Toyota RAV4 Adventure 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 8A) is 0.4% below the MSRP.

2021 Toyota RAV4 TRD Off-Road 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 8A)

The 2021 Toyota RAV4 TRD Off-Road 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $38,819. The average price paid for a new 2021 Toyota RAV4 TRD Off-Road 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 8A) is trending $277 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $277 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $38,542.

The average savings for the 2021 Toyota RAV4 TRD Off-Road 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 8A) is 0.7% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 1 2021 Toyota RAV4 TRD Off-Road 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 8A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

2021 Toyota RAV4 Limited 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 8A)

Available Inventory:

We are showing 1 2021 Toyota RAV4 Limited 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 8A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

Which 2021 Toyota RAV4s are available in my area?

Shop Edmunds' car, SUV, and truck listings of over 6 million vehicles to find a cheap new, used, or certified pre-owned (CPO) 2021 Toyota RAV4 for sale near. There are currently 119 new 2021 RAV4s listed for sale in your area, with list prices as low as $27,674 and mileage as low as 0 miles. Simply research the type of car you're interested in and then select a car from our massive database to find cheap vehicles for sale near you. Once you have identified a used vehicle you're interested in, check the AutoCheck vehicle history reports, read dealer reviews, and find out what other owners paid for the 2021 Toyota RAV4. Then select Edmunds special offers, perks, deals, and incentives to contact the dealer of your choice and save up to $2,148 on a used or CPO 2021 RAV4 available from a dealership near you.

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What is the MPG of a 2021 Toyota RAV4?

2021 Toyota RAV4 XLE 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 8A), 8-speed shiftable automatic, regular unleaded
29 compined MPG,
27 city MPG/33 highway MPG

2021 Toyota RAV4 XLE 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 8A), 8-speed shiftable automatic, regular unleaded
30 compined MPG,
28 city MPG/35 highway MPG

2021 Toyota RAV4 LE 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 8A), 8-speed shiftable automatic, regular unleaded
30 compined MPG,
27 city MPG/34 highway MPG

EPA Est. MPG29
Transmission8-speed shiftable automatic
Drive Trainall wheel drive
Displacement2.5 L
Passenger Volume136.4 cu.ft.
Wheelbase105.9 in.
Length180.9 in.
WidthN/A
Height67.0 in.
Curb Weight3490 lbs.

Should I lease or buy a 2021 Toyota RAV4?

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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