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Toyota RAV4 (2013-2019) Review

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"Dependable and spacious mid-sized SUV"
  • Launched: 2013
  • Crossover
  • Petrol, Diesel, Hybrid

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Quick overview

Pros

  • Huge interior space
  • Reputation for rock-solid reliability 
  • Hybrid engines

Cons

  • Capable rather than fun to drive
  • Limited engine choice
  • Infotainment system isn’t the best

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Toyota RAV4 Front Side View

Overall verdict

Toyota RAV4 Driver's Seat

On the inside

Toyota RAV4 Front Side View

Driving

Toyota RAV4 Rear Side View

Cost to run

Toyota RAV4 Bootspace

Prices and Specs

Overall verdict

"The popularity of the crossover has ballooned in recent years, but back in the 1990s, when they were still called 4x4s, if you wanted something compact there were only a handful on sale, one of which was the original Toyota RAV4. So Toyota has quite a history with family-sized SUVs, and it shows with the latest RAV4."

Toyota RAV4 Front Side View

Inside, it feels as robust as you’d expect of a Toyota (so very) and all models come with a seven-inch infotainment screen that has reversing camera as standard, although this older version of the RAV4 didn’t get Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.


This model tows the line between crossover and full-sized SUV to great effect. It’s a very commodious car and there’s enough space for a family, with plenty of legroom and headroom in the back. Thanks to its low cabin floor there’s no awkward transmission tunnel either so even the middle seat is usable.


The boot is large and has some neat, practical extras like a net for storing bits and pieces, cubby holes and seats that fold completely flat in one movement. In terms of practicality it's among the best crossovers, bettering than the likes of the Mazda CX-5 and Volkswagen Tiguan for overall space.


Toyota offers a choice of petrol or diesel or petrol-electric hybrid models. There’s a 2.2-litre with 151PS or a 2.0-litre with 123PS, the former of which is available with an optional six-speed automatic transmission and with 2WD. The only petrol on offer is a 2.0-litre Valvematic with 152PS available only with Multidrive S CVT automatic gearbox and 4WD. 


While the petrol-electric hybrid model has a 2.5-litre petrol engine boosted by an electric motor to produce 197PS and offer surprisingly good fuel economy in town. 


The least earth shattering engine, though, was the entry-level 2.0-litre diesel, which emits a reasonable 127g/km of CO2 with 2WD and has official fuel economy of 57.6mpg. 


So it’s cheap to run and also practical, factor in robust build quality and family SUVs don’t get more sensible than the RAV4, and you’re unlikely to care that it’s not quite as much fun to drive as the original model. 


If you're looking for the newer version, you need our Toyota RAV4 (2018) review.


Is the Toyota RAV4 (2013-2019) right for you?

The Toyota RAV4 is right for you if you’re looking for a reliable family car that has loads of space and won’t cost the earth to run. 


What's the best Toyota RAV4 (2013-2019) model/engine to choose?

The best RAV4 model to choose is the petrol-electric hybrid in Excel trim. The hybrid model is clean and surprisingly economical in town where it makes best use of its electric motor. Meanwhile, Excel trim adds sat-nav and a leather interior. 


What other cars are similar to the Toyota RAV4?

The Toyota RAV4 is a midsize SUV and, being an SUV, it has an almost endless list of rivals. The Volkswagen Tiguan is one of the best. Like most Volkswagens, it's a great all rounder with smart looks and an interior that feels solid and is easy to use. It doesn’t have quite the same space inside as the RAV4, but it’s still very practical.


The Ford Kuga is another practical SUV but one that majors on being fun to drive and other alternatives include the Nissan Qashqai, Mazda CX-5, Renault Captur, MINI Countryman and Honda CR-V – if you're looking for an SUV this size, you really are spoilt for choice.


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Toyota RAV4 Driver's Seat

On the inside

Toyota RAV4 Front Side View

Driving

Toyota RAV4 Rear Side View

Cost to run

Toyota RAV4 Bootspace

Prices and Specs

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