Used Toyota RAV4 2019-present review

Category: Large SUV

Section: Advice for buyers

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Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Design 2.5 AWD Automatic - interior
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  • 2019 Toyota RAV4 front
  • Toyota RAV4 interior
  • Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Design 2.5 AWD Automatic - interior
  • Toyota RAV4 infotainment
  • Toyota RAV4 driving
  • Toyota RAV4 driving
  • Toyota RAV4 2021 RHD front interior shot
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Advice for buyers

What should I look for in a used Toyota RAV4 4x4?

Most examples will still be within the Toyota franchised dealer network, so all the usual issues with dents, scratches, and scuffed alloys will have been taken care of. 

One thing to look out for is the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto because early RAV4s did without, although it can be retrofitted for a fee. If you can find one with this already completed, great, otherwise (according to Toyota's own blog) you'll pay £150 for it as a stand-alone visit, or £50 as an add-on to a service. 

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What are the most common problems with a used Toyota RAV4 4x4?

Brake booster

The pump for the brake booster may stop working on some RAV4s built between 26 April and 3 June 2019 and lead to increased braking effort in order to slow down. Speak to a Toyota dealer for further information because the pump will need to be replaced in order to solve this issue.

Front suspension arms

Some examples made between 25 September and 25 October 2019 have been found to have cracks in the lower front suspension arms. A Toyota dealer will be able to let you know if your car is affected by this and arrange to have the arm replaced free of charge.

Toyota RAV4 2021 RHD front interior shot

Is a used Toyota RAV4 4x4 reliable?

As mentioned in a previous chapter, the RAV4 has historically been a highly reliable SUV and we have little reason to suspect this one will change that as it ages. At the moment, this current version managed a third place result in the hybrid category against 13 other competitors.

Toyota as a brand came in third out of 31 manufacturers.

If you would like to see the full reliability list, head to the What Car? Reliability Survey pages for more information.

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