Used Toyota RAV4 2019-present review

Category: Large SUV

Section: Alternatives

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  • 2019 Toyota RAV4 front
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  • Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Design 2.5 AWD Automatic - interior
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Alternatives

What alternatives should I consider to a used Toyota RAV4 4x4?

The closest rival to the RAV4 would be the Honda CR-V because it can also be had as a spacious five-seat hybrid. The CR-V is the nicer of the two to drive due to a more progressive feeling brake pedal and consistently weighted steering that allows you to accurately place the vehicle in a bend. It'll be no good for towing a big caravan, though: its limit is only 750kg.

If fuel bills aren't too much of a concern, petrol models of the Mazda CX-5 have proven to be very dependable. So while you will fork out more in running costs, the CX-5 should be a very reliable choice, plus it has a plusher interior and easier to navigate infotainment system.

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Toyota RAV4 driving

Overview

If you only need five seats, the RAV4 is a highly practical large SUV and should cost buttons to run. Plus, reliability will no doubt prove to be exemplary. It is more expensive to buy relative to some of its fellow large SUV rivals, but you do get a lot of equipment and safety tech for your money, and the low fuel consumption helps to offset some of that expense.

  • Strong reliability record
  • Excellent fuel economy for a large SUV
  • Plenty of equipment
  • Early examples do without full smartphone connectivity
  • Some rivals more engaging to drive
  • No seven seat option unlike some rivals