Used Toyota RAV4 2000 - 2006 review

Category: Small SUV

Section: Alternatives

Toyota RAV4 (00 - 06)
  • Toyota RAV4 (00 - 06)
  • Toyota RAV4 (00 - 06)
  • Toyota RAV4 (00 - 06)
  • Toyota RAV4 (00 - 06)
  • Toyota RAV4 (00 - 06)
  • Toyota RAV4 (00 - 06)
  • Toyota RAV4 (00 - 06)
  • Toyota RAV4 (00 - 06)
  • Toyota RAV4 (00 - 06)
  • Toyota RAV4 (00 - 06)

Alternatives

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

The Land Rover Freelander is the most obvious rival to the RAV4, and the closest conceptually, with its three-door and five-door versions. Stylish and good to drive, it’s undone by disappointing reliability.

The Honda CR-V was into its second-generation model at this time, and while it lacks a sporty three-door version, it’s a sensible, spacious and hugely reliable choice. You could even get Honda’s excellent 2.2-litre diesel engine towards the end of the car’s life life.

Overview

The second Toyota RAV4 kept the fun-loving nature of the first, but brought greater comfort and practicality.

  • Hugely reliable
  • Fun to drive
  • Very affordable
  • Practical if you buy the five-door version
  • Three-door model very impractical
  • Diesel is expensive to tax