Unlike other websites and magazines, our ratings are not based solely on a singular road test, but rather a more encompassing batch of criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value. When comparing vehicles using our Rating System, it's important to note that the rating earned by each vehicle correlates only to the models within its class. For example, a compact car cannot be compared to a SUV—They are different vehicles altogether.
You can interpret our ratings in the following way:
5-Star: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.
4-Star: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.
3-Star: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.
2-Star: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.
1-Star: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.
2014 Toyota RAV4 OVERVIEW
Toyota’s fourth generation of the compact crossover SUV was all new for 2013. The latest RAV4 combines a four-cylinder engine with a standard six-speed automatic transmission, seating for five, excellent cargo room and available high tech features. The RAV4 is a well-executed alternative to other popular models like the CR-V from Honda.
What's New for 2014
Toyota adds new Entune Audio systems and an available new Technology package for the Limited model. It also includes a complimentary maintenance plan for two years or 25,000 miles with your purchase or lease.
Choosing Your Toyota RAV4
Standard across the line is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that produces 176 horsepower and 172 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic is standard, and the RAV4 is available with either front- or all-wheel drive.
The front-drive RAV4 returns an EPA-estimated 24 mpg city, 31 mpg highway, and 26 mpg combined. The all-wheel drive model, meanwhile, achieves 22 mpg city, 29 mpg highway, and 25 mpg combined.
The most important factor in your RAV4 is trim level and your choice of front- or all-wheel drive.
If you don’t need V6 power or third-row seating, the redesigned RAV 4 is the best RAV4 yet. The look is sleek inside and out with lots of cargo space. Our pick is the well-priced and well-equipped XLE. Skip all-wheel drive unless you live in a climate that needs it.
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