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2014 Toyota RAV4 Review

The 2014 Toyota RAV4 leads the class in cargo space, and it has a roomy interior. However, it ranks in the bottom third of the compact SUV class because of its subpar safety scores and low-rent cabin materials.  

Pros & Cons

  • Class-leading cargo space
  • Roomy cabin
  • Low safety scores
  • Cabin has some low-rent materials

Rankings & Research

The 2014 Toyota RAV4's #12 ranking is based on its score within the 2014 Affordable Compact SUVs category. Currently the Toyota RAV4 has a score of 7.4 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 27 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

7.4

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.3
Performance: 7.2
Interior: 6.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.0
Safety: 8.4
Reliability:
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2014 Toyota RAV4 Overview

Is the 2014 Toyota RAV4 a Good Used Car?

The 2014 RAV4 is a good compact SUV that provides generous seating space and class-leading cargo capacity. It also comes with an appropriate number of features and delivers a well-balanced ride. That’s where the good news ends, however. The RAV4 performed poorly in crash tests. Additionally, its cabin sports too much plastic. There are competitors that deliver more in this class.

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Why You Can Trust Us

Our used car rankings and reviews are based on our analysis of professional automotive reviews, as well as data like crash test scores, reliability ratings, and ownership expenses. We researched 27 Toyota RAV4 reviews to help you decide if it’s the right used car for you.

The U.S. News Best Cars team has been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our staff has a combined 75 years of automotive industry experience. To ensure our impartiality, our staff never takes expensive gifts or trips from car companies, and an outside team handles the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2014 Toyota RAV4?

Our site has 675 listings for the 2014 Toyota RAV4, with an average list price of $18,000. However, its price can range from $14,400 to $22,000, depending on the model you choose, as well as its condition, mileage, location, and features.

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How Much Does the 2014 Toyota RAV4 Cost to Own?

The 2014 Toyota RAV4’s five-year estimated costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs come to $23,985, which is about average for the class.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Toyota RAV4?

A 2018 Toyota RAV4 starts at $24,660, which is $6,660 higher than the average list price of a 2014 model. For that extra money, the 2018 model adds a lot, including the Toyota Safety Sense suite of advanced safety features that consists of a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, automatic high beams, and adaptive cruise control – all of which are pricey options in most rivals. These features alone may be enough for some buyers to justify paying more for the newer RAV4. The 2018 model is also available with a higher tow rating than the 2014 model, and it comes with available features you won’t find in the 2014 model, like Siri Eyes Free and a household-style power outlet.

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There aren’t any new compact SUVs that are priced comparably to the 2014 RAV4. However, there are new subcompact SUVs like the 2018 Honda HR-V or the 2018 Mazda CX-3 with similar price points as one of the more-expensive 2014 RAV4s. Neither has the cargo or passenger space of the RAV4, but both have top-flight interiors and a pleasant ride.

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Which Model Year of the Toyota RAV4 Is Best?

The 2014 RAV4 is part of a generation that began with the 2013 model year and ends with the 2018 model year. Aside from some upgraded cabin materials and exterior styling changes, the RAV4 didn’t receive any significant changes for the 2014 and 2015 model years. However, the 2016 RAV4 received upgraded interior materials, and the 2017 model was the first to come standard with Safety Sense. If you decide against the upgraded materials, consider the 2013 model, which costs less and comes with everything you can find in the 2014 and 2015 model years. For better cabin materials, select the 2016 model.

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Toyota RAV4?

J.D. Power gave the 2014 Toyota RAV4 a predicted reliability rating of three out of five. That’s an average score for the market, but it’s slightly below average for the class.

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2014 Toyota RAV4 Recalls

As of this writing, the 2014 Toyota RAV4 has three reported recalls. One concerns the possible loss of electric power steering, while another addresses accessories that may detach. A third recall covers an electrical short that may cause trailer lights to turn off. Make certain that these issues have been repaired before you buy.

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Which Used Toyota RAV4 Model Is Right for Me?

The 2014 RAV4 is available in three trims: LE, XLE, and Limited. Most shoppers will be pleased with the Toyota RAV4 LE base model, which comes with an impressive number of standard features. These include a six-speaker stereo, a 6.1-inch touch-screen display, a rearview camera, Bluetooth phone connectivity, an auxiliary input jack, and a USB port.

The Toyota RAV4 XLE trim adds a moonroof, power-adjustable heated outside mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, and an upgraded audio system with HD Radio and satellite radio. The Toyota RAV4 Limited trim includes mostly appearance luxuries like leather upholstery and silver interior accents. It also comes with extra comfort features, like an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with memory functions, a four-way adjustable front passenger’s seat, power lumbar support, and a reclining, fold-flat second-row seat.

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What Does Toyota's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Toyota offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 85,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. Toyota provides a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty on all its certified pre-owned vehicles, and it extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years from the initial sale date or 100,000 miles. Each CPO Toyota must pass a 160-point inspection. Additional benefits like a CarFax vehicle history report, towing, and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Toyota warranty page carefully.

Toyota’s CPO program is about average for an affordable carmaker, according to our research. Mazda, Hyundai, and Honda all have better programs.

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How Safe Is the RAV4?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2014 RAV4 its highest rating of Good in four crash tests. However, it earned the lowest rating of Poor in two small overlap front evaluations. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2014 RAV4 an overall rating of four out of five stars, as well as in frontal and rollover testing. It earned five stars in the side crash test.

A rearview camera comes standard. Blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and lane departure warning are available.

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2014 Toyota RAV4 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2014 Toyota RAV4 or 2014 Honda CR-V?

The 2014 Honda CR-V is a tough rival to beat, and the Toyota RAV4 can’t quite stand up to the competition. While the RAV4 has class-leading cargo space, the CR-V follows close behind with just about three fewer cubic feet of storage room. The Honda also has a higher reliability and safety ratings than the Toyota.

Which Is Better: 2014 Toyota RAV4 or 2014 GMC Terrain?

The 2014 GMC Terrain is superior to the 2014 RAV4 in nearly every way. It has a perfect reliability rating and the one of highest safety scores in the class. Performance is the Terrain’s only disappointment, due to its underpowered base engine and awkward handling. Still, unlike the RAV4, the Terrain is available with a powerful V6. Both SUVs have roomy seats, and they both come with similarly impressive features lists. However, the Terrain’s cabin is a lot nicer than the RAV4’s.  

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2014 Toyota RAV4 Performance

How Does the 2014 Toyota RAV4 Drive?

Powering the 2014 RAV4 is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 176 horsepower. Like most compact SUVs with four-cylinder engines, the RAV4’s engine has decent acceleration for everyday commutes, but it isn’t particularly thrilling. There are three drive modes that alter the RAV4’s throttle response and transmission behavior – Eco, Normal, and Sport. Toyota RAV4’s ride strikes a decent balance between nimble and comfortable. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available.

Does the 2014 Toyota RAV4 Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Toyota RAV4 has outstanding fuel economy for the class: 23 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway.

2017 Toyota RAV4 Towing Capacity

The Toyota RAV4 can tow up to 1,500 pounds when properly equipped.  

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2014 Toyota RAV4 Interior

How Many People Does the 2014 Toyota RAV4 Seat?

The two-row, five-seat Toyota RAV4 has a hushed cabin that is outfitted with mostly quality materials, though there are some hard plastics. The dashboard is well laid out, and both rows of seats are comfortable for adults.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2014 Toyota RAV4?

There are two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child safety seats in the rear outboard seats. The rear middle seat has only an upper tether anchor.  

2014 Toyota RAV4 Features

Standard features include a six-speaker audio system, a 6.1-inch touch-screen display, Bluetooth phone and audio, an auxiliary input, and a USB port. Available features include dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, a choice of two upgraded sound systems, a navigation system, and a power liftgate. The available audio system offers great sound quality, and the infotainment system allows convenient smartphone app integration.

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2014 Toyota RAV4 Dimensions

Toyota RAV4 Cargo Space

The 2014 RAV4 has a 73.4-cubic-foot cargo volume – the largest in the class. It has 38.4 cubic feet of space behind the second row.

2014 RAV4 Length and Weight

The 2014 Toyota RAV4 is almost 15 feet long. Its gross vehicle weight is 4,485 pounds for front-wheel-drive models and 4,600 pounds for all-wheel-drive models. Its curb weight ranges from 3,435 pounds to 3,610 pounds, depending on the trim level.

Where Was the 2014 Toyota RAV4 Built?

Toyota assembled the 2014 RAV4 in Canada.

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