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Rankings & Research

The 2015 Toyota RAV4 ranking is based on its score within the 2015 Affordable Compact SUVs category. Currently the Toyota RAV4 has a score of 7.6 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 33 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 7.3
Performance: 7.1
Interior: 7.1
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.0
Safety: 9.3
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2015 Toyota RAV4 Review

The 2015 Toyota RAV4 has a great predicted reliability rating, but it still ranks in the middle of the compact SUV class due to its mediocre engine power, cabin quality, and infotainment features.

Pros & Cons

  • Spacious front seats
  • Huge cargo hold
  • Great predicted reliability rating


  • Some cumbersome infotainment features
  • Only one engine option


2015 Toyota RAV4 Overview

Is the 2015 Toyota RAV4 a Good Used SUV?

The 2015 RAV4 is an average compact SUV. Its sole engine option is adequate for daily driving, but it lacks the power of others in the class. However, excellent cargo room and a spacious second row for adult passengers help put the "utility" in this SUV.

Used 2015 Toyota RAV4 Performance and Interior

A 176-horsepower four-cylinder engine and a six-speed automatic transmission make up the 2015 RAV4's only available powertrain. It delivers modest acceleration from a stop and improves once you're already moving. Other compact SUVs have optional engines that provide better acceleration. The RAV4's ride quality is mostly soft and compliant, and its steering is poised around turns. Models with all-wheel drive feel even more planted to the pavement.

It won't blow you away when you press the pedal, but the RAV4 does deliver good fuel economy estimates. You can expect around 23 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. These numbers decrease to 22 mpg in the city and 28 on the highway with all-wheel drive.

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The RAV4 offers an open, roomy cabin with comfortable, spacious front seats. The rear seats are spacious as well, so two adult passengers should have no trouble traveling back there. There are two complete LATCH child-seat connections in the RAV4's second row, and the rear middle seat has a top tether anchor. As far as compact SUVs go, it's hard to beat the RAV4 in cargo space. Its low trunk floor and available power liftgate make it easy to load up a bunch of stuff.

The base touch-screen infotainment system is easy to use, and other standard features like Bluetooth and a rearview camera provide more convenience. An upgraded infotainment system in higher trims includes smartphone app integration and navigation, but this interface can be complicated to use. Other features you'll want to look out for are dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, and satellite radio.   

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Used 2015 Toyota RAV4 Prices

Pricing for a used 2015 RAV4 ranges from about $17,500 for a base Toyota RAV4 LE to around $24,500 for an all-wheel-drive Limited model. Final pricing depends on your area of the country, as well as the car's mileage, condition, and features.

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We Did the Research for You: 29 Reviews Analyzed

Our used car rankings and reviews are based on safety and reliability data, total ownership costs, and the opinions of professional test drivers. We researched and analyzed 29 other professional reviews on the Toyota RAV4 to help you make the best buying decision possible.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Toyota RAV4?

The 2015 Toyota RAV4 has an excellent predicted reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power and Associates. That score is better than that of most other cars on the road, and it’s among the best in the class.

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How Safe Is the RAV4?

The 2015 RAV4 received five out of five stars overall from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, with four stars in both the frontal crash and rollover tests. The RAV4 also earned the highest score of Good in each Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash test and was named a 2015 IIHS Top Safety Pick.

A rearview camera is the only standard driver assistance feature in the RAV4, but higher-trim used models may include safety technologies like automatic high beams, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, or blind spot monitoring.

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Should I Consider Another Used RAV4?

Toyota fully redesigned the RAV4 for the 2013 model year. Aside from the addition of a couple of features, there were few major changes between then and 2015. Lane departure warning and blind spot monitoring became available in 2014, so you'll want to skip the 2013 model if those features are important to you. 

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Which Used Toyota RAV4 Is Right for Me?

The 2015 RAV4 comes in three trim levels: LE, XLE, and Limited. Any trim level can be found with available all-wheel drive. The Toyota RAV4 LE is an attractive option, as it has a rearview camera, Bluetooth, and a touch-screen infotainment system as standard. Still, you'll want to look for a Limited model. This top trim comes with amenities like leatherette upholstery, navigation, push-button start, an eight-way power driver’s seat, and an upgraded infotainment system with smartphone integration.

Consider a certified pre-owned RAV4 for additional peace of mind. Toyota provides a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty on all of its certified pre-owned vehicles, and it extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years or 100,000 miles. Each CPO Toyota must pass a 160-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Toyota warranty page carefully.

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2015 Toyota RAV4 and Other SUVs to Consider

Which Is Better: 2015 Toyota RAV4 or 2015 Honda CR-V?

The 2015 Honda CR-V is a well-rounded SUV that ranks near the top of the class. Neither vehicle will give you a huge edge in performance, as they both only offer one mediocre engine and stable handling. The CR-V gets excellent gas mileage, though. While the RAV4 is predicted to be a little more reliable, the CR-V's upscale, spacious cabin and long list of available safety features make it a good daily driver for a small family. We named the CR-V our 2015 Best Compact SUV for the Money and 2015 Best Compact SUV for Families.

Which Is Better: 2015 Toyota RAV4 or 2015 Subaru Forester?

Like the RAV4, the 2015 Subaru Forester fits solidly in the middle of the class. The biggest distinction between these two competitors is the RAV4's great reliability versus the Forester's below-average marks. The Forester’s advantages include standard all-wheel drive and a powerful available turbocharged engine. The Subaru might also give you a bit more rear legroom, but both vehicles provide ample passenger space. 

Which Is Better: 2015 Toyota RAV4 or 2015 Toyota Highlander?

If you need a bigger SUV and want to stay in the Toyota lineup, the 2015 Toyota Highlander is a great choice. With seating for up to eight, you can chauffeur a large family – though the third row is best left for kids. A brutish available V6 engine gives the Highlander plenty of muscle, and it drives well thanks to precise steering and a soft ride quality. The Highlander's combination of space, utility, and family-friendly features won it our 2015 Best 3-Row SUV for Families award.

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