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2015 Toyota RAV4 Review

The 2015 Toyota RAV4 ranks near the bottom of our compact SUV rankings. It has a spacious cabin, a comfortable ride, and one of the roomiest cargo holds in the segment. However, many class rivals are more athletic and have richer interiors.

Pros & Cons

  • Spacious front seats
  • Huge cargo hold


  • Some cumbersome infotainment features
  • Only one engine option


Rankings & Research

The 2015 Toyota RAV4's #14 ranking is based on its score within the 2015 Affordable Compact SUVs category. Currently the Toyota RAV4 has a score of 7.0 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 33 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 6.3
Performance: 5.9
Interior: 5.7
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.1
Safety: 9.3
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2015 Toyota RAV4 Overview

Is the 2015 Toyota RAV4 a Good Used SUV?

No, the 2015 Toyota RAV4 isn’t a great choice in the compact SUV class. It delivers a smooth ride over most road surfaces, has two rows of roomy seats, and provides more cargo space than almost every competitor.

Unfortunately, the RAV4 comes up short in some key areas. It struggles to accelerate quickly on the highway and up steep hills. Additionally, its cabin has too many hard plastics, and the upgraded infotainment system is unintuitive.

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 33 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 more than 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 2015 Toyota RAV4?

Our site has nearly 4,880 listings for the 2015 RAV4, with an average list price of about $19,800. Prices range from $16,500 to $23,700, and vary depending on the vehicle’s trim, mileage, location, condition, and number of features.

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How Much Does the 2015 Toyota RAV4 Cost to Own?

The 2015 Toyota RAV4’s five-year estimated costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs total to about $23,070. That’s about average for the class.

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

The 2019 Toyota RAV4 starts at $25,500. On average, a 2015 model could save you about $5,700 compared to a base 2019 model. The used 2015 also has a bit more cargo space. That said, the new model is the way to go if you have the funds. Toyota fully redesigned the 2019 RAV4, introducing a stronger and more fuel-efficient engine, as well as standard features like a 7-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, a Wi-Fi hot spot, traffic sign recognition, and a driver drowsiness monitor. These features are not available with the 2015 model.

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You won’t find any new compact SUVs for the average price of a used 2015 RAV4. However, if you can afford the upper-end price of the used RAV4, have a look at the 2019 Kia Sportage, which starts at $23,750. It has a roomy, quality cabin with an infotainment system; a comfortable, sporty ride; and an outstanding predicted reliability rating. It’s worth the extra money.

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Which Model Year of the Toyota RAV4 Is Best?

The 2015 RAV4 is part of a generation that launched for 2013 and concluded with the 2018 model year. Toyota didn’t make any major changes from the 2013 through 2016 model years. If you’re in search of advanced safety features, you’ll need to look at a model from 2017 or later. The 2017 model comes with the Toyota Safety Sense P package, which includes forward collision warning with brake assist, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and adaptive cruise control.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Toyota RAV4?

The 2015 RAV4 has a reliability rating of three out of five from J.D. Power. That’s about average for the market, but most rival compact SUVs receive higher ratings.

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2015 Toyota RAV4 Recalls

As of this writing, the 2015 Toyota RAV4 has three reported recalls. These address issues with possible loss of electric power steering, trailer lights turning off, and detaching vehicle accessories. Make certain that these issues are resolved before you purchase a 2015 RAV4.

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Which Used Toyota RAV4 Model Is Right for Me?

The 2015 RAV4 has three trim levels: LE, XLE, and Limited. The Toyota RAV4 LE will save you the most money, and its technology features will satisfy most shoppers. It has a standard rearview camera, Bluetooth, and a touch-screen infotainment system.

The RAV4 XLE adds dual-zone automatic climate control, a power moonroof, satellite radio, and adjustable front seats with sport bolstering. If you want a few more luxury amenities, purchase the RAV4 Limited trim, which adds synthetic leather upholstery, navigation, push-button start, an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, and an upgraded infotainment system with smartphone integration.

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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. Hyundai and Kia both have better programs.

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How Safe Is the RAV4?

The early-release 2015 RAV4 received an overall rating of four out of five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, with four stars in the frontal crash and rollover tests, and five stars in the side crash test.

The late-release 2015 RAV4 earned a five-star overall rating from the NHTSA, with four stars in the frontal crash and rollover tests, and five stars in the side crash test.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Toyota RAV4 a 2015 Top Safety Pick, which is the institute’s second-highest honor. The RAV4 earned the agency’s top rating of Good in five crash tests and the lowest rating of Poor in the passenger-side small overlap front test.

A rearview camera is standard in the 2015 RAV4. Upper trims may include automatic high beams, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, and blind spot monitoring.

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2015 Toyota RAV4 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2015 Toyota RAV4 or 2015 Nissan Rogue?

The 2015 Nissan Rogue ranks close to the top of the compact SUV class. Compared with the RAV4, the Rogue has a higher reliability rating, better fuel economy estimates, a nicer cabin, and a lower average list price. Additionally, some models come with a third row, so they can accommodate a couple more people than the RAV4. The Nissan’s engine is no more potent than the Toyota’s, but in almost every other way, the Rogue is a more desirable vehicle.

Which Is Better: 2015 Toyota RAV4 or 2015 Mazda CX-5?

If you spend a lot of time on the highway, you’ll want to go with the 2015 Mazda CX-5. It’s available with a strong engine that returns better gas mileage than the RAV4’s sluggish engine. The CX-5’s impressive performance doesn’t stop there, as it boasts a sporty suspension and precise steering. Usually, this means a less comfortable ride, but not with the 2015 CX-5.

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2015 Toyota RAV4 Performance

How Does the 2015 Toyota RAV4 Drive?

The 2015 Toyota RAV4 has fairly composed handling and a pleasant ride. All-wheel drive is available, and models with AWD have better road grip around corners. Front-wheel drive is standard.

A 176-horsepower four-cylinder engine comes standard in the RAV4, and it provides sufficient power for the average daily commute. However, acceleration can be sluggish when taking off. Unfortunately, this is the only powertrain available, while several rivals have stronger engine options. Every 2015 RAV4 comes with a six-speed automatic transmission.

Does the 2015 Toyota RAV4 Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 2015 RAV4 with front-wheel drive returns 23 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. Estimates decrease to 22/28 mpg city/highway with AWD models.

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2015 Toyota RAV4 Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 Toyota RAV4 Seat?

The 2015 Toyota RAV4 has an airy cabin with comfortable front seats, and the rear seats offer plenty of seating space. The cabin is fairly attractive and composed of mostly quality materials. Still, some hard plastics detract from its look.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Toyota RAV4?

There are two complete LATCH child-seat connections in the RAV4's second row, and the rear middle seat has a top tether anchor. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this system the second-lowest rating of Marginal for ease of use.

2015 Toyota RAV4 Features

The base touch-screen infotainment system is simple to operate. On the other hand, the available Entune audio system with navigation and smartphone integration has a complicated interface. Available features include dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, and satellite radio.  

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2015 Toyota RAV4 Dimensions

Toyota RAV4 Cargo Space

It’s hard to beat the RAV4’s cavernous cargo hold. Its maximum capacity of 73.4 cubic feet with the rear seats folded is significantly more storage space than most compact SUVs have.

2015 RAV4 Length and Weight

The 2015 Toyota RAV4 is nearly 15 feet long, and its curb weight ranges from 3,435 to 3,610 pounds. The gross vehicle weight rating ranges from 4,485 to 4,600 pounds.

Where Was the 2015 Toyota RAV4 Built?

Toyota manufactured the 2015 RAV4 in Japan and Canada.

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