Used Toyota RAV4 (2000 - 2005) Safety & Reliability

Review by Parkers on
Last Updated: 18 Aug 2014
The previous generation RAV4 was the right car at the right time. Its overtly 4x4 look, funky bodyshape and excellent on-road manners, meant it was perfectly placed to pick up sales during the soft-roader boom of the mid-Nineties.
3.5 out of 5



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Dual airbags are fitted as standard, as is ABS with electronic brakeforce distribution. There has been no Euro NCAP crash test. All models are quite secure with double-locking, and an alarm and immobiliser.

5 out of 5


Old RAV4 was a paragon of reliability and the new one should be no different. It's been on sale for a while and owners report very few problems indeed.

Car check problem points


Check for damage to the bodywork and underside.


Problems should be rare, but make sure the service history is kept up to date.


No problems reported.