Toyota RAV4

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If the Suzuki Vitara started the sporty soft-roader segment, the Toyota RAV4, unveiled in 1994, ran with it and made it the success it is today. Standing for Recreational Active Vehicle with four-wheel drive, in truth the Toyota RAV4 was never intended for serious off-roading, merely for dealing with sandy beaches and rutted roads.

  • Toyota RAV4 (06-12)
  • Toyota RAV4 (00-05)
  • Toyota RAV4 (94-00)

If the Suzuki Vitara started the sporty soft-roader segment, the Toyota RAV4, unveiled in 1994, ran with it and made it the success it is today. Standing for Recreational Active Vehicle with four-wheel drive, in truth the Toyota RAV4 was never intended for serious off-roading, merely for dealing with sandy beaches and rutted roads.

Nevertheless, we’re now onto the fourth generation of the model, the first being replaced in 2000, then the third edition arriving in 2006 and the fourth and current model available for sale in 2013.

Only the first two generations were available as three-door models, the first even including a canvas soft-top rear option, while all were able to be purchased as practical five-doors.

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Most Popular Model Reviews

Toyota RAV4 Estate 1994 - 2000

3 out of 5
Toyota RAV4 Estate 1994 - 2000

New price range:
£12,666 - £22,085

Used price range:
£535 - £2,090

Stylish; sporty; reliable
Not really an off-roader

Toyota RAV4 Estate 2013 - 2019

3.5 out of 5
Toyota RAV4 Estate 2013 - 2019

New price range:
£29,295 - £35,275

Used price range:
£7,447 - £29,304

  • Good reliability record
  • Decent resale values
  • Not as stylish as rivals
  • Interior is a little dull

Toyota RAV4 Estate 2006 - 2012

4 out of 5
Toyota RAV4 Estate 2006 - 2012

New price range:
£16,760 - £28,851

Used price range:
£2,008 - £11,342

Well equipped, superb build quality and reliability, neat cabin layout, good to drive, available with two or four-wheel drive
Limited off road capability, limited engine choice

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