Auto Express's reliability ratings are based on our Driver Power survey of over 30,000 car owners. Ratings are the average for all owners of this car who responded. Individual owners’ ratings and comments appear below.
W-reg Petrol, Owner for More than 5 years

The car is good but the franchise dealers are a rip off in pricing. Also told me I needed a new vehicle 'cos of 3 faults exhaust corroded - yes but there were no holes in it and I got a quote for half the price they quoted. A spring, yes that did need replacing and was for £170 including a service at a local garage and a clutch. The clutch was less than 2 years old and still under warranty and it was the pedal that need adjusting not a new clutch (needless to say it wasn't fitted at the main dealers in the first place). I have lost my faith in main dealers especailly after the way I was treated when trying to buy a newer car from them. I have now decided to keep my old car even though it has 113K on the clock

Reliability: 3/5 Build Quality: 2/5
Y-reg Petrol, Owner for More than 5 years

The Toyota Rav4 build quality is excellent. The vehicle now has over 100,000 mies on the clock, and no major components have been changed. It still has the original exhaust, and the only replacements were tyres (plus brake pads, of course!)
My wife has been asked (several times) by a man at her work place for first refusal when she sells it.
We will most likely buy another Rav4 when selling this present vehicle, later this years, or ealry 2011.
I demand good reliability and that is why our second car is an old 'P' reg (but VERY reliable) Toyota Corolla.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
08-reg Petrol, Owner for Less than a year

The Rav 4 is a practical well built vehicle but an intermitant electrical fault bringing on multiple engine warning lights isj ust about to be investigated by local Toyota dealer in Dundee after being first notified 3 weeks ago.The dealer seems extremely unhelpfull,even after the RAC listed the fault after a call out.
The car is booked in next week for inspection but still has constant intermitant warning lights apearing!!! Watch this space!!!!

Reliability: 2/5 Build Quality: 4/5
X-reg , Owner for More than 5 years

Great reliability, never let me down in over 100,000 miles both on road and off. If it wasn't for the O2 sensors failing every so often (I've had at least four now) it would be almost perfect. The other slight issue being the back door which is designed to not fully open so as not to block the tail light, which results in it whacking you in the back when parked on a downhill slope!

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
54-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Solid build quality. Some early problems with a warning light for the engine mgt system which was resolved under warranty by the replacement of a sensor. Fuel consumption is on the high side (25-28mpg) but as my annual mileage is fairly low it's not an issue and is outweighed by the car's many good points.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
02-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

The car has been a joy to own and drive for three yrs and the only problem was sorted at the dealers within a day of occurence.It has never required work for MOT and has never actually failed us ,we are extremely pleased all round.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
51-reg Petrol, Owner for More than 5 years

An excellent all-round vehicle. Permanent 4-wheel drive & Automatic gearbox both cause poor fuel consumption.

ENGINE MANAGEMENT SENSORS KEEP FAILING REPEATEDLY at a cost of about £250 each time; otherwise very reliable vehicle.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
53-reg Diesel, Owner for More than 5 years

It's reliable,comfortable(1,000m over 2 days)no aches or pains,wife and I both oap's.Still think it looks better than current Rav,a 6th gear for quieter cruising would be nice.Dealers however let the Toyota experience down!

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2002-reg Diesel, Owner for more than 5 years

Generally reliable but has had 2 dual mass fly wheels replaced. the first after 75k, the 2nd after 112k miles. fuel injectors also fail after approx 2 years. Running costs are good apart from the replaement parts as above.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2012-reg Diesel, Owner for less than a year

Never had any problems with any of the rav4's we have owned (this is the 3rd). Compared to other cars in it's class the rav4 seems to give excellnet value for money in terms of running costs.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
54-reg Diesel, Owner for More than 5 years

Reliability, reliability, reliability!
[amazed you don't include that as a main evaluation factor in table on previous page...].
Plus ideal for our rural situation and lifestyle.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2009-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Nver had a problem with this, or with the pervious petrol rav 4 which I owned from new for almost 14 years, then sold it. They are fair for the size of car and the driving I do.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2011-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Have had no issues since purchase - thus totally reliable. 2.2 litre engine so for the power running costs appropriate and better than previous cars of same engine size.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2007-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Car is used everyday and is totally reliable. Apart from regular servicing the car doesn't require any other maintenance and servicing by main dealer is very reasonable.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2007-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Free main dealer engine replacement at 82,000 miles due to known fault. only minor faults otherwise. Expensive parts if go wrong. e.g. ł570 for windscreen wiper motor.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2007-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Faultless so far.warped front discs changed plus new pads. Had an lpg conversion shortly after purchasing the car.I can get 90 miles from ł10 of gas at 68p per liter.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2012-reg Diesel, Owner for less than a year

Only had car for 8 months. no problems to date. As the vehicle is automatic the fuel costs are quite heavy. would have expected mid 30 to 40 mph on long journeys.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2002-reg Petrol, Owner for more than 5 years

No major problems. new rear wheel bearing after 10 years. Tyre wear is poor as expected on 4 wheel drive, as is mpg, but this is offset by reliability.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
57-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Good car spoilt by Toyota and dealers inability to fix a relatively simple problem (fuel pump) for three weeks, during which the car was off the road.

Reliability: 3/5 Build Quality: 3/5
58-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Has lived up to expectations having previously owned Toyota's, although slight concern over recent issues they have over faulty accelerator pedals.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2007-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Apart from recall by toyota, which were not necessary in my case there have been no problems whatsoever. Fuel, brake pads and tyres only outlay.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2007-reg Diesel, Owner for more than 5 years

Excellent. has had a problem starting on cold mornings occasionally but has been improved by a new battery. Almost no repairs in over 5 years.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2008-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Had to have an engine replacement before it was 3 years old at 28000 miles and continue to have slight problems with it. Average for size.

Reliability: 3/5 Build Quality: 3/5
2002-reg Petrol, Owner for more than 5 years

I only had a problem with a battery.never broken down thro use. Just petrol prices that stop me using the car for more leisure journeys.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2010-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

No reliability issues in the time we've owned it. Service seems about average or better; fuel is the biggest cost given the mileage.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
53-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

I have owned a wide variety of cars and models and this is by far the best car I have owned in my 30 years of driving cars.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
52-reg Petrol, Owner for More than 5 years

Good style and comfort. Despite being over 6 years old the car is still tight and comfortable.Build quality is excellent.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
51-reg Diesel, Owner for More than 5 years

Persistant battery problems(several batteries).Wonderful all-rounder but have the spare whhel stuck on the back.

Reliability: 3/5 Build Quality: 4/5
56-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

A surprisingly good car that does exactly what you want with no problems, plus it was brilliant in the snow!

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2009-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

I have had no problems apart from a rattly sunroof. I think running costs are good considering it is a 4x4.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2011-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

No spare wheel if you get a puncture and use the toyota suppliedtyre sealant you have to replace tyre.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2004-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

100% reliable. Mpg could be better. other than that though, running costs are very reasonable.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2012-reg Diesel, Owner for less than a year

I have not had any problems what so ever. Thought that I would get a better a fuel return.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2009-reg Diesel, Owner for less than a year

Totally reliable to date, two minor recalls, some minor trim issues. Good for 4wd suv.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
55-reg , Owner for 3 to 5 years

Does what it is supposed to do. It's just a pity that 3 door Rav4 are no longer made

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
05-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

The Rav4 is one of the best SUVs on the market and does everything I want it for.

Reliability: 3/5 Build Quality: 4/5
Y-reg Petrol, Owner for More than 5 years

Pretty good overall its now nearly 9 years old and is generally very reliable.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 3/5
02-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Totally reliable and flexible. Second rav4 I've owned and would buy one again

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
58-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Very good car, which does what I want it to, with only a few minor problems

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2007-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Engine management light came on once. have lost 100% trust in reliability

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 4/5
59-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

Great change to my Aygo, drives really well, gear box a lot less clunky!

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2011-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

No problems at all! Small items (wing mirror cover) very exspensieve.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
R-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Fantastic - best vehicle I have owned in forty years of motoring.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2005-reg Petrol, Owner for more than 5 years

Never had a problem in 8 years. Fuel consumption quite high.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2011-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

No problems so far. Lots of stop start driving so not bad.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2010-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Never had any problems. starts first time in all weathers

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2009-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Nothing to report! car has been totally reliable

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2011-reg Diesel, Owner for less than a year

No problems at all. Have a 5 year service plan.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2010-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Fuel filter is the only problem to date

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2008-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Only a puncture. No problems only mph.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
54-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Top car best Ive had and I had Mercs

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
53-reg Petrol, Owner for More than 5 years

Excellent family and all round car

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
08-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Comfortable, reliable, well made.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2011-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

No problems. Fuel efficient.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2003-reg Petrol

No problems. Satisfied.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2001-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Nothing more to say

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
07-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

A good reliable 4X4

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2005-reg Diesel, Owner for less than a year

No problems at all

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2011-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

No problems at all

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2006-reg Diesel, Owner for more than 5 years

Superb reliability

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2010-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

No problems so far

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
Other-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Totally reliable

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5