2021 Toyota RAV4

MSRP $25,950 - $28,645

Ranked #4 in Compact Suv

8.2

Overall Rating

2021 Toyota RAV4 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 5, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The RAV4 is a compact sport utility vehicle launched by Toyota in 1994, and has been loved by customers worldwide. The Toyota RAV4 has been at the forefront of the mid-size SUV segment ever since it was launched, and the 2021 model will keep that tradition alive. The 2021 Toyota RAV4 will continue to be a leader in the mid-size SUV segment. It will provide Toyota customers with what they've come to expect: quality, durability and reliability.

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Pros

Spacious cabin

Impressive fuel economy

Plenty of standard features

Intutive controls

Cons

Inconsistent steering

Poor front passenger space

What's New?

No noticeable changes


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$25950

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

130 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

152 cu.in.

horsepower

203 hp @ 6600 rpm

torque

184 lb-ft @ 5000 rpm

transmission

8 speed Automatic

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

12/11.1 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

105.9 in.

length

180.9 in.

width

73 in.

height

67 in.

curb weight

3490 lbs.

ground clearance

8.4 in.

capacity

passenger volume

98.9 cu ft.

cargo volume

69.8 cu ft.

towing capacity

1500 lbs.

payload capacity

1240 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

9.1 sec.

zero to 100 mph

21.8 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

16.6 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

210 ft.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

LE$25,950 onwards

XLE$27,245 onwards

Colors and Styles

2021 Toyota RAV4 in Aegean Blue Metallic color
Aegean Blue Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Features

8.5

Engine and Performance

8.0

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

8.5

Exterior

8.0

Safety

9.0

Competition

8.0

8.2

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.2

Overall Rating


The 2021 Toyota RAV4 will be a crossover SUV that is capable of handling anything it encounters. With its powerful engine, it can run on highways, and its agility can handle even the toughest trials off-road. Convenient features like Android Auto and Apple Car Play allow you to access your smartphone while keeping your hands on the wheel. It takes on a tough group of adversaries like the Mazda CX-5, Honda CR-V and Hyundai Santa Fe. 

2021 Toyota RAV4 SUV Front View
2021 Toyota RAV4 SUV Rear View

8.0/10
Engine and Performance

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.5/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

9.0/10
Safety

8.0/10
Competition


2021 Toyota RAV4 Features

There are six trim levels for the 2021 Toyota RAV4: LE, XLE, XLE Premium, Adventure, TRD Off-Road, and Limited. These models are all powered by the same four-cylinder engine and come equipped with Toyota Safety Sense 2.0. MSRP starts at $26,150 for the base variant and goes up to $36,080 for the top Limited trim. 

There are numerous features included with all of the trims right out of the box. Features include an infotainment system with a seven-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, a USB port, satellite radio, a wifi router, and smartphone integration through Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Amazon Alexa. A cloth interior, manually adjustable seats, and remote keyless entry are also standard features.

Trims

LE

XLE

XLE Premium

Adventure

TRD Off-Road

Limited

MSRP (FWD)

$26,150

$27,445

$30,150

-

-

$34,680

MSRP (AWD)

$27,550

$28,845

$31,550

$33,255

$35,880

$36,080

Key Features

7-inch touchscreen

Adds/upgrades the features of LE trim

Adds/upgrades the features of XLE trim

Adds/upgrades the features of XLE Premium trim

Adds/upgrades the features of Adventure trim

Adds/upgrades the features of Off-Road trim

 

LED Headlights

Keyless entry and ignition

Raised suspension

Hill descent control

All-terrain tires

Panoramic sunroof

 

6-speaker sound system

Blind-spot monitor

Sunroof

8-inch touchscreen

Off-road-tuned suspension

Heated steering wheel

 

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Dual-zone Climate Control

Power liftgate

Taller roof rails

Unique black trim elements and interior trim

Heated and Ventilated front seats

 

USB Port

8-way Power-adjustable driver’s seat

Simulated leather upholstery

Fender flares

18-inch alloy wheels

Wireless charging pad

 

Satellite radio

Heated outside mirrors

Leather wrapped steering wheel

7-inch digital instrument cluster

LED foglights

11-speaker JBL Stereo

 

Cloth upholstery

Alloy wheels

19-inch alloy wheels

Five USB ports

 

Front and rear parking sensors

 

Remote keyless entry

Upgraded LED Headlights

 

120-volt outlet

   
 

Manually adjustable front seats

         

Which trim should you buy? 

With the RAV4, Toyota has a wide range of trims tailored for people with a variety of needs. Therefore, it is all up to your needs and purpose. In most cases, the LE trim will suffice for travelers seeking a basic commuting option. Camping enthusiasts should choose the Adventure or TRD Off-Road trims. Regardless of your choice, you will get many features, including Toyota Safety Sense 2.0.

2021 Toyota RAV4 Engine and Performance

8.0/10

The 2021 Toyota RAV4 only comes with one engine, a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that produces 203 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. This engine is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission, providing plenty of power for daily driving and capable of reaching highway speeds easily. There's also a hybrid system available for 2021 which boosts the power numbers to 219 horsepower.

2021 Toyota RAV4 SUV Can Hit 0-60 MPH In 9.1s

Since its introduction in 2020, Toyota's RAV4 changed from being a street car to an off-road savant. This RAV4 can conquer rough terrain with its 8.6 inch ground clearance paired with all-terrain tires and TRD-tuned suspension. From 0-60 mph, the RAV4 was clocked at 9.1 seconds. It took 16.6 seconds for the quarter mile.

Models

2021 Toyota RAV4

2021 Mazda CX-5

2021 Honda CR-V

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe

MSRP

$26,150

$26,670

$25,350

$26,850

Engine

2.5L NA Inline-4

2.5L NA Inline-4

1.5L Turbocharged Inline-4

2.5L NA Inline-4

Drivetrain

FWD

AWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

8-Speed AT

6-Speed AT

CVT

8-Speed AT

Power 

203 hp @ 6,600 RPM

187 hp @ 6,000 RPM

190 hp @ 5,600 RPM

191 hp @ 6,100 RPM

Torque 

184 lb-ft @ 5,000 RPM

186 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM

179 lb-ft @ 3,900 RPM

182 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM

0-60 mph (sec)

9.1 Seconds

8.3 Seconds

9.3 Seconds

8.5 Seconds

Quarter Mile (sec)

16.6 Seconds 

16.4 Seconds

16.0 Seconds

16.3 Seconds

Top Speed (mph)

130 MPH

130 MPH

127 MPH

127 MPH

In terms of its competition, the fastest car is the Mazda CX-5 with a 0-60 speed of 8.3 seconds, followed by the Hyundai Santa Fe with an 8.5-second time. Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4 remain close in their similarities, but the RAV4 edge out further since the CR-V runs out of power at mid-revs. 

How well does the 2021 Toyota RAV4 handle?

This 2021 Toyota RAV4 is an exciting drive, with its standard 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine and optional all-wheel drive. The 2021 Toyota RAV4 embodies newfound quiet confidence, making it a more comfortable car to drive and ride. It's because of the new front suspension system, which is tighter, smoother, and quieter, providing a better ride on the road.

2021 Toyota RAV4 SUV Handling

Toyota's ride is generally comfortable. This vehicle's suspension takes road bumps and potholes in stride. Taking corners is very straightforward with its agile handling. Also, the steering system is more balanced, resulting in a smoother ride. 

2021 Toyota RAV4 Braking Performance

Both the front and rear braking systems on the Toyota RAV4 are equipped with ventilated discs. A great deal of stopping power can be had from the brakes of this vehicle.

2021 Toyota RAV4 SUV Brakes

With the RAV4, you get all the required braking features, such as ABS, hill hold control, brake assist, hill assist, and electronic parking brakes.

Models

2021 Toyota RAV4

2021 Mazda CX-5

2021 Honda CR-V

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

12.0

11.7

11.1

12.6

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

11.1

11.9

10.2

12.0

Curb Weight (lbs)

3,490

3,541

3,455

3,591

60-0 (feet)

124

125

128

130

The front rotors have a diameter of 12 inches, and the rear rotors have a diameter of 11.1 inches, so the SUV can be easily slowed down. 126 feet is all it takes for the RAV4 to come to a complete stop from 60 mph thanks to an excellent braking system.

2021 Toyota RAV4 Fuel Economy

8.0/10

The Toyota RAV4 is one of the best-performing compact SUVs in terms of fuel economy. 

Typically, the SUV gets 28 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway. As a result of selecting all-wheel drive in the base trim, these figures fall to 27 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on highway, while other trims with AWD achieve 25 to 27 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on highway. On the other hand, the TRD Off-Road trim is the least fuel efficient in the lineup: 25/32 mpg city/highway.

Models

2021 Toyota RAV4

2021 Mazda CX-5

2021 Honda CR-V

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe

MPG (City)

27

25

27

24

MPG (Highway)

35

31

32

29

MPG (Combined)

30

28

29

28

Fuel Capacity (gallons)

14.5

14.8

14.0

18.8

Range (City/ Highway/ Combined)

377/508/435 miles

370/459/414 miles

378/448/406 miles

414/545/470 miles

With a lighter curb weight than competitors, the BMW X7 offers the best fuel economy. On the other hand, GLS Class is more fuel efficient than Navigator. Its expansive fuel tank ensures that it can drive for longer distances without stopping at a gas station, but it's least fuel efficient among its competitors. 

2021 Toyota RAV4 Interior

8.5/10

Toyota RAV4 2021 is a stylish and reliable car from inside and out. Its sharp, modern styling, expertly crafted cabin, and innovative features make it a great choice for your next adventure. ​​A contemporary design with soft touch points as well as durable materials give the RAV4's cabin a nice look. With increased trim levels, you'll find this Toyota to be more utilitarian, comfortable, and opulent than a luxury vehicle. Additional options include synthetic leather seats and stitching and accents unique to each seat.

2021 Toyota RAV4 SUV Dashboard

This Toyota SUV seats up to five people and features ample front- and rear-legroom. Even tall passengers should have no trouble finding a comfortable seat in the spacious cabin. In addition, the seats are nicely cushioned. Unfortunately, only the driver's seat is power-adjustable on the RAV4. There are, however, optional features for the driver's seat including an eight-way power reclining seat, heated front and rear outboard seats, and ventilated front seats.

Models

2021 Toyota RAV4

2021 Mazda CX-5

2021 Honda CR-V

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

39.5/57.8/41.0

41.0/57.1/41.0

40.1/57.9/41.3

41.2/59.1/44.1

Second (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

39.5/56.4/37.8

39.0/54.8/39.6

39.2/55.6/40.4

39.2/58.3/40.9

Cargo Volume (cubic feet)

40.0 cu-ft.

30.9 cu-ft.

12.6 cu-ft.

35.9 cu-ft.

While the Lincoln Navigator gives all of its competitors a run for their money when it comes to seating, the Cadillac Escalade offers more space for the first row. Despite being compact, the BMW X7 has ample passenger space in all rows. On the other hand, the GLS Class comes with the largest third row. 

Standard interior features of the 2021 Toyota RAV4r include:

  • Faux-leather seats
  • Dual-zone Climate Control with interior air filtration
  • A Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter knob
  • Tablet style touchscreen
  • Moonroof
  • Red stitching on black faux leather upholstery
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • 8-way power adjustable driver’s seat

How intuitive is the 2021 Toyota RAV4 Infotainment System?

The 2021 Toyota RAV4 comes with an intuitive infotainment system that comes with a responsive 7-inch touch screen. Digital buttons are well placed on the screen, and the user interface is intuitive. For things like stereo volume and climate control, there are physical knobs and buttons.

2021 Toyota RAV4 SUV Infotainment System

With Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, as well as a 6 speaker audio system, you can count on staying entertained and rejuvenated after a long day at work. In addition, if you are an audiophile, you can get the additional JBL Audio system with 11 speakers to enhance your audio experience.

All the standard Infotainment features are listed below:

  • 7-inch or 8-inch Touchscreen Infotainment System 
  • Navigation system
  • 6-speaker sound system or 11 Speaker JBL Audio System
  • A Color TFT instrument console
  • Android Auto and Apple Car Play compatibility
  • Wireless Charging Pad
  • Sirius XM/FM/HD standard radio

2021 Toyota RAV4 Exterior

8.0/10

The distinctive look of the RAV4 gives it a strong presence on the road. Its aerodynamically contoured body is intended to slip through the air with less wind resistance, and its big wheels work to keep it stable in all kinds of driving environments. Toyota has an iconic, upright grille. In fact, it's one of the most distinctive elements of its styling. With well-integrated LED headlights and nicely built LED DRLs, the 2021 RAV4 has a formidable appearance. 

Further, the RAV4 received a new color option for 2021, which will be a Blizzard Pearl. With the XLE Premium trim, you could optionally opt for 19-inch alloy wheels. Only the highest trims have them. A full-sized, panoramic sunroof, two-tone paint scheme, high-performance LED foglights, black chrome-covered exhaust tips, as well as other exterior features are available with the Limited and Adventure trims.

Models

2021 Toyota RAV4

2021 Mazda CX-5

2021 Honda CR-V

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe

Curb Weight (lbs)

3490

3541

3455

3591

Length (inches)

180.9

179.1

180.6

187.8

Width (inches)

73.0

72.5

73.0

74.4

Height (inches)

67.0

66.2

66.5

66.1

Ground Clearance (inches)

8.4

7.5

8.2

7.3

Wheelbase (inches)

105.9

106.2

104.7

108.9

The dimensions of the 2021 RAV4 are compact and the overall drive is much more nimble. The 2021 Mazda CX-5 is almost an inch shorter than the RAV4's maximum ground clearance thanks to its 19-inch alloy wheels. It is the Hyundai Santa Fe which is the bulkiest SUV of the lot, while the Honda CR-V is the most compact option.

Some standout exterior features of the 2021 Toyota RAV4 include:

  • 18/19-inch alloy wheels
  • Power liftgate
  • Height-adjustable power liftgate with Jam Protection
  • Powered Moonroof
  • Automatic High-Beam LED Headlamps with DRLs
  • LED Taillamps
  • LED Foglights
  • Active grille shutters
  • Puddle lights
  • Dual chrome exhaust tips

2021 Toyota RAV4 Safety

9.0/10

Toyota has built an excellent reputation for producing some of the safest vehicles on the market over the years. As a result of its great safety record, IIHS accords the 2021 Toyota RAV4 the prestigious title of "Top Safety Pick" for a small SUV, and an overall 4-star rating by the NHTSA. With the 2021 RAV4, there are many excellent safety features, both active and passive, which will ensure the safety of passengers as well as pedestrians. 

Standard and available safety features include:

  • Lane departure warning
  • Lane trace assist
  • Lane keep assist
  • Rearview camera
  • Forward collision warning
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Pedestrian detection
  • Road sign recognition
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Available Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Available Front and rear parking sensors
  • Available Blind spot monitoring
  • Available Surround-view parking camera system
  • Available Rear cross traffic alert

2021 Toyota RAV4 Competition

8.0/10

2021 Toyota RAV4 vs 2021 Mazda CX-5

Both Mazda and Toyota make compact SUVs that are among the best on the market. While both cars have different competitive advantages, they both offer quality vehicles.

2021 Mazda CX-5

Both the Toyota RAV4 and Mazda CX-5 are some of the most affordable models of SUV's on the market, but they both have a lot more to offer than their price tag would indicate. Adding fun-to-drive sedan characteristics to an SUV is an interesting way to showcase the Mazda CX-5's dynamic personality. With its perfect balance of performance, comfort, and technology, the RAV4 is a standout choice. 

2021 Toyota RAV4 vs 2021 Honda CR-V

The Toyota RAV4 and the Honda CR-V are two of the most popular crossover style SUVs in their respective segments. They're both stylish, protective, and ready for action. Each has its own strengths and weaknesses.

2021 Honda CR-V

As it stands, the Toyota RAV4 is more luxurious and offers a more spacious interior, while the Honda CR-V is a little cheaper and offers an overall better driving experience. Anyone seeking a fuel-efficient and luxurious SUV should consider the Toyota RAV4. Alternatively, a CR-V would be ideal if performance was the primary concern. 

2021 Toyota RAV4 vs 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe

In the small crossover SUV category, the competition is intense. Two of the most popular entries are the 2021 Toyota RAV4 and the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe.

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe

These two vehicles are very similar in size and price, yet offer different strengths and compete in slightly different markets. A balance of functionality and style is offered by the Santa Fe while performance, handling and fuel economy are better in the RAV4. 

2021 Toyota RAV4 Final Verdict

The Toyota RAV4 has been one of the best selling compact crossovers on the market since its introduction nearly twenty years ago, and for good reason. It's a great looking vehicle with excellent dynamics, and a broad range of powertrain solutions. Its 2021 iteration takes all these strengths and wraps them in a much more attractive package, while adding new technology to keep both drivers and passengers entertained on long road trips. As a whole, it's safe, comfortable, quiet, attractive, and well-equipped for the price.

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