2015 Toyota RAV4

Rating8.1

Ranked #4 in Compact Suv

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Starting MSRP 

$23,680 - $29,850

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Key Spec of 2015 Toyota RAV4
fuel economy

24/27/31

fuel type

Regular Unleaded

horsepower

176 hp @ 6000 rpm

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

ProsConsWhat's New

Spacious cabin 

No optional powertrains are available

No major changes

Excellent cargo capacity

Not-so-user-friendly infotainment system

Well balanced driving dynamics

2015 Toyota RAV4 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: May 5, 2022

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Toyota always listens to its valued customers and designs its products accordingly and it did so back in 1994 when it launched its first compact crossover SUV, the RAV4. Since its launch, the vehicle underwent several generation changes and facelifts and is in its 4th generation model now. The SUV is built on Toyota’s MC Platform which it shares with the Toyota Harrier and the Lexus NX.

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Trim wise pricing breakdown


NameInvoice PriceMSRPNumber of Listings
Limited 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A)$27910$29850368 Listings
Limited 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A)$26601$28450154 Listings
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Over All Rating

8.1

Out of 10

9.00
9.00
8.00
7.50
7.00
7.50
7.50
8.50
8.00
Notable Rankings

#4 in Compact Suv

#8 in Suv


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Trims

LE$23,680 onwards

  • 17-inch steel Wheels
  • 1St row LCD monitor
  • A-Spec Sport Seats
  • AM/FM stereo
  • Cloth Seat trim
  • Front manual air conditioning
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Seek-Scan Radio

XLE$25,240 onwards

  • 17-inch chrome aluminum Wheels
  • Dual zone automatic front air conditioning
  • Front Fog/driving lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Premium cloth Seat trim
  • Siriusxm AM/FM/HD/Satellite
  • Sliding and tilting glass Sunroof

Limited$28,450 onwards

  • 18-inch silver aluminum Wheels
  • Driver Lumbar support
  • Front passengers heated-cushion
  • Leatherette Seat trim
  • Navigation system


Colors and Styles

Build Car
Barcelona Red Metallic

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

For the 2015 model year, the RAV4 comes with no major changes and retains the design and the mechanicals from the previous year’s model as well. The price for the 2015 Toyota RAV4 starts at $23,680 and goes up against the likes of the Honda CR-V, Nissan Rogue, and the Subaru Forester.


Features
8.0/10

The 2015 Toyota RAV4 is available in three trim levels- LE, XLE, and Limited. The price for the base LE trim starts at $23,680 for the FWD version and goes all the way up to $29,850 for the top-end Limited trim equipped with the AWD drivetrain. All the trims are offered with a single powertrain option and two drivetrain layouts. The base LE trim comes in a well-equipped state but there aren’t many optional packages to better equip the SUV. The XLE gets some premium features over the LE’s features and justifies its price tag. The top-end Limited trim gets most of the desirable features you’d expect from the segment and will meet most of your needs.

Trim

LE

XLE

Limited

MSRP (FWD)

$23,680

$25,240

$28,450

MSRP (AWD)

$25,080

$26,640

$29,850

Key Features

17-Inch Steel Wheels

Heated Side Mirrors

All the features of LE and XLE plus:

 

Automatic Headlights

Integrated Turn Signals On ORVMs

Keyless Entry And Ignition

 

Power-Folding Mirrors

17-Inch Alloy Wheels 

Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel

 

Keyless Entry

Fog Lights

Auto-dimming rearview mirror

 

Rear Privacy Glass

Roof Rails

Eight-Way Power-Adjustable Driver Seat

 

Full Power Accessories

Sunroof

Driver’s seat memory settings

 

Air-Conditioning

Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control

Heated front seats

 

Cruise Control

Sporty front seats

Premium Synthetic Leather Upholstery

 

Tilt-And-Telescoping Steering Wheel

Cargo Cover

18-Inch Alloy Wheels

 

60/40-Split And Reclining Second-Row Seat

Extendable sun visors

 

 

Rearview Camera

Height-adjustable power liftgate

 

 

Full power accessories

Toyota's Entune smartphone app integration

 

 

Six-Speaker Sound System

 

 

 

iPod/USB Audio Interface

 

 

We recommend

We would recommend the XLE trim since it offers the best value for money with its handsome list of features.

Engine and Performance
7.5/10

The 2015 Toyota RAV4 engine is a 2.5-liter naturally aspirated 2AR-FE I-4 unit. It dishes out a maximum of 176 horsepower and 172 lb-ft of maximum torque. The powertrain feels adequate for most of the day-to-day tasks and relaxed highway cruises. The motor is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission and sends all the power to the front wheels by default. Opting for the AWD layout improves the overall driveability in slightly challenging tarmac conditions. Since both the motor and the transmission are tuned to deliver maximum fuel economy, the 6-speed unit tends to be in a hurry to shift rather than hold a gear which leaves very little room for a sporty driving experience. The 0-60 and the quarter-mile times are at par with the rivals on the segment and stand at 8.2 seconds for the former and 16.5 seconds for the latter.

Models

2015 Toyota RAV4

2015 Honda CR-V

2015 Nissan Rogue

2015 Subaru Forester

MSRP

$23,680

$23,445

$23,040

$22,195

Engine

2.5L Inline-4

2.4L Inline-4

2.5L Inline-4

2.5L Flat-4

Transmission

6-speed Automatic

CVT

CVT

6-speed Manual

Horsepower

176 hp @ 6000 RPM

185 hp @ 6400 RPM

170 hp @ 6000 RPM

170 hp @ 5800 RPM

Torque

172 lb-ft @ 4100 RPM

181 lb-ft @ 3900 RPM

175 lb-ft @ 4400 RPM

174 lb-ft @ 4100 RPM

0-60 MPH

8.2 sec

8.8 sec

9.0 sec

9.2 sec

Quarter-Mile

16.5 sec

17.3 sec

16.8 sec

17.2 sec

Top Speed

115 MPH

112 MPH

N/A

123 MPH

The Nissan Rogue and the Subaru Forester get almost similar power and torque numbers but the latter is more fun to drive owing to the H-4 engine and the manual gearbox. The Honda CR-V has the maximum power and torque output numbers but the RAV4 impresses with the quickest acceleration times here.

Fuel Economy
7.0/10

As mentioned earlier, the powertrain of the 2015 Toyota RAV4 is tuned to return the best possible fuel economy numbers and it does a decent job. The SUV returns 24mpg within the urban limits, 31mpg out on the highways, and 27mpg of combined mileage. The vehicle comes with a decent-sized gas tank of 15.9 gallons and offers some decent driving range figures as well.

Models

2015 Toyota RAV4

2015 Honda CR-V

2015 Nissan Rogue

2015 Subaru Forester

MPG (City)

24

27

26

22

MPG (Highway)

31

34

33

29

MPG (Combined)

27

30

28

25

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

15.9

15.3

14.5

15.9

Range (City/Highway/Combined; Miles)

382/493/429

413/520/459

377/479/406

350/461/398

Like always, the Honda CR-V impresses with its segment-leading fuel economy numbers along with some impressive city and highway driving range numbers as well. The Nissan Rogue trails the CR-V very closely in terms of fuel economy figures but fails to deliver the desired driving range owing to its smallest gas tank here. The Subaru Forester delivers the least fuel economy figures owing to its flat-4 motor but compensates for it with its 15.9 gallons gas tank to offer an acceptable overall driving range number.

Interior
7.5/10

The 2015 Toyota RAV4 interior gets a functional and practical design with a modern-looking dashboard. The overall fit and finish levels are decent but there are some cheap and flimsy switches for the audio and climate control. The front seats are adequately spacious and comfortable with adequate headroom and legroom. The rear seats are comfortable too but the lower seating position might hamper the overall comfort levels to some extent. The cargo space is decent at 38.4 cu-ft with the rear seats upright but extends to a spacious 73.4 cu-ft after folding the seats.

Models

2015 Toyota RAV4

2015 Honda CR-V

2015 Nissan Rogue

2015 Subaru Forester

Passenger Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front (Headroom/Shoulder room/Legroom) (in.)

39.8/57.3/42.6

39.9/58.6/41.3

41.6/56.6/43.0

41.4/57.0/43.0

Rear (Headroom/Shoulder room/Legroom) (in.)

38.9/55.4/37.2

38.6/56.4/38.3

38.5/55.9/37.9

39.8/56.5/38.0

Cargo Capacity (Behind 2nd Row) (cu-ft.)

38.4

35.2

32.0

34.4

Cargo Capacity (Behind 1st Row) (cu-ft.)

73.4

70.9

70.0

74.7

The Honda CR-V has the most practical and well-laid-out cabin here with an abundance of interior storage spaces. It, however, falls short in terms of the cargo space in front of the RAV4. Both the Nissan Rogue and the Subaru Forester have impressive headroom on offer for the front seats, while the rear seat dimensions are at par with the Honda CR-V and the Toyota RAV4.

Some interior features include:

  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Heated front seats(optional)
  • Adjustable steering wheel column
  • 60/40-split and reclining second-row seat
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Extendable sun visors

How intuitive is the 2015 Toyota RAV4’s infotainment unit?

The base trim of the 2015 Toyota RAV4 gets a rather simple 6.1-inch touchscreen infotainment display with a six-speaker audio system and iPod/USB audio interface among other features. The XLE trim gets the Entune suite of smartphone integration and navigation along with satellite radio and HD radio. The features are useful and practical but setting up the Entune system proves to be a bit frustrating and time-consuming.

Some infotainment features are:

  • 6.1-Inch Touch-screen
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Entune smartphone app integration
  • iPod/USB audio interface
  • Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity
Exterior
7.5/10

The 2015 Toyota RAV4 exterior design is rather simple and straightforward with smooth and rounded edges all around the vehicle. The front end looks rather boring with a sleek front grille while the side profile mimics a mild ruggedness with the plastic cladding that starts from the front bumpers and ends at the rear bumpers. The ground clearance is adequate for tackling most of the urban tarmac conditions but venturing off the roads is a strict no-no for it even with the AWD layout. 

Models

2015 Toyota RAV4

2015 Honda CR-V

2015 Nissan Rogue

2015 Subaru Forester

Curb Weight (lbs)

3,435

3,358

3,393

3,296

Length (in.)

179.9

179.4

182.3

180.9

Width (in.)

72.6

71.6

72.4

70.7

Height (in.)

65.4

64.7

66.3

66.4

Wheelbase (in.)

104.7

103.1

106.5

103.9

Ground Clearance (in.)

6.3

6.3

7.4

8.7

The Honda CR-V is the most stylish one here from the front end but has a weird rear design, making it stand out in the crowd in an awkward manner. The Nissan Rogue has the most aggressive front-end design here while the Subaru Forester gets a grumpy-looking front end owing to its grille and headlamp design. The Forester has the best ground clearance here, making it the most off-road-friendly SUV in the segment. 

Some exterior features include:

  • Power-operated height-adjustable liftgate
  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Heated side mirrors with integrated turn signals
  • Sunroof
  • Roof rails
Safety
8.5/10

Toyota has earned a respectable spot in the automotive world when it comes to the safety aspect of its vehicles by virtue of their superior build quality, reliability, and safety features. The 2015 RAV4 received a 4-star rating from the NHTSA and an overall “Good” rating from the IIHS along with a “Good” rating in most of the sub-parameters as well. 

Some safety techs include:

  • Brake Assist
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Traction Control
  • Whiplash-reducing front head restraints
Final Verdict

The 2015 Toyota RAV4 is a superb urban utility vehicle with a decent performance and a host of practical features on offer. It also offers sufficient fuel economy numbers along with an impressive safety aspect with most of the basic safety features onboard. Overall, if you’re looking for a reliable and trustworthy daily driver with ample cargo space and comfort, the Toyota RAV4 would be a strong option in the segment.

Features

vehicle bio
base price

$23680

body style

4dr SUV

engine type
displacement

152 cu in

horse power

176 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

172 lb.-ft. @ 4100 rpm

transmission

6-Speed Automatic w/Overdrive

dimensions
length

179.9 in

wheelbase

104.7 in

width

72.6 in

curb weight

3435 lbs

Height

65.4 in

Ground Clearance

6 lbs

capacity
passenger volume

101.9 cu ft

cargo volume

73.4 cu ft

passenger capacity

5 Seats

fuel economy
city/combined/highway

24/27/31 mpg

highway range

492.90 mi

warranty
basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.


Toyota RAV4 5 year Cost To Own


Cash Price(MSRP)
$29,970
5 Year Cost To Own
$41,704
Total 5 year Cost To Own -  $41,704
Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5total
Depreciation$4,432$1,762$1,632$1,907$1,830$11,563
Insurance$1,235$1,320$1,344$1,375$1,448$6,722
Fuel$1,554$1,611$1,707$1,755$1,829$8,456
Maintenance$104$491$521$1,838$2,454$5,408
Repairs$-1$-28$152$247$344$714
Financing Interest$1,815$1,542$1,121$712$253$5,443
Taxes and Fees$2,546$247$158$223$224$3,398
Total Cost-To-Own$11,685$6,945$6,635$8,057$8,382$41,704
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