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Toyota 4Runner vs. Toyota RAV4 Reliability Comparisons

You won't find Toyota 4Runner or Toyota RAV4 reliability information like this anywhere else. Actual repair frequencies, not just vague dots, to make it clear how much the Toyota 4Runner and the Toyota RAV4 truly differ in reliability.

These stats are promptly updated four times a year, to much more closely track Toyota 4Runner and Toyota RAV4 reliability as the cars age. Others tell you how reliable the Toyota 4Runner and the Toyota RAV4 were a year ago, when the cars were a year younger and had 12,000 fewer miles on them. Only TrueDelta tells you how reliable the Toyota 4Runner and the Toyota RAV4 have been recently.

Toyota 4Runner Reliability vs. Toyota RAV4 Reliability: Toyota 4Runner Reliability vs. Toyota RAV4 Reliability:
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Year Make/Model Repair Frequencysuccessful repair trips per 100 cars per year Compared to all models for the same year  
2014 Toyota 4Runner 29 4Runners, 8.8 months of data per 4Runner, average 10400 miles19
20% 20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2014 Toyota RAV4 28 RAV4s, 8.7 months of data per RAV4, average 8600 miles15
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2013 Toyota 4Runner   23 4Runners, 10.7 months of data per 4Runner, average 23700 miles

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2013 Toyota RAV4 72 RAV4s, 10.0 months of data per RAV4, average 15400 miles

Redesigned.
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0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Toyota 4Runner   13 4Runners, 10.5 months of data per 4Runner, average 34600 miles

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2012 Toyota RAV4 40 RAV4s, 8.9 months of data per RAV4, average 24700 miles27
20% 20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 Toyota 4Runner 26 4Runners, 7.9 months of data per 4Runner, average 42400 miles23
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 Toyota RAV4 53 RAV4s, 9.6 months of data per RAV4, average 43300 miles14
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Toyota 4Runner 33 4Runners, 10.1 months of data per 4Runner, average 60000 miles

Redesigned. A couple reports of leaking struts.
29
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Toyota RAV4 59 RAV4s, 9.4 months of data per RAV4, average 53500 miles20
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Toyota RAV4 58 RAV4s, 10.7 months of data per RAV4, average 65400 miles29
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Toyota 4Runner 26 4Runners, 10.4 months of data per 4Runner, average 87500 miles31
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Toyota RAV4 70 RAV4s, 9.3 months of data per RAV4, average 77500 miles33
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Toyota 4Runner 44 4Runners, 9.8 months of data per 4Runner, average 86100 miles25
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Toyota RAV4 53 RAV4s, 10.1 months of data per RAV4, average 81800 miles40
20% 20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2006 Toyota 4Runner 41 4Runners, 8.9 months of data per 4Runner, average 113100 miles

Earlier common problem with brake calipers seizing up. Even earlier this was a common problem with previous model years of the 4th-gen 4Runner. Not an issue with the 2007s, at least not yet.
30
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2006 Toyota RAV4 41 RAV4s, 8.9 months of data per RAV4, average 97900 miles

Redesigned for this model year. Earlier common problem with ignition coils. Possible continuing common problem with the water pump.
89
70% 70% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2005 Toyota 4Runner 34 4Runners, 7.9 months of data per 4Runner, average 124500 miles36
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2005 Toyota RAV4   13 RAV4s, 9.7 months of data per RAV4, average 116800 miles

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2004 Toyota 4Runner 31 4Runners, 9.3 months of data per 4Runner, average 144100 miles79
40% 40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2004 Toyota RAV4   15 RAV4s, 7.3 months of data per RAV4, average 122100 miles

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2003 Toyota 4Runner 27 4Runners, 8.4 months of data per 4Runner, average 144100 miles

Redesigned.
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0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2003 Toyota RAV4   13 RAV4s, 7.8 months of data per RAV4, average 123300 miles

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2002 Toyota 4Runner   10 4Runners, 8.3 months of data per 4Runner, average 141300 miles

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2001 Toyota RAV4   10 RAV4s, 7.7 months of data per RAV4, average 129700 miles

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2000 Toyota 4Runner 25 4Runners, 7.8 months of data per 4Runner, average 174600 miles55
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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What People Are Saying about Reliability and the Toyota 4Runner

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What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Toyota 4Runner

Toyota 4Runner Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2011 4dr SUV 270-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
Most reliable true offroad vehicle
2011 4dr SUV 270-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
We have had zero issues with this vehicle. Solid in every way - highly recommend.
2010 4dr SUV 270-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic 4WD w/low range
Like the new body style and ride, very smooth for a truck. Gas mileage with the new 6 seems to be very good for such a large truck so far. The seating is spacious and the hvac works well for such a large seating area. The features on the limited exceed
2010 4dr SUV 270-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
Judging by orevious records 4Runner is the most rliable midsize SUV on the market
2008 4dr SUV 260-horsepower 4.7L V8
5-speed automatic AWD w/low range
Veyr reliable brand and model.
2007 4dr SUV 260-horsepower 4.7L V8
5-speed automatic AWD w/low range
its good
2007 4dr SUV 270-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic 4WD w/low range
Most Toyotas these days go 200k+ miles.
2007 4dr SUV 270-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic 4WD w/low range
Strong reputation for reliability gives confidence for long, out-of-way, and off- highway travels
2007 4dr SUV 260-horsepower 4.7L V8
5-speed automatic AWD w/low range
brand proven reliability
2007 4dr SUV 270-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic 4WD w/low range
No repairs for 2 years.
Toyota 4Runner Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2003 4dr SUV 260-horsepower 4.7L V8
5-speed automatic RWD
I seemed to have a lemon, with many electrical problems over the 7 years. Door lock actuators broke 8 times (for 4 doors), an AC sensor forced a new compressor, I replaced the AC control panel, I replaced the AC clutch relay and had other such problems.
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Toyota RAV4

Toyota RAV4 Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2009 4dr SUV 176-horsepower 2.5L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
High ratings from every car review I have read. Very high resale value and see used ones all the time with 150k+ miles - I should be able to own this 10+ years.
2009 4dr SUV 269-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
Excellent long term reliablity
2009 4dr SUV 269-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
I have had zero problems with the car.
2008 4dr SUV 269-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
Many, many hassle-free miles. Few repairs needed.
2008 4dr SUV 269-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
See above
2008 4dr SUV 269-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
After trading in a car that was in the shop 6+ times a year, I wanted a vehicle with an above-average likelihood of reliability. This vehicle has so far lived up to reliability expectations.
2008 4dr SUV 269-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
Several of my family members have had Toyotas over the years with no majot issues.
2008 4dr SUV 269-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
Low maintenance cost, few recalls, no issues at all no rattles or squeeks and Toyota dealer has been very fair
2008 4dr SUV 269-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
never owned toyota but based on reputation.I know several people who own toyotas and no dissapointmenta
2008 4dr SUV 176-horsepower 2.5L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
It goes without saying that everyone wants a reliable vehicle. I believe that Toyota is not alone in that objective, the other manufacteurs have caught up with them.
Toyota RAV4 Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2006 4dr SUV 269-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
Power steering failed within 3 months of new. 4 wheel drive actuator failed.