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Toyota 4Runner vs. Toyota RAV4 Reliability

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Results are for year ending December 31, 2015. Only successfully completed repairs are currently included in the analysis. Routine maintenance, most wear items, recalls, and problems fixed with just a reflash or warning light reset are not included.
Year Make/Model Repair Trips Per 100 Cars Compared to all models for the same year    
2015 Toyota 4Runner 9
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  36 4Runners, 7.4 months of data per 4Runner, average 7400 miles
2015 Toyota RAV4 0
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  40 RAV4s, 6.7 months of data per RAV4, average 5300 miles

 

2014 Toyota 4Runner 11
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  35 4Runners, 9.7 months of data per 4Runner, average 19600 miles
2014 Toyota RAV4 10
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  34 RAV4s, 10.1 months of data per RAV4, average 16300 miles

 

2013 Toyota 4Runner 4
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  26 4Runners, 10.7 months of data per 4Runner, average 35800 miles
2013 Toyota RAV4 15
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  78 RAV4s, 10.4 months of data per RAV4, average 23800 miles

Redesigned.

 

2012 Toyota 4Runner   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  16 4Runners, 9.7 months of data per 4Runner, average 45900 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2012 Toyota RAV4 12
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  45 RAV4s, 8.7 months of data per RAV4, average 35400 miles

 

2011 Toyota 4Runner   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  18 4Runners, 10.6 months of data per 4Runner, average 53800 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2011 Toyota RAV4 13
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  54 RAV4s, 10.1 months of data per RAV4, average 49300 miles

 

2010 Toyota 4Runner 29
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  30 4Runners, 11.0 months of data per 4Runner, average 71400 miles

Redesigned.
2010 Toyota RAV4 18
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  52 RAV4s, 10.1 months of data per RAV4, average 61800 miles

 

2009 Toyota RAV4 28
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  57 RAV4s, 10.4 months of data per RAV4, average 71200 miles

 

2008 Toyota 4Runner 18
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  35 4Runners, 9.4 months of data per 4Runner, average 95900 miles
2008 Toyota RAV4 31
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  67 RAV4s, 9.2 months of data per RAV4, average 82100 miles

 

2007 Toyota 4Runner 22
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  47 4Runners, 9.3 months of data per 4Runner, average 94600 miles
2007 Toyota RAV4 44
20% 20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  50 RAV4s, 10.5 months of data per RAV4, average 91400 miles

 

2006 Toyota 4Runner 51
20% 20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  41 4Runners, 9.2 months of data per 4Runner, average 118700 miles
2006 Toyota RAV4 59
30% 30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  40 RAV4s, 8.7 months of data per RAV4, average 101900 miles

Redesigned for this model year. Somewhat common problem with ignition coils.

 

2005 Toyota 4Runner 57
20% 20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  39 4Runners, 9.2 months of data per 4Runner, average 125300 miles
2005 Toyota RAV4   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  16 RAV4s, 9.2 months of data per RAV4, average 130700 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2004 Toyota 4Runner 77
40% 40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  32 4Runners, 8.7 months of data per 4Runner, average 150600 miles
2004 Toyota RAV4   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  12 RAV4s, 8.8 months of data per RAV4, average 117900 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2003 Toyota 4Runner   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  20 4Runners, 8.1 months of data per 4Runner, average 153200 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2003 Toyota RAV4   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  11 RAV4s, 9.3 months of data per RAV4, average 134700 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2002 Toyota 4Runner   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  13 4Runners, 9.2 months of data per 4Runner, average 147000 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2002 Toyota RAV4   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  10 RAV4s, 8.1 months of data per RAV4, average 117200 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2001 Toyota 4Runner   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  12 4Runners, 7.7 months of data per 4Runner, average 138900 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2001 Toyota RAV4   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  11 RAV4s, 10.0 months of data per RAV4, average 148800 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2000 Toyota 4Runner   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  20 4Runners, 5.1 months of data per 4Runner, average 176300 miles

* Small sample, members only.

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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
brand proven reliability
2007 4dr SUV 236-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
No repairs for 2 years.
2007 4dr SUV 236-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
Other than sticking calipers (common problem), the 4Runner was trouble-free for me.
2007 4dr SUV 236-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
This thing is over-the-top-reliable. I take it off-road, slam the under-belly on to rocks, bull it over large stones like a Hummer, pull over 10,000 lbs for drives well over 2 hours (it stinks of sulfer on the hills but...) - only in shop for oil/brakes.
2007 4dr SUV 260-horsepower 4.7L V8
5-speed automatic AWD w/low range
Toyota reputation, expect to own this vehicle for 10 or more years (200,000 miles)
Toyota 4Runner Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2003 4dr SUV 235-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
2015 4dr SUV 176-horsepower 2.5L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Doesn't everyone who buys a Toyota expect it to just run? With 7500 miles on the odometer, I can say I've got no issues nor do I expect any. No weird noises, nothing to take back to the dealer for, it all just works, and has been since I got it. That is a reassuring start, but something I've come to take for granted with the Toyota products.
2009 4dr SUV 179-horsepower 2.5L I4
4-speed 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
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 166-horsepower 2.4L I4
4-speed 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.