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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.

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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, 7.2 months of data per 4Runner, average 7900 miles11
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2014 Toyota RAV4 28 RAV4s, 7.0 months of data per RAV4, average 8000 miles25
30% 30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2013 Toyota 4Runner   23 4Runners, 10.8 months of data per 4Runner, average 20700 miles

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2013 Toyota RAV4 73 RAV4s, 10.0 months of data per RAV4, average 12500 miles

Redesigned.
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0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Toyota 4Runner   15 4Runners, 9.7 months of data per 4Runner, average 31700 miles

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2012 Toyota RAV4 37 RAV4s, 9.7 months of data per RAV4, average 21500 miles30
30% 30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 Toyota 4Runner   24 4Runners, 9.5 months of data per 4Runner, average 39100 miles

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2011 Toyota RAV4 50 RAV4s, 10.1 months of data per RAV4, average 41200 miles19
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Toyota 4Runner 37 4Runners, 9.5 months of data per 4Runner, average 56000 miles

Redesigned. A couple reports of leaking struts.
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30% 30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Toyota RAV4 56 RAV4s, 9.5 months of data per RAV4, average 51600 miles20
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Toyota RAV4 57 RAV4s, 10.4 months of data per RAV4, average 62000 miles28
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Toyota 4Runner 26 4Runners, 9.8 months of data per 4Runner, average 87600 miles38
20% 20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Toyota RAV4 71 RAV4s, 9.6 months of data per RAV4, average 74200 miles33
20% 20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Toyota 4Runner 39 4Runners, 10.0 months of data per 4Runner, average 83200 miles25
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Toyota RAV4 56 RAV4s, 9.9 months of data per RAV4, average 78500 miles43
20% 20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2006 Toyota 4Runner 38 4Runners, 9.2 months of data per 4Runner, average 106500 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.
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0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2006 Toyota RAV4 43 RAV4s, 9.3 months of data per RAV4, average 95000 miles

Redesigned for this model year. Earlier common problem with ignition coils. Possible continuing common problem with the water pump.
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70% 70% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2005 Toyota 4Runner 32 4Runners, 8.3 months of data per 4Runner, average 120500 miles27
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2005 Toyota RAV4   13 RAV4s, 9.2 months of data per RAV4, average 123500 miles

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2004 Toyota 4Runner 32 4Runners, 9.8 months of data per 4Runner, average 138900 miles61
20% 20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2004 Toyota RAV4   14 RAV4s, 8.6 months of data per RAV4, average 118400 miles

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2003 Toyota 4Runner 27 4Runners, 9.3 months of data per 4Runner, average 141700 miles

Redesigned.
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0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2003 Toyota RAV4   12 RAV4s, 8.1 months of data per RAV4, average 121100 miles

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2002 Toyota 4Runner   11 4Runners, 8.1 months of data per 4Runner, average 139800 miles

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2001 Toyota RAV4   11 RAV4s, 7.6 months of data per RAV4, average 129700 miles

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2000 Toyota 4Runner 26 4Runners, 8.2 months of data per 4Runner, average 170700 miles57
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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1999 Toyota 4Runner   12 4Runners, 5.1 months of data per 4Runner, average 249900 miles

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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, part-time w/low range
Judging by orevious records 4Runner is the most rliable midsize SUV on the market
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
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
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
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.
2008 4dr SUV 166-horsepower 2.4L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
Unfortunately, I had to get rid of this car because with less than 100, 000 miles (it had 95, 000) and having beenexcellently maintained it gave me oil sludge problem, and the dealer recommended engine replacement... Unvelievable in a Toyota with such a low, well maintainedvehicle. I will never, ever again buy a Toyota. It was my first (and last) one. I would not recommend it to any one...
2008 4dr SUV 269-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
This vehicle has consistently rated high in all professional reviews, and in consumers reviews. I agree.
2008 4dr SUV 269-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
Toyota reputation.
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
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.