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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   21 4Runners, 4.3 months of data per 4Runner, average 5000 miles

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2014 Toyota RAV4   16 RAV4s, 3.6 months of data per RAV4, average 6400 miles

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2013 Toyota 4Runner   23 4Runners, 9.3 months of data per 4Runner, average 14000 miles

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2013 Toyota RAV4 68 RAV4s, 8.8 months of data per RAV4, average 8000 miles

Redesigned.
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10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Toyota 4Runner   15 4Runners, 6.8 months of data per 4Runner, average 27500 miles

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2012 Toyota RAV4 37 RAV4s, 9.7 months of data per RAV4, average 15800 miles13
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 Toyota 4Runner 25 4Runners, 10.1 months of data per 4Runner, average 33200 miles14
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 Toyota RAV4 49 RAV4s, 9.0 months of data per RAV4, average 35600 miles19
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Toyota 4Runner 39 4Runners, 9.8 months of data per 4Runner, average 49200 miles

Redesigned.
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30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Toyota RAV4 57 RAV4s, 9.7 months of data per RAV4, average 46500 miles15
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Toyota RAV4 60 RAV4s, 9.7 months of data per RAV4, average 54500 miles19
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Toyota 4Runner   23 4Runners, 10.5 months of data per 4Runner, average 83600 miles

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2008 Toyota RAV4 71 RAV4s, 9.9 months of data per RAV4, average 70600 miles24
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Toyota 4Runner 39 4Runners, 10.2 months of data per 4Runner, average 77100 miles24
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Toyota RAV4 61 RAV4s, 9.9 months of data per RAV4, average 72000 miles36
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2006 Toyota 4Runner 41 4Runners, 9.6 months of data per 4Runner, average 102400 miles

Common problem with brake calipers seizing up. 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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20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2006 Toyota RAV4 51 RAV4s, 9.9 months of data per RAV4, average 90300 miles

Redesigned for this model year. Common problem with ignition coils.
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50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2005 Toyota 4Runner 37 4Runners, 8.5 months of data per 4Runner, average 110900 miles27
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2005 Toyota RAV4   14 RAV4s, 9.9 months of data per RAV4, average 117900 miles

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2004 Toyota 4Runner 29 4Runners, 9.7 months of data per 4Runner, average 130000 miles47
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2004 Toyota RAV4   12 RAV4s, 10.5 months of data per RAV4, average 110000 miles

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2003 Toyota 4Runner   24 4Runners, 9.6 months of data per 4Runner, average 137000 miles

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2003 Toyota RAV4   11 RAV4s, 7.7 months of data per RAV4, average 129800 miles

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2000 Toyota 4Runner 25 4Runners, 8.2 months of data per 4Runner, average 161300 miles47
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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1999 Toyota 4Runner   14 4Runners, 9.0 months of data per 4Runner, average 243800 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 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 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
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 236-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed 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 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.
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 269-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
I have had zero problems with the car.
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
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 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 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 269-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
Toyota reputation.
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
Many, many hassle-free miles. Few repairs needed.
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
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.