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Toyota 4Runner vs. Toyota RAV4 Reliability by Model Generation

Results are for year ending September 30, 2016. 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 and Model Percent of Average  
2014 - 2016 Toyota 4Runner
2% Best 41% Worst
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2016 Toyota RAV4
6% Best 48% Worst
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2013 - 2015 Toyota RAV4
2% Best 41% Worst
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2010 - 2013 Toyota 4Runner
0% Best 32% Worst
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2006 - 2012 Toyota RAV4
14% Best 62% Worst
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2003 - 2009 Toyota 4Runner
27.1428571429% Best 85% Worst
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TrueDelta Reviews the Reliability And Durability of the Toyota 4Runner

Toyota 4Runner Reliability And Durability: Pros
YearComment
2014 The current Jeep Grand Cherokee is a very impressive vehicle. As I'll discuss in more detail below, it does many things better than the 4Runner. So why didn't my friend buy the Jeep? Largely because he did not trust it would be reliable. It's record has been so-so in recent years, and the 2014 updates included some glitches. Conversely, the Toyota 4Runner has consistently been among the most reliable models in TrueDelta's car reliability survey. full 2014 Toyota 4Runner review
 

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 full 2011 Toyota 4Runner review
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 full 2010 Toyota 4Runner review
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 full 2010 Toyota 4Runner review
2008 4dr SUV 260-horsepower 4.7L V8
5-speed automatic AWD w/low range
Veyr reliable brand and model. full 2008 Toyota 4Runner review
2007 4dr SUV 236-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
No repairs for 2 years. full 2007 Toyota 4Runner review
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. full 2007 Toyota 4Runner review
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. full 2007 Toyota 4Runner review
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) full 2007 Toyota 4Runner review
2007 4dr SUV 260-horsepower 4.7L V8
5-speed automatic AWD w/low range
its good full 2007 Toyota 4Runner review
2007 4dr SUV 236-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
Most Toyotas these days go 200k+ miles. full 2007 Toyota 4Runner review
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. full 2003 Toyota 4Runner review
 

TrueDelta Reviews the Reliability And Durability of the Toyota RAV4

Toyota RAV4 Reliability And Durability: Pros
YearComment
2013 The Toyota RAV4 has consistently been among the most reliable cars in TrueDelta's Car Reliability Survey. While the Honda CR-V might be even better in this area, I cannot see picking it over the Toyota on this basis any more than I'd call a 6-foot, 6-inch man short because he has a 6-foot, 8-inch brother. Compact crossover buyers who put a very high priority on reliability tend to choose between these models. This said, the 2006 RAV4, the first model year of the previous generation, has been somewhat less reliable than subsequent model years (if still better than average). So the 2013 could be less reliable than the 2014+. Check Toyota RAV4 reliability. full 2013 Toyota RAV4 review
 

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. full 2015 Toyota RAV4 review
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. full 2009 Toyota RAV4 review
2009 4dr SUV 269-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
Excellent long term reliablity full 2009 Toyota RAV4 review
2009 4dr SUV 269-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
I have had zero problems with the car. full 2009 Toyota RAV4 review
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. full 2008 Toyota RAV4 review
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. full 2008 Toyota RAV4 review
2008 4dr SUV 269-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
Toyota reputation. full 2008 Toyota RAV4 review
2008 4dr SUV 269-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
Many, many hassle-free miles. Few repairs needed. full 2008 Toyota RAV4 review
2008 4dr SUV 269-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
See above full 2008 Toyota RAV4 review
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. full 2008 Toyota RAV4 review
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. full 2006 Toyota RAV4 review