3 Reasons Not to Buy the 2022 Toyota RAV4

The 2022 Toyota RAV4 is one of the most popular vehicles in the world. As a brand, Toyota has a reputation for building reliable, high-quality, luxury-equivalent vehicles at an affordable price. Historically, the RAV4 is no different. This SUV is safe, reliable, and excellent to drive. However, there are a few reasons not to buy the 2022 Toyota RAV4.

A reason not to buy the 2022 Toyota RAV4: an unrefined engine

A blue 2022 Toyota Rav4 Hybrid SUV, there are a few reasons not to buy one.
A blue 2022 Toyota Rav4 Hybrid | Toyota

According to reviews from Car and Driver, MotorTrend, and Edmunds, the unrefined engine is one of the 2022 Toyota RAV4’s low points. When many different reviewers say the same thing, it’s usually true. Each RAV4 model uses a 203 horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, but an all-wheel drive is available for every trim level.

MotorTrend calls the engine “thrashy” but notes that the hybrid and Prime variants are a bit smoother. The reviewer also mentions that the ride isn’t as controlled as the Honda CR-V. Reportedly, the Honda CR-V rides more smoothly, is more fun to drive, and provides more interior space. Overall, the 2022 Toyota RAV4 engine isn’t better than its biggest rival’s.

Don’t buy the luxury-free 2022 Toyota RAV4 base model

Super White 2022 Toyota RAV4 SUV driving off-road on a rocky path
2022 Toyota RAV4 | Toyota

Sure, the 2022 Toyota RAV4 starts below $30,000, but what does that get you? If the base model is far worse than every other model, you shouldn’t waste money. It’s hard to recommend the LE base model when the XLE and XLE premium provide so much more luxury for just a few thousand dollars more.

A 2022 Toyota RAV4 LE base model misses out on LED fog lamps, 19-inch wheels, a power liftgate, dual-zone automatic climate control, faux-leather upholstery, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and knob. Fortunately, Toyota’s suite of driver assistance features is standard across all models. That makes it easy to recommend the well-equipped XLE or XLE Premium trims, but not the base model or most expensive trims.

The front passenger seat is a reason not to buy the RAV4

Edmunds says the front passenger seat in the 2022 Toyota RAV4 is uncomfortable. “As for the front seats, they are nicely sculpted and padded appropriately, but the seat bottoms begin to feel flat on longer drives.” This indicates a low-quality material inside and out of the seats and definitely won’t do well if you’re a long-term owner. The reviewer also noted that the passenger side does not have much adjustment ability. That tends to make it challenging to find a comfortable position in which to sit.

Additionally, Edmunds noted that the seat quality and comfort could be upgraded, but only with the Limited trim. What this means is you’ll have to pay a minimum of $37,000 (estimated by Car and Driver) for comfortable front seats in your 2022 RAV4. That’s nearly $10,000 more than the LE base model, making it much less affordable than other options in the same segment.

Should you buy a 2022 Toyota RAV4?

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By no means is the 2022 Toyota RAV4 a lousy SUV. It’s a great SUV with some minor flaws that could give rivals the advantage. With options like the Honda CR-V and Mazda CX-5 available, the RAV4 needs to be perfect. Although a weak engine and uncomfortable seats don’t seem like much, the price increase is significant to improve these things. Especially when the competition offers the solution for a more affordable price.

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