Skip to main content

Kelley Blue Book’s Best Buy Awards highlight the best SUVs, cars, and trucks available. Its rankings allow car shoppers to evaluate vehicles with confidence. Kelley Blue Book tests hundreds of vehicles to determine the best in each category. The 2022 Toyota RAV4 wins Kelley Blue Book’s “Compact SUV Best Buy of 2022,” and with good reason. Here’s what makes the 2022 RAV4 one of the best small SUVs you can buy.

Driver's side front angle view of 2022 Toyota RAV4, an SUV that has high gas mileage and fast acceleration
2022 Toyota RAV4 | Toyota

5. The 2022 Toyota RAV4 is incredibly practical

When you’re looking for a small SUV, you want something that’s going to be both compact and practical. The 2022 Toyota RAV4 offers both of those things. That’s why the RAV4 is the best-selling SUV, and why Kelley Blue Book has awarded it the “Compact SUV Best Buy of 2022” award.

The 2022 RAV4 is good on fuel, getting 35 mpg on the highway with front-wheel drive and 34 mpg with all-wheel drive. If you opt for the hybrid option, you’ll get 40 mpg.

4. There are tons of models to choose from

Which model RAV4 is best? You may find yourself torn between all the options. The 2022 Toyota RAV4 LE is affordable and starts at $26,525. The RAV4 XSE is a high-end plug-in hybrid SUV with an upscale interior. There’s also an Adventure model, a TRD model, and a Limited. You’ll be able to find the RAV4 model that suits your needs.

3. The RAV4 is reliable

Kelley Blue Book says that the Toyota RAV4 has an “outstanding reputation for durability,” and points to how many original RAV4s are still being driven today. The RAV4 is known for being an SUV that lasts, and that’s contributed to both its best-selling status as well as its Best Buy award.

2. It’s packed with features

The 2022 Toyota RAV4 has so many features, you’ll feel good about having gotten your money’s worth. It offers a locking glovebox, LED interior lights, and a seven-interior touchscreen. It also comes with a six-speaker sound system. Kelley Blue Book says of its updates, “Taken together, these seemingly small updates reveal just how intent Toyota is on sustaining its RAV4 as one of the company’s best-sellers year after year.”

1. The RAV4 is affordable

The 2022 Toyota RAV4 price starts at $26,525. This is up slightly from the 2021 Toyota RAV4 price of $26,350. That’s for the base model 2022 Toyota RAV4 LE, which has a 203 hp four-cylinder engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission. It also comes with front-wheel drive, though you can upgrade to all-wheel drive.

The 2022 Toyota RAV4 is the “Compact SUV Best Buy of 2022” because of the combination of attributes it offer. Kelley Blue Book says that “its broad lineup and excellent practicality, not to mention its extensive features, solid construction, and good safety suite, the fuel-efficient and durable Toyota RAV4 has earned the KBB Best Buy Award as the top compact SUV for 2022.” It’s no surprise that the RAV4 has won this award, and it’s likely the RAV4 will continue to be a best-seller.


Space Wars: Is the 2022 Hyundai Tucson or 2021 Toyota RAV4 Roomier?