This Consumer Reports-Recommended SUV Is Under $30,000

With so many small SUVs on the market, how do you choose between them? The 2021 Toyota Rav4 is a Consumer Reports-recommended SUV with a lot to offer. Let’s take a look at what makes the 2021 Toyota Rav4 recommended by Consumer Reports.

The front of a red 2021 Toyota Rav4.
2021 Toyota Rav4 | Toyota

The 2021 Toyota Rav4 has great acceleration

If there’s one thing to love about the 2021 Rav4, it’s its acceleration. Consumer Reports gives the 2021 Toyota Rav4 a 4/5 for its acceleration. It only takes 8.3 seconds to go from 0 to 60. Its transmission scores a 4/5. Routine and emergency handling both get a 4/5. The Toyota Rav4’s max avoidance speed is 54 mph.

The Toyota Rav4 also gets a really great 4/5 for its braking. It can brake from 60 mph on dry pavement in 131 feet and 140 feet on wet pavement. The Rav4’s headlights score a good 3/5.

As far as comfort, the 2021 Toyota Rav4 gets an okay 3/5 for its ride, and a 2/5 for noise. Front-seat and rear-seat comfort is very good, at a 4/5. However, interior fit and finish get an okay 3/5. The trunk and cargo space only gets a 2/5, with 30.5 cubic feet of storage space.

The 2021 Toyota Rav4 Comes with a lot of safety equipment

Consumer Reports recommends a slew of advanced safety features that car shoppers should consider. These include forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking at city and highway speeds, lane-keeping assistance, and lane departure warning. Consumer Reports also says that pedestrian detection, blind-spot warning, and rear cross-traffic warning are important to have. 

Rearview cameras are standard in all new cars. You should also look for anti-lock brakes, traction and stability control, and daytime running lights.

The 2021 Toyota Rav4 comes standard with everything that Consumer Reports recommends with the exception of blind spot warning and rear-cross traffic warning, both of which are optional.

The IIHS has crash-tested the 2021 Toyota Rav4, and they give it all good ratings. The NHTSA also crash-tested the Rav4. It gives the Rav4 five stars for overall crash, overall frontal crash on the passenger side, overall side crash, side crash on the driver and passenger side, and side-crash, rear passenger. The side pole-crash is also five stars. The overall frontal-crash, overall frontal-crash, driver, and rollover for the 2WD and 4WD all got four stars. 

The reliability for the Rav4 is just okay

Consumer Reports gives the 2021 Toyota Rav4 an okay 3/5 for its predicted reliability. The 2020 has a 3/5 for reliability and the 2019 has a 2/5. The 2020 gets a 3/5 for its fuel system, and a 2/5

For its fuel system. The 2019 gets a 2/5 for its transmission minor, and a 1/5 for its fuel system. The body integrity is also a 2/5, and the in-car electronics get a 3/5.

The Rav4 gets a good predicted owner satisfaction score, at a 3/5. The driving experience gets a 69, while comfort gets a 65. Styling gets a 73, and value is a 43. 67% of people would buy the Toyota Rav4 again.

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