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We’ve had a running theory that the Toyota RAV4 would start losing steam as it ages. But that’s a gamble because it is by far the most popular Toyota SUV in the lineup. But rivals and new models in the lineup are getting more appealing as the old RAV4 continues lacking refinement. 

The 2024 Toyota RAV4 is a popular SUV to avoid 

The 2024 Toyota RAV4 parked in the woods
2024 Toyota RAV4 | Toyota

The Toyota RAV4 has been insanely popular since its redesign in 2019. It outsells the Honda CR-V and other rivals in its segment. It sold 387,89 models between January and November 2023. 

So, it’s not exactly nervous yet. However, it’s starting to drop in a few different rankings as buyers report lower rates of satisfaction. 

For example, according to consumer surveys by J.D.Power, the 2019 model scored 82 out of 100 for its driving experience, but the 2024 model has a 79. 

This three-point difference may seem small, but scores between 81 and 90 are above average while anything between 70 and 80 is just average. 

Also, the scores are based on ownership feedback about the design, performance, comfort, functionality, safety, and tech. 

As owners are becoming less and less satisfied with the RAV4, automotive outlets are starting to recommend avoiding it for other SUVs like the Subaru Forester or Honda CR-V. Both of which have been recently redesigned to improve comfort and performance.  

A few complaints about the 2024 Toyota RAV4 relate to its performance. While it’s fairly fuel efficient, it accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in about 9.1 seconds. While that’s adequate, it’s behind the class average. 

Plus, the steering can be vague and the suspension is stiff. The ride can be a little bumpy and the interior gets loud at highway speeds. The engine emits a whining drone that can be annoying as well. 

The interior fails to impress with bland, plastic trim pieces. The seats are flat and noticeably stiff during longer trips. Plus headspace is limited and the passenger seat lacks adjustment controls. Rivals offer more cargo space too. 

But it’s still comfortable enough for daily commutes, has advanced safety features, and the tech is intuitive. Plus, the TRD Off-Road trim has above-average off-roading capabilities for the class. 

The Toyota RAV4 is still a well-rounded option. It’s just not as new or refined as rivals that offer upscale interiors and a little more power.