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The Toyota RAV4 is a popular option among the class of affordable SUVs. In fact, it’s one of the best-selling passenger options on the market, but that doesn’t mean it’s the best option. Perhaps drivers love the RAV4 because it’s an overall well-rounded vehicle, offering just a little bit of everything you are looking for. But, no vehicle is perfect, especially at this price point, and the 2021 Toyota RAV4 has its own share of downfalls.

How much does the 2021 Toyota RAV4 cost?

The Toyota RAV4 has always been one of the more affordable SUV options on the market for what it has to offer, and the 2021 model year is no different. For a starting price of around $26,250, you can enjoy the base model of the Toyota RAV4. Upgrade to the mid-level Adventure trim, and you can expect a price tag for around $33,355, or take it all the way home with the top trim option of the TRD Off-Road for just a bit more $35,980. Even the higher trim level options are still relatively affordable, but do the downfalls of the car make it less desirable?

A red toyota rav4 prime in display
The 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime | MARK RALSTON/AFP, Getty Images

How does the RAV4 drive?

The 2021 Toyota RAV4 has a lot of good things to offer, according to Edmunds, but there are still a few pitfalls that drivers should consider — and they may not be things you particularly notice during a quick test drive. For the price, the RAV4 doesn’t offer much in the way of acceleration or handling, being described as having vague steering and rather unremarkable throttle response. Overall, it isn’t going to be an exciting car to drive — but, then again, it isn’t a sports car, so many drivers may be OK with this.

A red 2021 toyota rav4 prime plug-in hybrid
The 2021 RAV4 Prime plug-in hybrid sports utility vehicle (SUV) | Kyle Grillot/Bloomberg, Getty Images

Comfort isn’t at the forefront of the driving experience

No one is claiming that the 2021 Toyota RAV4 is a luxury SUV by any means, but that doesn’t excuse its somewhat noisy cabin and uncomfortable seating. Engine noises and road noise are clearly audible in the cabin — but if you’re listening to your favorite podcast or radio station, chances are you won’t really notice. Another note for the RAV4 is that it doesn’t offer a particularly smooth ride quality, needing to improve in its handling and the way it absorbs bumps and imperfections in the road.

A red toyota rav4 prime on display
The 2021 Toyota Rav4 Prime | FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP, Getty Images

Overall, the 2021 Toyota RAV4 is still a popular option, even if there are a few areas that need some immediate improvement. For the price, it is fair to say you get what you pay for, but these small issues can become more annoying over time, so it is still important to take other similarly priced options for a test drive before making your final decision.


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