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This car has been superseded by a newer model, click here to go to the latest Toyota RAV4 (13-19) review.

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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0
Toyota RAV4 (00-05) - rated 4 out of 5
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PROS

Nimble handling, funky looks

CONS

Numb steering

PROS

Nimble handling, funky looks

CONS

Numb steering

Toyota RAV4 rivals

Honda
CR-V
3.5 out of 5 3.5

The previous generation RAV4 was the right car at the right time. Its overtly 4x4 look, funky bodyshape and excellent on-road manners, meant it was perfectly placed to pick up sales during the soft-roader boom of the mid-Nineties. Toyota stuck to the same formula for the re-launched model in 2000. The look is a little more sophisticated, it's a lot safer and there’s more kit, but the core proposition remains the same.

It retains buyer appeal.

Toyota RAV4 rivals

Honda
CR-V
3.5 out of 5 3.5