Toyota RAV4 Hybrid reliability & safety
Reliability and safety aren't the most glamorous aspects of any car, but are vital considerations for family SUV buyers. The omens are therefore good for the RAV4, which looks set to bolster Toyota's reputation for dependability and also comes with a full suite of the latest active safety systems as standard. Ultimately, the Toyota is about the safest and (if the brand reputation and performance in owner surveys is anything to go by) most reliable car in the class.
Toyota RAV4 Hybrid reliability & problems
Many Toyota buyers choose their car on the strength of the brand's reliability reputation alone, and there's no reason to suspect the latest RAV4 won't uphold that tradition. Its 2.5-litre petrol engine, hybrid technology and CVT gearbox have been tried and tested in other Toyota models, while there's also the reassurance of a five-year/100,000-mile warranty should anything actually go wrong.
Confirmation of the RAV4's reliability in the real world will have to wait a few months, though, as it's a brand-new model.
There's no independent Euro NCAP crash-test score for the latest RAV4 just yet, but it should be evaluated before too long. A high score seems assured, particularly as the Toyota Safety Sense 2 package is standard across the range. This incorporates adaptive cruise control with lane-departure warning and steering assistance, along with a pre-collision system including pedestrian detection, automatic high beams and road-sign recognition.
You also get eight airbags, a tyre pressure warning system and a space-saver tyre under the boot floor.