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The RAV4 is a well-rounded package, combining good all-around performance with a comfortable ride and agile handling. Its engine gets impressive fuel economy and an optional third-row bench was offered to bring seating to seven in a pinch. Cabin furnishings include straightforward controls, a roomy rear seat, and generous cargo space (with the tiny third row folded).
Alerts
There are 14 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph (sec.) 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS available; standard from 2004. ESC standard from 2004. Side and head protection air bags available from 2004, standard from 2007.
Road Test

The RAV4 is a well-rounded package, combining good all-around performance with a comfortable ride and agile handling. Its engine gets impressive fuel economy and an optional third-row bench was offered to bring seating to seven in a pinch. Cabin furnishings include straightforward controls, a roomy rear seat, and generous cargo space (with the tiny third row folded). Some people will wish the front seats were more supportive. The right-hinged rear gate requires a good deal of swing-out room.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear, 2 third
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Automatic
  • 4-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2.5-liter 4 (179 hp)
  • 3.5-liter V6 (269 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2010 Toyota RAV4 owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

“Resulting from recall repairs of the rear suspension/linkage”

Anonymous, VA (2010 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“recall-spring2014-Toyota"sealed"rear suspension so it's now unadjustable. In Mar.2015 dealer said it's out of alignment - 3rd party checked & said severely out-of-alignment.Dealer rechecked & said it's okay-we're unsure if really aligned correctly”

Anonymous, OH (2010 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“alignment due to control arm replacements”

Steven P., ON (2010 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The toe might have been out of alignment on right rear? Casey Toyota treated me fairly and will watch my tires”

Gary E., VA (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“A recall on the car makes it impossible to get a rear alignment. They permanently seal the rear end”

Anonymous, OH (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The rear alignment adjustment repeatedly goes out, causing camber with severe tire wear. Toyota has implemented a recall on the alignment adjustment linkage. The recall fix is faulty and is causing the repeated alignment issues and the costs are being passed on to me”

Patrick N., WY (2010 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“went in for a recall and they told us that the bearings need to be replaced”

Anonymous, NY (2010 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Needed replacement”

Anonymous, VA (2010 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Bushings

“Recall item. No issue with me”

Douglas C., FL (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Had to replace”

Scott Y., ME (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“rear lower control arm, there have been several updated due to early failures”

Steven P., ON (2010 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“recalls”

Richard D., IL (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Left front control arm bushing separated”

Anonymous, NS (2010 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Shocks or struts

“Factory recall”

R R., CA (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“One rear shock absorber was leaking fluid”

Thomas C., PA (2010 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Dealer said seal leaking. Replacement covered by warranty. Also recall on suspension”

David J., CA (2010 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“Leaking front strut. Warranty repair of some kind in the rear suspension”

Anonymous, WA (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“one strut was leaking at 30000 miles”

Finnbarr P., CA (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“REAL BUMPY RIDE ON ROADS NOT SMOOTH”

Anonymous, AB (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Right rear shock leaked oil and stopped performing properly. Replaced both rear shocks”

David M., MN (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Both rear struts had to be replaced promptly, just after the warranty expired”

Anonymous, NH (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Back schocks need replacing”

Anonymous, ON (2010 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Rear end recall , very poor radio sound quality ,”

Anonymous, AB (2010 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

“Leaking front passenger side shock”

J K., NY (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Left front strut came loose and was replaced. They said a bolt came loose and caused the strut to fail”

Bruce D., WI (2010 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Leaking front strut so both were replaced. Cost $414 parts $856 labor”

Anonymous, SK (2010 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

“seems to me that even with normal wear and tear i should not have been told by the dealer during routine maintenance the one of my shocks is leaking. My rav is not that old and its not like i am overly drive hard on my 4x4. strictly kept to main roa”

Anonymous, BC (2010 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Rear shock was found to be leaking badly, cost $250 to replace”

Eric B., WA (2010 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“Front shock began to leak after 16,000 miles”

Daniel O., DC (2010 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“during inspection,found right rear shock "leaking”

Anonymous, PA (2010 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Mounting bracket for left rear shock sheared of vehicle. Had to have it welded on because holes had become elongated when bolts became loose”

Agnes S., NY (2010 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Rear shocks needed to be replaced, dealer said shocks were leaking. Should not have to replace shocks on a low mileage vehicle”

George D., AB (2010 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“struts need to be replaced”

Rick K., AB (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“I had to replace one of the front struts”

Anonymous, PA (2010 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Struts lasted 96,000, finally started leaking. Caught in time. Replacement cost was just under $600. I did not even know they were bad”

Anonymous, AZ (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Recall”

Anonymous, FL (2010 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“One strut and one shock required replacement at 115,084 miles”

Anonymous, MI (2010 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“leaking rear shock”

Anonymous, WA (2010 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)
Springs or torsion bars

“Noise from rear when on bumpy roads. Suspension feels as if recall problem(s) not rectified even after several services”

Stephen D., RI (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Vehicle recalled, service performed, then was notified again to have item serviced, then dealer said the recall work was already completed, that paperwork had not caught up with Toyota”

Anonymous, MD (2010 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Lower suspension arm required a change from adjustable to being cemented in place due to a recall”

Carol B., MI (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“This was a rear suspension recall”

Lee E., OK (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“This was a factory recall that was totally covered by the manufacturer for both rear suspension arm replacement”

Steven M., MI (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Have had two recall repairs on the same rear suspension linkage. Needed to be re-aligned twice”

Anonymous, VA (2010 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Recall to modify suspension”

Anonymous, CO (2010 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

“factory recall”

R C., AB (2010 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The rear sway bar link broke and was replaced. I replace both links”

Milton Y., NY (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

“Recall issued by Toyota. Needed parts weren't yet in...then a 2nd recall was issued. Finally repairs were made at Toyota's expense”

John D., VA (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Rack making noise. Replaced under extended warranty”

Anonymous, NY (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“There is safety recall on the rear suspension to heck for damage caused by an alignment”

Bruce B., AB (2010 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)
Tire wear is uneven

“This was a REAR Wheel ALIGNMENT RECALL. Toyota has fixed it. I don't know how long this will last. Buying another Toyota was a mistake”

Anonymous, OH (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“1 tire had to be replaced because of problems with tie-rods and links”

Anonymous, ON (2010 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

“Oct 2014 right rear tire worn out. Was talk of recall problems with rear alignment or suspension. Bought 3-1 free new tires. April 2015 all tires worn out after 15k miles. Car kept overnight to investigate and research. Given 4 new tires”

Gary E., VA (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“recall on rear suspension..before correction, back tires had extreme wear on side”

Anonymous, TX (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The new tire was bad and the car began shaking. I had to be towed”

Anonymous, OH (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Dealership does not balance tires when installing, ended up having to have them balanced, then the tie rod replaced, then an alignment”

Anonymous, ON (2010 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Wheel bearings

“Rear wheel bearings began to make noise and went out. Most of the reparis were covered under extended warranty”

V H., TX (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Warped wheel bearing caused wobbling noise, then front brake rotor warping. Was around $1400 to fix the wheel bearings (this doesn't include the cost of needing to replace the breaks early)”

Anonymous, WA (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Normal routine brake wear

“I had the Rave4 in for an oil change and was told the brake pads were bad and the rotors needed to be turned. Done 4/15/15”

Myra M., IA (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“thought was premature but pads and rotors needed replaced”

Anonymous, ON (2010 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“made a bad noise”

Anonymous, ME (2010 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“replaced rotors and calipers at 100,000. Aftermarket parts were not as good as toyota”

Anonymous, MA (2010 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

“front brakes only replaced. normal pad wear. rotors were in good condition but replaced as a precaution”

B V., ME (2010 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Breaks and pads were replaced this year”

Anonymous, OH (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Just had front brakes replaced no real problem but the warning squeak bar did not give the warning”

George F., WI (2010 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“had new front royors and all 4 wheels new pads, plus drain and refill brake fluid”

Karl B., MI (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Front brakes and rots replaced at about 65000 kms”

Ronald C., MB (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“front brakes done a year ago, just time for the rear brakes to get done”

Anonymous, ON (2010 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“Also tow trailers for recreation for sometimes long distances”

Greg K., AB (2010 Toyota RAV4)

“Passed inspection w/o problem in December, yet seriously worn in March. Not sure it was "routine."”

Anonymous, NY (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“The brake pads and calipers showed a lot of wear, so I changed them”

Rick L., QC (2010 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“needs brakes at only 36000 kms?”

Ian T., ON (2010 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“just had to replace the front brakes”

Anonymous, BC (2010 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“I do not believe my breaks could have been as worn as the dealership insisted (during a recall for something else) given the car only had 45000 miles on it”

Sandra G., IN (2010 Toyota RAV4 Unsure Unsure)
Parking brake

“parking brake locked up and had to be freed”

Leonard M., NJ (2010 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Parking brake stuck. Would not release properly”

Anonymous, ON (2010 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“At 34,000 miles, all brake components required replacement. Front rotors, rear rotors, all four calipers, all four pads. The repair bill approached $2,000. Years ago, rotors could be resurfaced and calipers rebuilt. Now everything is throw away”

Anonymous, NY (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Surprised that brake pads were gone with rotor damage with less than 30,000 miles. Had over 100,000 miles on Rogue before any brake work was needed”

David V., NY (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Front and Rear brakes needed service replacing at 50K Miles. Approximately $840”

Anonymous, WI (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“pads and rotors worn prematurely”

Anonymous, WA (2010 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Only had less than 20k miles on brakes and pads had to be replaced and new rotors”

Leonard M., NJ (2010 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Rear brakes were locking on braking and grinding was being heard during turns and slow driving”

Anonymous, OK (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Have replaced both the rotors and the pads twice. We continue to have problems with the brakes squeaking when backing up”

Anonymous, MI (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Wheel bearing warping caused early front rotor warping. Had to fix the rotors and get new breaks early. While the front rotors where warped, the bake breaks took too much of the load, so they also needing early replacing”

Anonymous, WA (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“The first set of rear brakes were replaced after only 50K km (mostly highway driving). They seem to need doing again after only another 40K. According to the dealer's mechanic the rear brakes have lost 70% in the past 14K km. The front brakes are”

Anonymous, ON (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Toyota replaced the front brakes twice in one year”

Anonymous, MO (2010 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The brake pads wear out quickly and need to be replaced often”

Anonymous, PA (2010 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Brakes need to be addressed more frequently than I think should be necessary. Certainly more frequently than other Toyotas I have owned in the past”

Anonymous, ON (2010 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Front brakes and rotors have been replaced 3 times despite little commute driving and little hill/mountain driving. The last repair, done at a dealership, was to rebuild the entire front brake system and cost almost $900”

Anonymous, CA (2010 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Normal wear”

Anonymous, VA (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“I was told the rotors needed replaced - usually you can grind down rotors once before replacement. Brakes and rotors wore out very fast on this car”

David V., NY (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Rusted. Had to be replaced”

Anonymous, OH (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Premature wear”

Anonymous, OK (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Had to replace rotors”

Anonymous, NC (2010 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“I heard a slight rubbing of one of my brakes for a few weeks. Then all of a sudden they were making a louder rubbing noise. By then, the rotors were already affected”

Anonymous, CO (2010 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“Front brake rotors needed to be replaced at approximately 30,000 miles. This seemed very low mileage to me to need to replace rotors (and replace pads)”

Stephen B., MD (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Brake pads had to be replaced but on further inspection, the rotors had to be replaced also. Drove my car to Denver, CO from San Antonio last Spring and it snowed alot in Denver while I was there for a month”

Anonymous, TX (2010 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Front Brakes and Rotors were replaced”

Anonymous, ON (2010 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“Brakes often shudder badly when stopping. Noise is loud and car pulses, but stopping is OK. Dealer could not help”

Anonymous, MN (2010 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“Grinding of brakes when braking and at an angled direction”

Anonymous, ON (2010 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

“Brakes make squeaking/grinding noise and have for over a year. Checked by dealer and additional shop both say normal function and everything looks ok”

Joseph B., CO (2010 Toyota RAV4)

“Brakes squeaking when backing up has been a rather constant problem for the past 3 years. The problem seemed fixed when we last had the brakes worked on, but within a year, the problem of squeaking has returned”

Anonymous, MI (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“needed new brakes, front and back. First replacement for rear breaks”

Anonymous, NV (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Have taken in vehicle 5 times to try to identify the rubbing intermittent noise without solution. Last time told to replace brakes to see if that was solution. Noise is never heard when I take in”

Anonymous, OR (2010 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“A squeaking noise is occurring in the rear of the car. I had the brakes replaced but the squeaking is still there. It came out of nowhere when I took the car to be serviced for routine maintenance. It was not squeaking prior to the service”

Anonymous, TX (2010 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Rear brake squeaked when breaking”

Ed B., MD (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Backup or other camera/sensors

“stopped working”

Anonymous, WI (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
CD player

“can only play one CD the player gets too hot to play another CD so you have to wait more then 30-40 minutes to use it again/”

Anonymous, DC (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Would not load or read CDs”

Anonymous, GA (2010 Toyota RAV4 Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Could not insert CD”

Anonymous, AZ (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“CD player would not play CD's. Extended warranty coverage purchased from Toyota covered the entire cost of replacing the entire in-dash system”

Richard M., VA (2010 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“MP3 player will not connect with audio system”

Anonymous, MA (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“CD player only works sporadically, with the system indicating a disk is already loaded”

Joseph B., VA (2010 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The CD player stops after playing one disc and will not accept a 2nd disc”

Anonymous, CA (2010 Toyota RAV4 Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“It stopped working.Thankfully, it happened with one month left to the warranty. It was replaced free of charge”

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“2nd one intalled . Just just decides it doesnt want to read CDs anymore”

Patrick C., MI (2010 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“CD player has failed twice, once under warranty. The replacement CD failed. The dealer refused to cover failure”

Ron T., UT (2010 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“will not accept a cd”

Jerald G., CT (2010 Toyota RAV4 Unsure Unsure)

“CD player will not eject or load CD's. Head unit not repairable. Replacement by dealer estimated $2200 for factory unit. Will replace with aftermarket head unit at some point”

Mark G., AK (2010 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“The CD player will have trouble identifying a CD that is input. Occationally the CD thinks there is a CD inserted when there hasn't been a CD inserted”

Anonymous, WI (2010 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Player will not accept a CD”

Anonymous, OH (2010 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

“Quit working”

Anonymous, FL (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“The CD player broke after 4 years”

Anonymous, NC (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Cannot insert CD”

Harry L., IL (2010 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen difficult to see

“When the problem first started it had times where I could read screen and other times when it was just a bunch of squiggly thick lines. Once the cd player stopped working the whole system got replaced”

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen goes blank

“The radio controls will turn off with no input from the driver”

Anonymous, WI (2010 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“In very hot or very cold weather, the display screen sometimes displays gibberish letters or goes completely blank”

Anonymous, CO (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“When I hit the side of the radio the problem goes away”

Anonymous, MN (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

“Aux input failed after about 60,000 KM. Not a huge issue, but very annoying. It meant there was no way to play music from external devices”

Anonymous, SK (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)
Radio

“Radio often does not come on right away, you have to push it on and off, wait then try it again”

Anonymous, DC (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“When changing radio channels, the radio will sometimes turn off. Volume dial will not always work”

Terry D., CA (2010 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Radio digital display did not function in very cold [NH]weather. Dealer laughed and replaced it. It was still under warranty. Indicated this was a problem they saw quite often”

Anonymous, NH (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“It died right. The Toyota warranty on its radios was one year. They wanted $500 to replace it plus another $500 upgrade to renew the upgrade it bought for Sirius. Instead I paid $250 to Best Buy for an Alpine that had it all plus bluetooth and iPhone”

Mark A., FL (2010 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Radio stops working. Turns itself off”

Anonymous, DE (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Display on radio /cd player not working. On third radio now”

Anthony D., TX (2010 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“radio screen would randomly go blank”

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Radio was silent during very cold weather”

Anonymous, CO (2010 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Radio buttons do not function properly causing radio to shut down. Tuning and FM to AM switching has become impossible”

Anonymous, CA (2010 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“When I change channels the radio screen reads "no disc" and turns itself off. I've had this system replaced and it still makes the same message. So I am suck with listening to one station”

Kathleen P., CA (2010 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Could not change the radio station”

Anonymous, OH (2010 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

“Radio volume control does not function properly. I must turn it VERY slowly while pulling outward on to get it to function properly. Otherwise volume jumps all over the place”

Anonymous, FL (2010 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Antenna not working - problem continues as last reported.... to expensive to fix”

Anonymous, NY (2010 Toyota RAV4 Sport Unsure)

“During very cold days, the radio malfunctions. It usually will turn on, but then when I go to change the station, it shuts off. I can turn it back on, but then it turns off again when I hit a different station. This started occurring during year 2 of the car, and I understood that the warranty did not apply. I have not changed the radio, and the condition has gotten worse”

A R., NJ (2010 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Sometimes when changing radio stations the entire units shuts off”

Robert N., VA (2010 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“same as the other problem. it was related to steering wheel controls for the radion”

Perry H., TX (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Stopped working for 1 hr in normal driving conditions”

Dan C., TX (2010 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“When using radio, sporadically the display goes blank or displays gibberish and the control functions cease working”

Scott P., ON (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen freezes up

“radio dial goes blank or shows incomprehensible symbols or shuts off when you press any button. Usually starts functioning property after turning off the ignition , restarting engine, then turning it back on”

Chris S., FL (2010 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)
Steering wheel controls

“the radio would not work because of controls in steering wheel”

Perry H., TX (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

“Air Conditioner?”

Clayton W., VA (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Dealer failed to reinstall seals on recall repair”

Philip A., IN (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

“The right front headlight lens had moisture in it after a car wash. It costs $420 to replace it. The dealer said that the front bumper has to be removed”

D S., KS (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Splash guard in left rear wheel well let road water get into vent pipe that's attached to the fill tube. The water caused pollution control valve to fail. Mfr fault caused many days to find and fix the fault”

George S., BC (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Drainage from sunroof was blocked and caused electrical short”

Anonymous, CA (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

“Something loose inside to rear/hatch door”

Anonymous, WA (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Increasing road noise, rattle noise”

Anonymous, IL (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“dash board, rattle; something rubbing on windshield”

Anonymous, TX (2010 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“n/a”

Anonymous, VA (2010 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“makes a squeaking sound when backing up”

Anonymous, CA (2010 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“Intermittent squeak seems to be from trunk door area. Happens sometimes when going over bumps or rough roads”

Anonymous, QC (2010 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The Rav has a strange noise emanating from the front left , occurs when driving onto our driveway ( a slight bump )”

Anonymous, AB (2010 Toyota RAV4 Unsure 3.5-L V6)

“The back of the vehicle squeaks every time it goes over a rough spot in the road”

Anonymous, SK (2010 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Sun roof rattle and rear Axel area squeaking”

Anonymous, CA (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Rattles in rear area behind the seat, and the center armrest rattles also”

Anthony D., TX (2010 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“Rear seat rattles”

Anonymous, IL (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“from day one couple squeaks really annoying and intermittent think it is sloppy fit and assembly of headliner and door posts”

James G., WA (2010 Toyota RAV4 Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Much of our driving is on bad roads, and some squeaks have developed in the rear of the car”

Daniel O., DC (2010 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“many rattles”

Anonymous, IN (2010 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Squeak from cargo area”

Anonymous, OH (2010 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Wheel bearing noise”

Anonymous, CA (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Just getting too noisy in the car. Road noise, bumps, potholes, etc”

Anonymous, AZ (2010 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“suspension-related. the recent sway bar mount recall seemed to quiet things down again, but I am still hearing some howling on bumpy roads at slow speeds. interior rattles, probably the inside panels near sunroof and inside back cargo space”

Alexandra A., MA (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Rear hatchback has a rattle that is impossible to fix!!!!!!!!”

Anonymous, NC (2010 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Type of oil used causes a loud rattle when car is cold. No safety issue, bur repairs is $1000”

Anonymous, TX (2010 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The Rav4 has developed a noticeable squeak with the rear seats, which seems to be endemic of Toyotas as relatives with Toyota cars have similar noises”

Eduardo C., PA (2010 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Squeaks somewhere when backing up upon applying the break when driven for the first time of the day”

Anonymous, WA (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Back seat squeaks & rattles”

Rick T., CA (2010 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“The car has developed a rattle when the engine lugs, as yet not diagnosed. Suspect the heat shield/exhaust. There is a squeak somewhere in the rear interior or body panels when driving on rough roads. It is annoying but falls below the threshold of a visit to the shop”

Anonymous, VT (2010 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

“The level of the noise increase even the engine noise becomes loader that before”

Anonymous, IL (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“It is road noise as if the insulation has deteriorated to some degree. It is definitely more pronounced than it was when first purchased”

Anonymous, TX (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“TOO NOISY-HAVE TO INCREASE VOLUME ON RADIO WHEN IN MOTION”

Anonymous, AB (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“With the windows up you can hear wind noise, this has been so since I purchased the car”

Jo B., VT (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Loud road and wind noise”

Anonymous, MN (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“I find the cabin to be very noisy on the highway - wind noise”

Anonymous, AB (2010 Toyota RAV4 Unsure 3.5-L V6)

“mainly issue sitting in back seat arouind door jams, sems like marginal weatherstrip design and finish technique. also tire noise is annoying”

James G., WA (2010 Toyota RAV4 Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Poor design of the car creates too much wind and road noise on the highway”

Anonymous, AZ (2010 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“The Rav4 was never well-insulated in terms of sound; it became apparent how poor it is when compared to the Outback”

Eduardo C., PA (2010 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

“Bumper trim loose. Plastic has to be pushed back in periodically”

Anonymous, KS (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“loose molding on rear driver-side door”

Anonymous, ON (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“On our way home, we were on the last hill and you can see the city, we were surprised by a deer! There were vehicles in the opposite lane that did not move over. The other side was a steep ditch. We hit and killed the poor deer. After pulling ove”

Anonymous, SK (2010 Toyota RAV4 Unsure 3.5-L V6)

“Plastic cover on front bumper became detatched”

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Loose interior trim or moldings

“Air bag trim covering”

Robert M., ON (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Driver's side door panel broke loose where arm rests”

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Problems with coal dust causing rust spots even on the wheel cover”

Anonymous, BC (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Paint has been cracking and peeling under left rear door shortly after expiration of warranty and despite expensive paint protection I bought with the car, which doesn't cover this”

Anonymous, KS (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Actual problem was with the wheels. Paint was pitting badly”

Anonymous, PA (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“The paint is just now starting to fade a little bit but I feel it was due to bad weather conditions, hail, etc”

Anonymous, SC (2010 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“paint chips easily - paint worn near dorr handles”

Anonymous, CA (2010 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Orange peeling on lower rocker panels”

Sean M., NJ (2010 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

“numerous chips in paint. Haven't had problems like this with past vehicles”

Anonymous, PA (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Chips”

D M., AZ (2010 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Paint peeling off the roof area between windshield and sunroof. Seems to be a wide spread problem from information on the internet. The factory denies any fault. Car is Pearl White. This color has the most complaints. It lifts away from the primer which stays intact. No rust or chips through the primer. I have also had several wheel studs that have broken. I reported this problem to the NHTSA. The dealer says they have been over tightened. Most people believe them but mine broke after the dealer”

Donn C., CO (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Peeling paint on a car less than 10 years old is ridiculous”

Anonymous, AZ (2010 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“The paint on the hood and spare tire cover has faded as if it didn't have a clear coat on it”

Tom S., TX (2010 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

“Paint bubbled and cracked on front top above windshield. It was ugly and progressive”

Anonymous, MA (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“The paint on the hub cap part of the tires flaked off and was very noticeable”

Anonymous, NC (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Rear bumper suddenly cracked with no known incident. Paint pitted in several places on hood. Brads holding front fenders to fr came loose”

Anonymous, AZ (2010 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“I got some bubble on the roof & close to gas cap, start peeling only painting not the primer”

Mugurel T., NY (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“paint peeling next to hood over the wheels”

Anonymous, CA (2010 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Paint peeling of of certain plastic wheel well flairs. Theses are not stone chips since it's only on two of the flairs and not the other two. The dealership couldn't explain why”

Anonymous, ON (2010 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“Steel wheels are rusting around the spokes and rim edges. This began shortly after the 3 year warranty ran out, though I am not sure the wheels would have been covered. I have also seen this on others of the same vintage”

Jack-Barb W., IL (2010 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Drivers side door sill had some rust next to the rubber kick pad”

Anonymous, NY (2010 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“the steel wheels that came with the car started to rust on the edges after only 3 years. They were clearly not painted properly. Toyota refused to do anything about them, despite being clearly defective. other have complained about this problem on”

Anonymous, OH (2010 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

“Fuel got in the charcoal canister; fixed twice under a campaign”

Donald B., AK (2010 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“evaporative canister system needed to be replaced at 48000 miles (warranty 30K). Cost was $1,000 using independent dealer and Toyota part. Also, Cruise control and traction control systems were inoperative until the evaporative canister replaced”

Joseph B., VA (2010 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“problems with the EVAP system. The system was full of water. It appears that the following items need to be replaced: breather tube, cover filler, protector, charcoal canister, filter and protector. The cost was split three ways ($1000): company”

Anonymous, ON (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Charcoal cannister assembly had to be replaced at 31000 miles. Cost of $1200”

Anonymous, VA (2010 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Had to have EVAP components changed due to corrosion. Was a known problem but Dealer would not cover cost to replace because replacement cutoff date was over. Expensive job”

J W., ON (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Check engine light on at 120K, charcoal emissions canister on underside of car is problem. Can't use cruise control when alert appeared. Dealer says part is $900+, and $100 to install. Cheaper part at auto parts store, but too complicated to fix myse”

Elizabeth D., FL (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Gasoline leaked into the evap canister. Repaired under TSB0046-10. Replaced evap canister and fuel tank. Cost was $2278”

Anonymous, AZ (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)
Fuel injection system

“bought pre certified. used. within week gas fumes were unbearable. plus gas leaked on ground while filling up tank. took to another dealer. They fixed problem but would not tell us what problem was. mechanic said feeder tube to tank had hole. 20 mpg”

Frank S., CA (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

“O2 sensor failed (set an engine light) on a trip of 2400 miles”

Richard C., CO (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“When the oxygen sensor goes out it disengages the traction control that disables the cruise control. $500 to fix”

Jeff O., OK (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“odd combination of trouble lights came on dash. Local Asian auto repair diagnosed as O2 sensor problem. Said to bring it back when we had time, not critical. Have not had it fixed. Will do next week. (May 18-22)”

Ronald S., WA (2010 Toyota RAV4 Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Vapor sensor caused engine light to come on Something to do with gas cap seal”

Anonymous, BC (2010 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Error code with check engine light on indicated O2 sensor needed replacement”

Anonymous, NB (2010 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Oxygen sensor failed twice. Fixed it once and will not fix it second time”

George S., BC (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“well when we bought car it was supposed to have been certified used. soon after we smelled gas heavily while driving and it leaked gas at pump. took it back to Toyota, a different Toyota and they fixed it. one of the service personnel said their was”

Frank S., CA (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Both sensors failed,one in Feb one in April costing $1100 in total. Four year old car with 73000km on it”

Anonymous, ON (2010 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“many trouble lites flash. took to Toyota dealer say water in fuel need to replace fuel filer , all fuel lines etc cost will be $500 +. took localmechanic problem ox sensors replaced $250”

Anonymous, CT (2010 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Driveshaft or axle

“REAR AXEL OIL SEALS ON DIFFERENTIAL”

Anonymous, QC (2010 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Axle seal leaked. repaired under warranty”

Anonymous, SK (2010 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“replaced rear drive axle”

Lloyd K., MT (2010 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“Warranty recall”

Anonymous, GA (2010 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“leak in rear axle of AWD Rav 4 Very small leak ,drips on garage floor. Havn't had it fixed yet”

Anonymous, NY (2010 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

“Wheel bearing, front and rear need to be replaced”

Anonymous, ON (2010 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“Drive shaft replaced. Under warranty”

Anonymous, ON (2010 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

“Drive shaft front to back U joint gone. Had to replace the entire drive shaft”

Anonymous, ON (2010 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Rear axle is leaking grease. According to dealer I need to replace both of the seals which is not covered apparently under warranty and there is no recall even though the problem seems common”

Anonymous, MN (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)
4WD/AWD components

“This was a recall. We took the vehicle to the dealership and they fixed it”

Anonymous, SK (2010 Toyota RAV4 Unsure 3.5-L V6)
Differential

“Seal leak. In my opinion> they are using a conventional 80W90 differential oil and in CA that oil is too thick at -30. Should be synthetic 75W90.Toyota should not be so cheap here as there is better gear protection with a synthetic oil that flows”

Anonymous, AB (2010 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

“Diff fluid leak. Seal needed to be replaced”

Anonymous, ON (2010 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“breather vent”

Anonymous, NY (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)
Transfer case

“Leaking”

Gerald S., WI (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Driveline vibration

“Toyota issued an extended warranty to address a growl and vibration issuing from the rear of the vehicle. Despite three attempts to have my Rav4 serviced for this issue, the dealers refuse to do the work. The issue continues and is getting worse. The extended warranty expires in three days”

Patrick N., WY (2010 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Differential contamination causes vibration according to buliten”

Anonymous, NC (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

12V power plug

“it hasn't work every time I go for tune up I tell them they always say is fixed but never works will never by another toyota”

Estelle G., NJ (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)
Interior lights

“Light for fan speed not working”

Anonymous, MD (2010 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“key broke had to get another one and there expensive”

Cheryl B., FL (2010 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Its the same system: the transponder. It opens the car door and starts the engine. When it fails, you get into the car with a manual key that is removed from the transponder. Then to start the car, you have to hold the transponder directly on the sta”

Anonymous, CA (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)
Remote engine starter

“Transponder died. It was not just the battery needing to be replaced but the whole unit needed to be replaced. Fortunately the warranty covered the cost of replacement”

Anonymous, CA (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)
Tire pressure monitor

“As it turns out, the system also includes the spare tire pressure, something I did not consider”

James B., IL (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Light is constantly on, regardless of tire pressures. Recently it has begun flashing indicating a fault in the system”

Lincoln M., ME (2010 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Warning lights

“Error in electronic module gave warning lights where none actually existed. Car pulled off the road for 4 days”

Anonymous, ON (2010 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

“check engine light stays on”

Anonymous, SC (2010 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Clock

“Digital clock loses a minute every day. Dealership has been notified, but nothing done”

Anonymous, ON (2010 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Heated or cooled seats

“Motor for seat adjustment”

Anonymous, IA (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“The wiper motor issue was a recall and was straightforward. i asked to comment so I could note that they also had a recall for the driver door control group for the window closing. My comment is that I have never owned a car that had so many recalls. I have a folder full of the documentation for it and have been concerned. This is our second RAV4 and our Camry history goes back to the first year they came out in the US>”

Carol B., MI (2010 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

“Both transfer case and transmission were replaced under warranty for whining”

Daniel W., MI (2010 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“whining noise”

Anonymous, CA (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Transmission was replaced due to an increasing whine at medium speeds 30-50mph”

Anonymous, CA (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“The transmission was slipping and mis-shifting and had to be replaced”

Kim O., UT (2010 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“making a noise and was told to have it replaced”

Anonymous, MN (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Car has had a history of the driver side transmission seal leaking. It was replaced 3 times. The differential and transmission had a bearing noise. The transmission fluid had changed from red to black in 24 000 mis. The replaced the differential”

George M., FL (2010 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Increasingly noisy final drive resulted in replacement of the transmission under warranty -TSB 0130-12”

Mark G., AK (2010 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“Transmission noise”

Anonymous, WA (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Alternator

“Initially had a battery failure. Battery was replaced and failed again - this time it was diagnosed as a failure of the alternator which was replaced. No more problems since then”

Anonymous, FL (2010 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Alternator failed while I was driving in a city”

Anonymous, IN (2010 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“while out of town and without warning the alternator stop working and was left stranded”

Anonymous, TX (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Alternator failed. Very expensive repair”

Anonymous, FL (2010 Toyota RAV4 Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Battery (not hybrid or electric)

“Battery was due for normal replacement after 4 years and some brutally cold winters”

James K., OH (2010 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“Have had to replace the battery 3 times in the vehicle in the past 7 years. Each battery did not last their designed life”

Anonymous, FL (2010 Toyota RAV4 Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Normal age wear. Replaced battery with Kirkland brand. Well pleased with replacement battery”

Bob M., ON (2010 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)
Electronic ignition

“Twice now, at critical times (leaving to catch a flight), the engine has failed to start, or started and ran rough with engine lights illuminated. Fortunately, we had a second car we were able to use”

Anonymous, ON (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

“Leaked at water pump. Not fixable. New water pump had to be installed”

Anonymous, FL (2010 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“special proprietary hose broke and part not stocked by local Toyota dealership. Required overnight stay to get hose from aftemarket supplier . 120 miles roundtrip”

Edward I., NY (2010 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Water pump

“Water pump went at the 96,000 KM mark. $600 repair. The issue started as a loud engine grinding noise suggesting the water pump bearings were shot”

Anonymous, SK (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Dealer stated this is a common problem, but the cost to replace is outrageous. Toyota does not provide reimbursement for this problem”

Anonymous, FL (2010 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“water pump was on the verge of failure. had it replaced”

Anonymous, TX (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Water pump went. Replaced water pump and pulley”

Bob M., ON (2010 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

“Vehicle can't seem to decide which gear to be in. I have not yet had it looked at”

Anonymous, IL (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)
Transmission computer

“Part of the Smart Stop Technology update. Transmission shifts at a lower speed, very little aceleration, low gear rear-end that hinders top speed. It's not a fun sporty Rav4 anymore”

Anonymous, AK (2010 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)
Transmission leaks

“a seal was broken, oil leaked, needed to be re-sealed, $500”

Anonymous, AB (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

“water contaminated the transmission fluid and caused rough shifting and nasty vibrations at certain speeds”

Anonymous, WI (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Loud noise during shifting turned out to be due to leaking transmission fluid”

Anonymous, MN (2010 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

“AC failed at 54000 miles. Expensive repair estimate. I wrote to Toyota, who offered to wave cost of materials. I payed for labor. Better deal than paying for the entire job but I still don't think an AC system should have failed that soon”

John W., ME (2010 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“There was one point in which the AC would blow but no cool air came out. This was able to be fixed under the warranty”

Kathleen P., CA (2010 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Not cooling. Compressor replaced”

Anonymous, FL (2010 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Automatic climate control

“box housing that contains unit that switches between floor, floor/dash and dash would not operate”

Anonymous, IL (2010 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Blower (fan) motor

“Made a clicking noise until it finally stopped working”

Anonymous, NV (2010 Toyota RAV4 Unsure 3.5-L V6)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

“Driver mirror failed”

Jeff C., GA (2010 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

“Just realize my tailgate has not been locking. Is a issue with this year but cost $607.00 to fix and no recalls but lots of comments from people reporting the same on line. I had to fix for my security”

D M., AZ (2010 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Windows

“Rear left window doesn't always function properly when using driver's door control to lower it. (I have not tried using the rear door window control.). Sometimes it will only drop down a fraction of an inch. Next time it will operate normally”

Anonymous, FL (2010 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Diver window came out of the track. Easy fix. Problem was dealership charged me $100.00 to diagnose the problem after I told them the window came out of the track. It was the last time I went to the deanship for repair”

Anonymous, ON (2010 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

“Engine Loud Knock/Rattle Noise at Cold Startup. See Toyota service bulletin T-SB-0146-10. The problem is from Gear Assembly, Camshaft Timing”

Anonymous, QC (2010 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“OIL LEAK DIAGNOSED AS A GASKET PROBLEM, DEALER REPLACED IN TWO DAYS COVERED BY EXTENDED WARRANTY”

Anonymous, NY (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Timing belt or chain

“The variable valve timing camshaft gears both required replacement due to failure that resulted in a very loud clatter on start up. There was a service bulletin out on it and the repair was done on warranty. This required two visits since they only r”

Carol B., MI (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“It presented as loud noise at start up sounding like the old fashioned valve clatter. The problem was known and was caused by the cam shaft gear. I had one repaired and the problem persisted. They then replaced a different one and that fixed the problem. Soon after that repair I noticed a hot oil smell and found oil sprayed all over the fire wall. Turned out that in the second repair the valve cover gasket had been damaged. I had it towed into the dealer and they fixed that and cleaned up the o”

Carol B., MI (2010 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Muffler

“The muffler was making a loud rattling noise when it was idling”

Kim O., UT (2010 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“muffler rusted out and leaking and need to be replaced”

Anonymous, WA (2010 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Catalytic converter

“both failed at 20k”

Anonymous, WV (2010 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

“Dealer diagnosed rattle as "we need a new transmission". A good local auto repair shop said it's the heat shield - cheap to fix”

Anonymous, FL (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Engine computer

“Vehicle was included in the Smart Stop Technology update. Engine computer was re-set in August 2014. Rav4 is not the same vehicle after that update. Very slow acceleration, lower transmission shifting, low gear shifting ratio and terrible gas mileage”

Anonymous, AK (2010 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

“I had an engine senor malfunction, which resulted in the computer shutting down the cruise control, anti-slide and 4 wheel capacity. $500 to repair, and within 200 kms another sensor went. Not covered by warranty - they want another $500”

Anonymous, ON (2010 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“Check engine light; Faulty oxygen sensor”

Anonymous, AB (2010 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

“Had to replace the oil pan to replace the failing threads on the oil drain plug”

Anonymous, AZ (2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)
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