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 11 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 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.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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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.

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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 2011 Toyota RAV4 owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"Needed brakes"

Raymond E., TX (2011 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Noises and a grinding sound"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Calipers

"One of the front calipers froze up causing excessive brake pad wear and rotor warping"

Anonymous, GA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"The mechanic told me that the calipers did not release properly causing more wear on the brake pads."

P M., ON (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

"Caliper bolts stuck and did not release causing uneven wear."

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Rear calipers freeze up due to corrosion."

Robert A., NY (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The dealer suggested brake repair at an inspection."

Marilyn T., WA (2011 Toyota RAV4 3.5-L V6)

"Seized. Replacement necessary"

Richard E., NL (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Broke loose and scrapped loudly when stopping. When on highway it was OK to get home, no noise at all."

Anonymous, WI (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Replace"

Anonymous, MI (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

"Normal wear. We're machined to normal"

Anonymous, MA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The pads seem to wear out more quickly but it may also be that I now live in an area with more stop lights!"

Linda S., OR (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Calipers froze"

Anonymous, MA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)
Normal routine brake wear

"replaced front pads at 30k miles, totally unusual for me as i expect 100k"

Ron M., AZ (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"We live in a very hilly area. About 1/3 of the driving distance is downhill needing braking.which wears out the brakes"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Needed front brake job; only concern was expense"

Alan C., MN (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"just needed new brakes"

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"normal brake wear after 40000miles"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"It has 52000 miles I think its time for some brake work. It starting to make noise when applying the brake like metal : )"

L G., FL (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced brake pads"

Edward K., NJ (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"brake noise"

Don H., ON (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Breaks wearing down causing squeeking sound and having to push futher down on break foot"

Sheilla D., ON (2011 Toyota RAV4 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced rear brakes at 70000 miles"

Anonymous, CT (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"The rear brakes made noise and were replaced"

Anonymous, ME (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"When foot on brake, it began softening with brake pedal going down closer to the floor"

Nancy B., NC (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"routine wear required replacement of brake pads and front rotors"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"none"

Anonymous, MA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"The high cost to have just the two rear brakes replaced-$750.00."

Anonymous, OH (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Even though the brakes were noisy, they worked well in the snow and rain."

Anonymous, WA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Car was not driven and sat in parking lot for 3 months during winter. Brakes had never been replaced, but after this idle period calipers, brake lining, and rotors needed replacement/work"

June D., MI (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Faster than anticipated/normal wear as breaks has to be redone after 38000 km use."

Christian S., NU (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to replace brakes in the back"

Anonymous, MA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Excessive cost for rear brakes replacement==two brakes replaced plus oil change==$730.00. Maybe this is normal for modern automotive shop but it is too much for me! I should have done the work myself. I did not get, ask for, an estimate before the work was done."

Richard B., OH (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)
Parking brake

"The parking brake had slack in the cable on one side and would not pass inspection without a new cable. The cable cost $300 but cost over $500 to install it as the whole console area has to come apart in order to connect the cable to the handle"

David G., NS (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Sticking on / non release"

Anonymous, OH (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"I've tested the parking brake by placing the car in neutral while parking on a hill. It won't keep the car from rolling back. I have to put the transmission in PARK to prevent movement."

Anonymous, ME (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The parking brake cable got stuck because I had not used it in the last year. The vehicle has 95,000 miles on it. The same thing happened on my 2002 Toyota Highlander and on my 2006 Toyota Avalon, all at about 95,000 miles!"

Curtis H., NY (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Brake didn't release in the rear driver's side wheel. Burning smell. Had to call AAA and have car towed to service facility. Without car for 1.5 days. $500 + cost to fix. Had to have cable assembly replaced."

Anonymous, ME (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"parking brake would engage periodically while driving producing a strong vibration"

Don H., ON (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

"Brakes wear out with normal use within 25000 miles"

Anonymous, NC (2011 Toyota RAV4)

"While Toyota has not found any problems thus far, there is a squeaking and shimmying when I apply the brakes. I actually have an appointment for the tech to do a test drive"

Phyllis R., CA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Front disks and pads replaced for 600.$"

Richard C., QC (2011 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Front rotors replaced and rear brakes serviced at 48,000km maintenance. This was covered by the Toyota 3yr/60000km warranty"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The brake pads were replaced at about 1/2 of the expected life"

Linda P., GA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"there was a piece of metal in one of the pads causing me to replace the pad sooner than normal"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"sensrs grind"

Anonymous, AZ (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"This car's brakes wore out far sooner than any other car we've owned. So much so, the dealer gave us new brakes, free"

Dotty K., VT (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Early wear out of brake pads; rear pads in particular were worn out at about 40,000 miles"

Anonymous, CO (2011 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Front and back rotors and front pads wore out very early"

Dennis S., PA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Front brakes replaced at 30000 miles"

Anonymous, CT (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"This car needed new tires at 17,000 miles and new brake pads and rotors at 40,000 miles after very gentle driving. I'm very disappointed"

Ted M., WV (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

"Car housed outside but brakes drums should last longer. Has a history of premature oxidation."

Richard P., PA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Pads and rotors were replaced at 34,000 miles and then again at 63000 miles. I've never had to replace pads and rotors so often on any other car I've had including 5 Toyotas."

T W., OH (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Milage 16 miles per gallon!"

Susan E., MD (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Front breaks wore faster than anticipated by my mechanic and dealership."

Christian S., NU (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"We have had to change the brake pads on this vehicle 4x since its purchase in Dec 2014. It may be related to communting with frequent stop and go traffic."

Anonymous, GA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Brakes wore out quick"

Mike M., FL (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"at 40000 miles brakes did not perform at top level"

Anonymous, VA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Should get longer life out of front discs"

Anonymous, CT (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"new brakes needed; did not help squeaking"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Front brake pads 90 percent worn at 38,000 miles"

Anonymous, MA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Clicking and rubbing noise that resulted in three days of repair work to the differential and other major suspension repair. Unfortunately it is still not fixed though Toyota did cover it under my warranty. Some odd problem"

Anonymous, MO (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Needed new pads/rotor after 40000 . not bad but I usually get 60000 miles"

Joseph L., NY (2011 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)
Pulsation or vibration

"brakes were pulsating and vibrating at all speeds. Pads and rotors and some hardware had to be replaced."

T W., OH (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Regular brake failure

"normal brake wear]"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"just regular wear and tear or normal brake job"

Paul L., MA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Rotors

"The front passenger brake rotor keeps warping. I have had to have it replaced three times because the vibration becomes so bad it shakes the whole car when braking down hill"

Gary N., WA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Rotors needed replacement too soon at 45000 miles"

Anonymous, MA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

"I did not get any warning sound on brakes and front Rotors got damaged in less than 10000 miles."

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Aftermarket Chinese steel rotors don't hold up. I have since gone to better made rotors."

Anonymous, OH (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Router was in such poor shape it could not be re-cut and had to be replaced"

Richard P., PA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"My brakes wore out and the rotors need to be replaced as well"

Mel M., MD (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaking

"When hard brAking, makes loud noises, checking on line shows many people complain, and dealer says no problem"

Anonymous, SC (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"A rather noisy car. Brake router particularly so. (Even when nearly new.)"

Richard P., PA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The brakes have been noisy since the day we bought it. Last year we had the brakes replaced for normal wear and now they squeak worse than when we brought it. After several trips to the dealership they say there’s nothing they can do about it."

Anonymous, WA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I hear a loud squeak while braking when beginning to drive, but after a short distance, it goes away. I had the rear rotors replaced in December of last year to pass inspection, but the squeaking persists. The car slows and stops just fine though."

Anonymous, ME (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Squeaking brakes following service at Toyota."

Anonymous, AZ (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Just squeaking from worn out brakes--normal wear-out squeak."

Richard B., OH (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Brakes chirping needed replacement"

Anonymous, MA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Lose break pad. Found it was warn so I had both replaced as a precaution"

Anonymous, WI (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

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

"Camera did not work. Dealer claimed was not in warranty. Screw you pal"

Fred P., SC (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"1. Camera is easily jolted out of position causing rear view picture to show area to side of car instead of back of car. 2. picture on screen became very dim and required camera repair again"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

"Backup camera failed. Toyota replaced it at no charge"

Anonymous, IA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"The camera system started working intermittently close to years after purchase. It stopped working completely 4 months after warranty when I had 42000 km on the vehicle. Repair costs were 1100 Canadian. I paid it all"

Steven C., ON (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Since I purchased the vehicle, the backup camera tends to go to blue screen or blank when external temp. is cold (winter). It works in warmer temps"

Anonymous, AB (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Backup camera display comes on solid blue, then goes blank when car is is reverse"

Anonymous, ME (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Camera went out completely and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, WI (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Backup camera performance became erratic. Wiring was repaired"

Anonymous, SK (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Camera quit working. Told it was about $800 to fix. ridiculous for how poor quality the camera was to begin with"

Anonymous, MN (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)
CD player

"It has happened twice now - first the display screen doesn't work. Then it will not play CDs. I do a lot of books on CD when driving. Factory-installed. They have replaced twice"

Anne W., NY (2011 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Player failed could not play or eject discs"

Anonymous, MA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

"eject CD/DVD erroneously when system is switched from radio to CD sometimes"

Anonymous, CO (2011 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

"wouldn't eject properly, they replaced the unit"

Tim M., ON (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"CD Player does not work"

David P., NY (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The CD player may sometimes spontaneously eject the CD"

Mark M., NC (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The CD/stereo system failed and was replaced, under warranty, by Toyota"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

"it won't work, when it did work it seemed to get hot"

Nathan M., PA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"CD player will not play nor does the display light up"

Anonymous, AE (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"2nd time. The radio started cutting out, as well as CD player. It turned on check engine lights, and stalled the car, twice"

Rick S., OR (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"CD player jammed permanently and pushes CDs back out when you try to load them"

Tim V., NY (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"CD player start ejecting CDs randomly and there is no way to make it stop until the player is empty"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

"The display become unreadable in hot weather."

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

"CDs get stuck; CD player does not keep the disk in the player and usually ejects; CD player totally does not work"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Started skipping on CDs. I replaced the Radio/CD player with an aftermarket system."

Anonymous, VA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"CD player doesn't eject , which I can't use. Had this problem fo r4 + years"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The display on the radio goes crazy several times a month and ejects out the stored DVD"

Anonymous, CO (2011 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Radio failed when the car was first purchased, replacement works erratically and unexpectedly when buttons are pushed. For instance, pressing the FF button when listening to a CD may cause it to eject"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen difficult to see

"The screen will randomly give gibberish symbols"

Mark M., NC (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen freezes up

"When it is hot out the display screen just shows random images"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Screen goes to unreadable numbers and text or is completely unreadable with non text or numbers"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Touch screen stopped functioning which in turn made any operation that called for touch input useless. The dealer told me that the fault was the operator's and it would be replaced at my expense. The screen was cracked but it was so because I pushed too hard on it when it stopped functioning."

Ronald W., MA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"The back up camera no longer works. I tried replacing the rear view mirror(which contains the screen)and it made no difference. I took it to the Toyota shop and was told it would be very expensive to repair as they would have to tear the car apart (time and materials)"

Mike H., WI (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"After vehicle has been up and running for about an hour the radio display screen freezes or goes blank. It returns to normal after car has been turned off and cools down"

Jack T., ON (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Stereo freezes and randomly eject cds"

Anonymous, ID (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)
Display screen goes blank

"About 2 years after I purchased the vehicle, I started having issues with the screen for my satellite radio/CDplayer unit. It would be unreadable. Now, in the last year, it will go blank. It's a problem that comes and goes. Also, at times, I will press a saved station button, and the CD player will come on. There seems to be some sort of short in the satellite radio system. It's annoying at the time, but nothing I would pay money to get fixed, since the radio will still work, it just doesn't display."

Melissa B., GA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Recurring problem since a couple years after purchasing the vehicle. The radio has been replace by the dealer twice and it is doing it again but this time out of warranty."

Anonymous, AZ (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"jumbled letters cannot read display, start spitting out CD's simultaneasly"

Anonymous, PA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"The radio display screen goes blank and the buttons don't function well. Happens intermittently"

Matthew C., CA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"intermittently the screen goes blank or looks like ink spots"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"When hot in the cabin the radio display goes blank"

Anonymous, CO (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Radio will turn off occasionally when changing stations. It will occasionally start a loaded CD when changing radio station"

Anonymous, PA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"There is nothing wrong with the speakers when radio or CD is used. However, when MP3 is plugged into the AUX, sometimes, only the left speaker responds"

Anonymous, CO (2011 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

"3.5 jack socket is very poor design. Rather than replace installed new radio with 3.5 socket included."

Richard P., PA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"1. NAV suddenly loses sight of where you are and shows you spinning around in one place. 2. NAV freezes up and requires you to turn off car and restart to "reboot" NAV system. 3. NAV system loses correct time and is therefore unable to display a pr"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

"difficult to use, can't operate when vehicle is moving (even with a passenger present), occasionally gives wrong directions"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Not accurate. Updates have to be paid for. Software nothing like smart phone nav apps. AWFUL system"

James V., FL (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The in-dash navigation system is seriously out of date and inaccurate (cannot find some addresses, locates them a few blocks away) and the dealership was not open to providing an upgrade or warranty the upgrade CD for $69"

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Bluetooth did' work properly"

Anonymous, IL (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Phone pairing is not reliable. Phone will pair when 1st entering vehicle but will not pair again if the phone is removed and then brought back"

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Although the car paired with my Samsung Galaxy S5 initially, it stopped recognizing it and refuses to pair with it. Toyota does not acknowledge that it is a problem with the vehicle so does not attempt to repair it"

Anonymous, AB (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Will not pair easily. Reception terrible. Works in very narrow reception area"

James V., FL (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Several times, the system has lost pairing with the phone, and it has to be paired again. This is annoying, but it highlights the real problem with the terrible software for this system. I am a computer professional, and I seldom encounter software that is so unclear, convoluted, and frustrating."

Anonymous, TN (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Radio

"The radio stopped working simultaneous to the system "eating" my CD...taking and not returning. Transmissions were garbled"

Anne W., NY (2011 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

"display scrambled"

David B., IA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The radio would turn off when I changed stations.The car was under warranty, so I had it replaced at the dealer, and the new one is doing the same thing!"

Anonymous, AZ (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"radio replacement under my warranty, the radio lights went out"

John B., OH (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Pressing preset buttons turns radio off. Pressing the dashboard caused the display to turn off"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Radio display problems -- garbled characters, radio shuts off unexpectedly"

Stephen L., CA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Radio preset buttons don't work. Goes back to original channel. If you repeat the screen goes blank or the radio turns off"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Radio has the following intermittent problems: Turns off when station is selected and display shows random characters/"

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Radio shuts off intermittently when changing channels. Since it is intermittent it is impossible to fix"

Stephen P., NY (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The factory radio has been replaced twice. On the third radio. It has started malfunctioning. They are not replaced with new radios but are replace with "refurbished" units. Still had data (phone numbers) from the last owner of the "refurbished" radi"

Anonymous, AZ (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"The display screen problem is also linked to the radio. There are times that I can't turn my radio on. can't change the channel or volume. Twice I've changed from fm to disc. and the entire system (in dash radio/CD) shut down. Irritating but the in relationship to the car being almost trouble free, I would still buy the car again."

Anonymous, OK (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The radio in this car has been a problem since purchased. Poor reception"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"The radio would quit working if you hit a bump and was staticky and finally stopped working"

Anonymous, AK (2011 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Radio display occasionally (randomly) disappears"

Anonymous, NV (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

"Not able to change stations when car has run for about an hour in the heat of a summer day"

Jack T., ON (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Radio won't turn on when it's too cold outside; turns off when selecting preset station"

Lance M., NV (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"When I push one of the choices for the satellite radio, like XM or FM, I get the message "no disc" and the radio turns off. Also, sometimes the digital display looks like someone tried to erase the display, as the display is completely blurred"

Arvid J., KS (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Radio replaced 3 times under warranty. They give you "remanufactured" radios. One of the replacements still had the prior owner's phone numbers stored in it!!! I don't think they actually do anything to the "remanufactured" radios other than rebox an ship to a new unsuspecting owner. The current radio, which is now out if warranty, is having problems. Toyota is about 10 years behind the other car manufacturers in consumer electronics - very behind the times"

Anonymous, AZ (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Digital screen does not display correctly half the time. It goes blank and often does not have any numbers of stations and not easy to use the satellite radio too it's full capacity"

Anonymous, MO (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Radio screen goes blank when hot in cabin"

Anonymous, CO (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)
Routine software updates

"The Check engine light and AWD light is on"

Anonymous, IL (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 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 or water leaks

"Small Coolant depletion noticed by steam under the hood."

Anonymous, IL (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Water pump needed replacing: Cost about $1000"

Anonymous, AB (2011 Toyota RAV4 3.5-L V6)

"Water pump had to be replaced"

Anonymous, PA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"The design of the condensate drain for the air conditioning allows mice in very easily. This has happened 5 times since we purchased the vehicle. The vermin block the drain and which then causes the condensate to leak onto the floorboards. We have had four other vehicles on the property and the RAV4 is the only one that allows mice into the interior"

Anonymous, VA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"The rear output shaft seal is leaking; will be replacing both shortly (May or June 2015). There were spots in my garage this winter where it was leaking out oil or whatever they have in there for lubricant I imagine"

Richard S., MN (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Sun roof leaked during automatic car wash. When i complained Toyota CA recommended a number of soloutions over a one year period with little or no solution found. Finally toyota send 2 engineers from their office and resulted in them stating the"

Marshall B., MB (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Driver side window fell into door while driving!"

Susan E., MD (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Driver door seal / weather stripping unsatisfactory due to wind noise at highway speeds, some times. This adds to the cabin noise during highway travel making normal conversation sometimes difficult."

Mary M., WA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"water leaks from somewhere and wets the rear storage compartment."

Marion B., GA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Access to cabin from engine compartment makes it accessible to critters etc. and this is a design fault that Toyota fails to recognize as their problem"

Anonymous, BC (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The stripping and trim around the front windshield has always been misaligned - not so much that the windshield leaks, though; it's more of a cosmetic issue, I think"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"At my last oil change they said I had a grade 1 (low level) leak in my rear differential. I have not noticed any fluid on the garage floor and I didn't check under the car. They said it was not serious at this time and didn't warrant repair, but mentioned it so I could keep an eye on it. Repair is estimated at $600"

Anonymous, WA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

"squeaks and rattles due to loose hinges on rear gate"

Steve M., OH (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"I don't know if it's because there is a rear tire on the rear door but there seems to be more rattling then expected"

Phyllis R., CA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Incessant rattling of the rear gate as soon as the car begins moving. Dealer could not solve problem. Finally solved it myself by tightening the rear gate catch mount screws in the door and applying light lubricant to the door seal"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"car has had rattles since new"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Seems like rattling comes from the rear. Either the spare wheel assembly or a plastic cover in the rear storage area"

Anonymous, NH (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Squeaks coming from rear of car, especially when traveling over bumpy roads"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Annoying rattles and vibrations inside car in doors and dash"

Anonymous, GA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Wind noise, moldings inside car rattle, seats rattle"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"In dash rattling"

Dale R., NL (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rattle [really sounded like radio static w/o the radio on] noise in right side of dash. This occurred in weather freezing and below"

Anonymous, VA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"The back cabin area of this car rattles and squeaks horribly. It started shortly after I bought the car and has never been resolved even after 4 service visits to try and resolve"

Anonymous, OR (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"it is starting to make annoying rattling and squeaking noises,also can hear road noises"

Nathan M., PA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear seat rattling squeaky noise when driving."

Anonymous, IL (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Sun roof rattles, but still operates okay and doesn't leak."

Anonymous, MN (2011 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"loose underpart"

Anonymous, ME (2011 Toyota RAV4)

"It's just noisy. Seems to have a squeak in the back."

Frederick R., VT (2011 Toyota RAV4)

"rear right rattling and squeaking that cannot be isolated and fixed by various mechanics"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Has more squeaks than I would have expected for a Toyota"

Anonymous, MA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"periodic rattle that dealer service can't seem to diagnose"

Anonymous, CT (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Squeaking brakes immediately following routine maintenance on car at dealership. Returned to dealership and was told unable to find source. Squeaking intermittent. Over warmer weather squeaking increased in frequency. Took car to another Toyota specialist. Was told this was common in RAV 4's in these models, 2011 and beyond. After getting on Internet, found this is common and only reasonable explanation was brake parts were of these models were of poorer quality and is a known problem by Toyota. Will never return to the dealership for they were aware of this squeaking for years. I feel they should have been more honest with me. I drove a 1990 Camry for 191/2 yrs. and never had an issue with this model."

Anonymous, AZ (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Both visors and the driver exit handle rattle with the lest little bump in the road"

Anonymous, MN (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Rear door latch squeaks on bumpy roads"

Steven S., PA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Mechanic has been unable to find the source, but the car has a metallic rattle between 40 & 50 mph. In general the interior of this car has always been noisier than average, including highway and wind noise"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"persistent rattle from the rear which cannot be identified"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The transmission/rear differential displayed the whine that has been common among these vehicles. Dealer installed sound insulation to repair the problem. The whine is greatly diminished, but not inaudible"

Steve M., OR (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Something in the rear of the car, likely under the body, or in the body panels, is loose, shifty, scratchy, and annoying. On smooth roads or around town, never an issue, but on long trips with varying road conditions, it always emerges and annoys"

Anonymous, NM (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"The sun roof mechanism rattles a bit"

Anonymous, MN (2011 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The dash rattles. The rear head rest rattles because the plastic guide for the head rest came out of the back seat"

Joseph S., KS (2011 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Rattes after going over bumps in the rear cargo area"

Steve M., FL (2011 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)
Wind noise

"Have to turn the radio up high due to wind & road noise"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"lots of wind noise from drivers side and back door. Also terrific road noise on highway"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"At speeds above 70 a lot of wind noise"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Wind noise then at highway speeds tire noise!"

Anonymous, IN (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"previous comment reflects the cabin noise due to wind sounds secondary to weather stripping / door seal failure."

Mary M., WA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Drivers side door weather seal defect. Currently awaiting parts and followup call to schedule replacement."

Anonymous, ID (2011 Toyota RAV4 3.5-L V6)

"rear window or door not sealed"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The car is so noisy that it is difficult to hear anyone speaking, and I have to turn the radio so loud it’s damaging my hearing"

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Back left door/ window always has wind noise"

Anonymous, MA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Loud vibrations around the vehicle when it reaches about 60 mi/h (90km/h)"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"This model consisently has excessive road and wind noise"

Anonymous, WA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

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

Alignment

"Uneven tire wear resulting in the need for front end alignment"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Previous info."

Anonymous, OR (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Rear adjustment were very difficult and required expensive after market parts"

Anonymous, OR (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)
Ball joints

"Noisy and need replacement"

Anonymous, AB (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Front wheel ball/bearings needed to be replaced; technician said the struts will be next in about 6 mos"

Anonymous, NM (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)
Bushings

"Body squeaks going over speed bumps"

Anonymous, AZ (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"same as previous"

Debbie T., PA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"This is a heavy truck with big hravy tires and wheels and tends to be hard on sway bar bushings. With normal wear and tear expect only 4 to 5 years depending on your mileage"

Anonymous, CO (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)
Shocks or struts

"The driver side rear shock started leaking and needed replacing as it was not functioning properly"

Anonymous, CO (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Horrible ride, noisy, bumpy, ugh"

Gregory W., TX (2011 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Rear shock absorbers started leaking"

Anonymous, AZ (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"After noticing a wet area approximately four inches in diameter on the floor of the garage, I took the vehicle to my mechanic to confirm my suspicion that a shock had failed. It was the left rear shock. I did not have the dealership replace the shock"

Anonymous, GA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"One leaking shock absorber"

Anonymous, NV (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

"1 shock leak both I had to change both"

Anonymous, QC (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced rear shocks (under warranty)"

Jack T., ON (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"one of the shocks came unbolted"

Anonymous, MD (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"normal wear, at 80k"

Anonymous, AZ (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"One of the rear ones leaked, so replaced both of them"

Anonymous, WI (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"leaking rear shock"

Anonymous, PA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"They just wore over time."

Anonymous, CO (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Needed both front stats replaced"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Not sure what the problem was, but it cost $1,200 to repair."

Anonymous, MN (2011 Toyota RAV4)

"The ride of this vehicle is horrible. Would not purchase a new one because of this issue."

Anonymous, MA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"rear shock leaking - very expensive to have replaced at dealer"

Francis M., NY (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Premature failure (@20k miles) of one strut and one shock"

Anonymous, MN (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Leaky rear shock absorber"

Anonymous, NE (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced Struts"

Robert P., AZ (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Rear shocks leaking fluid. Out of warranty, replaced at my expense"

James E., MO (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Rear shocks R&R at 45000 miles"

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to replace both rear shocks after one started leaking"

Anonymous, WI (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"My Toyota dealer said during my last inspection that they were leaking and needed to be replaced at a cost of $492"

Mark B., VA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"leaking shock"

Anonymous, PA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"One of the rear shock leaked"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"One of the shocks was broken & leaking oil. So we had them replaced"

Anonymous, CO (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Springs or torsion bars

"Rear end noise with cornering. Stabilzer bar needed to be replaced."

Anonymous, OH (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"C/V joint was leaking. Couldn't remove axle due to corrosion in box. Repaired on second try. Was told that this was a very unusual situation (which I accepted)."

David M., AB (2011 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)
Steering wheel vibration

"made noise, swayed while driving, uneven tire wear. Important to note that I originally took my RAV4 to the Toyota dealer where it was purchased. They insisted there was, no problem other than bad tires. The problem persisted. I took the auto to a private mechanic and the problems were discovered and rectified. The moral of the story; avoid mechanics who refuse to LISTEN to your complaints or practice the art of satisfying the expectations of the company, not the customer."

Debbie T., PA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The steering wheel would shake especially with sharper turns. It affected the turning radius as well. They said eventually the steering would stop working if it wasn't fixed but it wasn't an urgent safety issue to fix. Maybe it was the steering rod or something that had to be replaced specifically; don't remember but it was expensive!"

Anonymous, OR (2011 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Tire wear is uneven

"The rear right wheel was out of adjustment. there was no way to adjust the rear suspension so I had to have an after market adjustment installed $700.00"

Anonymous, OR (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)
Wheel bearings

"had to replace two Wheel bearings, one at 60k the other at 80k"

Anonymous, AZ (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Worn out and made a lot of noise"

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Both front wheel bearings went bad over the course of two years. One at about 90K and the second at 105 K. Both times the car was still drivable but the noise was bad."

Edwin K., FL (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Wheel bearings are supposed to last a lifetime. My front driver side wheel bearing and hub assembly had to be replaced because it was causing a cyclical sound when driving and dealership mentioned that it was failing. The good thing is that replacing the part fixed the noise issue and the vehicle drives better. Since then, I have had another issue with - once in a while - vibrations from the driver side of the car. Not sure if wheel bearings or some other component. Took to dealership and they mentioned it is because of ice trapped. That looks like the culprit but I would know for sure only after driving the car through this summer. In any case, it is unsettling to know that a car you purchased because of its apparent reliability ratings has started to show problems at just 7 years of its life."

Roshin K., MA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Wheel bearing went bad, was replaced"

Anonymous, TN (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Noisy and need replacement"

Anonymous, AB (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"Front bumper cover screws popped off and both sides are sticking out a little. Dealer says it was hit but I don't think so as same thing happened on my 2006 RAV4 and neither have any indication of being bumped. I believe it is undersized or under e"

James B., ME (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

"Broken clip on rear driver side window belt molding, causing leak into door (by rain, car wash, etc.). Unknown cause for broken clip. I just noticed it sticking out one day"

Anonymous, TN (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"front right fender came loose due to car wash machine"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"The RAV4 appears to be clicked together like a tinker toy and clips keep coming undone on front fenders"

Anonymous, NL (2011 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"trim on the front A pillar came loose"

Daniel B., NT (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Paint chipping and rust around rear door opening"

Gregory R., AB (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The rear fender flairs are subject to much debris. I have had them painted 3 times. The car has mud flaps and is driven mostly on paved roads. I think it is a poor design"

Michael S., PA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"The paint started chipping early in my ownership of the car. The paint on my previous car, a Toyota Highlander, did the same thing. I did not have the same problem with a previously owned Nissan. This doesn't seem to be a problem on our present Ni"

Anonymous, TN (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"rear wheel outer trim is peeling on driver side"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint peeled off the roof above the windshield"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Hail damage was highly apparent and very costly"

John T., CO (2011 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I know why the paint is falling off of my CHEVROLET but I would expect that problem to be resolved by 2011."

Stephen T., FL (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The clear coat is peeling most around the top rim of the car where the sides and the top of the car meet."

Susan M., VA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Massive areas of pain delaminating from primer undercoat, color is Blizzard white. Have read of others with the same issue, but Toyota does not consider the issue systemic. Paint actually blows of the car in sheets during windy weather"

Robert D., NH (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"In small areas of the Vehicle over the last 1 1/2 years, the paint has been blistering and peeling off to the metal. I bought the vehicle new and according to all paint shop that I have visited, it is due to the way that Toyota did the prep for the paint. I paid out of pocket in at least 4 instances to correct the problem on the drivers door, hood, roof at the front by my moon roof and now have the problem in a spot at the bottom of the rear gate window. The dealer and toyota have refused any responsibility for the defect in the paint application. I have the more expensive pearl white paint. This is the only problem I have encountered on this vehicle."

Anonymous, PA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Paint has completely disappeared in several places on the car and continues to do so"

Sue M., KY (2011 Toyota RAV4 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"In January, the paint peeled right off the rear left quarter panel in patches. It also peeled a smaller patch in the front of the roof. On a windy night, there were sheets of white paint all over my lawn. Toyota has refused to repaint it. I’ve been told by three body shops that it appears there is no primer on it! I paid an addl amount for “pearlized blizzrd” and have read that others have had problems with that color."

Ruth R., PA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Paint peeling at hood, no repairs or odd chemicals ever done there. Paint fine elsewhere."

Anonymous, TX (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint spontaneously peeled from a few spots on the car including the top. These are not stone chips because they are large and the paint peeled leaving the primer intact. Toyota insisted that it was a maintenance problem. Not sure what I would have done to maintain paint!"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited)

"Paint peeling off on roof in spots ranging from 2 square inches to 1/2 square inch. Dealer claims I let bird poop sit too long on those areas of roof. I strongly disagree"

W H., NJ (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Small area of paint peeling on roof + seems to have rust marks in roof paint. Car has been kept outside since new"

Anonymous, NC (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"approx 3 inch circle area of gas cap is cracking"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Paint peeled off top of vehicle.Also peeled paint near back door and fuel door"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Car needs a paint job, paint failed after car went out of warranty. Paint coming off roof and hood, door trim rusted"

Jerrie G., FL (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Front of roof, paint began to peel. This is a systemic problem because another white Rav 4 in my area had the same problem"

Jason B., PA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint started peeling between windshield and sunroof about 10 months ago. Got online and saw that it was a common problem with the pearl white paint. The dealer or Toyota refuses to help. With the number of cars with this problem it's obviously a manufacturing defect. I don't want to spend the $1500 to have it fixed not knowing if the peeling may occur somewhere else. Can you help"

Ray F., AZ (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)
Rust

"Some rust appearing in area of chipped paint around rear door opening"

Gregory R., AB (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Small spots of rust are appearing. Minor at this point"

Anonymous, PA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rusting under the rubber cover on the driver and passenger rocker panels. Sand has accumulated and scratched the paint under the rubber cover leading to rust and perforation"

David H., ON (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rust formed in door sills even with rust protection package. Toyota CA hopefully will address but disappointed as car is only 4 years old and well maintained"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"front door sills rusted after about 4 years. repaired by after market insurance. overall paint finish substandard. should have complained right after purchase."

Anonymous, NY (2011 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

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"fuel canister/vapor vent system--failed air pump"

Anonymous, IL (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Check engine light with codes indicating issues with the charcoal canister"

Steve M., OR (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"The charcoal canister for fuel tank emissions had to be retrofitted and replaced to prevent recurrence of problem with fuel getting into the canister. It has been replaced twice before."

Anonymous, SK (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"dash warning lights indicated a problem. I took it to the dealer who said it was EGR. Dealer said it would not effect the performance of the car which it has not but the dash lights stay on continously. Dealer indicated it would cost over a $1000 to fix it which I have not."

Larry T., NC (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The dealership garage indicated it was an emissions problem but it wouldn't affect the car's performance. It hasn't but the check engine light and auto LSD light comes on when car is turned on so if there is another engine problem, I won't know it till it's fixed. Its too expensive to fix with quoted repair cost >$1000."

Larry T., NC (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel cap

"Flashing lights on the dashboard, LSD disabled because of a computer "problem" related to the fuel tank, cap or charcoal canister. Fuel tank and cap have been replaced. Shop says canister is OK. Seems to be a common problem with Toyota trucks of this age"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The release lever for the fuel cap failed to open the cover(cable broke?). I was lucky to be able to drive to the dealership for a repair, as there is no other way to open the fuel door if the release lever fails"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)
Fuel gauge/sender

"The Toyota dealership said if the vehicle does not get fixed, it will get to the point that it no longer can accept fuel."

Susan M., VA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel injection system

"gas pedal sudden acceleration and unable to undo it other than braking and turn off fthe key to the motor. It happen 4 times. Toyota looked at it twice First they said after market rugs caused it and second they could't find a problem but it hasn't"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel pump

"We noticed a strange noise coming from the engine, so we made an appointment to have it checked. It was diagnosed as the fuel pump and we had the dealer replace it."

John J., NC (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Fuel pump failed"

Mike M., FL (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Failure of oxygen sensor at 40000 miles"

Anonymous, GA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Both O2 sensors malfunctioned and had to be replaced. No problem with the O2 level in the car"

Anonymous, MD (2011 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Sensors had to be replaced"

Edward K., NJ (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"2 O2 sensors replaced at 38190 miles - actually January 2014 for $315"

Anonymous, VT (2011 Toyota RAV4 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Two of the sensors went bad. The diagnostic system could only tell one was bad at a time so it took 2 trips to get it fixed and cost approx $800. I have never had this problem with a car this new"

Stephen P., NY (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Check engine light with our indicators came on. Had to ne taken back 3 times before corrected under warrenty"

Anonymous, VA (2011 Toyota RAV4 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Sensor broke. Took 3 separate trips to the dealership to get repair correct"

Anonymous, IL (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Check engine light came on. One O2 sensor was replaced then the light went out a few weeks latter the light came on again and the second O2 sensor had to be replaced. Working ok now"

Glenn S., ON (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Sensor near the gas tank had to be replaced because fuel somehow spilled on it"

Arthur T., VA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Combination of dashboard idiot lights came on. Code-reader said it was O2 sensor. Note that Toyota design stupidly turns off AWD when an exhaust O2 sensor fails, turning an emissions problem into a safety issue. Toyota replaced the sensor (not under warranty). Problem recurred within a week. Toyota replaced it again for free and it has not been a problem since."

Anonymous, WA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

"Numerous warning lights came on. All caused by a sensor/canister. $1000+ cost to fix."

Anonymous, ME (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Flashing light just came on 2 days ago"

Randy B., AZ (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"O2 sensor needed to be replaced at 40000 miles; normal replacement indicated at 75000; other Toyotas (my 2000 Avalon) didn't need sensors until 130000 miles"

Gary S., CA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

"needed replacement"

Anonymous, OH (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Was on a trip and multiple warning lights came on, including the "check engine light." The cruise control stopped working. Had to find a dealer in NC to run diagnostics and found out the O2 sensor had to be replaced"

Theodore H., PA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"The engine light came on and it was determined that an oxygen sensor needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, NY (2011 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

4WD/AWD components

"Noticeable whine in the rear differential developed a year ago, and Toyota says it is typical of this vehicle model and no problem and no fix"

Joe H., WA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine light showed problem w/ incline compensation feature"

Anonymous, MD (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Viscous coupler and drive shaft failure - fortunately we purchased extended warranty which covered these items"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)
Differential

"Rear differential axle seal leaking on the driver's side. I did the repair myself"

Anonymous, GA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"differential axel seal"

Anonymous, MI (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I had a vibration in the drive-train. Dealer said it was the front differential job that cost around $6000 after multiple visits, luckily financially covered under warranty, but the problem persists as if nothing had been done"

Ted M., WV (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

"slight oil leak"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Driver side rear differential seal leak."

Anonymous, AB (2011 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

"For the second time in 24,000 miles I had to have the seals in the rear differential replaced. While the dealer openly admitted that this was a frequent problem with this generation of RAV4 cars, neither the dealer or Toyota would do anything in the way of compensation for the issue."

David J., MN (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"According to the web, it is not uncommon for this (4 wheel drive) version to have rear differential seal leaks. Mine leaks."

Anonymous, IL (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Both needed to be replaced."

Steven C., ON (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"See previous related comment."

Anonymous, AE (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Both axle seals on the rear differential were moist with oil and so I replaced them. Covered by extended warranty"

Mary C., SK (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Car emitted a whine from the drivetrain at certain speeds. Later learned that the some vehicles of our model had a potential for bearing failure if emitting this sound. Had repaired under warranty"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Vehicle was repaired but it makes more noise than the 2010 which is nearly identical. That noise comes from the differential area of the RAV"

Jerry M., OK (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Differential pinion seal developed a leak. Replaced it"

Anonymous, SK (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)
Driveline vibration

"I briefly mentioned the vibration in my previous issue. Again, it happens only once in a while and then goes away if I slow down. It has happened only during the winter so far. The dealership has found no issues with the car in regular multi-point inspection and one service personnel mentioned it is probably because of ice trapped. I am not so sure of it. Since I cannot reproduce consistently, I cannot take it to service either. So sort of stuck. The vibration has happened at both low and high speeds. I am very concerned about the quality of the suspension and wheel systems of this SUV. But probably its the ice and the issue won't happen again."

Roshin K., MA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Driveline vibration resulted in the replacement of a drive shaft and the U-joint at the rear differential. From conversations with the service staff, I gained the impression that this was a known problem. It was covered under my extended warranty. A friend who has a 2008 RAV4 reported having the same problem at about the same time (95,000 km)"

Anonymous, NL (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Driveshaft or axle

"bad axle Toyota had to replace twice and second time Toyota Escondido wouldn't pay for it! never buy a Toyota again"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"had to replace drive shaft at 85,000 miles. toyota would do nothing to help. never had to do this and don't know any one who have had to do this. normally keep vehicles much longer than this. will not purchase another toyota product!!!"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Electrical failure

"The car would not start and would not start with a jump as it was not the battery. Once in repair shop, they had to re-adjust the computer system."

Anonymous, MN (2011 Toyota RAV4)

"The A/C relay went bad and had to be replaced."

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Electrical connector to AC compressor broke"

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)
Stability control (ESC)

"Brake relay module failed causing a cascade failure of Stability, 4 WD, cruise control,"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)
Transfer case

"Both my RAV 4s are almost identical. The 2011 had to have the tranfer case replaced under warrenty. It took a while and the road noise is louder than on the 2010--was not that way before the failure"

Jerry M., OK (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"The final drive system started making a noise and needed to be replaced. Covered by extended warranty"

Mary C., SK (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

Climate System

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

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"compressor clutch failed to engage"

Anonymous, DE (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"A/C never put out the cold air that I have experienced with other cars. Always had problems with cooling the car in the warmest summer days. Mentioned it many times while the care was in warranty but they always stated there wasn't anything wrong. To"

Anonymous, LA (2011 Toyota RAV4 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"AC did not work at all in the spring"

Thomas H., NJ (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I had the compressor replace under warranty 3 years ago. 6 months later the AC stopped working intermittently. Dealer was unable to determine the cause and this never has been fixed"

David P., NY (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"stuck valve"

Paul N., DE (2011 Toyota RAV4 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Works intermittently."

Anonymous, FL (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

"Compressor replacement"

William P., MA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"A/C stopped working. Coolant leaked out to to failed compressor. Had the compressor replaced yesterday. $1050."

Anonymous, IL (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"AC stopped cooling"

Anonymous, IL (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"AC compressor failed; northern climate, not many hours of use before failure; very expensive repair; local shop $1200"

Christopher C., NY (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to be completely replaced, vehicle had no AC last summer"

D F., NY (2011 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Compressor stopped working after less than a year of ownership.Vehicle was bought "certified" from Autonation. Not covered. Disappointed with purchase"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Automatic climate control

"no air conditioning"

Anonymous, OH (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Fan motor & sensor went bad"

Anonymous, AZ (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"During cold weather, it was hard for the defroster to keep the front and side windows clear."

Anonymous, NV (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Acc won't turn on automatically"

John S., TN (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)
Blower (fan) motor

"Currently in shop to be replaced because of burn out"

Anonymous, IL (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)
Evaporator

"The drain tube plugged up and my car's carpeting was drenched with water."

Anonymous, VA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

"System needed recharging"

David M., AB (2011 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

"The A/C would only cool intermittently and not effectively when it did cool. A reliable private shop did not find a problem, so it was taken to the dealer. The diagnosis was a small refrigerant leak that was not found. The dealer added refrigerant and a dye and told told us the watch for green fluid under the vehicle. That was more than a month ago, and, so far, the A/C seems to be working properly and no green fluid has been observed. There was no charge for the service at the private shop or the dealer."

Anonymous, MS (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Minor issue. About every 24 months coolant needs to be recharged. Used a coolant with a sealant as well. An easy fix for the problem. We live in Phoenix where the temp gets HIGH so A/C is critical and this problem is relatively minor weighed against the overall problem-free performance we've experienced with our simple, basic, Rav4"

Dan W., AZ (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Last year, while on a trip to florida, A/C became very weak. Toyota dealer said there was probably a leak in the system. We chose not to have it repaired (too costly). Recharged the system; has been working fine ever since"

Daniel B., NH (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

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

Body control module

"Corrosion in connectors in wiring harness"

David S., CA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Cruise control

"Caused by the corrosion in the connector in the wiring harness"

David S., CA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"My cruise control just stopped working"

Anonymous, OH (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Gauges

"instrument panel cluster needed replacing"

Anonymous, WI (2011 Toyota RAV4)

"Periodically when I start the car, three of the warning lights come on the vehicle. The 4 wheel drive light, the check engine soon light and the anti skid light. I don't think there is anything wrong with these systems as to why the lights come on. When these lights come on, I can't use cruise control. I will never buy another Toyota again."

Susan M., VA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The display lights are on when the lights are not in use, but when I turn the car lights on at dusk, the display lights darken."

L H., VA (2011 Toyota RAV4 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Headlights

"Fogged up head lights even when the car has not been through car wash. difficult to correct"

Anonymous, ND (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

"Low beam headlights are too low, can't see to safely drive"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Passenger headlight failed"

Lance M., NV (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Horn

"The entire steering wheel and air bag system had to be taken apart to get to the part that needed to be fixed for the horn, he cost well over $1,000"

Anonymous, IL (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)
Interior lights

"the interior lighting is NOT adequate..the back area is DARK at night ..lights are too small and in the wrong place to be helpful. Light on the swing out door is AWAY when open to have access to the back"

Rebecca F., NC (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Lights stay on all the time, lights for doors opened on all the time, I have to keep lights in off position."

Anonymous, VA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"My interior light will not turn off, my car thinks all my doors are open, unable to unlock back door now all of a sudden it opens but does not lock, sometimes I can't open my doors"

Theresa V., VA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Keyless entry

"the battery in the keyless goes dead way too quickly and without warining... also sometimes is not reliable"

Rebecca F., NC (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Actuator in the rear cargo door failed, and soon after we started getting intermittent failures in the actuators doors for the rear seats as well. Dealer wants about $700 per door to replace them, though it seems like it can be done much cheaper outside of the dealer, the actuators themselves appear to be available for purchase for about $60 a pop online. As part of that research, I came across a number of other people experiencing the same problem around the same time, and once one actuator goes, the other four all appear to fail within six or so months of each other."

Brian N., CA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

"When it's cold my car will not unlock with remote, back door would not unlock could not open now it opens won't lock"

Theresa V., VA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Tire pressure monitor

"Tire pressure gage light comes on frequently when the weather gets cold"

Anonymous, ND (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

"The monitor has not worked in 2 years I had removed cost to much to replace."

Anonymous, VA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Warning lights

"a couple warning lights came on (related) as the result of a sensor needing replacing"

Anonymous, WI (2011 Toyota RAV4)

"ENGINE ALL WHELL DRIVE LIGHTS. OPEN ALL DOORS AND CLOSED. LIGHTS WNT BYE BYE"

Terrance M., QC (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Wiper motor or washer

"Wiper motor failed and had to be replaced"

Rodney M., WI (2011 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Subject to a recall due to potential fire if water entered the motor assembly. Extensive time between notification of faulty condition and having a resolution"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 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

"From the first week I owned this new vehicle, it would randomly "pause" between 2nd & 3rd gear. Mechanic unable to duplicate it, so nothing has been recalled or "done". I have had some close calls; especially when entering high speed traffic from a"

Lynn D., MN (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The transmission would downshift when it should not have done so. The dealer had trouble diagnosing the problem and my local mechanic fixed it"

Edward B., DE (2011 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"tween 1st and 2nd gear when not rapidly accelarating noticed slipping"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Occasional hard shift in low shift ranges"

Anonymous, ME (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Slipping transmission

"Slipped tween 1st and 2nd gears and "whined" at around 60 mph"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"After a cold start the car will shift into too high a gear so acceleration is minimal for several seconds. Dealer can't reproduce the problem. Dangerous when pulling out a driveway or parking lot"

Anonymous, GA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"experienced slip only in reverse, had transmission serviced (fluid change at Toyota $$$) didn't help - still fine in all fwd gears"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission computer

"Software needed to be updated. Car was shifting erratically, but not dangerously. Update fixed the issue"

Greg B., RI (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

"NOISE AND UNEVEN SHIFTING.TOOK PREIMUM REPAIR SHOP 4 HOURS OF TESTING TO FIND AND FIX PROBLEM. NO PROBLEMS SINCE"

Michael P., AZ (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"noisy, sometimes uneven shifting.Slight reduction in fuel mileage. Diagnosed as computer settings not right after test drives and shop diagnostics ,reset computer. All problems resolved."

Michael P., AZ (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Computer told the car to go into reverse the first then back into reverse. Or the opposite depending on gear selection"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission leaks

"Had transmission flushed and fluid replaced. Car dealership, from whom I get almost all service (tires from Costco) never said anything about transmission fluid replacement as system is sealed and transmission problems very rare So got replacement fluid flush then six months later had to replace cap as was leaking with fluid topped off. Uncertain whether problems resolved or will need to sell or replace tranny."

Anonymous, TX (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The transmission was replaced in the first year following the purchase. In the present year shifting was wonky. (it was also wonky and fixed the previous year.) Toyota service looked deeper into the issue. indicated the replacement transmission was assembled improperly causing the slow leak."

Anonymous, VA (2011 Toyota RAV4)

"transmission rear seal leakage took dealer two attempts to correctly diagnose and permanently fix."

J P., CT (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Complained to dealer about small transmission leak for 3 years finally fixed 1 month before end of power train warranty"

Anonymous, QC (2011 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Always seems to be transmission problems in rav"

Anonymous, MN (2011 Toyota RAV4 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"A rear axle oils seal started leaking- second time in less than 25000 miles"

David J., MN (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

"transmission would not shift into overdrive"

John M., CO (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

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

Doors or sliding doors

"loose hinges on rear gate"

Steve M., OH (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"rear door latch broken. second time it needed to be replaced"

Marcia D., ME (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Locks and latches

"Electric Lock on tailgate failed. Could not close tailgate after opening. Very expensive to replace electric latch"

Anonymous, CO (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"The gas door would not pop open when the interior latch switch was used. This was fixed by bending the door spring outward a little. This returned the 'pop' back to the latch"

Anonymous, TN (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"Latch inside back door does not reset when door is opened. Dealer tried greasing it and said it that doesn't work they will have to fix it. Requires pulling latch back up with a screwdriver to close door. Although I have not seen it on my other RA"

James B., ME (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

"Tailgate latch sticks open and does not latch in very cold weather (-25 degrees or colder)"

Dean J., SK (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Had to replace tailgate latch mechanism. I found it was not that uncommon which is disappointing."

Ed G., VT (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)
Windows

"Plastic piece at bottom of window used by 'rollers' to raise/lower window broke loose, without abuse or warning. Even under Toyota's own extended warranty deemed a "consumable," with $325 window replacement cost. Consumable? Infuriating!!"

David N., MD (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Window came out of track in the winter and dealer made me an appointment to fix it 2 weeks. Went to independent and had it fixed that day"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Sometimes the automatic windows work, sometimes they don't. UGH!"

Anonymous, IL (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Torque converter

"The failure of the torque converter in this vehicle is a known issue by Toyota. Google RAV4 Torque Converter and look at the results. Toyota lists no maintenance interval for changing the transmission fluid in this vehicle. It is the varnishing of this fluid that causes the torque converter to fail. I am extremely disappointed that Toyota refuses to acknowledge the problem or to correct it through a recall or discounted maintenance due to their mistake. I have been quoted a repair price of $5000 to repair my torque converter which is the approximate trade in value of the vehicle. Because of this experience and Toyota's unwillingness to stand by their product this is the last Toyota product I will ever purchase. I have historically purchased Toyota and Honda products because of their excellent reliability and the manufacturer's commitment to customer service. Now that they have moved away from that commitment I will spend my money on brands that will."

Douglas M., VT (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The torque converter needed to be replaced approx. 62,000 miles. I had previously driven standard transmission Toyotas. Dealer did reduce cost but this was a replacement I thought shouldn't have occurred at 62,000 miles"

Anonymous, RI (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Automatic transmission shifting unevenly"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission began slipping at random times. Wasn't sure what the problem was but took it to a Toyota dealer who said the transmission needed to be replaced. The replacement was covered by the warranty"

J G., MA (2011 Toyota RAV4 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission was replaced under warranty due to gear whine"

James I., IL (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

"Known issue with noise - covered under warranty"

Anonymous, VA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Started with a cyclic whoop, whoop, whoop noise. Transmission fluid found to be burnt, dirty. HOWEVER, maintenance manual stated nothing about changing tranny fluid. So never done. Have done ALL maintenance in manual at dealer. Dealer recommended rebuild. $5500. Seriously? Since is CVT, this is expensive. Independent mechanic stated with tranny fluid change or flush can go for awhile, but rebuild in future. We still have an 2002 Accord 185 K and 2003 Civic 138K no problems, but this 2011 Rav4 is facing repairs close to selling value."

Anonymous, TX (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"From Jan 18 to preset, MPGs have dropped from solid average of 23 to 18, so far. An independent mechanic indicated the rear differential was growling. A differential growl is covered by a Toyota enhanced warranty, but a Toyota dealership diagnozed the transmission as the problem, and recommended it be replaced. An independent transmission specialist indicated they could find nothing wrong with the transmission. Have taken no action at this point."

Anonymous, AE (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Loud clunk going from reverse to drive. Transmission replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 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

"This is the second replacement alternator."

Stephen T., FL (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The alternator quit working at 11000 miles"

Melissa N., MI (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"Battery failed at three and one half years"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Dead"

Anonymous, SC (2011 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"5 yrs old due to be relaced"

John L., KY (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Had to replace it"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)
Coil

"replaced # 6 coil"

Rosie D., ON (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)
Electronic ignition

"Came out one day from the store and the car would not start. It had to be towed to the dealer and the ignition had to be changed"

Theodore H., PA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Water pump

"within 8 months of purchase needed new water pump"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Toyota RAV4 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Leak. Replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Water pump failed. Very expensive to replace due to difficult servicability"

Anonymous, MA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 3.5-L V6)

"Leaked coolant due to faulty seal on water pump. Repair was covered under powertrain warranty"

Anonymous, NC (2011 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Dealer said it was leaking but I had no indication of that on my garage floor. This is the same dealer that stated since I live in cold climate I have to have rear and front differential fluids changed every 30,000 miles."

James K., IA (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

"check engine came on went to local repair they investigated found problems in upper engine I had towed to dealer they repaired under warrenty"

John L., KY (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)
Head gasket

"Took in for oil change and shop discovered rear head gasket was leaking. They kept car and replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, OH (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Very expensive to fix $3000 Had to,remove motor to replace gasket"

Anonymous, NC (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"leaky gaskets cost $3000 to fix"

Anonymous, NC (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"The oxygen sensor behind the catalytic went bad. It turned on the check engine light and a warning light telling me the ASD was off. (automatic slip differential) The dealer fixed it with no appointment. Took 4.5 hours and was fixed perfectly"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)
Oil leaks

"Oil leak was rear axle differential seal"

Anonymous, MI (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

"timing chain cover leaks requiring engine removal to fix"

Stephen H., NV (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Muffler

"Muffler and exhaust system was close to $2,000 to replace at Toyota dealership. Went to a local muffler shop and cost was $8100 (taxes & labour included."

Steven C., ON (2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5-L V6)
Pipes

"exhaust system needed repair"

Anonymous, OH (2011 Toyota RAV4 Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
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