The 2013 RAV4 redesign eliminated the awkward side-hinged rear gate and replaced it with a more convenient top-hinged hatch. The spare tire was also moved off the rear gate to reside in a well beneath the cargo floor, which was previously occupied by the discontinued optional third-row seat.
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There are 4 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 500,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2018 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA 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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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2013 Toyota RAV4 owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

“screen is black. next time use of backup camera it is fine”

Robin C., CA (2013 Toyota RAV4 Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Blind Side Warning did not work Back up camera would go blank after a few feet of backing up”

Anonymous, IL (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
CD player

“Speakers to CD player did not work properly.. sometimes not at all, sometimes too loud, or crackling.. took full week for them to figure out it was a short in the wires, after they replaced the head unit. Then remote didn't work for side mirrors”

Anonymous, MA (2013 Toyota RAV4 LE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Three months ago, the CD player stopped working, which was especially annoying because of our practice of listening to books on CD during long trips”

John R., WI (2013 Toyota RAV4 LE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen difficult to see

“Can't see”

Anonymous, IL (2013 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The entire does not work via Bluetooth with an I phone”

James P., PA (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Small and dim especially in day light”

Joseph E., TX (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The display screen is unshielded from sunlight and difficult to see during the day. A very poor design. And the dash LCD instrument screen (odometers,temperature gauge,etc) is all but invisible in daylight. Toyota's ergonomic designs are extremely”

Anonymous, GA (2013 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Difficult to make out map, glare is major problem. I consider this a safety issue. Bought a Garmin, does not have the problems of the car display”

Richard S., TX (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Screen and rear view camera has glare and is hard to see in the Florida sun,”

Anonymous, FL (2013 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The gps system is difficult to see - especially the arrows that show direction to turn”

Anonymous, IL (2013 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“I mentioned it i s very difficult to see the navigation screen during the daylight hours”

Anonymous, FL (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Too small Lousy graphics”

Richard B., VA (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“In bright sunlight, cannot see the screen for backup camera”

Joyce M., LA (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“the screen is not easy to see during the day. the text is small, the interface is not user friendly and it's difficult to navigate through the screens”

Anonymous, ON (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“I am so furious about the problem with this car's display screen and have received ZERO help from Toyota with remedying the issues that after 30 years of owning Toyotas I will NEVER buy another one. I spent an extra $2000 for the GPS/screen and audio”

Anonymous, OH (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Glare from screen is blinding”

Anonymous, ON (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Too dim”

Anonymous, AL (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The GPS screen cannot be seen. I showed the sales person who remarked, "you can't even see the damn thing." Nevertheless, Toyota did nothing to address the problem. I will never buy another Toyota”

Anonymous, UT (2013 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“All displays are difficult, if not impossible to see under all light conditions. Toyota's ergonomic designs are abominable. The display screen is not hooded in any way, making it impossible to see it if any ambient light is present. The LCD containing the temperature, drive selector and odometer is illegible during the day from the driver's seat. Ironically, it is legible from the passenger seat”

Anonymous, GA (2013 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

“Bluetooth is not dependable, cuts out after only a few minutes. Have to restart car, bluetooth and phone bluetooth connection with no guarantee that it will work for any length of time”

Anonymous, NH (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“When the phone or I pod is played through the system not blue tooth the sound crackles”

Anonymous, WA (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“iPod stops working within 20 minutes. Changed Toyota USB port. Haven't driven it enough to know if that worked, but I think it has”

Anonymous, NY (2013 Toyota RAV4 LE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“To compensate for the non-working CD player, we tried to operate a portable CD player through the system, which worked only sporadically. We finally bought a "boom-box" to play CD's in the car”

John R., WI (2013 Toyota RAV4 LE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Bluetooth connectivity/ interface sometimes not dependable. Upgrade,if any, on e -tune system should be available from Toyota website”

Anonymous, ON (2013 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Keep loosing the Bluetooth connection with phone even after multiple reset. Toyota replaced the whole in dash electronic unit but problem still reoccur after 1 month usage”

Simon P., MA (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The Bluetooth device does not consistently interface with the smartphone connection with any phone used”

David E., ME (2013 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

“nav system had to be replaced”

Anonymous, NY (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“GPS system in Toyota is worthless. Not USble with glare. Daugher-law's Subaru and son's Toyota. Highlander. Dealer and Toyota factory say nothing they can do about fixing, although they extended warranty BUT that doesn't help. I bought a sepa”

Barry H., ME (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Sometimes the GPS 'recalculates' when I am on the correct route; freezes up; reboots itself”

Richard G., CA (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The navigation system is so convoluted that even Toyota's technicians don't understand it. Furthermore, the screen is unshielded from the sun, so it's impossible to see in sunlight. It's totally useless”

Anonymous, GA (2013 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“not very user friendly”

Brian G., NJ (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“It is slow and about 50 yards behind the car location which causes problems with turns on city streets. The voice commands are quirky and often attempt find strange places not stated in the command. The maps are far out of date”

Anonymous, IN (2013 Toyota RAV4 Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Very difficult to see in the daytime. We brought it back to the dealer 3 times for adjustment without any improvement. I have a Ford Fusion and the navigation screen is very easy to see anytime”

Anonymous, FL (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Screen difficult to see Icon's suck Not user friendly Can't use it while driving Lousy system -hate it”

Richard B., VA (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“It cannot be updated. On a 380 mile trip, it took me 96 miles in the wrong direction when I tried using only the navigation system to get where I wanted to go. An 8 hour trip took me 10.5 as I had to keep stopping to ask for directions trying to ge”

Joyce M., LA (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“it doesn't say the names of the roads (it often uses the road number). it's hard to read (small font) and the colours are difficult to see depending on the time of day”

Anonymous, ON (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“GPS display is too dim. Cannot se it or use it in any outside light conditions. Especially douring anytime in the day light. We have to use one hand (or the passenger) to shield the display in order to see it. This problem does NOT occur with the aud”

Anonymous, GA (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“It is exceptionally difficult to use. The voice commands for turning off a highway or street turn come way too late. And again, you cannot see the screen if there is any sunlight. Additionally, you cannot use it if the car is running -- even if it i”

Anonymous, OH (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Unable to see in direct sunlight. Too dim”

Anonymous, AL (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The GPS system is not accurate and it interfere with backup camera in several occasions”

Simon P., MA (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The ONE time I used my GPS in Houston, it took me to the other side of where I needed to be! I was FURIOUS!!... and have never used it since! I use my phone now for all navigation assistance. Also, another problem that exists is my car will not start after you use the accessory mode to play the radio when the engine is off. It has to be jump-started. The battery is fine, according to Auto Zone and O'Reilly's, and there are NO PROBLEMS according to the dealership (this has been checked twice)”

Anonymous, TX (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The in-dash navigation system is totally useless. Its operation is so convoluted that even Toyota's own service people can't figure it out. Furthermore, for safety reasons, it can only be operated while the vehicle is stopped, not even by a passenger. At least if a passenger could try to operate it while the vehicle was in motion and the driver would not have to waste precious time trying in vain to get it to work”

Anonymous, GA (2013 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

“Pairing drops”

Anonymous, IL (2013 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Bluetooth connection is very unreliable. Works for a short time, 3-4 minutes then shuts bluetooth off in car. Have to restart car and restart bluetooth device (phone) each time and still no guarantee that it will work for any significant time frame”

Anonymous, NH (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Cannot get the car to pair with the phone even though the car recognizes the phone. Help!!”

Dennis S., TX (2013 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Problems with phone pairing when my phone updates”

Anonymous, NC (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“system frequently tells me there is no 'network signal'; bluetooth doesn't always connect”

Richard G., CA (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The Rav 4 style ordered would not load contacts from our I phone 4 even though the I phone 4 was a widely used phone in 2013. The dealership could not remedy the issue nor did they alert us of the problem. We learned online that we had to manually i”

Alan Z., NY (2013 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“System stopped functioning. Dealership thought it was the "motherboard" of the unit. Replaced then found it was a connection on the unit that was causing the problem. It was a technician failure at the dealership due to lack of knowledge and experien”

Anonymous, BC (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Would not pair with my iPhone 6”

Anonymous, TX (2013 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Pushing the phone button to incorporate use of cell phone is not functioning”

Lawrence B., AZ (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“I can't get my Galaxy 7 to work right with my Rav4. When I reported it to the dealship, I was told it was my phone that was the problem, so the issue still exists. My husband has the same phone, and his works fine with his car”

Anonymous, TX (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The phone issue was basically the same as the radio. It would go dead momentarily dropping the call at times”

Anonymous, AK (2013 Toyota RAV4 LE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Radio

“It gets stuck on one station or mode and will not let me switch unless I turn the car off and then back on and will change station sometimes when I don't want it to”

Anonymous, NC (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“FM volume inconsistent. Control system must be turned off”

Anonymous, BC (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“there was something wrong with the speed control whereby the speed control would get louder as the vehicle increased in speed. it did not work properly”

Gary H., SK (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“We have complained about this radio ever since we bought our car. It goes from loud to soft ALL the time. We try to pair up our phones and get a call then it ends. This is the worse rDio we have had in all our lives”

Connie O., AZ (2013 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“radio stations wouldnt tune in , it required the dealership to fix the antenna and wiring”

Anonymous, NY (2013 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“When you hit a bump In the road the radio or phone call would go dead momentarily. The radio was replaced on warranty to fix the issue”

Anonymous, AK (2013 Toyota RAV4 LE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Speakers

“No sound at all”

Anonymous, WA (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“They work intermittently and require much patience”

Anonymous, IN (2013 Toyota RAV4 Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Related to previous issue with pairing of phone for Bluetooth. The unit had a problem but it was exacerbated by a technician that was not familiar enough with the product on this vehicle”

Anonymous, BC (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Does not understand commands and voice can't pronounce Canadian place names”

Anonymous, ON (2013 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 or water leaks

“Strong odor of antifreeze after driving”

Anonymous, OH (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Wind noise above 35 mi/hr is very pronounced on the front passenger, possible rear passenger side of the 2013 Rav 4. Very annoying & if you have any hearing problems, the noise definitely makes hearing speech a problem. Passengers in the rear cannot hear conversation from the front passengers”

Anonymous, KY (2013 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The sun roof leaked when it rained heavily. I had not been told that this could happen. My Toyota dealer covered the problem and replaced all the carpet that had been ruined”

Anonymous, FL (2013 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“All side window weather stripping makes rubbing noise when driving on any road that isn't perfectly smooth”

William H., CA (2013 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The weather-stripping does not seal properly leaving a vacuum sounding not originally heard when the car was purchased. The vacuum noises started occurring a little over a year ago and have increasing got worse since then”

David E., ME (2013 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

“Dash board squeaked and had to be dismantled”

Anonymous, NY (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The dashboard started squeaking several weeks after purchasing. The dealership is unable to fix it”

Ronn K., OH (2013 Toyota RAV4 LE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“unidentifiable rattle in cabin. Might be weighted ratchet of unused seat belt”

Anonymous, OR (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The rattles and squeaks are concentrated in the front center armrest/storage area, and the right-rear tire changing equipment storage area. The hard plastics and thin metals are cheaply fashioned anda have joints/hinges that produce the noise”

Jeff G., OR (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The seat belts are noisy and have to be addressed occasionally by the service department at my dealer”

Milt J., OK (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Squeaking coming from the air vent area”

Kevin M., FL (2013 Toyota RAV4)

“Helper handle by drivers head developed a rattle, and was repaired with a felt bumper pad”

Anonymous, OH (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“rattle noise in dash board around viewing screen, had to put a small piece of cardboard in the crease between that and the dash to stop the noise. It has been worked on 3 times by two different dealerships and there is still noise, although not as o”

Anonymous, TX (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Seem to come from the rear of the vehicle. Unable to determine cause of rattle”

Anonymous, OH (2013 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Dash portion under radio rattles on slightly rough roads”

Anonymous, OR (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“rattles rattles rattles!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

Anonymous, RI (2013 Toyota RAV4 LE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“When adjusting the drivers seat (Electrical) backwards we hear a loud noise like something is rubbing against leather inside the back of the seat”

Freddie E., TX (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“There was a loud squeal when we opened the automatic rear trunk door. The dealership was able to make the noise quieter, but it still exists”

Alan Z., NY (2013 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Car had noise when turning. Spent thoUSnds of dollars replacing struts and steering parts without improvement. Finally, mechanic noticed a spot weld on transmission bracket to frame broken. I hate this POS”

Joseph T., KS (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“spare tire on rear was squeaking when driving down the road”

Anonymous, MN (2013 Toyota RAV4 LE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Dash rattles and weather stripping rubbing noise”

William H., CA (2013 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The dash has a significant rattle and the dealership was unable to fix it when i last took it in to them”

E S., OR (2013 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Groaning Noise when power seat is put in rear position”

Anonymous, GA (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“When u back up the brakes squeak”

Stanley W., IA (2013 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“There was something loose in the drive train under the consul between the two front seats and had to take the consul apart”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“rattle in dashboard--problem since purchase and nothing has been found. Loose screw probably”

Anonymous, OH (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Around the front passenger door it seems. It could be in the sun roof too”

Rick P., MD (2013 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Center NAV/RADIO console area rubs on lower dash, causing squeaks”

Anonymous, MN (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“R front wheel has squeak. Dealer said it's normal and you need to wash out brake dust periodically. Annoying, but not a hinderance to performance”

Gary F., ID (2013 Toyota RAV4 LE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Roof window not correctly installed initially and rattled after about 2-1/2 yrs. Replaced with no cost”

Anonymous, PA (2013 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

“Car very noisy at speed from road noise and wind noise. Also, doors very light and rattled when closing. Hood bounced a lot when driving at speed”

Anthony D., GA (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“This light has come on five times. The dealer inflated my tires and told me to us nitrogen only. They finally told me to use air from the gas station and found a small nail in the front left.Presumably this tire had a nail in it when delivered”

Anonymous, SC (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“At speed, the noise of the wind passing the car is quite loud/”

Anonymous, QC (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Underpower likely caused toyota to skimp. Sounds like a freight train when at highway speeds”

Anonymous, NY (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Noise from the sun roof at highway speeds”

Anonymous, IN (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“this vehicle has excessive wind noise on the highway going over 50 mph and I can't find where it is coming from?”

Robert K., FL (2013 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Very noisy at speeds over 35 mi/hr”

Anonymous, KY (2013 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The wind noise interferes with normal conversation in the car”

Clarence F., TX (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Auto windows are not tight. Excessive wind noise occurs”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

“Brakes sometimes make a grinding noise when brakes are applied. Toyota Dealer says they can't replicate the problem”

Anonymous, VA (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Master cylinder

“when keeping steady pressure on the pedal at a stop sign it would go all the way to the floor”

Anonymous, CT (2013 Toyota RAV4 LE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Normal routine brake wear

“The problem relates to "spongy" brakes and significant pedal travel to stop the car”

William B., NC (2013 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Parking brake

“Parking brake would allow the car to roll back on our moderately inclined driveway. The car rolled back significantly more than a Subaru Forrester or a Honda Accord on the same driveway. Took it back to Toyota twice and they described it as "normal"”

Anonymous, TX (2013 Toyota RAV4 LE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

“Brakes chatter or vibrated when car was not used for a while. The dealer said it was not covered but then changed their mind. They had to grind down the discs. Reoccurring problem ---as a result would not buy or lease this car again”

Anonymous, FL (2013 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Dealer replaced pads and rotors under warranty”

Richard N., PA (2013 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Brakes wore real fast rotors and pads replaced too soon”

Anonymous, MA (2013 Toyota RAV4 Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“needed to replace all breaks”

Anonymous, ON (2013 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“needed a brake job at 25000 miles. not covered under warranty”

Anonymous, AZ (2013 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Brakes wore down and were very loud after only 24,000 miles. Ridiculously low number for brakes. Was not covered under a warranty from Toyota. 200+ out of pocket cost”

Anonymous, MA (2013 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Had to replace brake pads at 29,000 miles”

Steven C., NM (2013 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Rotors garbage metal”

Anonymous, MA (2013 Toyota RAV4 Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Normal wear. Only needed the front done”

W N., NH (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Brake was making grinding noise took to dealer and they repaired”

Joseph M., MO (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Brake wear about 12 months after brakes were serviced”

William A., OR (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaking

“rear brakes squeel when backing. and make a squishing noise when stopping. dealer says the rotors show small grooves but pads are like new and refuse to do anything”

Anonymous, NY (2013 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“noisy dealer says this is normal”

Anonymous, MI (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“It sounds as if one of the brake calipers is rubbing on the disk”

Anonymous, QC (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Brakes have a rubbing sound until you have made 5- 6 braking stops regardless of the weather”

Anonymous, QC (2013 Toyota RAV4 LE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Starting the car after it has been sitting. When you put on the breaks, the back brakes will start to grind. Have taken the vehicle back to dealer. Said it is common that the brake-covers grind- especially after driving in the rain or wet snow.”

Anonymous, OH (2013 Toyota RAV4 LE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Brakes were loud since the first month of ownership. Progressively got worse, was always told from multiple toyota dealers there were working as designed. Large 200+ dollar cost to fix after warranty in year 3”

Anonymous, MA (2013 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Rear drums have leak”

Michael M., NY (2013 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Brakes were replaced approx. 20,000 for squeaking, vibrating even though the brake pads still had life remaining Around 40,000 the same problem occurred even though the brake pads still had life remaining”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“I recently had the brakes done (rotors turned and pads aligned). Now it makes an odd rattling and grinding noise that the dealer hasn't been able to duplicate. I guess I'll have to diagnose it myself”

Anonymous, OH (2013 Toyota RAV4 Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Antilock system (ABS)

“rplaced all 4 brakes and rotors”

Karyn F., NY (2013 Toyota RAV4 Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Torque converter

“low speed shudder mph approx 35 - 40, rpm 1700”

James F., OH (2013 Toyota RAV4 LE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Driving 128 miles a day for my commute. I typically drove a mix of highway and local roads with stop and go traffic. During the part of mu commute that my speed limit was between 40-50 mph i started noticing a distinct sound and feel when the car shi”

Michelle G., PA (2013 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Low speed shuddering between 35 to 45 mph”

J E., NJ (2013 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Lise problem discovered by the dealer, fixed under warranty”

Anonymous, ON (2013 Toyota RAV4 LE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Failed”

Anonymous, MA (2013 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The car started having problems shifting at around 40mph that was reminiscent of driving a standard shift transmission, trying to accelerate but being in too high a gear. The engine would falter”

Anonymous, VT (2013 Toyota RAV4 LE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Torque converter caused uneven shifting. Torque converter had to be replaced under warranty”

Anonymous, FL (2013 Toyota RAV4 LE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“In August of 2016, I noticed it was running rough - shaking - at certain speeds when I took my foot off the accelerator. I took it to the dealership and the advisor said they could not replicate the problem. The problem continued and I took it back in and the advisor who test drove figured out the problem right away. It was still covered by my warranty”

Bill W., VA (2013 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The car would constantly shift up and down at 35 mph. Also the car the car has poor shift modes in economy mode. It will rapidly shift to a low gear and when the gas is light pushed it downshifts erratically. Sport mode works great”

Anonymous, NY (2013 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Replaced under warranty”

Anonymous, ON (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Vibration”

Anonymous, NB (2013 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“There is a technical service bulletin on the torque converter. It rumbles after shifting. Had to be replaced but it was covered under warranty. The dealer couldn't diagnose it; I had to diagnose it myself”

Anonymous, OH (2013 Toyota RAV4 Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Car shimmer at around 40 mph when accelerating. Thought it might be snow tires. Mechanic, transmission specialist and finally dealer because the fix was covered under warranty”

Elayne M., MA (2013 Toyota RAV4 LE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

“Transmission was replaced”

Timothy M., TN (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Wine in transmission lead to replacement”

Frank L., CA (2013 Toyota RAV4 Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“loud noise at 60 to 64 mph. Replaced transmission at 1000 miles . Now only have half the loud noise (whine) at 60 mph . Toyota will do no more. Gave me extended warranty. This problem is also on the 2015 rav 4. Friend had rental and the whine at 60 w”

George F., VA (2013 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“RPM's went up to 7 when automatically shifting up into 3rd gear, but fortunately the vehicle did not speed up. Entire transmission was replaced by dealership who indicated this was the 3rd vehicle they had to do”

Anonymous, PA (2013 Toyota RAV4 LE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“I had been having rough shifting at about 53k miles. They changed the torque converter. About 6 months later I went to go to work and the card started but would not move. No real indication that thre was anything significantly wrong prior to this ev”

Michelle G., PA (2013 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“After less than one year, car stopped running while I was driving it. Dealer replaced transmission free of charge”

Anonymous, VA (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“4 weeks after purchase, transmission failed. I had to wait for over a week to get my car back. They would not consider replacing vehicle. I now have no confidence in my vehicle. They have lost a client for life”

Anonymous, BC (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Transmission torque converter failed. Transmission was replaced by Toyota under warranty”

Anonymous, MA (2013 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“At the 50,000 mile mark I had to have the transmission rebuilt, it cost over $4000, Toyota at first told me the warranty expired, then after writing lots of letters they covered just $1500. I will never recommend or buy a Rav 4 again”

Anonymous, NY (2013 Toyota RAV4 Unsure 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

“Loose front window trim and loose driver window trim”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“vinyl inserts on roof came unhitched”

Anonymous, NY (2013 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Right rear wheel-well cover (near the rear bumper) came loose as a result of traveling in snow”

Robert M., NY (2013 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Rubber/plastic roof trim came loose in car wash”

Anonymous, PA (2013 Toyota RAV4 LE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Top of car has rubber molding around chrome.. I became loose, but was repaired at no cost”

Anonymous, TN (2013 Toyota RAV4 LE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“rubber strip on top comes loose”

Anonymous, OR (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“window exterior trim got loose”

Anonymous, ON (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Roof rack molding (passenger side) came off during motion; replaced. Also, molding around lower portion of windshield was loose; replaced”

Anonymous, FL (2013 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Roof weather striping on both sides has come off completely”

Wayne G., AB (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“driver side trim by the window has broken in two places”

Anonymous, OH (2013 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The mounding on the top continued to come loose and flop out during car washes after 2 factory replacements. Finally the Toyota dealership fixed it”

Jill M., NV (2013 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Rubber roof trim is constantly blown loose or off in the car wash. the dealer reported that "this is common with the RAV4 so just shove it back in place when it happens". Seriously?”

Christopher D., AB (2013 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The rear passenger door handle trim was popping out and loose. Took several trips to dealer to resolve. Ended up having a company tech come out. He found that the door structure was slightly bent and the door plastic trim was not able to click to it”

Anthony B., WA (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Plastic floor cover over right rear seat constantly kicked off; replaced”

Anonymous, FL (2013 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Rear door interior trip needed to be replaced. Covered under warranty”

Steven K., OH (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“passenger side dashboard is loose. Can physically move it up and down with one hand. Makes a annoying rattle squweeky sounds when driving. Glove box door latch mechanism failed, could not open glove box without shifting the door sideways. center console latch broke off. the interior of the car looked nice when new but closer examination shows it is cheaply constructed. Purchased a 7 yr warranty when car was new but always have to argue with dealer to get them to cover defects through warranty. W”

Nicholas H., BC (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

“paint chips”

Anonymous, IL (2013 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“paint seems to scratch very easy.Appears paint is very thinly coated.t”

Tom P., NY (2013 Toyota RAV4 LE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Paint chipping on the front bumper and hood area. This started to happen within six months of buying the car”

Anonymous, MO (2013 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“paint chips very easily, color overall is fading”

Anonymous, SC (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 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

12V power plug

“Quit working due to a burned out fuse. Dealer replaced fuse under warranty at a routine oil change”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Toyota RAV4 LE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Headlights

“Foglamp needed to be replaced. Under warranty, but took over 6 weeks to get the replacement”

Pat C., CT (2013 Toyota RAV4 LE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

“I had to have a taillight replaced”

Mary B., AZ (2013 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“one of the fog lights was blown”

Anonymous, FL (2013 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Tail light went dead on one side after a month”

Anonymous, PA (2013 Toyota RAV4 LE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“passenger side brake light needed to be replaced twice”

Donald A., PA (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Blown brake light bulb”

Kenneth W., MD (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Interior lights

“light on passenger mirror under sun visor stopped working and was repaired”

Anonymous, NY (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Keyless entry

“door locks and power windows stopped working. Replaced electrical box on warranty”

Anonymous, TX (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Keyless entry fob intermittently malfunctioned and I could not start my car even though it opened the vehicle”

Jeffrey K., TN (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Electric rear door erratically will not open and/or close. We have had this problem addressed by local dealer seven times. They have sought advice from Japan and declared door operational. But the problem still exists, and door operation is unreliab”

Anonymous, NM (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Just wouldn't work. Had a computer module replaced”

Ellis B., WA (2013 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Keyless entry fob failed and had to be reprogrammed numerous times. Emergency start system would not work”

Anonymous, AZ (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“the fob stopped working”

Anonymous, CT (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Remote engine starter

“The car wouldn't start , has happened multiple times. Toyota said it was due to Remote Start”

Christopher L., OH (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Alarm or security system (excluding aftermarket systems)

“Electronic locks have failed 3 times in the past 12 months. Had to use key provided to lock and unlock doors. Dealer can not find a problem”

Anthony G., NJ (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Unable to open remote tailgate in cold weather”

Anonymous, NY (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The included alarm system only works intermittently and the active security light only showed up on the dash after the first 16000 km. It surprised us as it wasn't there during the first two years of operation. Then it started lighting and we had to ask service what it was for”

Christopher D., AB (2013 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
USB port

“USB port appears to not work”

Anonymous, NY (2013 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

Convertible top

“Molding fell out. Want to use this space to tell you how unhappy I am that the maintenance plan purchased thru Toyota Does not cover use of Synthetic engine oil”

Anonymous, AZ (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The power lift gate mechanism came out of its end bracket rendering the lift gate inoperable and causing body damage at the site of the bracket”

Anonymous, WA (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The electric door lock on the front passenger side has stopped working”

Anonymous, OR (2013 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“glove box door was replaced due to latch mechanism became inoperative. replaced on warranty”

Nick H., BC (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Back hatch had struts replaced because it would ot close which when forcibly closed did body damage”

Anonymous, AB (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Glove box latch broke, and would not open. Door replacement necessary”

Anonymous, WA (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Seat controls - movement

“driver seat hard to move up and back, up and down. terrible controls. all manual”

Anonymous, IL (2013 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Right Rear seat would not clock into position. Replaced seat latch mechanism”

Joan C., GA (2013 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Sunroof

“Molding fell off, dealer has to order replacement”

Anonymous, AZ (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Tailgate pistons fail and do damage to body. Toyota has replaced them 3 times at their expense”

Anonymous, WA (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Ball bearing joint slipped out of left piston doing some damage to door and roof”

Anonymous, NY (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“When lifting or putting down loud noise”

Gene A., CA (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Hood loose and vibrates at speed. Safety issue”

Anonymous, MA (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“One of the power gate broke”

Anonymous, ON (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“electric tailgate actuators, very noisy scraping noise when operating but have not stopped working yet. dealer refused to recognize it as a problem”

Nick H., BC (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Since new, auto tailgate actuator, lh side would make a horrendous creaking groan when operating in cold weather. Took to the white Rock BC dealer three times before they did something about it. Their fix... They sprayed some sort of lube onto it”

Nicholas H., BC (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“After an accident was repaired, I started having trouble locking my car because the hatch wouldn't engage securely. The Toyota dealership was able to make the adjustment to fix this problem, but it will still occasionally occur and I find it most annoying”

Jill M., NV (2013 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Gear selector or linkage

“First time couldn't shift out of park. Pressed extremely hard on brake petal. Dealer could not find a cause. Second time, 6 months later couldn't shift at all. part was broken also effected brake lights. Covered under warranty”

Anonymous, MA (2013 Toyota RAV4 LE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Rough shifting

“Rumbling sound when letting up on acceleration at 40 mph. Sounds like the transmission is search for a gear”

Anonymous, NY (2013 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“When starting out, sometimes there is a noticeable clunk when putting it into gear”

James B., BC (2013 Toyota RAV4 LE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Loud thump when transmission moved from park to reverse. Has happened twice”

Rick P., AZ (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Catching/hesitation going front 1st to 2nd”

Anonymous, ME (2013 Toyota RAV4 Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Clinks and shifts down at higher speeds”

Anonymous, MN (2013 Toyota RAV4 Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“It shifts rough”

Anonymous, TX (2013 Toyota RAV4 LE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Some times shifting from park to reverse”

Israel G., FL (2013 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Coolers and lines

“Replacement of filter cylinder”

Matthew P., NH (2013 Toyota RAV4 LE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Slipping transmission

“had to have trans fixed at 62000 miles right after warranty expired Cost quoted 3200 by toyota”

Anonymous, IL (2013 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The transmission slips”

Anonymous, TX (2013 Toyota RAV4 LE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission leaks

“Dealer found transmission leak during routine maintenance - I did not see any leaks on garage floor or experience any shifting problem. Dealer thought problem fixed but then found additional leak issue during next routine service. Both covered under warranty. Rated this as serious because I had to leave car at dealership for multiple days to have issue resolved. Dealer provided free loaner car”

Joni D., CA (2013 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

Electronic or air suspension

“The car bounced which made it seem unstable”

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Shocks or struts

“Replace rear shock”

Frank L., CA (2013 Toyota RAV4 Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“suspension is WAY too stiff and hard . especially the rear. the smallest imperfections translate into shockwave vibrations through the interior. its horrible”

Anonymous, RI (2013 Toyota RAV4 LE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Was informed by indep mech that right rear shock was leaking. It was fixed under warranty by Toyota dealership without hassle”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Toyota RAV4 LE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The car was riding rough and there was a knocking sound from the front passenger side. It sounded as if something was loose, like maybe an exhaust clamp or pipe. I was informed that the front struts were leaking and once they were replaced the noise stopped. It was a warranty job. The car still gives a rough ride and always has”

Anonymous, VT (2013 Toyota RAV4 LE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“leaking strut in rear”

Anonymous, NM (2013 Toyota RAV4 LE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

“never witnessed an issue but there was a factory recall”

Anonymous, AB (2013 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“teeth on about a 6 inch long piece worn causing slippage”

Anonymous, MD (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Tie rods

“Bent ( hit rock on road??) Right rear. Wore new rear tires to steel on trip Albuquerque to San Antonio with out any road noise or vibration until right tire lost air. Poor construction quality vs our previous experience with two other Toyota s”

Anonymous, NM (2013 Toyota RAV4 Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Wheel bearings

“Noise from rear ar 12000 miles. Bearing replaced”

Carol A., MI (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 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

A/C compressor

“it leaked the coolant”

Thomas B., TX (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“there is a mold smell when the AC is used. The Toyota dealership said this is normal. That is very poor”

Anonymous, TX (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Had a leak in a connection with 2 hoses. Coolant had to be filled twice before leak source was found. Works fine now”

Anonymous, IN (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Automatic climate control

“Defroster installed incorrectly at factory; required dealer to remove dash to fix. Safety issue in Northeast winters”

Anonymous, MA (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Does not control climate as expected in Auto mode. Having to constantly adjust the temperature setting to maintain comfort”

Anonymous, MI (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Heater system

“heater system difficult to operate”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Toyota RAV4 Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“There was an uneven temperature because of a displace sensor. The sensor was not in it's place, because when the dealer installed the remote starter the technician moved it”

Anonymous, QC (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Actuator for the Right heater vents has failed and no hot air is available to the passenger - just cold air”

William A., OR (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Refrigerant leaks

“When he car was only a year old, I found my front passenger carpet Soakedand smelly. It was some air conditioning problem. One year in and my passenger carpet was ruined”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Toyota RAV4 LE 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)

“failure of charcoal canister for evaporative emissions from fuel tank”

Anonymous, FL (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“charcoal canister gave out”

Anonymous, WI (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Replaced the charcoal cannister and sensors”

Anonymous, MB (2013 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel cap

“Check engine light on. New gas cap fixed the problem”

George B., NJ (2013 Toyota RAV4 XLE 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

Electronic ignition

“Suddenly the car did not start, and had to be towed”

Jose O., TX (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Engine harness

“Included cam replacement in this title as did not see it elsewhere”

Anonymous, AL (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Ignition switch

“The solenoid in the steering column failed causing the steering column to lock. As a consequence, the car would not start. After having it toed to the dealer, the car started and the dealership said the car was fine. When I picked it up, it would”

Karl R., IN (2013 Toyota RAV4 Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“3 times in the past 12 months the key less ignition failed. 2 hours later it worked. Dealer is unable to find the cause. This has happened 12 times since the purchase of the vehicle”

Anthony G., NJ (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 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

“Freak incident with blanket wrap around axle impacted Propeller shaft support bearing. Dealer quoted $967 part, $156 labour with a delay in parts availability and recommended not to drive any distance. Independant mechanic inspected and advised NOT”

Anonymous, AB (2013 Toyota RAV4 LE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Noisy front wheel bearing. Replaced”

Anonymous, NY (2013 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
4WD/AWD components

“Had leak coming from back of car between rear tires .toyota Said it was leaking from seals.toyota repaired under warranty”

Anonymous, NY (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Noise in rear. Sensation like 4-wheel drive driven on dry pavement. Binding wen making slow turns and backing up”

Jane K., MI (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

“engine does not work via Bluetooth with an iphone”

James P., PA (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“too comlicated”

Brian G., NJ (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Exhaust leaks

“Have been unable to get exhaust leak in the cabin diagnosed or repaired-worried about carbon monoxide”

Clarence F., TX (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 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

Engine rebuild or replacement

“Engine used excessive amount of oil and engine knocked loudly from day 1. Head and cylinders were defective and engine had to be rebuilt. Oil consumption improve but severe engine knocking persisted. Engine power was poor, and trans shift rough”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Head gasket

“Was damaged after 5000 miles”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Timing belt or chain

“Had to replace cam which required timing belt replacement”

Anonymous, AL (2013 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

“On very rare occasions the engine will completely lose power as if the key was turned off. The only way I can get the power back is to completely release the gas pedal and then press press down on the gas pedal again. There is no rhyme or reason wh”

Anonymous, MI (2013 Toyota RAV4 LE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

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

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Recalls
PROVIDED BY
SEAT BELTS:REAR
Feb 19 2016
A cut seat belt may not properly restrain the seat occupant, increasing their risk of injury in a crash.
Summary:
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) is recalling certain model year 2006-2012 RAV4 vehicles manufactured July 28, 2005, to December 19, 2012, and 2012-2014 RAV4 EV vehicles manufactured July 24, 2012, to August 29, 2014. In the event of a frontal collision, the rear seat belts for the outboard seats may be cut by the seat cushion frame.
What should you do:
Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will install a protector over both rear seat cushion frames, free of charge. The recall began on June 24, 2016. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331. Toyota's number for this recall is G0F.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 16V096000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1123752
VISIBILITY/WIPER
Sep 18 2015
Over time, the dripping water may cause corrosion and wear at the joint, potentially resulting in the separation of the wiper linkage. Once this occurs, the wipers would not function, reducing driver visibility and increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) is recalling certain model year 2009-2012 RAV4 vehicles manufactured October 27, 2008, to December 19, 2012 and 2012-2014 RAV4 EV vehicles manufactured July 24, 2012, to August 29, 2014. In the affected vehicles, water may drip onto the joint that connects the wiper linkage to the wiper motor.
What should you do:
Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will replace the water diverter channel. In addition, a new wiper linkage with a wiper motor crank arm will be installed. The wiper linkage will have a protective cover over the wiper linkage joint to minimize water splash and a retainer ring to prevent the wiper arm from separating from the wiper motor. The recall began on November 7, 2016. Owners may contact Toyota's customer service number at 1-800-331-4331.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 15V577000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 423456
HYBRID PROPULSION SYSTEM
Mar 13 2015
A loss of drive power may increase the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Toyota Motor Engineering & manufacturing (Toyota) is recalling certain model year 2012-2014 Rav4 EV vehicles manufactured July 24, 2012, to August 29, 2014. Due to a software issue within a component of the Electric Vehicle Traction Motor Assembly, the electric propulsion motor may shift to "neutral" resulting in a possible loss of drive power.
What should you do:
Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will update the Electric Vehicle Traction Motor Assembly software, free of charge. The recall began on September 10, 2015. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 15V143000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 2497
EXTERIOR LIGHTING
Jan 16 2015
If the system incorrectly detects an electrical short and turns off the trailer lights while the trailer is being towed at night, there is an increased risk of a crash.
Summary:
Southeast Toyota Distributors, LLC (SET) is recalling certain model year 2013-2015 Toyota Rav4 vehicles manufactured June 1, 2013, to December 29, 2014, and equipped with an accessory trailer light module. The software within the module may incorrectly detect an electrical short and preventively turn off the electrical current and the trailer lights.
What should you do:
SET will notify owners, and dealers will replace the trailer light module with a new unit with corrected software, free of charge. The recall began on March 17, 2015. Owners may contact SET customer service at 1-866-405-4226. SET's number for this recall is SET-15A.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 15V011000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1140
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