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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.
Alerts
There are 6 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

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

Owner Reports

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

The 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. The V6 engine option was also dropped, leaving the sole engine choice a 176-hp, 2.5-liter four-cylinder mated to a new six-speed automatic. Although the revised RAV4 was fractionally smaller in some dimensions, passenger space and cargo room remained abundant. All-wheel drive was optional. Happily, even with the revisions, the RAV4 retained most of the agility of its earlier generations. The four-cylinder engine delivers adequate oomph and a new transmission contributed to a very respectable 24 mpg.

RAV4's handling is unflappable, even in extremes, but ride comfort and noise isolation aren't impressive. The suspension system also has an underlying firmness some won't care for. And, even though the cabin is marginally quieter, this is by no means a quiet car. Interior trim gained attractive touches in some places, but skimped in others, leaving rather a chintzy overall effect. Some drivers missed adjustable lumbar support and the lack of front seat heaters in the uppermost XLE trim is a questionable omission. Still, the rear seat is generous, overall access is easy, and controls are mostly intuitive. These attributes make living with the RAV4 quite easy.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
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
  • 6-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2.5-liter 4 (176 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2014 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

“in bright daylight the backup camera is unviewable . the brightness or contrast adjustments do not help”

K B., WA (2014 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Speedometer difficult to r,dad and not accurate-- significant Other -- display for odometer& temp is very poor c of pared to any other rental car I have been in Nav display has too small a font to read at a glance Back up camera isn't as goo”

Anonymous, VA (2014 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“When driving during the day, the sun glares on the screen making it impossible to read. I need to lean over and cup my hand around the display to block the sun. I don't feel this is very safe driving, especially when driving in an unfamiliar area”

Anonymous, MN (2014 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Contrast on backup camera is terrible. Very difficult to see in sunlight”

Anonymous, ON (2014 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“not visible in daylight”

Anonymous, WA (2014 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen freezes up

“Radio would "reboot" the operating system most times when the engine was started. This would take several minutes to complete before operating normally”

Keith P., MA (2014 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Screen option sometime missing”

Anonymous, TX (2014 Toyota RAV4 LE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The display screen freezes and I cannot control the volume setting and I cannot change channels or turn it off unless I turn off the entire engine”

Anonymous, AL (2014 Toyota RAV4 LE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Does not respond to voice or manual operations”

Diana G., OH (2014 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“System appeared to go into a system-level or root-level re-boot. Constantly cycling a boot up screen that was not part of a normal operating re-start. System would not come back online, as system re-boot appeared to consistently fail”

Steven B., CA (2014 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen goes blank

“I start the car and anything from the camera to the radio does not work. Have to shut it off and restart it then it works fine. Toyota is working on it. Intermittent problem”

Anonymous, NY (2014 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

“MP3 player frequently stops and can not be restarted untill after another MP3 is played. The player also freezes my iPOD player requiring a system restart to the iPod. These MP3s play without issue on all my current and past car audio systems. Toyota”

Mike F., NJ (2014 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Link between my iPod and radio gets lost. Also, the tone settings go back to a neutral setting all by themselves occasionally- this is very annoying”

Anonymous, ON (2014 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

“Neither I nor the dealer could make the map change to black background for night time driving making an unsafe glare when using GPS at night”

R M., AR (2014 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The entire in-dash console had to be replaced, the GPS failed (it had me driving through Lake Erie). Toyota required that the dealer replace parts incrementally, in order of increasing cost. So it took 5 service calls before the entire unit was repla”

Anonymous, OH (2014 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“GPS indicated wrong location. They reset it a few times then finally replaced the unit with a new one”

Anonymous, FL (2014 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“not giving the right location”

Anonymous, NY (2014 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Nav Head Unit replaced”

Anonymous, KY (2014 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Does not recognize addresses I know to be correct from five years ago, some from 25+ years ago. Makes me wonder about others it doesn't recognize”

Anonymous, LA (2014 Toyota RAV4 Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The screen contrast between the background and street boundary outlines is small and difficult to see. Changing contrast is not available”

Keith P., OR (2014 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Would not work correctly -- kept showing us at the wrong location. Toyota fixed the problem by replacing the unit”

Anonymous, GA (2014 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Have discovered lots of incomplete info, addresses for streets, homes built years ago that don't show up. Had a system update and problem continues”

Anonymous, LA (2014 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The maps are terrible. Outdated and incorrect. Toyota should recall and replace all the maps”

Henry S., VA (2014 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Maps are wrong, misleading and dangerous. The map fabricates U turns because of inherent inaccuracies”

Henry S., VA (2014 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Sometimes goes into "maintenance" mode and is unusable. A free firmware update may have fixed it mostly but I did see it for a few minutes recently”

W H., OH (2014 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“This is ann extremely disappointing GPS system that is VERY user "UNfriendly". for FYI I am very familiar with computers and technology which I have used professionally. This GPS has no override when it does not "know" an address and I have had at least 2 experiences where the GPS could not find an address that I was trying to input. I have given up on this GPS and now only use WAZE or Google when I need a GPS. It is clumsy, awkward, and difficult - hard to believe it is coming from a Japanese”

Anonymous, NY (2014 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

“It takes an excessive amount of time for the system to respond”

James H., WA (2014 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Cell phone connects and disconnects at will. Never can tell when it is going to happen”

Anonymous, AL (2014 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The system says the phone is not connected to the blue tooth and I have to program it again”

Anonymous, CA (2014 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The bluetooth system is flaky and drops connection often”

Keith P., OR (2014 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“When entering car and phone became connected, it would make radio and all etune system inoperable”

Anonymous, MO (2014 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“It comes and off without warning”

Anonymous, AL (2014 Toyota RAV4 LE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“terrible audio quality using phone via bluetooth”

Anonymous, ON (2014 Toyota RAV4 Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The blue tooth connection will inexplicably disconnect and reconnecting is a process that is time consuming - not something easily done in the middle of a road trip!”

Anonymous, NY (2014 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Radio became inoperative once phone was connected via Bluetooth”

Anonymous, MO (2014 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Radio comes on at random times and loses its content source unexectedly. It came on once and I almost ran into something because it startled me. Dealer hasn't found the cause yet”

Raymond L., NY (2014 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The radio still takes time to boot up the voice commands. It took me 10 months to get "Toyota Experience" to got the updates and then find someone with experience to install them. Very poor R and D. Not thought out very well”

William H., CA (2014 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“XM Radio was not turning on all the time”

Terence M., FL (2014 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“It totally quit working but was fixed by a firmware update by the dealer, no cost”

W H., OH (2014 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Sometimes the radio won't turn on when I try the car. manually turning it off and on don't seem to help. This problem is intermittent. I do leave the radio on when I turn the car off”

Charles C., FL (2014 Toyota RAV4 LE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Radio constantly was rebooting and flashing and we could not use it at all. Poor quality!!!!! The rest of the Rav is superior”

Jerry B., GA (2014 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“This car is a disaster Radio broke after 2.5 years Out of warrantee by 2000 miles Cost 4000 to replace with new radio”

Anonymous, MA (2014 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Radio trouble from purchase date for 8 months or so before the radioi was replaced”

Anonymous, CA (2014 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“same as previous, it took Toyota 4 months to get me a new entertainment system”

Gene K., VT (2014 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Radio completely stopped working”

Katherine F., CA (2014 Toyota RAV4 LE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Voice control commands

“The voice recognition system misunderstands my voice commands and responds incorrectly”

James H., WA (2014 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“System lacks the ability to easily understand clearly spoken commands. Making a phone a call can often take two and sometimes three attempts”

Mike F., NJ (2014 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“It does not understand my commands. I am not able to use it”

Anonymous, CA (2014 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Had radio unit replaced under warranty. Also had new unit updated with new software”

Annette S., FL (2014 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Voice commands would not boot up. Had to have 4 updates to the entire radio to fix the problem”

William H., CA (2014 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Voice control for phone is super slow and frustrating inaccurate”

Anonymous, VA (2014 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Voice recognition system was not working, however on first oil change the dealer did a software upgrade which has corrected the problem”

Greg S., TN (2014 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Voice command system did not implement commands”

Anonymous, CA (2014 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The voice control does not work and the dealer cannot make it work”

Anonymous, CA (2014 Toyota RAV4 LE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Find Carl's jr, it' says can not find motel 6”

Anonymous, AZ (2014 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“It takes 5 or so minutes before the voice command will boot up an engine start”

Anonymous, CA (2014 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Does not corectly respond to voice comands. Does not call correct people”

Diana G., OH (2014 Toyota RAV4 XLE 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

“Quite surprised to feel outside air leaking into the passenger cab”

Greg P., MD (2014 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

“Snow accumulates on INSIDE door panels”

Anonymous, MA (2014 Toyota RAV4 LE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Front doors dirt, mud and ice form on the bottom inside of doors”

L W., NJ (2014 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“It appears that when Toyota redesigned the RAV4 and put the tire under the cargo area instead of outside on the rear door, they did not do anything to deal with road and wind noise in the cargo area. There is a tremendous amount of noise that comes”

Chris K., CO (2014 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Interior squeaks. Especially in winter”

Anonymous, AL (2014 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“rattle in the dash console that I think has been resolved by the dealer”

Anonymous, WA (2014 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“suspension rides like a truck, very hard, bumpy ride, lots of noises while driving”

Anonymous, TX (2014 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Squeaks noticeable in rear of car when driving over any bumps in road. Dealership unable to locate”

Anonymous, CA (2014 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“dashboard rattle when driving from NAV system not being securely in place. Dealer says they can't fix/replicate, but noise is there and heard by many people”

Anonymous, WI (2014 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The rear suspension made a chirping sound. Toyota replace the left rear strut”

Anonymous, CA (2014 Toyota RAV4 Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Glove compartment kept getting stuck and rattled a lot. They finally fixed the door”

Anonymous, CT (2014 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

“The driver's door has never fit properly. Toyota has tried three times to correct it. They claim to have replaced gaskets, window tracks and other things. I've noticed no change. When I can afford it, I'll take the car to a body shop”

Jay L., NV (2014 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The car is not a quite car in fact it is quite noisy”

John C., FL (2014 Toyota RAV4 LE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“It is a noisy car. I think by this time with all the improvements being made on cars this should not be a problem”

Anonymous, PA (2014 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Self Explanatory..with previous comment”

Chris K., CO (2014 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Again surprised to feel and hear wind noise”

Greg P., MD (2014 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“noisy”

Allan S., BC (2014 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“when driving at highway speeds the wind and road is such that it is hard hear the person next to you”

Anonymous, TX (2014 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

Clock

“when headlights are on, the clock is dimmed to the point it is unreadable”

K B., WA (2014 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Gauges

“Fuel gauge is not accurate. Low fuel indicator can NOT be trusted”

John H., NY (2014 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Both headlights went out simultaneously and needed replaced”

Anonymous, PA (2014 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“both headlights went out - hard to see ahead at night!”

Thomas M., PA (2014 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“headlights burn out MUCH too often”

Anonymous, PA (2014 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

“brake light stopped working - fixed under warranty”

William T., IL (2014 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Turning light on rear OF car on drive's side out of service and had to be replaced”

Anonymous, QC (2014 Toyota RAV4 Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“both multi-function lights have burned out - at 1.5 years and 3 years”

William T., VA (2014 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Interior lights

“no working when sold. had to come back to dealer. Car is RAV4 EV”

Andrei O., CA (2014 Toyota RAV4 Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Keyless entry

“The door lock on the drivers side stopped working”

Todd M., FL (2014 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Tire pressure monitor

“not specific, in accurate”

Anonymous, WA (2014 Toyota RAV4 XLE 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

Master cylinder

“I noticed about a month ago that I was pushing the brake pedal further in when sitting at a stop. The car would inch forward and I would press harder. It got to the point that I had to move my seat forward. The dealership fixed it immediately”

Anonymous, TX (2014 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Regular brake failure

“Replaced front brakes due to normal wear (in January, I think)”

Anonymous, VA (2014 Toyota RAV4 Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Rotors

“one wheel rotor rusts very quickly and makes a noise while first driving. Dealer resurfaced rotor and it did not fix the problem. will ask for a new rotor at 10,000 service”

Anonymous, NJ (2014 Toyota RAV4 LE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“I had to replace rotors ...damaged by driving on worn out pads”

Anonymous, MD (2014 Toyota RAV4 Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaking

“Squealing started the morning after purchase and continued until brakes and rotors were replaced”

Quentin J., NC (2014 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“We bought the car used. It had extensive brake wear. Dealer represented it was due to car sitting in lot, resulting in rust. Insisted that car be "certified". Firestone inspection showed excessive wear. Dealer replaced brakes. No further problem”

Anonymous, IN (2014 Toyota RAV4 LE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Have consulted with the dealer twice about this. Others have the same problem. Am told we don't drive it enough. They spray it with something that only helps for a week or so”

Thomas A., IA (2014 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

“brake pads did not as long as I think theyshould have”

Anonymous, MD (2014 Toyota RAV4 Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“brake pads worn out within 12000 miles”

William M., CA (2014 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Needed new front & rear brakes at 22000 miles which I thought was a bit early”

Mati K., CA (2014 Toyota RAV4 XLE 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

“the piece of molding on the roof between the roof rack on the passenger side is loose”

Anonymous, NJ (2014 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“On the roof under the roof rack there is a rubber moulding that came loose and had to be reglued. the same problem on the 2013 we traded in”

Joyce T., CO (2014 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The rubber trim that sits in the roof rail track came loose”

Anonymous, ON (2014 Toyota RAV4 LE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Loose interior trim or moldings

“Interior trim between passenger door and windshield - something to do with an airbag - came loose. Took it back to dealer, they replaced it and it has not come loose again”

Thomas M., PA (2014 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“poor finishing...cheap”

Allan S., BC (2014 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Glove box latch broke and it would not stay closed”

Anonymous, MB (2014 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Fabric on door panels bubbled”

William R., OH (2014 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

“Small pieces of paint chipped off on driver side door above the door handle and below the window”

SUSn F., OK (2014 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Paint chips off the front hood of the vehicle very easily from rocks thrown by vehicles in front of mine. I had 4 at one time less than 2 weeks a buying the vehicle. I now have 6 more from one trip. One is on the top. I don't remember any stones h”

Anonymous, OH (2014 Toyota RAV4 LE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Loose/rattling heat shield

“Notice a different sound when turning .The dealer considered unsafe to drive. They reattached the heat shield”

Anonymous, FL (2014 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Other/unsure

“User Interface is complicated;”

Anonymous, OH (2014 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Traffic icon doesn't work.Dealer has to remove and reset,says it will take hours to fix because they need to remove radio.Everything else works”

Frank C., FL (2014 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Traffic map did not work”

Anonymous, SC (2014 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Its all connected”

Anonymous, NY (2014 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“ENTUNE did not activate voice command feature. It kept freezing up and then returning to radio mode”

Anonymous, CA (2014 Toyota RAV4 XLE 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

“Windshield seems very susceptible to chips and cracks. Never had this problem with other cars. Had to have windshield replaced”

Douglas S., FL (2014 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Opening and closing controls/motor malfunctioned and required replacing”

Anonymous, AZ (2014 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

“Tailgate strut broke. Dealer fixed at no cost”

Mark D., MO (2014 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Both hatchback support shocks lost fluid and would not support the tailgate”

Anonymous, MO (2014 Toyota RAV4 LE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Tailgate doesn't always lift when the button is pressed in. I understand it happens on the Prius, too”

Karen S., MA (2014 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Hatch had a squeak during opening and would squeak when the vehicle was driven over bumpy roads”

Anonymous, AZ (2014 Toyota RAV4 Limited 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

“plastic cover buckeled making it difficult to shift to park”

Anonymous, CA (2014 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Rough shifting

“Engine will rev up, slow down and then shift hard while accelerating”

Anonymous, CO (2014 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Shifter was difficult to move --fixed successfully under warranty”

Alan H., ME (2014 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Only in extreme cold, transmission has slipped from stand still for half a block”

Gary H., ON (2014 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission leaks

“we think that there is a transmission leak, found some spots on the garage door, but mechanic checked and found no problem. We are monitoring this situation very carefully”

Anonymous, TX (2014 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Repair Three Times for the same problem of transmission leaks 30000km, 40000km and 600000km”

Anonymous, QC (2014 Toyota RAV4 LE 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

“recall notice for steering circuit board”

Anonymous, AZ (2014 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Shocks or struts

“Back shocks/struts are very noisy and rough. Wheels will drop hard into holes with a loud, rough action”

Anonymous, CO (2014 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Squeaks”

Anonymous, HI (2014 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Leaking left rear shock. Replaced under warrany”

Anonymous, NY (2014 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Springs or torsion bars

“It is the roughest riding car I've ever owned. Its ride is so unpleasant that I am sell it this summer and a smoother riding SUV. And in checking your April issue on same, have decided to look for a slightly used or else new Lexus RX 350. So I need”

Anonymous, AZ (2014 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

Automatic climate control

“Passenger side air vents would not cool, only heat would work”

Anonymous, SC (2014 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Heater system

“This a a RAV4 EV and the heater and electrical had a major failure which appears to be common. Car was out for about a month”

Anonymous, CA (2014 Toyota RAV4 Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Very little or no heat. Haven't had it looked at yet so don't know what the problem is”

Anonymous, MA (2014 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The heating system is not adequate for the interior size of the car. It usually takes no less than a full 25 minutes for the interior to warm in the winter months”

Kathryn O., PA (2014 Toyota RAV4 Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

“I purchased the car in June and in August the transmission had to be completely replaced. The car wouldn't shift out of gear and was sidelined on the highway until it could be towed to shop. Toyota replaced transmission - I think it's a known issue”

Anonymous, MA (2014 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Transmission hesitated 2 to 3 seconds before changing from park or reverse to drive”

Ronald H., PA (2014 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Complete transmission failure occurred on the highway. Transmission was replaced with a factory rebuilt unit on warranty”

Dominique G., MB (2014 Toyota RAV4 LE 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

“Car would intermitently not start upon pressing start button. Took to dealer for repair and they could not fing the problem. The car was certlified as working as designed by district office. Probem continues”

Anonymous, CA (2014 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Battery (not hybrid or electric)

“I was having issues starting the vehicle, dealership replaced a defective battery under warranty”

Anonymous, MI (2014 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Fuel System

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

What Owners Say

Fuel cap

“kept check engine light on even after replacement; required 2 fullday dropoffs at dealer to fix -- inconvenient”

Anonymous, CT (2014 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

“Dealer claimed I put e85 in tank and charged for tank drain and injector clean at 7300 mi ($400). Argued with manager and paid to get car back only to have engine light failure on way home. Service writer knew us and had o2 sensor replace in an hour and didn't write it up. We got soaked for that bill and don't do business with dealership maintenance shops any more”

Gary D., KY (2014 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

Electrical failure

“Battery failure and replaced with a "new" one under warranty. Actually the battery was a degraded refurbished battery. This is an EV”

Barry F., CA (2014 Toyota RAV4 Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“I would never purchase another Toyota product”

Anonymous, MA (2014 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

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

Engine Cooling

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

Engine Major

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

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