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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.
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There are 3 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 2015 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

“unable to see it in daylight”

Rita A., SD (2015 Toyota RAV4 LE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“for some undiagnosed reason the blind spot sensors turn off on their own”

Stephen R., IL (2015 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen difficult to see

“lettering too light on clock. Radio/CD change displays without warning”

Rita A., SD (2015 Toyota RAV4 LE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Screen is too small, screen is difficult to impossible to see when sunlight is on it, this is particularly bad for the back up camera visibility”

Stanley W., NH (2015 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“cannot see activity on screen at times due to sunlight glare”

Dave B., CA (2015 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“during certain times with the sun shining-one can not view the screen”

Allan E., CA (2015 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Display screen all but worthless in daytime conditions - constant glare on the screen makes it impossible to see the screen or any information contained on it”

John C., PA (2015 Toyota RAV4 LE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The display screen is very reflective, to a dangerous degree. When driving with the sun behind the vehicle sunlight will reflect off of the display screen, blinding me as I drive”

Andy S., NY (2015 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“when connecting an ipod (120GB) to the usb input only a limited number of tracks will be played before the ipod and car unit lock up. This does not happen when a ipod touch is used”

Anonymous, NJ (2015 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The radio will not work with a thumb drive containing MP3 music. This is strange, as it seems to be set up to do so, but it doesn't work. I brought this up with the Toyota service center, and they confirmed that the radio does not work with MP3 thumb drives. This is a disappointment, particularly as our 2012 Honda Accord's radio works perfectly with a thumb drive, and it's much easier to scroll through music using the radio than with a separate iPhone”

Andy S., NY (2015 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

“Difficult programming directions”

Richard C., FL (2015 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“app frequently is slow to load the ability to enter an address into navigation system”

Anonymous, WA (2015 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The navigation system has a lot of features that could be USble but frequently are not. The USbility of the features is important as you don't want people 'messing' with the nav system while driving -- but frequently you need to resort to just that”

Brody B., AR (2015 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“navigation system gives drastically wrong directions”

Dave B., CA (2015 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“voice controls are completely useless. Toyota could do a software update to fix problems. Basically, it cannot understand any commands, and results are totally unrelated to request. Waste of money”

Anonymous, ON (2015 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“GPS visibility is poor, as is the entire touchscreen. Adjustments to the GPS brightness did not work properly, causing the screen to go almost completely invisible. GPS data and updates also not very good/accurate. Navigation with voice control also essentially useless. Much of this is the touchscreen itself, touches do not cause action to perform”

Anonymous, VA (2015 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Difficult to use not reliable”

Enio G., GA (2015 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“phone occasionally looses connection to car. I can't answer incoming calls because the phone toggles back and forth between headset and car. Outgoing calls are fine”

Anonymous, CA (2015 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Radio

“radio cuts out for a few seconds, several times a day. I took it in and they said that is normal because it is a hd radio. I find this hard to believe”

Anonymous, IL (2015 Toyota RAV4 Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“"Premium" Entune system sounds like a clock radion. Radio won't hold equalizer settings and randomly resets to defaults. Also, Voice reco is very spotty”

Andy Z., NJ (2015 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“satellite radio signals are poor in hilly terrain, really bad reception when the leaves are on the trees. It is marketed as a paying option and they really should do something about the poor signal strength”

Stanley W., NH (2015 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Speakers

“Paid extra to have the radio with 11 speakers with subwoofer and this does not operate well for a premium system. Supposed to have over 500 watts JBL, but sounds most of the time like a regular radio”

Robert H., FL (2015 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Often I will notice that the Cruise Control is tuned on, when It was not turned on. The button to turn on or off is located at the end of the control arm, and can easily be turned off or on accidently especially when wearing winter gloves. I feel the control arm should be shorter. It has not caused a problem for me but there is a potential for an unintended slow down”

Anonymous, ON (2015 Toyota RAV4 LE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Voice control commands

“Does not understand commands”

Richard C., FL (2015 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“system does not understand commands when spoken at normal volume levels and speed”

Anonymous, WA (2015 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The command system is neither user friendly nor intuitive. The system is list driven with a completely illogical list of choices. The system frequently fails to execute on commands and has several dead ends that require a complete restart”

Brody B., AR (2015 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“voice commands work only with the car not moving. any other time you receive mumbo jumbo. dealer says it works fine”

Allan E., CA (2015 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Voice recognition has been awfully on this vehicle from day one. It recently stopped working. Was told that the software w as out of date by two years. In other words from the day I got the car. Has been working Mitch better since but still not great”

Michael M., OH (2015 Toyota RAV4 Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“This function is essentially useless whether using for navigation, audio, or anything. If you use it, CANCEL will be the most used function”

Anonymous, VA (2015 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
CD player

“Sometimes it does not work at all sometimes it does”

Anonymous, CA (2015 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Sometimes the GPS screen will stay on the same map for miles and miles”

Anonymous, CA (2015 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Stops functioning and have to stop and restart the car”

John L., ME (2015 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“screen wuld go blank and radio would shut off. Within 60-90 seconds, it would return to normal. Happened approx 3x/week without any patterns as to car location or time of day, just randomly”

Anonymous, CA (2015 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

Squeaks or rattles

“There is an intermittent rattle/rubbing sound coming from the area above the rear view mirror. Of course, when we took it to the dealer, it wasn't making the sound. We'll be taking it back soon”

John S., MN (2015 Toyota RAV4 LE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“When the temperature is colder than around 10 degrees, it sounds like the "hard" interior materials (like plastic) are cracking -- very loud - although no visible damage”

Anonymous, MN (2015 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Rattle in dash by radio/climate system. Only on roads that are not smooth”

Keith M., BC (2015 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“front brake pads cause banging sound when applying the brakes, going forward and reverse”

Anonymous, ON (2015 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Plastic parts on dashboard squeaking”

Anonymous, TX (2015 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The car suspension began squeaking around 5,000 miles. We have taken it to dealer who said there is nothing they can do and squeaks are normal. The transmission makes clunky noises and wind noise is high. I know RAV is not luxury car BUT $32,000 is still a lot of money and should mean something. I no longer expect this from any car maker in 2015 to now”

John A., NC (2015 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“In dash rattle. Corrected under warranty by dealership”

Greg M., ON (2015 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Four trips to dealer to correct significant rattling in sun roof. One time the entire unit wa replace. Also, molding fell off”

William E., NJ (2015 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Constant noise from interior materials rubbing together. Taken to the dealership who "could not find any noises" - dealership "test drove" the vehicle less than 1 mile according to odometer readings”

John C., PA (2015 Toyota RAV4 LE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Sometimes/intermittently hear a metal rubbing sound when I push the brakes. Took it to the dealer and they said the brakes were fine and they were not able to reproduce the described sound. They thought it might be dust”

Anonymous, CA (2015 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Rattle in dash”

Anonymous, SC (2015 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

“louder than expected”

Anonymous, TX (2015 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Extreme wind noise at hay-way speeds. Have to turn the radio to almost (75%) volume to listen to Cd's or audio books. Will not lease another RAV4”

Curtis J., KS (2015 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

“mechanism around sunroof was rattling; dealer fixed”

William C., NC (2015 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The driver side weather stripping was defective(had a 3 inch cut along the seam”

Daniel K., NH (2015 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

“so noisy they had to be replaced”

Anonymous, ON (2015 Toyota RAV4 LE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Squel”

Anonymous, IL (2015 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“For the first 5 minutes of every drive, I can hear rubbing or squeaking every time I brake. This is a brand new vehicle!!!”

Anonymous, ON (2015 Toyota RAV4 LE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The car was turned over to Toyota engineers after a year long process for them to come up with a fix. It also had to be towed in twice due to braking problems”

Anonymous, CO (2015 Toyota RAV4 LE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Rock from chip sealing got stuck op in the drum. Toyota cleaned it out for me”

Anonymous, WA (2015 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“There is a grinding sound coming from the front passenger side break, but this is intermittent”

Anonymous, CA (2015 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“After driving in winter condition brakes give a loud, high pitched squeal”

Anonymous, BC (2015 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Grinding on backing up on early morning starts”

Anonymous, FL (2015 Toyota RAV4 LE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“it's very noisy. My mechanic says it's in good shape , just noise”

Anonymous, NY (2015 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Front break pads wore more quickly than expected and required replacement”

Anonymous, CA (2015 Toyota RAV4 LE 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

“Window molding was damaged upon arrival”

Anonymous, PA (2015 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“trim at base of windshield blew off while driving”

James O., NY (2015 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Loose interior trim or moldings

“noise/rattles, dealer cannot hear”

Anonymous, ON (2015 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The specific problem was with fit (airbag module trim piece cover) and a door trim defect (left-front armrest cover). The only way to resove the fit issue was to replace the entire airbag module. The only way to resolve the door trim issue was to replace the entire left front interior door panel. Both of these items were replaced under the auspices of the car's factory warranty”

Anonymous, CA (2015 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

“Finish chips off easily”

Anonymous, MT (2015 Toyota RAV4 LE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“After driving on a 600-mile road trip, the paint on the hood and doors was noticeably pocked. Toyota says this is because small gravel from the road can damage the paint. After they touched it up (for free), we had them put on a clear adhesive bra and side mirror and door protectors (~$200) to minimize the damage. They also advised us to not drive behind semis, so we don't. This was never a problem with our 2003 RAV4”

Anonymous, OH (2015 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“A lot of places with fading and more scratches than should be”

Anonymous, IN (2015 Toyota RAV4 LE 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

Locks and latches

“The glove compartment dampner that slowly opens the glove compartment has come off and will not stay connected. If not connected, it drops down fast”

Robert H., FL (2015 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Sunroof

“sunroof spontaneously exploded for no reason. No other vehicles around. Toyota refused to cover under warranty. 3,500 miles at the time!”

Michele O., OR (2015 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Seat controls - movement

“The manual adjust driver seat jammed in place 3 times and was finally replaced under warranty”

Michael M., AZ (2015 Toyota RAV4 LE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

“The lifts that open the back hatch made noises and didn't always work. They were replaced under warranty”

Anonymous, TX (2015 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

“The control arm lights blinked on and off at night”

Anonymous, VA (2015 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Tail and brake light bulb burned out and replaced under warranty”

Anonymous, IN (2015 Toyota RAV4 LE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Moisture in tail light assembly”

Anonymous, SC (2015 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Warning lights

“Blind spot monitor system went out. It was repaired under 2 year warranty”

Edward V., TX (2015 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

“Intake is arranged in such a way as to allow squirrels to get inside and make a real mess of the HVAC system”

Anonymous, MI (2015 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Condenser

“Condenser leak since new. 5 service visits to correct”

Robert J., MA (2015 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Torque converter

“shuddering at low rpm”

Anonymous, IL (2015 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

“wine >replacement”

Anonymous, CA (2015 Toyota RAV4 Unsure 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

Traction control

“When the brakes are applied, the car "hops", rather than stopping”

Anonymous, ON (2015 Toyota RAV4 LE 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

“The cruise control when set to a specific speed keeps varying up and down by about 3 or 4 kmh”

Wayne R., ON (2015 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Oil leaks

“Found at my 15000 mile check up and took 4 days to remedy. Another problem is the driver side floor carpet has a hole worn through and Toyota will not replace it”

Daniel K., NH (2015 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.

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

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.

Engine Cooling

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

Exhaust

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

Engine Major

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

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Recalls
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STEERING:ELECTRIC POWER ASSIST SYSTEM
Mar 13 2015
An unexpected loss of power steering increases the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) is recalling certain model year 2015 Camry, Camry Hybrid, Highlander, and Highlander Hybrid, and 2014-2015 Rav4 vehicles. A component of the electric power steering (EPS) electronic control unit (ECU) may have been damaged during the manufacturing process. Over time, this damage may result in failure of the electric power steering system.
What should you do:
Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the serial number of the EPS ECU or steering column assembly. If the number is within the affected range, the EPS ECU will be replaced, free of charge. The recall began on May 7, 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: 15V144000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 110085
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
EQUIPMENT
Dec 30 2014
Accessories that detach from a vehicle may result in a vehicle crash and/or personal injury.
Summary:
Southeast Toyota Distributors, LLC (SET) is recalling certain model year 2014-2015 Toyota 4Runner, Tacoma, FJ Cruiser, Land Cruiser, RAV4, Scion FRS, and XB vehicles. The affected vehicles may have accessories installed by SET, such as running boards or other items, that were incorrectly installed. The accessory attaching fasteners were not tightened with the proper torque, possibly causing the accessory to detach from the vehicle.
What should you do:
SET will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and tighten the affected bolts, free of charge. The recall began February 23, 2015. Owners may contact SET customer service at 1-866-405-4226. SET's number for this recall is SET-14B.
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: 14V828000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 3958
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