Not only has it pioneered the genre, but the Toyota RAV4 has been one of the better compact SUVs, consistently among the top-ranked models in the class. But competition in the small-SUV class has never been stiffer, so to maintain its position the freshened 2016 Toyota RAV4 underwent a number of changes.
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There are 2 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 420,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2019 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 2016 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

"Alarms kept going off. They tell me the connections were loose. Final check up is next week"

Anonymous, OR (2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
CD player

"WE bought the version with the most expensive package of options only to discover that this version had NO CD PLAYER. The sound quality of the stereo is poor and the navigation system is difficult to use. Very disappointing."

Mike K., AB (2016 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen difficult to see

"The display is ineffective when used during the daytime in normal sunlight conditions. Parking assist and GPS functions are for the most part ineffective and distracting. This product should also have never been released for use to the customer. My $200 Garmin NAVI operates must better"

Maxwell S., ON (2016 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"In sun, the Rear Nav Display is impossible to see. A real safety problem"

Steven H., NJ (2016 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen freezes up

"The screen will freeze when a call ends. The radio will come on but there is no way to control anything"

Todd J., CA (2016 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Display screen stops updating and responding to touch inputs. When this happens, I hold down volume/power button until Entune system reboots. Then it's fine for a while (few weeks or so)."

Anonymous, VA (2016 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Dealer replaced the unit, new unit is doing the same thing."

Thomas R., CO (2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Display screen goes blank

"Dealer replace the unit, new unit has same problem."

Thomas R., CO (2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"The Entune system is substandard. Also, the cruise control is intermittent"

Andrew H., TX (2016 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Every time I start the car, it launches Apple music on my iPhone and starts playing the first song. An internet search shows that everyone complains about this same problem and there's no fix, except to unpair the phone from the car."

Anonymous, LA (2016 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I have an IPhone 6S that has only limited ability to interface with the car. Although the dealer said the Entune feature would work, it doesn’t; so I settled for downloading ScoutGPSLink so I could use the screen for navigation but it was worthless, probably the worst, least user-friendly mapping app that I have ever come across. The instructions are so messed up and convoluted that it was actually dangerous to use. I resorted back to my Google Maps on my IPhone. So much for hands free,"

Robert W., WI (2016 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Didn't come with a built in GPS/Navigation system with a manual. Need to buy/obtain the music source of a certain brand. Never got to work. Ended up using my iPhone directly mounted on old dash board mount. Also had issues with music player. Would have like to store my music on stick and play the music randomily. Unfortunately the player always started on the same random song, which negated any randomness in the play list"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Toyota RAV4)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"ocassionally does not select the best route choice. Difficult to stop once started. Telephone favorites used to appear without the name and a truncated phone number"

Anonymous, IL (2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Vehicle location on GPS was several miles from the actual position"

Douglas B., CA (2016 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The system failed computer was replaced"

Janea K., WA (2016 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Actually it is the Weather part of the Toyota Entune system vs navigation specific. Dealership was never able to change the City location to where I live, so the local weather was never for my city and would not default to a new one when tried. Frustrating and annoying. Should have sent a bug fix for that years ago."

Anonymous, KY (2016 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The navigation system is very difficult to use. Sometimes it wont shut off and keeps announcing turns when we want it to just shut up. We now use Google maps instead. This only works when there is a second person in the car to operate Google maps on their phone."

Mike K., AB (2016 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The navigation maps are poor and years out of date as of the date of purchase. The out of date maps meant that we have been directed to dead end roads and to non-existent highway exits. The map system human interface is terrible to use, if it works at all. We have to mount a cell phone on the windshield and use Google Maps instead."

B B., CT (2016 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I question its accuracy. The cost of an upgrade is around $200. Not happy!"

D K., RI (2016 Toyota RAV4 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Poor visibility on the screen when using the backup camera. Often has a reflection. Toyota needs to enlarge the screen plus change the screen angle or shade it. It is a hazard because you cannot see behind when it is sunshiny."

Don S., WA (2016 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"navigation was not giving accurate directions. took it to dealership and after heated discussion they updated navigation. this vehicle was certified pre owned"

Randy A., CO (2016 Toyota RAV4 LE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"It’s so difficult to use such that I don’t bother trying to!"

Gene E., MN (2016 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Phone will disconnect from the pairing, then reconnect, then disconnect, sometimes every couple of minutes, over and over again. It will not stay paired to receive txt msgs. Sometimes that works, sometimes it doesn't. I have to pair it again to get back to working with txt msgs"

Anonymous, IA (2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Bluetooth failed and the car's Bluetooth transmitter was replaced"

Anonymous, DE (2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The pairing is lost for no apparent reason, and is sometimes difficult to correct. The car may have to be restarted in order to get the pairing to work properly"

Karen R., GA (2016 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Won't work with my Apple phones"

David K., CA (2016 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I think the bluetooth may cause many softeare problems in the radio. Can’t control the radio volume or turm off the radio. The screen becomes non-responsive. I UNPAIRED the cell phone and turned OFF the bluetooth. function. That may have been the fix to make the radio and navigation functional again."

Anonymous, MD (2016 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Entune system can't tell when I want to hear music from my own Bluetooth headphones and tries and succeeds at overriding, despite attempts to turn it off, etc. Also changes from an app that has meditation music to opening my iTunes music and starts playing that-even though that app was not open on my phone at the time."

Anonymous, KY (2016 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Even though my phone is paired with the device the pairing connectivity is inconsistent. When I attempt to make a call, the pairing may drop and then reconnect while the phone is ringing or the other party has answered or it may remain connected with no problem. The uploading of phone calls and text messages is slow and is not up to date immediately. Sometimes the transition is swift, slow or doesn't happen at all. Simply put the hands-free driving is not reliable."

Anonymous, SC (2016 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The Bluetooth system has a difficult time remembering what phone it's supposed to connect to."

Anonymous, CA (2016 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The car does a basic pairing with cell phones. It is not able to pass phone navigation voice output to the car speaker system.. We were 1st told it was due to our phone, a Samsung S4 being old. The phone was replaced a bit later with a Samsung S7 and the problem persists to this day. The car electronics do NOT interface with the phone contacts correctly. The 1st time a given phone is paired, the car downloads the contacts. The issue is that the car will not accept up any edits or updates unless you clear all phones from the car memory."

B B., CT (2016 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Unable to engage our new iPhone Xs. Do we need to be within cell service area?? doesn't say."

Anonymous, (2016 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I like to listen to podcasts, Pandora, and on-line material from the Great Courses. Again, in order to do this using the car’s audio system, I have to switch back and forth from my phone to the car’s interfaces. I still have to open my phone, unlock it, find the correct app and use the app’s features to pause, fast forward, go to the next lecture in a series, or interface with the program I am currently using; but audio controls have to be done with the car’s interface. It is easier and safer to use a third-party bluetooth speaker sitting on the seat next to me; at least then I can do everything from just my IPhone."

Robert W., WI (2016 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Major static when using blue tooth to speak on the phone."

Lydia W., MD (2016 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Radio

"The radio volume changes without warning. This is not due to speeding up or road noise. It seems to not receive as strong a signal at some points in time than others. The radio has also gone off completely and the car must be restarted in order to fix the situation"

Karen R., GA (2016 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The feature where I could rewind and fast forward radio is missing from my screen and I can't get it back."

Lydia W., MD (2016 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Routine software updates

"GPS update cost is outrageous. I am now using my cell for GPS directions."

Anonymous, TN (2016 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Voice control commands

"The voice command system is terrible. It is clunky and really poor at recognizing what I've said. It is so much easier to work around it and ask Siri to place phone calls, get directions, or do any of a number of tasks that the Entune system is supposed to do on its own. The computer engineering on this system is way behind the times"

Anonymous, CT (2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Voice recognition is terrible. The system does not recognize commands about 50% of the time. Much less reliable than Android Auto, which I used in a rental car"

Anonymous, WI (2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"GPS navigation voice commands usually do not work. I have retrained the system several times. It is an expensive product that simply does not work. It is distracting to use and should never have been offered. I'm sorry I purchased this car"

Maxwell S., ON (2016 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The Voice Recognition System is terrible. It never gets commands correct. Toyota is not able to fix. Terrible"

Steven H., NJ (2016 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Voice control did not understand commands and was most often incorrect. Hump (hybrid battery) in cargo area is extremely annoying and is one of the main reasons we would not buy it again."

Anonymous, CA (2016 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Does not recognize my voice commands. I have repeated the voice recognition exercise several times."

Anonymous, (2016 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

Antilock system (ABS)

"strange noises from the brakes that the dealer has no clue about and what the issue is"

Geoff B., BC (2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"right rear abs sensor and cable got wet and disabled abs,adaptive cruise control, fwd crash alert, and lane guidance system. They ordered part for us ain 2 days had it fixed."

Anonymous, OH (2016 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Normal routine brake wear

"Replaced pads and rogers."

Charles G., MO (2016 Toyota RAV4 LE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Would shudder at stops. Replaced pads and rotates."

Charles G., MO (2016 Toyota RAV4 LE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I had to change brake pads and rotors @ 50,000"

Mary C., PA (2016 Toyota RAV4 LE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

"I only had around 5000 miles on the vehicle when I went for my 1st maintenance I was told that I needed new rotors and pads. They would not back up the warranty stating that it was a ware item. This should of been a issue under the warranty."

Ronald G., VT (2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"I feel that there is an issue with the brakes as I have never had this problem with other cars I have owned. The Toyota dealer replaced the brakes at no charge, as a customer accommodation"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced Brakes At 35 k because they were making noise. I would expect them to last much longer"

Dale B., FL (2016 Toyota RAV4 LE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Toyota says front rotors and brake pads need to be replaced. I have owned 5 other Toyotas and have not had this excessive wear before."

Bruce T., MB (2016 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Although the car is three years old, it is carefully driven. I have never had to replace brakes on any previous vehicles I have owned with this mileage on them and no mechanical problems what so ever."

T P., PA (2016 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"My brakes are making a very bad noise and have been for many months and the deal keeps telling me they are fine. The car shakes when I try to stop quickly and the scraping sound is horrible."

Anonymous, GA (2016 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The brakes began queaking so thee dealer said they had to be repllaced. I thought it was way too early to replace brakes since I am not a fast driver and had only gone under 30000 miles at hat point"

J W., CA (2016 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Dealer diagnosed/recommended repair during tire change - expressed as routine. However did not see that maintenance item in teh manual after checking later. Real issue???"

Anonymous, NY (2016 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"At 26000 miles I was tols we needed new brake pads. My wife drives this car and doesn't drive hard or ride the brakes"

Michael G., NC (2016 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Pulsation or vibration

"After 25000km pulsing became noticeable but did not render the vehicle inoperative, was quite annoying. I new that pulsing was due to warped disks. At 53000 km had the brakes completely overhauled. Tires had to be replace also due to premature ware wear and tire cracks between tread (known are tire rot."

Anonymous, ON (2016 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Makes noises and pulses when breaking. Toyota wasn't concerned."

Michael G., NC (2016 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Rotors

"Rear rotors became noisy after car was parked for 18 days during winter. Dealer said they were pitted. Replaced under warranty at no charge."

C S., IL (2016 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The brakes would clunk at the end of the application of food pressure on the pedal. The technician studied the problem, noted some rust on a moving part, removed the rust, and now the brakes operate without the audio effects. When we first had the car, we also noticed that the brakes squealed in the morning when we used the car for the first time that day. We brought that to the attention of the service manager, and he told me that the problem originated with the type of brake pads used by a new supplier."

Anonymous, MN (2016 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Rotars had to be machined down after only 20,000 miles of tender driving."

Anonymous, NY (2016 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaking

"Just after purchasing the car in the winter the brakes squeezed when I applied the brakes. The dealer told me it was common and would go away as the car warmed up. Eventually the dealer repaired the brakes and did not charge me for the $350 bill that they created working on the car. No problem sine then"

Jeanie H., NY (2016 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"As I press on the brakes sqweeking kicked in"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Toyota RAV4 LE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Brakes were noisy, even though linings had lots of wear remaining. Shop said there was a difference in materials in brake linings (front) between those made in Japan and those made in USA. Relined fronts at about 50,000 miles. Mostly fixed the noise."

David S., CA (2016 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Brakes made noise. Had brake job @ 50K to get quieter brake pads"

David S., CA (2016 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

Doors or sliding doors

"rear deck not latching"

Anonymous, DE (2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Rear hatch would not open completely. Subject of a recall."

John B., NC (2016 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Poor design of doors; they collect snow, sand, & slush all winter. Even a car wash doesn't remove whatever is sitting in the bottom of the doors. Headlights are angled such that oncoming traffic often thinks I have my high beams on."

Anonymous, ME (2016 Toyota RAV4 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Glass defects

"Drivers side door window shattered for no reason"

Anonymous, CO (2016 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Heated or cooled seat controls

"The Rav is a hybrid and the heating system is poor in cold weather. I took into Toyota Dealership and they said they found no issue. In -10 C you must leave a jacket on as the interior does not heat sufficiently to do so. Front seats are okay because of seat heaters but cold in the back. It is a HUGE disappointment and effects if I would tell someone to buy one!"

George C., BC (2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Locks and latches

"Recall--it was fixed"

T P., PA (2016 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The console needs replaced because of a broken latch.estimated cost 380.00. The service advisor was aware of issues cropping up concerning the console. I am planning to file a complaint with Toyota"

Anonymous, OH (2016 Toyota RAV4 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"Rear tailgate motor was replaced as it failed and wouldn't work. Was covered by warranty but I feel like I will need to have replaced again as it is noisy"

George C., BC (2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Rear hatch sticks when trying to open"

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"I took the vehicle in to have the tires rotated and was told that there was a recall on the hatch latch. (Sorry. I couldn't help myself there.) They fixed the problem and rotated the tires in well under the estimated time"

Jack B., AZ (2016 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Out of alignment."

Anonymous, MA (2016 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"the electric tailgate was recalled, removed, module changed and other work done on it. I don't think Toyota properly tested this vehicle for colder snowy climates. I have to travel 35 miles to get this work done"

David M., BC (2016 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"auto open / close hatch stopped working. Fixed under warranty"

Sean S., BC (2016 Toyota RAV4)

"Tailgate lift actuators were making noise. Replaced under warranty."

Marcus R., FL (2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Rear tailgate washer hose severed"

Jerry P., FL (2016 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"One of the shocks exploded causing hatch not to close and also scratched paint and dented the inside hatch"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Toyota RAV4 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

Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Seal around sun roof has been replaced twice and it STILL leaks (even if it's only a light rain)"

Anonymous, NV (2016 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

"rattle inside passenger door. Dealer fixed it"

Anonymous, AZ (2016 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Squeak in the door behind the passenger"

Anonymous, TX (2016 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"There is a noise when braking or accelerating"

Delmar E., OH (2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Steering post cover rattled on rough concrete. Jack not fully secured."

Alton S., WA (2016 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Vibrations and rattles on uneven pavement/blacktop"

Anonymous, PA (2016 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Centre HVAC control dashboard rattled on warm day. Dealer has added more foam to eliminate the noise."

Matthew C., BC (2016 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"the car experiences road noise and a lot of rattling sounds while driving"

Anonymous, FL (2016 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

"Drivers side wind noise. They can't find the leak or do anything about it"

Anonymous, IL (2016 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I am disappointed in the amount of noise in my RAV4 compared to the comparable vehicles of my children and friends. The noise becomes annoying above 30 mph"

Norma G., MN (2016 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"A lot of wind and road noise"

Anonymous, MI (2016 Toyota RAV4 LE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I have a hearing problem but the wind/road noise is still too loud, especially for a $35,000 vehicle (the most I have ever paid for one). Most of it is road noise because it changes with road surfaces."

Ray K., DE (2016 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"DRIVING ON HIGHWAY ROAD NOISE AND WIND NOISE FROM WINDOWS GETS A LITTLE LOUD"

Anonymous, GA (2016 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 rear door lower trim is popped off with snow and ice build up ahead of the rear wheels. Toyota was made aware of this problem and hope fully will re- design it for next years model."

David M., BC (2016 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"moldings loosen during winter from ice / snow build-up and pop out"

Sean S., BC (2016 Toyota RAV4)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"Appears that first onwer scratch interon trim, leaving marks and scratches."

Anonymous, HI (2016 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Some of the plastic came loose and we had to take it to the dealer to get it put back on."

Anonymous, WI (2016 Toyota RAV4 LE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"The paint on this vehicle chips very easily. It's a new car and is chipped all over"

Anonymous, CO (2016 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I had an accident in this car and the right front fender needed repair and re painting. It was being repaired for 2 days"

Mary P., SD (2016 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The day after purchase, we visited our son two hours away and parked under a tree. When leaving later, we noticed a lot of bird poop on the vehicle. Took it thru the car wash when home but a lot of stains remained. Took it to the dealer and they told us we should have purchased a “paint protection package” and did we want to now. After laughing, we responded with a resounding NO. They detailed it for free and the stains were gone and haven’t seen any more stains from bird poop."

Ray K., DE (2016 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint seems easily chipped down to primer."

Anonymous, NY (2016 Toyota RAV4 LE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint on right side suddenly began peeling around the front headlight area, but not on any other part of the car."

Anonymous, CA (2016 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Rust

"I have small rust dots coming through on the roof of my Rav4"

Anonymous, HI (2016 Toyota RAV4 LE 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

"A couple of them started working. Replacing fuse fixed the problem"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Someone scraped the bumper on the car and it supposedly cause the warning sensors in the side view mirrors to fail. There was no dent on the car just a scrape and it seems to me the sensors should be better protected."

Anonymous, NY (2016 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"premature rear bulb failure"

Anonymous, CO (2016 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"People have stopped me to say my back lights aren't on when they are. I have noticed it on other RAV's while driving. I have to turn the lights all the way off then back on to get them to work sometimes."

Anonymous, GA (2016 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Headlights

"Several times a week when I am driving at night, oncoming traffic signals that I should turn off my high beams, when I am only using my regular headlights. I ask the dealer to check the headlights when I bring it in for regular maintenance, & they always say the headlights are fine. But other drivers do not think they're properly adjusted. Bad design, I guess. And annoying -- I don't want to be an inconsiderate driver."

Anonymous, ME (2016 Toyota RAV4 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Both headlights burned out at the same time. inconvenient but an easy fix"

Anonymous, OH (2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Headlights kept burning out in a short time. Three replacements done and they stopped."

Anonymous, NC (2016 Toyota RAV4)
Keyless entry

"Power lock need to be replaced dure to failure to work"

Anonymous, PR (2016 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
USB port

"quit working"

Anonymous, ND (2016 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"Backed over a small stick that ripped a sensor cable off causing warning system failure and $450 in repairs."

Anonymous, NY (2016 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Crossing over some types of lane marking paints do not result in a beep warning that the system should respond to."

Vernon A., CO (2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The forward collision control would only work if you are using the cruse control. It was not as I was explained to when I purchased the vehicle."

Ronald G., VT (2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Blind spot warning sensor inoperative. Got a warning on the dashboard system. Was repaired by dealer under warranty."

Lloyd R., MD (2016 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The parking sensors would go off when the vehicle was out in the rain. Dealer has flushed and cleaned the sensors."

Matthew C., BC (2016 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear bumper was side swiped while parallel parked on neighborhood street. Only scratch and some paint was rubbed off from the hit-and-run vehicle. Husband cleaned bumper and it looked fine. Several weeks later I started to see warning about blind spot monitor not (don't remember exactly what it said). The Mounting Bracket was bent and toyota would not cover the cost. Insurance covered cost since it was from hit-an-run damage."

Anonymous, VA (2016 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

Rough shifting

"transmission making laud noises when driving over 60 mph, very annoying , and not getting any solution from Toyota , I am very disappointed"

Marcelo L., NJ (2016 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Appears to be associated with cold weather. Dealer told me this was normal."

K L., ON (2016 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Slipping transmission

"On cold mornings the transmission would not engage or stopped engagins after driven short distance. After it began to drive, the shifting was very rough. Dealer sid this was normal, even though I told him this was dangerous."

K L., ON (2016 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission leaks

"Transmision leaked"

Anonymous, WI (2016 Toyota RAV4 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"leak at transfer case, repaired under warranty at no cost by Vancouver Toyota. it took more than a week, but Toyota provided a very nice rental car at no cost. We felt very well treated."

Anonymous, OR (2016 Toyota RAV4 XLE 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

Ball joints

"There was a rattling noise which was eliminated under warranty by remplacing the bearing in the back, driver side."

Anonymous, QC (2016 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Shocks or struts

"Rough ride. Drives like a truck."

Anonymous, ON (2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Springs or torsion bars

"rough ride when you hit a bump."

Anonymous, UT (2016 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Tire wear is uneven

"Front tires need to be replaced after only 22,000 miles on a tire rated at 65,000 miles. Rear tires are good"

Anonymous, OH (2016 Toyota RAV4 LE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"This new Rav4 came with Toyo tires. Within the first year all four tires had had major flats in the course of normal travel on New England roads. I am now driving on 4 repaired tires until the end of this lease."

Joe C., MA (2016 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

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"Battery died after less than1 year"

Anonymous, ON (2016 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The battery had to be replaced after it died and would not hold a charge. After replacement, the car again would not start. It seems the transmission wasn't fully in park although it felt like it was."

Anonymous, FL (2016 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Electronic ignition

"After battery change, I had an situation where the car would not start but not sure if it was the car or me"

Anonymous, ON (2016 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

"A (air) hose became disconnected, causing the computer to believe that the engine was malfunctioning. Almost all electronics showed a failure condition. Vehicle could only be driven slowly. Dealer reconnected the hose and the problems were solved."

Anonymous, CO (2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Oil leaks

"One of the engine seal leaks."

Anonymous, ON (2016 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Drive System

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

What Owners Say

4WD/AWD components

"Passenger side rear axle seal leaking from the rear differential at approximately 6000 miles and 6 and a half months of ownership. Toyota dealer replaced seal under warranty. Required leaving my vehicle at the dealer overnight. A loaner vehicle was provided at no charge"

Anonymous, IL (2016 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
CV joint

"It was leaking slowly. It was caught at an oil change and was repaired with in 1 week of the warranty ending."

B R., NE (2016 Toyota RAV4 XLE 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

"The controls are not user friendly. I cannot have air blowing on my face, and the Automatic button will not work on foot-directed air unless it is VERY cold outside. I find it hard to believe that I cannot have full control over air direction. Also, it takes 10 minutes before heat comes on in cold weather. This is absurd!"

Norma G., MN (2016 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Climate control never sends air flow heat to foot area"

Anonymous, MI (2016 Toyota RAV4 LE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"The transmission was making a loud whirring noise upon acceleration or deceleration around 50 mph. The dealer replaced it under warranty."

Gary Y., NE (2016 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

"used oil too much"

Anonymous, SC (2016 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

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

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.

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Recalls
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TIRES
Apr 22 2016
An incorrect label may result in the vehicle being overloaded, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Southeast Toyota Distributors, LLC (SET) is recalling certain model year 2016 Toyota Yaris, Rav4, Land Cruiser and 4Runner vehicles, and Scion FR-S, iM, and TC vehicles manufactured January 28, 2016, to March 14, 2016. The Load Carrying Capacity Modification Label may not reflect the correct added weight of the installed accessories. As a result, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard number 110, "Tire Selection and Rims for Passenger Cars."
What should you do:
SET will notify owners, and provide them a corrected label to be installed over the inaccurate label, free of charge. The recall began on June 3, 2016. Owners may contact SET customer service at 1-866-405-4226. SET's number for this recall is SET16A.
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: 16V236000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 94
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:ANTILOCK/TRACTION CONTROL/ELECTRONIC LIMITED SLIP
Apr 07 2016
Insufficient brake fluid pressure may cause a loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) is recalling certain model year 2016 Toyota RAV4 vehicles manufactured October 30, 2015, to February 3, 2016, 2016 Lexus RX350 vehicles manufactured October 26, 2015, to February 8, 2016, and 2016 Lexus ES350 vehicles manufactured September 1, 2015, to February 29, 2016. These vehicles are equipped with an ABS actuator that may have a damaged O-ring which could result in improper brake fluid pressure control during ABS, Traction Control, or Stability Control activation. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 126, "Electronic Stability Control Systems."
What should you do:
Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the brake actuator, replacing it as necessary, free of charge. The recall began on May 4, 2016, 2016. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331. Toyota's number for this recall is G0I, GLC.
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: 16V198000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 16656
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