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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.
Alerts
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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The 2016 Toyota RAV4 has been recalled 2 times by NHTSA. View Recalls
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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 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)

“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)

“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)

“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)
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)

“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)
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)

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)
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 Unsure 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)

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)
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)

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)
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)

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)
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)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

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)

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)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Transmission leaks

“Transmision leaked”

Anonymous, WI (2016 Toyota RAV4 Unsure 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)

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)

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 Minor

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

Exhaust

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

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.

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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This score shows whether the model had more or fewer problems overall than the average model of that year, calculated from the total number of problems reported by subscribers in all 17 trouble spots.
Recalls
PROVIDED BY
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
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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