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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 2017 Toyota RAV4 has been recalled 2 times by NHTSA. View Recalls
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Engine Major
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Engine Cooling
Transmission Major
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Climate System
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Body Integrity
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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 2017 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

“The button inside the car won't open the trunk all the time. The electric eye for the trunk doesn't work all the time either. It is a some time work item ever since the day I got it new. I have taken it back to them to fix it. It will work for a couple days and them reverts back to the way it was. Toyato has had it three times so far”

J B., FL (2017 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen freezes up

“Display screen freezes while driving”

Brian W., WA (2017 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Freezes randomly”

Dan K., WA (2017 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Happens randomly”

Dan K., WA (2017 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

“Pairing with my phone”

Anonymous, FL (2017 Toyota RAV4 Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Poor audio quality connecting to Android phone”

Anonymous, NJ (2017 Toyota RAV4 LE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Radio

“The radio is a premium system but I get heavy interference on the FM band - it seems very susceptible to such noise from electricity transmission wires. FM services are not supposed to experience interference of this kind. My previous vehicle (2013 Venza) had no such problems. The dealer has not been able to solve the issue. The Sirius XM service is interference free”

Anonymous, ON (2017 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

“Rattle in the back hatch. Toyota fixed with dampening kit”

Anonymous, TX (2017 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

“More road/wind noise in cab. Not optimal”

David N., AZ (2017 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 interior trim or moldings

“Sun visor on drivers side broke off”

Peter R., MA (2017 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

“Had to rebuild and replace parts. Car not as gas 2013 Rav4 XLE. Doesn't run as well”

Anonymous, FL (2017 Toyota RAV4 XLE 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

Headlights

“Low beam lights were set too high causing oncoming traffic to flick lights at me. Dealer adjusted - no cost”

Anonymous, NB (2017 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

Slipping transmission

“Total malfunction barely made it to dealership. Kept car a week”

Anonymous, FL (2017 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

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

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.

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

Engine Major

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

Exhaust

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

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

Drive System

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

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.

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.

Engine Cooling

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

Brakes

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

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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
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EQUIPMENT:OTHER:LABELS
Jun 28 2019
An incorrect label may lead to unintentionally overloading the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Southeast Toyota Distributors, LLC (SET) is recalling certain 2017-2019 Toyota Camry, Corolla, Rav4, Sienna, and Yaris iA vehicles equipped with factory-installed floor mats. The load carrying capacity modification label may be incorrect. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 110, "Tire Selection and Rims."
What should you do:
SET will notify owners and provide a corrected label for placement over the inaccurate label, free of charge. The recall began August 23, 2019. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-888-270-9371. SET's number for this recall is SET19A.
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: 19V503000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1325
TIRES:TEMPORARY/EMERGENCY SPARE TIRE
May 02 2017
A spare tire that is not inflated to the proper value may not perform as intended, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Gulf States Toyota, Inc. (Gulf States) is recalling certain 2017 4Runner , 86, Avalon, Camry, Camry Hybrid, Corolla, Corolla iM, Highlander, Highlander Hybrid, Prius, Prius C, RAV4, RAV4 Hybrid, Sienna and Yaris vehicles. The spare tire air pressure was not adjusted to the proper pressure as stated on the Tire Pressure Label.
What should you do:
Gulf States will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the spare tires, adjusting their pressure as necessary, free of charge. The recall began June 15, 2017. Owners may contact Gulf States customer service at 1-800-444-1074. Toyota's number for this recall is 17R2.
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: 17V295000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 409
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