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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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 329,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2020 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

"The audio portion of the installed combined navigation/audio system stops working from time to time. The dealer did a system update that seems to have fixed the problem"

Jeffrey Z., GA (2017 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Segments of LCD characters are blank. This problem occurs periodically and the dealer won't fix until it is constant"

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

"Attempted to fix with a software update. Another freeze happened 30 days later resulting in replacement of unit."

Terry S., AZ (2017 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Toyota’s Entune system is very poorly designed. Often freezes up causing you to restart the engine. System interface is very poor with many dead ends forcing you to start over. Love the car but hate the Entune system."

Anonymous, MA (2017 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Ongoing issue. Unit clearly doesn’t have enough memory or processing power to do the job. Very uncharacteristic poor quality for a Toyota"

Anonymous, NY (2017 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"When on highway with GPS on it will freeze and get stuck on a spot on the interstate. Until you shut the vehicle off none of the buttons or touch screen will work. So you have to get off the freeway and restart - just to listen to the radio!"

Mark P., SC (2017 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"entire screen freezes and vehicle has to be shut down and restarted to reboot system"

Gerald B., IL (2017 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Brought the car in to Toyota where they downloaded a software fix. Car is fine since then."

Mark B., NY (2017 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"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)
Display screen goes blank

"While using the navigation system, the screen sometimes goes blank. I was told by dealer that it was a common problem with that system and that I should bring it in for replacement. I haven't had time to do that.....hardly ever use the navigation system."

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

"The infotainment system display would go blank and then restart with the initial start up message screen periodically. The dealer where I purchased the vehicle fixed the problem with a software update."

Anonymous, PA (2017 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Sometimes the display screen just goes black. Service adviser said it's a common problem. Going in this next week for service and they will download updated software."

Donald S., IA (2017 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"This is related only to the GPS - it doesn't work more than half the time."

Anonymous, VA (2017 Toyota RAV4 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)

"It connects thru my iPhone. It is constantly disconnecting or does not connect at all."

Pam D., NM (2017 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"too difficult and archaic to use. Preferred using smartphone app."

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

"My RAV 4's navigation system MUST work ONLY through an iPhone. It burns the battery up. I was told by Deluca Toyota that I had to get a different case for my phone, which I did. I asked them why my previous RAV4's navigation system didn't have to work through an iPhone. They told me the only was to get the other system was to buy the top of the line model. My previous one was the mid range like this one. I will NEVER get another Toyota because of this dealerships attitude."

Peggy E., FL (2017 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The GPS freezes up and will not work. I have taken it to the dealer 3 times and they say nothing is wrong with it. It connects through my iphone, but maps show up on my iphone OK, but not on the in dash screen"

Pam D., NM (2017 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"poor communication for driving instructions, system informs driver of turns too late, screen automatically zooms in too closely, instructions to avoid heavy traffic ignored, and screen graphics are not clearly shown."

Gerald B., IL (2017 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Navigation system is unreliable. Routes you out of your way and freezes in big cities. I always use an alternate navigation system, such as my phone, while I'm using the GPS."

Mike W., TX (2017 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Out of date maps, phone much better. Hard to operate also."

Leonard L., CA (2017 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Saving and modifying routes is not easy and has quirks, but the default directions provided change reliably if I ignore a turn I know isn't the best, and are better than other systems I've experienced. The display freezing and blanking are random, and have occurred even after the head unit was replaced; and the manuals do tell how to reset the display without shutting off power (press and hold the sound on/off button). However, even if the display freezes, navigation voice instructions are correct and continue normally."

Anonymous, VA (2017 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Voice recognition does not understand properly. The voice produced often cuts off and does not allow me to continue. Radio stops completely in the entire system and car must be restarted. Three software updates have been done. It just gets worse. Now a new system is being built just for me by Toyota!!"

R R., ON (2017 Toyota RAV4 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The GPS doesn't work much of the time, and when it does it performs poorly. It doesn't perform anything close to my Garmin - so I still rely on my Garmin. I don't have time to run to the dealer on this."

Anonymous, VA (2017 Toyota RAV4 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Pairing with my phone"

Anonymous, FL (2017 Toyota RAV4 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Would not link to phone for text messaging"

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

"Contact list not transferred to car system is my main complaint. I don't have numbers memorized, so can't call using Bluetooth. Caller ID, of course, then doesn't function. Accessing controls not very intuitive. i.e., can't find a delete phone action or voice control delete call history Not sure if it's iPhone or car problem."

Ann H., NY (2017 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"If you don't have a smart phone it constantly drops the blue tooth signal. West Herr Toyota's service manager indicated they would fix it or replace my phone, but they never did."

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

"Car was not able to find phone signal. Finally replaced entire system under warranty."

L H., TX (2017 Toyota RAV4 LE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Poor audio quality connecting to Android phone"

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

"technical service bulletin for a radio issue . Factory radios are not the best quality"

Michael P., NY (2017 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"xm radio could not find signal"

David P., FL (2017 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"For the money, poor sound quality, lacking."

Leonard L., CA (2017 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"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)
Routine software updates

"Too many ineffective updates"

Anonymous, TX (2017 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Software update fixes

"Many ineffective software updates"

Anonymous, TX (2017 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Voice control commands

"Had to return to the dealer 3 times to correct. Opened up complaint with Toyota. Last update with software helped but still not 100% on a vehical with an msrp of $34,000."

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

"Doesn't recognize my verbal commands approx 33% of the time I use it."

Donald L., CA (2017 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"A list of commands supposedly understood by the system is unavailable, and the system is so frustrating to use that I only use it to cancel navigation destinations."

Anonymous, VA (2017 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

Air or water leaks

"I have not had any water leaks on the RAV4, but as I said in my previous comment, the road noise is bad. I do not know exactly where it is coming from but possibly it is from around the windows and doors."

Anonymous, TX (2017 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"rubber stripping on roof became loose and was flapping in the breeze"

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

"The car has so much road noise, sometimes it is almost impossible to carry on a conversation. I am not sure where all the noise is coming from. The noise is especially bad on the textured pavements. I was driving a 2005 Toyota Sienna XLE van before the RAV4. The Sienna van was much quieter than the RAV4."

Anonymous, TX (2017 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

"Rattle on driver's side of the panel that runs along the windshield. May be due to loose or improper mold fittings."

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

"interior rattles, road noise"

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

"The sun roof mechanism has a very annoying squeak to it which comes and goes with regularity."

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

"Undetermined noise in front dash area. Passenger hears it on driver side, driver hears it on passenger side, source can’t be determined. Very annoying"

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

"Car squeaks when entering or exiting, sometimes has a noise when braking or just beginning to start after stopping"

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

"The Rva-4 has excess road noies at 55 and above to the point that passanger conversation are at a minmium. At low speed the paassager side front has some kind of viabrating noise of a low frequency level. My trin lne is the platium top of the line in this model. Second problem would be almost funny if it was not so serious. RVA-4 built by Japanise who are small people. The passinger front seat is not power. My wife is 4' 11tall when seating cofortable her feet does not touch the floor hence on long trips her legs go to sleep. I had to pace a 4 inch peice of high density foam in the floor to eliminate the problem. passanger seat is manual it goes foward and backward no height adjustmemnt. my mistake as a I read the brochure I read 8 way adjustable driver seat coma four way adjustable passinger sear oops no powner. Last thing for my vision a speed indicator show up bes with a white background with black lettering."

Robert T., OR (2017 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rattle from inside the doors due to wires hitting inside the door. Corrected with rubber bushings"

Anonymous, CO (2017 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Annoying rattle, sometimes there, sometimes not. Extremely hard to locate. Sounds like coming from a different area depending on where you sit."

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

"noise created when getting in and out of vehicle.sometimes on turns."

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

"Front driver door and rear right and right front door."

Richard T., ON (2017 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"There is a persistent thumping and rattling in the car that I can hear and feel, but it is hard to reproduce in a three minute drive at the dealer. I think I get it fixed when it get worse."

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

"Rattle in the back hatch. Toyota fixed with dampening kit"

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

"Mainly tire noise"

Lawrence B., IN (2017 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"THERE IS TOO MUCH WIND AND ROAD NOISE. I EXPECTED A QUIETER RIDE."

Anonymous, NC (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"Road noise inside the vehicle is the problem with the car. It is extremely noisy. In fact, most of the time when driving the car it is almost impossible to hear the radio playing."

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

"Car is just noisy even when windows are tightly closed"

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

"I prefer a little lower dbl, but I can carry on a conversation at a “normal” level."

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

"Car is very noisy when on the highway. Hard to hear audio system at normal volume"

Anonymous, CO (2017 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"car is noisier than I would have expected. It also seems to be getting louder."

Anonymous, NY (2017 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The sound proofing is minimal and you have a lot of road noise."

Anonymous, CA (2017 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Same situation as the rattles: It has to get worse before I can reproduce it for the dealership."

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

"More road/wind noise in cab. Not optimal"

David N., AZ (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

Clock

"could not set clock and other things"

Anonymous, MA (2017 Toyota RAV4 LE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Cruise control

"The sensor for the car avoidance system is in the front badge. In bad weather it gets covered in road mess and stops working. Like the power buttons it has been located in an inappropriate place."

Russell H., MI (2017 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Gauges

"The fuel gauge did not work when I first purchased the RAV4. I had to leave it at the dealer for the repair. They had to order parts which were delayed, so I was without my newly purchased vehicle for two weeks. I drove it for two days before I realized the gauge was not working. They said the laws did not allow me to drive it without a working gauge, something about resetting the mileage correctly."

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

"Impossible to get the gauges to do what you want. It refuses to remember driver options."

Russell H., MI (2017 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Headlights

"My wife and I didn't like the field of vision offered by the headlights at night. It seemed low. While the vehicle was at the dealership getting the alignment adjusted, we asked the technician to tilt the headlights up for a better field of vision at night. The technician obliged us, but warned that doing so might result in oncoming traffic honking at us, thinking we had our brights on. He was right. Additionally, the tilted-up headlights only provided marginal improvement to our field of vision."

Ken B., IN (2017 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Automatic headlight hi beam/low beam does not work all the time in the auto mode. Due to this feature being something that is used at night and does not happen routinely the service department has not been able to track down the problem."

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

"Even on bright, the illumination is not sufficient."

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

"I TOLD THE DEALERSHIP ABOUT GETTING FLASHED BY ON COMING CARS THAT MY HEADLIGHT BEAM MY BE A BIT HIGH! THEY SAID THE BEAMS WERE OK WITHOUT CHECKING THEM!"

Al-Shirley F., FL (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"The halogen projector beams have a dark horizon line, out about 200feet. Everything above this line is in pitch darkness. Signs like stop and yield cannot be seen because they are above this line. High beams do not illuminate the road but shine on the trees. This horizon line also bounces with every little bump which is extremely distracting.I drive as little as possible at night because I don't feel safe with these lights."

Edward G., PA (2017 Toyota RAV4 LE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"It's not a problem, rather a concern. The headlights are very bright, and oncoming night traffic thinks the high beams are on (many people flash their lights, hoping I'll turn mine down)."

Karen J., NS (2017 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Toyota changed to the headlights on the 2017 RAV4 and when the lights are on at night there is a line that goes across the hood of the vehicle, where the line of vision is compromised. Unless the high beams are activated, you cannot see objects or street (stop) signs ahead. Unless you know there is a stop sign, you cannot see it until you are right up on it. I have almost hit a deer that was on the side of the road, because of the field of vision that is illuminated. I have had the lights adjusted and they still have an issue with the field of vision. I took photos and a small video and showed it to the Toyota service manager to show the hazard of driving this vehicle at night. I am hoping that Toyota addresses this issue before someone gets into an accident caused by the issue with the headlights. This is my only complaint with this vehicle."

Martha P., FL (2017 Toyota RAV4 LE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Poor design and should be a safety recall. Headlight aiming way too high causing oncoming traffic, especially semi-trucks, to turn on their brights thinking you've left yours on. Dealer said it's by design but lowered the aiming when I insisted. Now I can see more of the road ahead at night, but still occasionally get flashed."

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

"low beam was aimed too high so oncoming cars flashed their lights at me. Both car low beams were adjusted one notch lower and now seems ok."

Anonymous, NC (2017 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"low beams were aimed too high so oncoming cars flashed their lights at me."

Anonymous, NC (2017 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Specifically the high beams. While lights were in auto, the high beams were engaged and, despite it being pitch black outside, the high beams turned off. The dashboard high beam indicator AND the auto indicator also turned off. The high beam toggle was still engaged during this time. The toggle was returned to neutral and, within 1-5 minutes after multiple tries, I could move the toggle to the single high beam and it would work and then could re-engage the high beams while in auto. This occurred 7 times. Once, while not in auto, the high beams were engaged and turned off by themselves. It took closer to 5 minutes before I could re-engage the high beams."

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

"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)
Warning lights

"the whole wiring harness for the engine had to be replaced because they couldn't find what was causing the brakes to freeze and the car not start and the taillights to keep blowing fuses"

Jared H., MT (2017 Toyota RAV4 LE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"As I mentioned previously, the brake light came on at odd times. Had it come on at the right time, perhaps I would have been able to stop n time."

Kathryn W., MI (2017 Toyota RAV4)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Calipers

"The calipers were malformed. The mechanic at the dealership believed that they were installed incorrectly at the factory. They had to be replaced."

Michael W., NV (2017 Toyota RAV4 LE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Normal routine brake wear

"Pads completely worn out. Had to be, with the rotors, replaced."

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

"Just routine mantainuance"

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

"Heard a grinding noise and knew it was a early warning sond."

Frank G., NC (2017 Toyota RAV4 LE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

"I was informed by the dealership that I need new brakes and pads after only driving 28,000 miles"

David M., MA (2017 Toyota RAV4 LE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The factory brake pad wore out quickly, and they were malformed. They had to be replaced. I had to take it in to the dealer twice before they were convinced to replace them. The brakes have worked great since then."

Michael W., NV (2017 Toyota RAV4 LE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"rotors had to be resurfaced at 13k and brake pads were replaced. TOyota reimbursed me for $251. at 25K they will have to be redone again. Ordered aftermarket slotted rotors and new pads to see if they will work any better. Lots of mountain driving which are hard on brakes. I downshift whenever i can but my 2017 prius has over 30 k and the brakes are doing just fine????"

Richard D., CA (2017 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Regular brake failure

"Front and back brakes had to be replaced."

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

"Severe front end vibration with significant braking."

Richard V., NV (2017 Toyota RAV4 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rotors are causing brake pedal to pulsate erratically and is quite annoying . PRius does not have this problem"

Richard D., CA (2017 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Squeaking

"It was a grinding sound and feel of the front brakes. Toyota would inspect the brakes and blame the sound on rust and brake dust on the discs. After my complaining they replace the front brakes under warranty."

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

"brakes make grinding noise after 5 months of ownership. brought to dealers attention & they said it didn't mean anything. still making grinding noise & still do not like it. will bring to dealers attention again"

Cheryl M., GA (2017 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

"Roof rack was improperly installed during manufacturing"

Anonymous, IL (2017 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"trim on the roof (under roof rack) came loose so i had to schedule an appointment for toyota to replace under the warranty."

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

"Door edge guard has come partly loose twice."

Anonymous, OH (2017 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Trim under roof rack started coming loose."

Anonymous, PA (2017 Toyota RAV4 LE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"Sun visor on drivers side broke off"

Peter R., MA (2017 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"I purchased the 3M covering for the front end, thinking it would protect it from rock chips. WRONG! I have 2 rock chips, according to the service dept, right on the front edge of the hood. NOT HAPPY"

Anonymous, AB (2017 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The paint job does not stand up to my previous Toyota's! They are NOT doing a good job with their paint and scratches show up a whole lot quicker than I have ever seen on my older Toyota's! My old '95 Camry had the best pain job ever and still pretty flawless when I sold it approx 10 yrs. later! The 2017 RAV is a huge disappointment in the paint department!"

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

"was on dealer installed clear coat on hood. returned it and had the clear coat reapplied"

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

"I discovered pitting in the clear coat, possibly the color coat within 2 months of buying the car. Brought it to the dealer to file a warranty claim. after almost a year of them delaying inspections, lack of follow-up, the car was finally inspected by a Toyota TSR and deemed as an environmental defect. Apparently this car must have driven through an acid cloud to cause this problem :-). In 40 years of driving I've never seen a car with this problem. I don't think I should be saddled with the cost of repainting a brand new car. I think the clear coat at least is faulty. I'm considering other options to get some relief from Toyota, possibly small claims court."

Paul C., MA (2017 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The paint coat seems cheap and chips/scratches easily especially on the front end. They installed a clear bra/bonnet protector on my hood to protect but because my car is white it already shows a fading in contrast. I have owned white cars in the past but this one seems to just attract and display dirt and is very prone to chipping, dents, and scratches."

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

Climate System

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

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"This was a Hybrid system issue and Toyota took care of it immediately."

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

"I actually would like to talk about the phone system, which was my other answer. I cannot use the phone as it stands now as while it pairs up without any problems, I am unable to hear my phone call recipient, nor can they hear me. This is with the volume turned up all the way. I don't talk on the phone due to distracted driving issues, but I would like to know if needed I could use the car's phone system to make a phone call where both caller and recipient can hear each other."

Claudia M., CA (2017 Toyota RAV4 LE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Automatic climate control

"Has plenty of cooling and heating but temperature varies much too much as I drive. Temp is very dependent on car speed, eg, if I slow down or speed up I must readjust the temperature control. Worst vehicle I’ve ever owned for this."

Anonymous, NC (2017 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Blower (fan) motor

"This is the most anemic AC system I have had in all of the cars I have had, including Hondas, Lexus' and my last car, a Toyota Camry. It hardly blows any air at all and what air it does blow is not very cooling. We are nearing summer months when AC will be needed more than ever. I can't imagine going through a California summer without better air conditioning."

Claudia M., CA (2017 Toyota RAV4 LE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Refrigerant leaks

"The leaks caused the A/C to not work, to only blow hot air. It was an easy fix."

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

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"rear sensor stopped working....Toyota fixed it for free"

Anonymous, NM (2017 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Cruise control worked well but when it adapted to a slow moving vehicle and I pulled out to the passing lane to speed up it was very slow to respond and made for a dangerous situation with vehicles coming up behind me. I had to supplement the gas to safely speed up."

Harvey M., ON (2017 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"see my comments on my 2018 RAV4 Hybrid, they are the same"

Ed H., CT (2017 Toyota RAV4 LE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I was in an accident in March where I rear-ended another car. I did not receive a ticket because of the road conditions being sheer ice; however, the anti-collision system had been down,and I had just told my boyfriend minutes before I got into he acciden. Also, a light randomly came on and off that said “BRAKE,”, when I was not behind anything. I was permanently injured in the accident because I had just had my breast implants removed by extensive surgery 2 weeks prior, and I believe the seatbelt pushed my left chest tissue into an undesirable location on my chest. I think it’s permanently deformed because my immune system is too weak, and I can’t afford to get it fixed."

Kathryn W., MI (2017 Toyota RAV4)

"While passing a road works in the fast lane of a freeway (at 55) the car suddenly braked hard. There was no obstruction in the freeway lane but there were large DoT trucks in the adjacent work area. After some delay I realized that the thing to do was probably to hit the gas (I had previously read the User Manual). The car then resumed normal driving but was down to 40-45 mph before doing so. I have described this experience to Toyota. Luckily there was no traffic immediately behind me."

Anonymous, MN (2017 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

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

Alignment

"My wife and I felt that the new Rav4 pulled a little to the left during driving on straight, level roads. The dealership promptly had us bring it in and fixed it."

Ken B., IN (2017 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Shocks or struts

"I incorrectly thought that the problem was a bad wheel baring - I was incorrect. The dealer diagnosed the drivers side strut replaced it, aligned the car. It run# fine. I asked the service rep if both struts should be replaced. Hs response was that if it happened out of warranty they would recommend that both struts be replaced. Because it was covered under warranty Toyota would only replace the defective one."

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

"Car rides very hard, like they forgot shocks. Any bump caused load noise an hard shock ."

Anonymous, CO (2017 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Steering wheel vibration

"There was an oil leak that caused noise when I made left turns"

Anonymous, OH (2017 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

Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"The back hatch driver side piston failed after 18 months. When it broke past of the piston went up between the hatch and the top of the back opening. Unaware of the broken piston I tried to close the hatch damaging the hinge and paint."

Anonymous, VT (2017 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The Tailgate does not always open/close on first push of the button on the dash and on the key fob"

Anonymous, AB (2017 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The two struts lifting the hatch started making noise and seemed to be rubbing / not opening smoothly. It was covered by warranty, and the dealer replaced the two parts."

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

"The rear bumper sticks out, which seems like a design flaw. Within 1 week of ownership someone backed in to my bumper and dented it. I have noticed dents on the rear bumper of other RAV4s as well so it does seem like an issue and potential area for damage."

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

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

CV joint

"boot on cv joint split causing grease to leak"

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

"it was the complete drivetrain--under warranty--at 32200 miles"

Anonymous, ME (2017 Toyota RAV4 LE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Traction control

"During snow covered road driving skid control activated and I could not accelerate and had to shift into lower gears and then gear back up to clear an intersection. Dangerous if you ask me."

Harvey M., ON (2017 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Transfer case

"Experienced a persistent and audible high pitch whine when decelerating from 50mph to 40mph with the gear selector switch in drive. The whine is more noticeable when the vehicle is decelerating down an inclined stretch of road. The whine ceases when the gear selector lever is moved to the neutral position with the vehicle still moving or when the accelerator is depressed slightly and the vehicle is no longer decelerating."

Anonymous, VA (2017 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

"Noticed a high pitch whinning noise (only after letting off the gas after going over 50 mph) 2 days after driving it off the lot.....turned out to be coming from the transmission. No other problem with it, just a whine that would only be present from about 46-50 mph when decelerating. They promptly (well, 4days later) replaced with a new rebuilt transmission which they guarantee. I didn't like it, but whet along with it. No problems with this new one."

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

"Prior to the seal blowing, the transmission was replaced under warrantee for a whine"

Geoffrey P., ON (2017 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"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)

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)
Transmission leaks

"The seal blew and rendered the vehicle not operational"

Geoffrey P., ON (2017 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

Oil leaks

"A gasket was defective on a device located on the upper right of the engine compartment. No consequence and neither interruption in the operation of the vehicle. Repaired on warranty."

Robert A., QC (2017 Toyota RAV4 LE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Something at the factory had not been sealed correctly which was corrected for free and easily. The transmission had a slight leak."

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

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Thermostat

"less heat"

Anonymous, AZ (2017 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

Starter

"Engine wouldn't start. There was a lockout in the starting control."

Anonymous, FL (2017 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

"Lower engine assembly bolt worked loose...crank shaft hit and broke bolt which bounced around knocking a small hole in the engine wall and damaging some cylinders. A new engine was installed at 5000 miles."

Anonymous, IA (2017 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

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

Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"A/F sensor malfunctioned and caused the car to stall. Sensor was replaced."

Paula F., NS (2017 Toyota RAV4 LE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

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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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