Toyota Rav4 Problem Trends and Complaints

Based on 12 problem areas, owners have reported the following issues with this vehicle that range in severity ratings from low to high.

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Horrible 8 speed transmission

Model Year:

2019

Manufacturer:

Toyota

Model:

RAV4

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

Love the styling and comfort of the car, but the new 8 speed transmission in these cars are TERRIBLE! It's not terrible in the way that it'll leave you stranded, but just the way the trans operates is disgusting. It's shifts are usually jerky and very off point. Also you

Review submitted by:TerryK

Pros:Good pickup great fuel economy

Cons:Very bad transmissiom

It’s ok

Model Year:

2019

Manufacturer:

Toyota

Model:

RAV4

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

Fun to drive looks sharp. Lacks power, it’s noisy and lacks lots of features at this trim level. Remote start app you have to pay for at $8 a month forever .

Review submitted by:Spakls7

Pros:Fun to drive and look sharp

Cons:Lacks power, it’s noisy and lacks lots of featu

Quality issues with new model

Model Year:

2019

Manufacturer:

Toyota

Model:

RAV4

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

Only had car short time, last couple of days I was in reverse and squeal was heard when putting in reverse and gas mileage has dropped for 39 mpg to 30. Took into dealership and was told after three hours in the shop that the sound was normal for this

Review submitted by:LexW

Pros:Comfortable and fun to drive

Cons:Unbelievable explanation of concerns abt this Rav

Not as good as we expected

Model Year:

2019

Manufacturer:

Toyota

Model:

RAV4

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

We purchased a higher trim namely XLE premium but, still not able to adjust the passenger seat vertically ( in height) this is very frustrating. What would the price difference be if there was a handle for the purpose, further, the placement of tank lid opener next to the hood

Review submitted by:NickJ

Pros:Great vehicle overall

Cons:Adjustable passenger seat

I just purchased a 2019 Rav4

Model Year:

2019

Manufacturer:

Toyota

Model:

RAV4

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

I like the 2019 Rav 4 but seriously frustrated that Toyota does not make a trailer hitch for this vehicle. In addition, you can not buy a trailer hitch from a 3rd party. Not available yet. Having known this up front, I would have considered other SUV options.

Review submitted by:newToyota

Pros:Style

Cons:No Trailer Hitch Available From Toyota

Disappointed remote start and compass not included

Model Year:

2019

Manufacturer:

Toyota

Model:

RAV4

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

Many cars include as standard equipment a remote start and a compass, along with a way to get directions without investing in the full navigation system. This car doesn't. Cost for remote start - $600. Cost for mirror with compass (add-on) - $600. No availability to a subscription service like

Review submitted by:Disappointed

Pros:Looks sharp; so far, good gas mileage

Cons:No compass; no navigation system

Not good vehicle

Model Year:

2019

Manufacturer:

Toyota

Model:

RAV4

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

I am so disappointed at Toyota. The car lurches forward at stops. Accelerate and decelerate on its own. The car struggles to downshift from 3rd gear to 1st gear. Very tight interior. Material is cheap plastic. It is unsafe to drive this vehicle. Don not buy unless Toyota comes up

Review submitted by:Disappointed Owner

Pros:Ruuged look. MPG is good. safety features a plus

Cons:Cheap plastic material. Not enough interior room

Need refine the software/transmission

Model Year:

2020

Manufacturer:

Toyota

Model:

RAV4

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

Bought new 2020 RAV4 XLE to replace the 8 years old Honda Accord last week. The car style and technology function ( sync to iphone, android, etc ) are good. It drives much slower than Honda Accord. Maybe the car need more time to refine in the later model. Sometime,

Review submitted by:TimC

Pros:Quiet engine, nice style, comfortable seat

Cons:Engine is not strong. Starting vibration isssue.

Ok RAV 4 RAV4!

Model Year:

2019

Manufacturer:

Toyota

Model:

RAV4

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

This is my 2nd RAV4 had my prior 2002 RAV4 for 14 yrs, GREAT SUV loved that little RAV and no issues, could haul and carry everything. My new 2019 LE is good and have had for 2 months; great on the high way; 3 hr trip on road was

Review submitted by:BubsDee

Pros:Great Too Drive and like the rugged new design

Cons:Lacks speed and too much curve bouncing

I am very diasappointed. Bought the basic RAV 4

Model Year:

2019

Manufacturer:

Toyota

Model:

RAV4

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

The inside materials are cheap plastic. Not enough storage compared to my 2004 Subaru. Only bought the basic Toyota RAV4 because the closest Subaru dealer was a 2 hr. drive away! Toyota charges too much for what one gets in a car! Seats aren't comfy. AWD wasn't offered. No mud

Review submitted by:BarbsL

Pros:Larger tires

Cons:Not enough storage. No CD player.

Both front seats are way too high.

Model Year:

2020

Manufacturer:

Toyota

Model:

RAV4

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

We've had a Rav4 for two days. Just one major complaint. Both front seats are way too high. I'm 5'11" and bump my head almost every in and out. While in the drivers seat, I've banged my head on the visor several times. Glad this Rav4 is my wife's car.

Review submitted by:KirkeW

Pros:Styling

Cons:Front seats too high. Minimal driver leg room.

Worst Toyota ever

Model Year:

2019

Manufacturer:

Toyota

Model:

RAV4

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

It has so many faults that there isn't room. Electric seat only go back far enough for 5'4" person. The so called navagation system needs your smart phone to work and no CD player, and also difficult to program. Door close handle inside are towards the hinge side and is

Review submitted by:JiamaP

Pros:Styling

Cons:Noisy engine and shifts at high RPM. Too much wind

12 volt battery dead at 4600 miles

Model Year:

2020

Manufacturer:

Toyota

Model:

RAV4

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

The cars 12 volt starter battery failed unknown cause. Toyota care never showed up to jump or tow the car after 6 hours of waiting my spouse came home and jumped it and drove it to dealer.

Review submitted by:Collene M

Pros:Stylish with many of the whistles and bells

Cons:Unreliable many people are having the battery die

Dead Battery Issues

Model Year:

2020

Manufacturer:

Toyota

Model:

RAV4

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

I should have done more homework on this car, had it off the dealer lot 24 hours and battery died. Dealer replaced battery - 4 weeks later - new battery is dead. Was careful to ensure nothing was on. Started reading threads, seems to be an issue with a lot

Review submitted by:TCB

Pros:Nice outside style

Cons:Recurring issue with Dead Battery

Buyer beware! Several issues with the Rav4 2020

Model Year:

2020

Manufacturer:

Toyota

Model:

RAV4

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

I purchased the 2020 RAV4 TRD off road trim. I loved everything about it (on book) but to be honest this has been a frustrating experience overall. The day I purchased the vehicle it wasn’t bad but since then it’s been unpleasant to say the least. After purchasing the car,

Review submitted by:Scott M

Pros:Styling

Cons:Noisy engine, steering/audio system issues

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