Most Common Toyota RAV4 Problems

One of the most popular compact SUVs on the market today is the Toyota RAV4. Known for its impressive fuel economy and sleek design, the RAV4 is quickly popping up in more driveways across America. However, like all cars, the RAV4 is known for having problems here and there.

If you’re interested in the Toyota RAV4 and are comparing the various other compact SUVs available, you may be wondering, “What problems do Toyota RAV4s have?”. Below we list some of the Toyota RAV4 problems that are most commonly reported by owners.

Evaporative System Issue

One of the most common Toyota RAV4 problems is a faulty evaporative system (EVAP) vapor canister. This ultimately results in the Check Engine light illuminating. This typically is resolved by replacing the entire vapor canister including the vent valves.

While this is often an expensive fix, it is not on the list of 2020 Toyota RAV4 problems, so if you’re looking to purchase a recent model, you shouldn’t have to worry about this issue. If you’re going the used vehicle route, this problem is known to affect up to the 2016 models.

Catalytic Converter Software Issue

As with the EVAP system issue, this next reported issue tends to affect older models. There was previously a software issue that would incorrectly report an issue with the catalytic converter when there actually wasn’t one. Because Toyota released a software update to correct this, it should no longer be an issue, but it’s certainly something to be aware of.

Oxygen Sensor Failure

Another case of the Check Engine light turning on is due to the oxygen sensors. Unfortunately, this is a commonly reported issue that can be costly to fix. There are multiple reports of an owner replacing one oxygen sensor, only to have to turn around and replace another one days later. This issue is known to affect models up to 2014.

Transmission Issues

There have been a handful of reports of 2020 Toyota RAV4 transmission problems. These problems typically include a stumbling transmission, one that is delayed and then lurches forward, and a leaky transmission. 

While many outlets may be reporting on the Toyota RAV4 starting problems mentioned above, it’s important to note that this is not a widespread issue yet. If you are in the process of researching compact SUVs, this is certainly something to take into consideration, but it’s also possible that this may not rule out the RAV4 altogether for you.

Interior Problems

While more of a cosmetic or comfort thing, it may be helpful to look into the interior issues that RAV4 drivers commonly report. Whether it’s an issue with the navigation display or the interior  cabin noise, these issues tend to be specific to the driver’s preferences. If you’re concerned with any interior features, be sure to pay close attention to whatever is most important to you during your test drive.

Now that we’ve covered the list of the most common Toyota RAV4 issues, it may be time to officially start your search! Or if you currently have a RAV4 and are in need of a check-up or repair, give us a call today and we would be happy to set up an appointment.