What are the problems with the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid? 

The distinctive Toyota RAV4 is an ever-popular car and the hybrid version is no exception. This hybrid is generally considered reliable and safe, and a good family car. However there are some occasional issues that have cropped up, ranging from a noisy CVT transmission, to issues with the vehicle’s braking system.

Toyota RAV4 Hybrid 2014- 2015

As with other Toyota hybrids, the manufacturers have used a continuously variable transmission (CVT), and which means noisy revs when you accelerate.

Battery care is important in all hybrid cars, particularly as they start to reach the limits of their 8-year warrantee. Your car battery lifespan depends on how much use it has. The more mileage you get out of your car, the sooner the battery will need to be replaced. Servicing the engine regularly is one way to help prolong battery life.

Be aware of your vehicle’s battery light, and any signs it may be beginning to lose power. All Toyota hybrids have two batteries: the high-voltage battery, and a smaller 12-volt battery which runs systems such as the audio and lights. If you are experiencing issues with these features of the car, a failing 12-volt battery may be to blame.

Troubleshooting: Noisy revs are part of this vehicle’s system, and this is not something that can be fixed. If your car’s engine is making other concerning noises though, don’t hesitate to bring it into a mechanic. There are options available to you if your battery starts to fail: check out the comprehensive services Grimmer Motors provides here. Don’t forget to take care of your car in winter, and keep it in a garage to help prolong battery life.

Toyota RAV4 Hybrid 2016

Problems overseas owners have noted with RAV4 cars, including the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid 2016, are occasional issues with the weatherstrip. If these aren’t addressed you may experience annoying problems such as the door not closing completely. If your car is leaking, it doesn’t retain heat, or the weatherstrip around the door has obvious cracks, this is a sign to get it checked.

Troubleshooting: If you have any issues with your car’s doors or roof rack, take it to a mechanic straight away.

Wikimedia Commons. Generic image of weatherstrip

Generic car weatherstrip

Toyota RAV4 Hybrid 2017 -2019

Overseas drivers of have reported occasional issues with brakes. Transmission problems have also been reported; transmission issues can lead to cars shaking as they accelerate, and in serious cases jerking forward, among other problems.

There was also one recall in 2019 in New Zealand, related to the front lower suspension arm.

Troubleshooting: Take your car to a mechanic straight away if you suspect any transmission problems or notice any unintended acceleration, or any issues with the brakes, as these can be potentially dangerous.

Toyota RAV4 Hybrid 2020 – 2021

There were four recalls in the US in 2020 involving steering problems, impaired airbag performance, engine leaking coolant, and suspension problems. The new 2021 model is receiving good reviews, with very few complaints so far.

Troubleshooting: If you are worried about any of these issues don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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If you want any aspect of your Toyota Rav4 Hybrid checked out or repaired get in touch with the experienced, friendly and reliable team at Grimmer Motors today. We provide prompt, professional and top quality service.

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