Those of you that have been following automotive news over the last couple weeks, especially if you are an owner of either the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid or Prime Prime, no doubt heard of a high-voltage wire corrosion issue that has been experienced by a number of owners of these models. Battery degradation is an issue that started in 2017 for Toyotas RAV4 hybrid, and has continued one way or the other for the other model years. One of the main issues many RAV4 hybrid owners are finding with the fifth-generation model is excessive corrosion that forms at the rear electrical connections of the EV.
The most reported problem in these Rav4s is an issue with the drivetrain, which causes problems with starting it from an absolute stop. There are a select number of 2020 Rav4s that experience electrically assisted power steering problems, which has led Toyota to swap out the electric-steering transmissions on these Rav4s. Some 2020 RAV4s had engine problems, with leaking coolant, which has prompted Toyota to release a recall offering some RAV4 owners an entirely new engine and engine block at no cost.
Toyota has been recalling many of their hybrid models, including the 2019-2020 RAV4 Hybrid, for checking engine blocks for cracks or defects. This issue affected a small number of 2019 to 2021 hybrids, so it is best to verify whether or not it is possible to have it fully recharged if you are interested in getting a 2019-2020 RAV4 hybrid. Many owners of RAV4 hybrids from 2019-2021 reported experiencing issues with their batteries running low, which prevented them from starting their vehicle.
A total of 16 different RAV4 Hybrid owners complained that the 2019 model failed to maintain a vehicles full fuel tank capacity of 14.9 gallons. Toyota issued a technical service bulletin in October 2020, and updated both the fuel tank and fuel gauges for 2019-2021 RAV4 Hybrids to address this problem.
Buying the 2019 RAV4 Hybrid is likely a bad idea if the chance that Toyotas RAV4 has fuel system problems is even small. It is no wonder that an automaker cannot fix an electrically flawed system while still failing to perfect a fuel system.
Many Toyota buyers pick their cars solely based on the reliability reputation of Toyota, and in that respect, the RAV4 sticks to the script. One of the many reasons why the Toyota RAV4 is high on its cars segments is because of its long-standing history of reliability.
The RAV4s 2.5-litre gasoline engine, hybrid tech, and CVT transmission were all tried-and-tested on other Toyota models, and then there is also the assurance of five-year/100,000-mile warranties if something really goes wrong. All of the other RAV4 model years for hybrids are great options, since they feature Toyotas great reliability, and they do not have any of the pesky recalls or problems that the 2019 through 2020 models have. According to reports, the 2019 RAV4 has had six recalls due to problems like engine coolant loss, separate suspension arms, issues with the backup camera, and others.