Toyota RAV4 - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

Toyota RAV4 owners have reported a total of 6,597 problems for their cars built in the 23 model years listed in the chart below. The chart shows the number of problems reported across all service years for each given model year of the Toyota RAV4. The 2007 Toyota RAV4 cars have the most problems reported (1,119 problems).

Table 1. Total number of problems by model year for Toyota RAV4

Model Year Number of Problems
  2018 RAV4
41
  2017 RAV4
99
  2016 RAV4
105
  2015 RAV4
142
  2014 RAV4
100
  2013 RAV4
184
  2012 RAV4
270
  2011 RAV4
284
  2010 RAV4
417
  2009 RAV4
346
  2008 RAV4
617
  2007 RAV4
1,119
  2006 RAV4
815
  2005 RAV4
149
  2004 RAV4
165
  2003 RAV4
382
  2002 RAV4
662
  2001 RAV4
396
  2000 RAV4
34
  1999 RAV4
66
  1998 RAV4
88
  1997 RAV4
60
  1996 RAV4
54

  Common problems of Toyota RAV4

The following chart shows the 27 most common problems for Toyota RAV4 cars. The number one most common problem is related to the vehicle's power train (1,024 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's engine and engine cooling (800 problems).

Table 2. Common problems of Toyota RAV4

Problem Category Number of Problems
  Power Train
1,024
  Engine And Engine Cooling
800
  Vehicle Speed Control
703
  Steering
660
  Air Bag
496
  Electrical System
476
  Suspension
430
  Service Brakes
410
  Equipment
369
  Visibility
277
   
  Structure
172
  Seat Belt
152
  Electronic Stability Control
99
  Unknown Or Other
96
  Wheel
85
  Other Fuel System
83
  Tire
69
  Exterior Lighting
63
  Gasoline Fuel System
60
  Seats
36
  Latches/locks/linkage
18
  Traction Control System
6
  Air Brake
5
  Child Seat
4
  Parking Brake
2
  Forward Collision Avoidance
1
  Interior Lighting
1

  Compare Reliability Across Model Years Using PPMY Index

It would not be fair to compare the Toyota RAV4 of an older model year to newer model years since older vehicles have been in service longer and thus are expected to have more problems. In order to compare the reliability across RAV4 model years, we use the PPMY index which is defined as the problems reported per thousand vehicles per Year. A smaller PPMY index indicates greater reliability of the given model year cars.

    PPMY = P / S / Y * 1000,

where P = total problems reported during the life of a Toyota RAV4 model year; S = total units sold of the model year; Y = years since the debut of the model year (the age of the vehicle).

The results are shown in Table 3.

Table 3. Use PPMY Index to Compare Reliability Across RAV4 Model Years

RAV4
Model Year
Problems Sales [1] Vehicle
Age
PPMY Index
  2018 41135,8851    
0.30
  2017 99355,4432    
0.14
  2016 105258,1343    
0.14
  2015 142357,7234    
0.10
  2014 100197,1165    
0.10
  2013 184223,9496    
0.14
  2012 270203,0687    
0.19
  2011 284187,7948    
0.19
  2010 417180,6539    
0.26
  2009 346119,45010    
0.29
  2008 617164,33111    
0.34
  2007 1,119181,11212    
0.51
  2006 815114,95313    
0.55
  2005 14976,72114    
0.14
  2004 16577,64315    
0.14
  2003 38277,33416    
0.31
  2002 66296,48917    
0.40
  2001 39687,38318    
0.25
  2000 3444,52519    
0.04

  Number of Problems Reported During the First Year

Another way to measure the reliability across the model years of the Toyota RAV4 is to use the total number of problems reported during the vehicle's first year in service, as shown in the Table 4.

Table 4. Number of problems in vehicle's; first service year

Model YearProblems Reported
  2018 RAV4
39
  2017 RAV4
55
  2016 RAV4
50
  2015 RAV4
60
  2014 RAV4
23
  2013 RAV4
65
  2012 RAV4
36
  2011 RAV4
33
  2010 RAV4
99
  2009 RAV4
59
  2008 RAV4
28
  2007 RAV4
57
  2006 RAV4
92
  2005 RAV4
6
  2004 RAV4
10
  2003 RAV4
10
  2002 RAV4
19
  2001 RAV4
47
  2000 RAV4
9
  1999 RAV4
5
  1998 RAV4
20
  1997 RAV4
5
  1996 RAV4
11


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