Toyota RAV4 - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

Toyota RAV4 owners have reported a total of 6,329 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 (1,087 problems).

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

Model Year Number of Problems
  2018 RAV4
8
  2017 RAV4
69
  2016 RAV4
90
  2015 RAV4
125
  2014 RAV4
80
  2013 RAV4
175
  2012 RAV4
255
  2011 RAV4
263
  2010 RAV4
403
  2009 RAV4
340
  2008 RAV4
594
  2007 RAV4
1,087
  2006 RAV4
798
  2005 RAV4
145
  2004 RAV4
163
  2003 RAV4
375
  2002 RAV4
659
  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 26 most common problems for Toyota RAV4 cars. The number one most common problem is related to the vehicle's power train (1,010 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's engine and engine cooling (755 problems).

Table 2. Common problems of Toyota RAV4

Problem Category Number of Problems
  Power Train
1,010
  Engine And Engine Cooling
755
  Vehicle Speed Control
688
  Steering
646
  Air Bag
483
  Electrical System
453
  Suspension
407
  Service Brakes
388
  Equipment
327
  Visibility
265
   
  Structure
162
  Seat Belt
151
  Unknown Or Other
96
  Electronic Stability Control
94
  Wheel
79
  Other Fuel System
79
  Tire
67
  Gasoline Fuel System
60
  Exterior Lighting
49
  Seats
34
  Latches/locks/linkage
18
  Traction Control System
6
  Air Brake
5
  Child Seat
4
  Parking Brake
2
  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
  2017 69125,3421    
0.55
  2016 90258,1342    
0.17
  2015 125357,7233    
0.12
  2014 80197,1164    
0.10
  2013 175223,9495    
0.16
  2012 255203,0686    
0.21
  2011 263187,7947    
0.20
  2010 403180,6538    
0.28
  2009 340119,4509    
0.32
  2008 594164,33110    
0.36
  2007 1,087181,11211    
0.55
  2006 798114,95312    
0.58
  2005 14576,72113    
0.15
  2004 16377,64314    
0.15
  2003 37577,33415    
0.32
  2002 65996,48916    
0.43
  2001 39687,38317    
0.27
  2000 3444,52518    
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
6
  2017 RAV4
51
  2016 RAV4
47
  2015 RAV4
60
  2014 RAV4
22
  2013 RAV4
65
  2012 RAV4
36
  2011 RAV4
32
  2010 RAV4
99
  2009 RAV4
59
  2008 RAV4
27
  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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