Notes: The 2013 RAV4's top complaint is that the navigation screen is impossible to see in direct sunlight.

While certainly an annoyance, it's not a big deal in the world of car problems. Luckily the fix is a $10 anti-glare screen cover.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
788 miles

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2013 Toyota RAV4 Owner Comments

problem #8

May 082014

RAV4 4-cyl

  • 1,276 miles


I purchased the 2013 Rav4 limited with navigation and a blind spot monitor, however I do not believe the monitor works correctly, it does not give any indication that something (another vehicle) is approaching until the vehicle is at the side door of my vehicle, way too late to make an adjustment to your changing lanes. I have had it back to my Toyota dealers two times, on the first visit the car was in for a 6 month check up and I said something about it at the time, but nothing shows on my visit that it was checked so I assumed that it was corrected. After that visit I realized that the blind spot monitor was still not working, so on my one year inspection and check up I specifically asked for the blind spot monitor to be checked again. This time when I got my bill for the Pennsylvania emissions test I noted the blind sport monitor was not part of my repair bill, so I questioned the service rep, who explained there was no adjustment for this part. I went to the sales manager about it and she said she would have Toyota contact me. When I was not contacted by Toyota I sent a email to Toyota owners web site and made a compliant, they responded that I should take it back to the Toyota dealer and tell them I need an adjustment on the blind spot monitor, which I did, when I returned to pick up my Rav4 I was told they could not find any problem and there was nothing could be done. My compliant is if it is not adjustable then it is a safety issue that should be looked into. Thank you

- Harrisburg, PA, USA

problem #7

Jan 062014

RAV4 4-cyl

  • miles
I have stated my complaint for the third time. Twice with clearwater Toyota and once with sun Toyota in holiday fl. But nothing comes of it. In one ear and out the other. Every morning, the side windows on our vehicle are wet with water droplets from natural morning dew. When I lower the window to clear them, it doesn't do it. Unlike all other cars I have owned or seen, the squeaky is in contact with the window which in turn "clears the windows". it is a definite dangerous situation. As I reach the point to make a left turn or a right turn I am confronted with a completely blind spot.I don't know if I clearly explained... it requires the driver to go out and clear the side windows before one can safely drive the car. I have measured the space between the glass and the rubber squeaky and it is as thick has a piece of paper folded in eight. A large space! when the window is raised, at the last fraction of an inch, before closing, it makes a quick jerk to come into contact with the squeaky. The sales person agreed the it was a fault but replied "that's how it is..." when I'm dropping off my daughter at school, in the mornings it's still dark out, and when I reach the point to turn I must lower my windows to get a visual. The dealers don't give a [xxx]! can you check into it? or do you just file information.... information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Palm Harbor , FL, USA

problem #6

Mar 042014


  • 752 miles
The center console top arm resting pad between the driver and the passenger does not locked in position so it moves back and forth depending on how you are leaning on it, if you have your arm on it and you move your body it slides back and forth. If you only have one hand on the steering wheel with your arm on the console pad, if the top pad moves back it will make you go right into the ditch or if it moves forward you go left into on coming traffic.

- Mendota Heights, MN, USA

problem #5

Oct 142013


  • 4,000 miles


There is huge sun reflection on navigation system & you have very poor vision on navigation. Time to time you have to change your head position to find right angle to read navigation display. This will danger the life of driver tremendously.

- York, PA, USA

problem #4

Oct 122013


  • miles
Tell me who to talk to about how you decide safety features for the newly improved electronic systems in cars. Or forward this to them. First of "objects in mirror are closer than they appear". have you driven on the highway lately" did you not notice how each and every car gets in front of a semi w only 3' distance? that mirror thing needs to be reviewed because no one is paying attention. I don't see any cars in my blind spot. Then there is that new thing about putting the dialing pad on my new panel? what's the difference between that and my dialing on my phone. Accident waiting to happen. Now, some cars have auto answer with a button, others don't. mine has the answer which should be painted green but it's not, but it does not have the "call button" voice activated. Only upgraded vehicles do. So, I'm on the highway and forget what exit or what city I'm supposed to get off on. It's rush hour and the traffic is moving slowly. I have to pull off to the curb and call?. then I have to merge onto that crazy traffic. Really? who actually does it. And you ask why there are so many accidents" this should be a mandatory feature on all cars from now on for an actual hands off experience. Bluetooth is the best new invention for driving, but we need to utilize it to it's best. Next: My car has a metallic decorating rim on the dashboard. I was almost blinded by the sun the other day. I had that and the window of the car in front of me shining on my face. I could barely find a safe spot for me to see. Please look into this and make certain things mandatory standard features (no metal rims on dashboard.). you want safety? lend me each new car and I bet you I will find stuff wrong with it within the month. Thanks for letting me vent.

- Midwest City, OK, USA

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problem #3

Sep 032013

RAV4 4-cyl

  • 250 miles
The center console slides back and forth. While driving, if you have your arm on it, it will slide. The locking mechanism does not lock in place. I think this is a safety hazard and should be corrected. It is very noticeable when a passenger is using the center console as an arm rest as well, if you are reversing, and/or you are adjusting while operating the vehicle in any way with your arm on the center console.

- Ferndale, MI, USA

problem #2

Aug 052013


  • 12 miles
The center console slides back and forth. While driving, if you have your arm on it, it will slide. The locking mechanism does not lock in place. I think this is a safety hazard and should be corrected.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #1

Aug 052013


  • 12 miles
The installed navigation screen is impossible to see in the driver's normal driving position and in almost any daytime lighting condition. Glare from the screen and dashboard borders on unsafe. There is no way to safely use that item and the 12 or so functions located there without significant distraction. Because of the potential distraction this will cause accidents and some will be fatal.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

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