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.


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
9,052 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2013 Toyota RAV4 steering problems

steering problem

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2013 Toyota RAV4 Owner Comments

problem #6

Jan 042017


  • 30,000 miles


While stopped at a traffic light with the transmission in drive, the engine shut off without warning, and the steering wheel locked. The radio and headlights remained on. This the second occurrence within 6 weeks.

- Redondo Beach, CA, USA

problem #5

May 302015


  • 0 miles
Manufacturer: Toyota motor corporation vehicle identification no. (VIN): Xxxxxxx. Bought a Toyota certified at dealership, (push button) however in six occasions, car engine would not turn on. Indicator light for steering was on. After several tries, and once I pulled the steering hard then car started fine. Took car to dealer to check it, they said nothing was wrong with car. The last time, the car did not start even with the Toyota road assistance staff/towing, was unable to get it out of garage, area was too low. Ended up leaving car at garage overnight. Next day, I returned the car, did a trade in for new Toyota. However, dealer or Toyota co. Did not admit problems with car. Battery was functioning fine as everything else would turn on, ie, radio,, lights.

- Ashburn, VA, USA

problem #4

Aug 042015


  • 57 miles
Clunking noise coming from the steering column when make left or right turns at low and high speeds. Dealership inspected my car, even test drove with one of the mechanics, and they claim they can't find anything after several appointments and inspections. Finally, they said it's something with my steering and have yet to fully diagnose and fix the problem. A quick google search and you'll find many people with the same problem and little help from the dealership.

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #3

Jun 272015


  • 24,000 miles


Car engine would not turn on. Indicator light for steering was on.. once I pulled the steering hard then car started fine. Searching online I see there are reports of auto steering issues with other model. Battery was functioning fine as everything else would turn on, ie, radio,, lights

- Franklin Park, NJ, USA

problem #2

Apr 092014


  • miles
After reading several news stories today (04/09/14) about the recall of 27 Toyota models (including 2013 rav 4), for: ?cables for the driver air bag module that can be damaged, disabling the bag, though a warning light will come on (3.5 million vehicles, 1.67 million in the U.S.). ?seats that don't lock in place (2.32 million, 670,000 in North America) ?steering column brackets that may become loose or fail (760,000, europe and asia only) ?windshield wiper motor (160,000, asia only) ?starter motor fire hazard (20,000, asia only) I called the dealer where I bought my car - Toyota of rock hill. I was informed that recalls are "coming, " but they didn't have specific information from Toyota yet. I should be getting a letter in the mail and then I take the car in for service. Frustrating to see that the media has more information on the actual recalls than the Toyota dealer. So, if something happens between now and the time I get "my letter, " (my air bags fail or the seats become dislodged during an accident), I'm pretty much screwed.

- Rock Hill, SC, USA

problem #1

Sep 092013


  • 258 miles
On local road, accelerating from stop. Vehicle suddenly "shut-off" going into neutral and unable to put back into drive. Steering went "limp". vehicle drifted right, power steering was effected, steering difficult. Vehicle coasted into parking lot to the right, fortunately no vehicles happened to be passing on the right at that precise moment, therefore no accidents. But there could have easily been one. Attempts at restarting vehicle resulted in "take ev to nearest dealership" message and several warning indicators on dash. Vehicle was towed to originating dealership which it continues to be diagnosed and unresolved. Vehicle was purchased on 9/3/2013 < 6 days prior.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

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