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Toyota RAV4 Hybrid (2019+, 5th Gen) Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

2022 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid SE LHS front 3-4 studio

This is the maintenance schedule and service intervals for the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, first announced in 2019 for the same model year.

The Toyota RAV4 is Toyota’s best-selling vehicle in the US, and the best-selling non-pickup truck among all brands. The 2019+ model is the latest generation (the 5th gen RAV 4), with a redesigned exterior, more legroom, increased ride height, a revised chassis, improved motor, upgraded interior, and many more improvements.

The latest RAV4 comes in three main models

The core of the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is a 2.5 liter inline 4-cylinder engine with dual overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder, and variable valve timing — VVT-iE on the intake camshaft, and VVT-i on the exhaust. The gasoline motor is paired with a sealed Li-on battery and a synchronous permanent magnet motor that makes peak 149 lb-ft of torque and a sustained 89 ft-lb of torque.

Together, the hybrid motor makes 219 combined net horsepower at 5700 rpm. And that comes with whopping combined fuel economy of 40 mpg — very good for a compact SUV!

The engine platform is similar to that in the 2018+ Toyota Camry Hybrid. However, there are a few unique items in the RAV4’s maintenance schedule.

2019 Blue Toyota RAV4 Hybrid XLE driving on road right 3-4

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What You Need to Service Your Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

If you want to do a service on your Toyota RAV4 Hybrid (2019+), then you need the following fluids and consumable items.

These came from the Toyota RAV4 manual as well as other online parts repositories.

ItemToyota RAV4 Hybrid (2019+) spec
Engine oilToyota recommends Toyota Genuine Motor Oil 0W-16, or another multigrade engine oil of ILSAC GF-6B rating.
Oil filterThe standard part number for the oil filter is 90915-YZZN1 for the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid (different to earlier year models).
Spark plugsToyota recommends DENSO FC16HR-Q8 spark plugs.
Coolant (including Inverter Coolant)Toyota recommends Toyota Super Long Life Coolant, an OAT coolant based on ethylene glycol.
Engine air filterThe K&N air filter 33-3080 fits the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid from 2019 onward (different from earlier years).
Cabin air filterTry a K&N washable air filter, type VF2054. Or Toyota standard part 87139-04030.
Hybrid transmission oilUse Toyota Genuine ATF WS fluid.
Rear differentialUse Toyota Genuine ATF WS fluid for the rear differential too.
Brake / clutch fluidUse Toyota DOT 3 brake fluid or another FMVSS No. 116 or SAE J1703 fluid DOT 3 fluid e.g. Valvoline DOT 3 and 4.
GreaseUse lithium soap-based grease for the chassis.
Toyota RAV4 Hybrid (2019+) maintenance parts

Overall Service Intervals for the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid (2019+).

These are the major service intervals for the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid.

Bear in mind that the table of service below is for regular use — a mixture of commuting and highway work. The RAV4 Hybrid is mostly a general urban vehicle, but it can be taken on some light off-road excursions (maybe down some dirt roads). Because of its economy, it can also serve as a good taxi or ride-share vehicle. These kinds of conditions are “special conditions” that may put the Hybrid under more stress. See the full schedule below for more details.

The boldfaced items are specific to the Hybrid model. There are some other items omitted that aren’t part of the Hybrid’s maintenance schedule.

ServiceDetailsEvery (US/UK)
Minor service– Check fluid levels
– Rotate tires
– Inspect brake linings/drums
– Inspect wipers
– Inspect DC/DC converter air intake filter
5000 miles / 6 months
Oil change serviceAbove plus
– Change oil & filter (unless otherwise done)
10000 miles / 12 months
Medium inspection5000 mile service plus
– Inspect undercarriage (suspension, ball joints, steering)
– Inspect cabin air filter, brake system, exhaust, cooling system
– Inspect coolant (including for inverter – Hybrid-specific)
15000 miles / 18 months
Major inspection15000 mile service plus
– Inspecting the transmission
– Inspect the fuel system
– Replace engine air filter and cabin air filter
30000 miles / 3 years
Other itemsOther major items at 60000 and 120000 mile mark — see below60000 miles / 100000 / 120000 miles etc.
Toyota RAV4 Hybrid — Service Intervals

The service schedule in Europe / APAC for the RAV4 Hybrid is a bit different and doesn’t quite match up with the rows for that table — see the maintenance schedule below.

Maintenance Schedule for the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

Below is the maintenance schedule for the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, adapted and simplified from the format in the Warranty and Maintenance booklet.

The below maintenance schedule is derived from the US booklet for the Toyota RAV4 with the Hybrid 2.5L / electric motor-driven engine.

Notes on the maintenance schedule:

  • Most items have both time-based or distance-based maintenance intervals. Follow the earlier of the two.
  • At the end of the schedule below, follow it in the same pattern (every 1, 2, 3, 4 services etc.)
  • Some items are less frequent, e.g. replacing spark plugs or the coolant. They’re in a separate table below for “long-term” maintenance items.

Legend

The items below may have a letter marked against them meaning you only need to perform the service if you use the vehicle in a certain way. Here’s what they mean.

  • = Perform the service
  • D: Perform the service if driving a lot on dirt roads or dusty roads.
  • T: Perform the service when doing a lot of towing, using a car-top carrier, or loading the vehicle heavily.
  • F: Perform the service if regularly driving below freezing temperatures (32 degrees F / 0 degrees Celsius)
  • L: Perform the service if doing lots of low-speed driving or idling, e.g. heavy traffic time, or driving as a police, taxi, or delivery vehicle.
mi x 100051015202530
months61218243036
Replace engine oil
Reset oil replacement reminder light / message
D,T,F,LD,T,F,LD,T,F,L
Replace oil filterD,T,F,LD,T,F,LD,T,F,L
Check brake pads / discs
Inspect HV battery cooling intake filter, clean if necessary
Clean HV battery cooling intake filter
Inspect fluids for leakage & condition in
– Transmission
– Differential
– Power steering
– Brake system (brake fluid)
– Engine and inverter (coolant)
Rotate tyres
Check wiper blades
Check installation of driver’s floor mat
Inspect ball joints / dust covers for looseness or damage. Replace if necessary.DDDD
Inspect drive shaft bootsDDDD
Tighten nuts and bolts on chassis and bodyD,TD,TD,TD,TD,TD,T
Inspect radiator and condenser
Inspect engine / inverter coolant
Inspect exhaust pipes and mountings
Inspect steering linkage and bootsDDDD
Inspect steering gear
Inspect engine air filterDDDDD
Replace engine air filter
Inspect cabin air filter
Replace cabin air filter
Inspect brake lines and hoses for chafing, cracks, or damage. Replace if necessary
Inspect fuel lines and connections, tank band, and vapor vent hoses
Inspect fuel tank cap gasket
Inspect rear differential oil
Inspect automatic transmission for leakage
Toyota RAV4 Hybrid maintenance schedule

Other long-term maintenance for the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid (miles)

These items below need be done less frequently. In order to not have a very repetitive and hard-to-read maintenance schedule above, these are separated out below.

Toyota RAV4 Hybrid long-term maintenance itemsEvery
Replace auto transmission fluid if towing a lot, or driving a lot at low speeds (e.g. as courier or taxi)60000 miles / 6 years
Replace rear differential oil if towing a lot, or driving a lot at low speeds (e.g. as courier or taxi)60000 miles / 6 years
Replace engine / inverter coolantFirst at 100000 miles / 10 years, then every 50000 miles / 5 years
Replace spark plugs120000 miles / 12 years
RAV4 Hybrid — Long-term maintenance items

Maintenance pundits will notice that the latest gen RAV4 Hybrid has no belts to examine or replace.

Europe/APAC Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Maintenance Schedule

The below maintenance schedule is from the Europe/APAC Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Warranty and Maintenance Guide. It’s specific to the RAV4 Hybrid, with some subtle differences between it and the other maintenance schedules, including for other RAV4s and other hybrids.

Compared to the US manual, the service intervals are a bit different for many minor items.

The below schedule is cropped at 6 years / 90000 km. See the table below for some longer-term maintenance items.

Legend

  • I: Inspect
  • R: Replace
  • T: Tighten
  • C: Clean
years123456
km x 1000153045607590
Engine
Engine oilRRRRRR
Engine oil filterRRRRRR
Cooling and heater system, hoses and connectionsIIII
Engine coolant (Toyota Genuine SLLC)III
Inverter coolant (Toyota Genuine SLLC)III
Exhaust pipes and mountingsIII
Electrical System
Spark plugsR
Battery (12 volt)IIIIII
Hybrid health check
Perform every year / 15000 km after the 5 year mark
II
Fuel System
Engine air cleaner filterIIRIIR
Fuel tank cap, fuel lines, connections and fuel vapour control valveIII
Charcoal canisterIII
Chassis and Body
Brake pedalIIIIII
Brake pads and discsIIIIII
Brake fluidIRIRIR
Brake pipes and hosesIIIIII
Steering wheel, linkage and steering gearIIIIII
Drive shaft bootsIIIIII
Suspension ball joints and dust coversIIIIII
Manual transmission fluidII
Automatic transmission fluidII
Rear differential oilII
Front and rear suspensionsIII
Bolts and nuts on chassis and body
Seat mounting bolts, front and rear suspension member bolts
T
Accessory items
Check correct fitment. Check torque of heavy-duty accessories, e.g. towing equipment.
IIIIII
Tyres and inflation pressuresIIIIII
Rotate wheelsIIIIII
Balance front wheelsIII
Driver’s floor mat – fitment and retentionIIIIII
Lights, horns, wipers and washersIIIIII
Seatbelt, webbing condition, buckle and retractor mechanism operationIIIIII
HV battery cooling intake filter (Hybrid)CCC
Air conditioner filter (Cabin air filter)RRR
Toyota RAV4 Hybrid maintenance schedule

Other long-term maintenance for the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid (metric)

Below are items that are only done infrequently. They’re separated out as it’d be cumbersome to include them in the above table.

But if you’re buying a used Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, check to make sure these have been done.

Infrequent service itemsEvery
Perform Hybrid health checkFirst at 5 years / 75000 km, then every year or 15000 km
Tighten bolts and nuts on chassis and body6 years / 90000 km
Replace spark plugs (FC16HR-Q8)6 years / 90000 km
Replace fuel filter, including the in-tank filter8 years / 120000 km
Replace engine coolant (Toyota Genuine SLLC)First at 10 years / 150000 km, then every 5 years / 75000 km
Replace inverter coolant (Toyota Genuine SLLC)At 16 years / 240000 km
then every 5 years / 75000 km
Toyota RAV4 Hybrid — Infrequent service items (Europe / APAC)

About the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid on dirt road
2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid on dirt road

The Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is the latest in the line of Toyota RAV4s, the compact SUVs that have been incredibly popular for striking an excellent balance between safety, budget, and all-round practicality. The Hybrid version adds economy — 40 mpg combined economy — to the already compelling mix.

2021 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid engine
Toyota RAV4 Hybrid’s engine

The base engine in the RAV4 Hybrid is a 2.5 liter four-cylinder engine. It’s assisted by two electric motors, one of which combines with the gas engine to drive the front wheels, and the other of which drives the rear. So the four wheel drive system in the RAV4 doesn’t need a transfer case in the middle to move power to the rear wheels, unlike other petrol-powered 4WD models (like the Toyota 4Runner).

Like other RAV4s, the RAV4 Hybrid comes in a number of spec levels, ranging from the LE through to the Limited, with a number of stepping stones along the way. All of them share an engine and drivetrain, but you get more interior and exterior features, like sunroof, better infotainment system, and larger wheels.

If you’re interested in knowing what the RAV4 Hybrid is like to drive — there are lots of resources out there, and test drives are plentiful! But suffice it to say that it handles well both in the city and doing light off-road work, for example on dirt or rocky roads. The all-wheel-drive system engages naturally and gives you traction where you need it. Obviously you won’t be doing rock crawling, but I don’t think that’s what anyone buying a RAV4 would be intending.

The RAV4 Hybrid is a decently quick car, too. People get it from 0-60 mph (~0-100 km/h) in mid 7 seconds, which is defensible. Of course mileage will plummet if you hammer it like that…

There’s a faster alternative available in some markets, too — the Toyota RAV4 Prime, the plugin hybrid (PHEV) version of the RAV4 Hybrid.

Maintaining a hybrid motor has some slight differences to maintaining a non-Hybrid. Basically, you just have to make sure that the systems that keep the battery cool keep functioning. This means making sure that a) the intake filter for the battery cooling system remains clean and unclogged (so clean it every now and then), and b) that the coolant for the inverter is replaced. Luckily, the latter is done only VERY rarely.

References — Manual Screenshots for the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid (2019+)

The above maintenance guidelines came from the 2022 Warranty and Maintenance booklet for the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, referencing the manual and online parts lists. We checked these against years going back to 2019 for changes.

Like for many Toyota vehicles, Toyota provides this maintenance schedule as a list of individual checklists at different mileages. We compiled these individual pages into a schedule for convenience.

A few screenshots are below for reference.

The Europe/APAC maintenance schedule is shown below, in km and with different service intervals.

Toyota RAV4 Hybrid maintenance schedule screenshot APAC Europe

You can download Toyota manuals for US vehicles from Toyota’s website here.

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