Toyota RAV4 Hybrid (2019+, 5th Gen) Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals
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
- Toyota RAV4 Gas, powered by a 2.5-liter inline 4-cylinder engine
- Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, with the 4-cylinder engine detuned slightly and mated with an electric motor
- Toyota RAV4 Prime PHEV (2021+), a higher-power plug-in hybrid (select markets)
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.
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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.
|Item||Toyota RAV4 Hybrid (2019+) spec|
|Engine oil||Toyota recommends Toyota Genuine Motor Oil 0W-16, or another multigrade engine oil of ILSAC GF-6B rating.|
|Oil filter||The standard part number for the oil filter is 90915-YZZN1 for the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid (different to earlier year models).|
|Spark plugs||Toyota 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 filter||The K&N air filter 33-3080 fits the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid from 2019 onward (different from earlier years).|
|Cabin air filter||Try a K&N washable air filter, type VF2054. Or Toyota standard part 87139-04030.|
|Hybrid transmission oil||Use Toyota Genuine ATF WS fluid.|
|Rear differential||Use Toyota Genuine ATF WS fluid for the rear differential too.|
|Brake / clutch fluid||Use Toyota DOT 3 brake fluid or another FMVSS No. 116 or SAE J1703 fluid DOT 3 fluid e.g. Valvoline DOT 3 and 4.|
|Grease||Use lithium soap-based grease for the chassis.|
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.
|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 service||Above plus|
– Change oil & filter (unless otherwise done)
|10000 miles / 12 months|
|Medium inspection||5000 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 inspection||15000 mile service plus|
– Inspecting the transmission
– Inspect the fuel system
– Replace engine air filter and cabin air filter
|30000 miles / 3 years|
|Other items||Other major items at 60000 and 120000 mile mark — see below||60000 miles / 100000 / 120000 miles etc.|
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.
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 1000||5||10||15||20||25||30|
|Replace engine oil|
Reset oil replacement reminder light / message
|Replace oil filter||D,T,F,L||✓||D,T,F,L||✓||D,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|
– Power steering
– Brake system (brake fluid)
– Engine and inverter (coolant)
|Check wiper blades||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Check installation of driver’s floor mat||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Inspect ball joints / dust covers for looseness or damage. Replace if necessary.||D||D||✓||D||D||✓|
|Inspect drive shaft boots||D||D||✓||D||D||✓|
|Tighten nuts and bolts on chassis and body||D,T||D,T||D,T||D,T||D,T||D,T|
|Inspect radiator and condenser||–||–||✓||–||–||✓|
|Inspect engine / inverter coolant||–||–||✓||–||–||✓|
|Inspect exhaust pipes and mountings||–||–||✓||–||–||✓|
|Inspect steering linkage and boots||D||D||✓||D||D||✓|
|Inspect steering gear||–||–||–||–||–||✓|
|Inspect engine air filter||D||D||D||D||D||–|
|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||–||–||–||–||–||✓|
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 items||Every|
|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 coolant||First at 100000 miles / 10 years, then every 50000 miles / 5 years|
|Replace spark plugs||120000 miles / 12 years|
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.
- I: Inspect
- R: Replace
- T: Tighten
- C: Clean
|km x 1000||15||30||45||60||75||90|
|Engine oil filter||R||R||R||R||R||R|
|Cooling and heater system, hoses and connections||I||I||I||I|
|Engine coolant (Toyota Genuine SLLC)||I||I||I|
|Inverter coolant (Toyota Genuine SLLC)||I||I||I|
|Exhaust pipes and mountings||I||I||I|
|Battery (12 volt)||I||I||I||I||I||I|
|Hybrid health check|
Perform every year / 15000 km after the 5 year mark
|Engine air cleaner filter||I||I||R||I||I||R|
|Fuel tank cap, fuel lines, connections and fuel vapour control valve||I||I||I|
|Chassis and Body|
|Brake pads and discs||I||I||I||I||I||I|
|Brake pipes and hoses||I||I||I||I||I||I|
|Steering wheel, linkage and steering gear||I||I||I||I||I||I|
|Drive shaft boots||I||I||I||I||I||I|
|Suspension ball joints and dust covers||I||I||I||I||I||I|
|Manual transmission fluid||I||I|
|Automatic transmission fluid||I||I|
|Rear differential oil||I||I|
|Front and rear suspensions||I||I||I|
|Bolts and nuts on chassis and body|
Seat mounting bolts, front and rear suspension member bolts
Check correct fitment. Check torque of heavy-duty accessories, e.g. towing equipment.
|Tyres and inflation pressures||I||I||I||I||I||I|
|Balance front wheels||I||I||I|
|Driver’s floor mat – fitment and retention||I||I||I||I||I||I|
|Lights, horns, wipers and washers||I||I||I||I||I||I|
|Seatbelt, webbing condition, buckle and retractor mechanism operation||I||I||I||I||I||I|
|HV battery cooling intake filter (Hybrid)||C||C||C|
|Air conditioner filter (Cabin air filter)||R||R||R|
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 items||Every|
|Perform Hybrid health check||First at 5 years / 75000 km, then every year or 15000 km|
|Tighten bolts and nuts on chassis and body||6 years / 90000 km|
|Replace spark plugs (FC16HR-Q8)||6 years / 90000 km|
|Replace fuel filter, including the in-tank filter||8 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
About the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid
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.
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.
You can download Toyota manuals for US vehicles from Toyota’s website here.