17 Amazing RAV4 Tips & Tricks (From Owners)

If you’ve recently bought a RAV4 and are enjoying the honeymoon phase, you’re probably wondering if there are any features that would make your new purchase even better.

We asked RAV4 owners for their best tips and tricks, and here are the results.

However, please keep in mind that not all of these tips and tricks will work on every model.

1. Hidden Wipper Feature

When you switch off the engine’s power for 45 seconds, you can push up and hold the window wiper lever (the lever on the right-hand side of the steering wheel) as though doing a manual wipe with the wipers. This will result in both wipers rising to the center. This will enable you to lift them off the windshield easier, which will enable you to clean the windshield. It will also benefit your windshield wipers since the rubber on the wiper blades will go through less wear and tear since it won’t get frozen as easily.

Works on: 2020 RAV4 Hybrid XLE 

2. Remote Start

If your RAV4 is equipped with remote start, you can use the key fob to start the engine from up to 80 feet away. This is great for warming up the car on a cold day or cooling it down on a hot day. To use the remote start feature, simply press the door lock button three times. The parking lights will turn on to let you know that the car is running. To turn off the car, press and hold the unlock button on your key fob for two seconds.

Works on: XLE, XLE Premium, Adventure, TRD Off-Road, Limited

3. Quick Mute/Unmute 

In order to quickly mute or unmute your audio system, just hold down the mode button on the steering wheel.

Works on: Fifth Generation RAV4 (2019+)

4. Reboot CarPlay

If CarPlay crashes, just hold down the volume knob on the stereo to reboot the audio system.

Works on: Fifth Generation RAV4 (2019+)

5. Reversible Cargo Floor Deck

The deck board in the cargo area can be reversed so that you can either have a carpeted surface or a hard plastic surface. This is great if you’re carrying dirty or wet items (we’re looking at you, dogs) in your RAV4.

Works on: 2021 RAV4

6. Customize The Automatic Locking/Unlocking Of Your Doors

You can set your doors to lock automatically when you reach a certain speed or when you shift from P to D or R. You can also have the doors unlock automatically when you pull the inner door handle. To customize the locking/unlocking of your doors, go to Menu > Setup > Settings > Vehicle > Vehicle Customization > Door Lock Settings.

Works on: 2021 RAV4

7. Advanced Climate Control

The Toyota RAV4 has S-Flow (smart flow), which is Toyota’s name for the improved function of the air conditioning. This mode lets you choose between conventional and S-flow operation, which essentially means you can use your vehicle’s A/C system to favor airflow to the front occupants rather than the rear. This not only saves money on gas but also allows you to cool yourself faster than if you had to wait for the entire car to cool down.

There is also a solar sensor that helps redirect airflow to the side of the vehicle that is hit by more sunlight, making the climate control even more efficient.

Works on: 2021+ RAV4

8. lock The Car From The Lift Gate

You can lock the car from the lift gate. There’s a circular button to the right of the rectangular one that opens the liftgate. Press the circular button to lock the car; no need to go to one of your doors to lock it.

Works on: 2020 RAV4 Hybrid XLE 

9. The Toyota App

Not a “hidden feature” per se, but still useful to know. The Toyota app is a smartphone application that allows you to control certain features of your car from your phone. With the app, you can do things like remotely start the engine, lock and unlock the doors, and find your car in a crowded parking lot.

The app also tracks any subscriptions you have related to the car, like Sirius, for example. The app also has “vehicle health” alerts to let you know when it’s time for maintenance. It is also the only place where you can check the pressure of your tires.

Works on: The Toyota app is compatible with select 2010 or newer vehicles.

10. Adjust The Height Of The Opened Trunk Doors

When the trunk door opens, you can alter the exact height level. Simply click the button on the door when it reaches the desired height while raising it. Then hold that same button for 3 seconds until it beeps. This sets it to that specific height every time you pop up the trunk.

To completely reset, hold the button for 5 seconds. If you’re on the short side or simply want the trunk to close faster, this is a great little feature.

Works on: 2020+ RAV4

11. Assign The Seat Position To Each Individual Key Fob

When you have multiple drivers, each with their own key fob, you can assign the seat position to each individual key fob. This way, when you get in the car with your key fob, the seat will adjust to your preferred position.

To do this, get into the car with your key fob, adjust the seating position and assign it to Position1 or Position 2 (buttons on the door). Then simultaneously hold down the Position# button and either the “lock” or “unlock” button on the door until you hear a beep. A beep will confirm that the position has been saved and programmed to the key fob.

Works on: 2021 RAV4 XLE Premium, XSE, XSE Tech, Limited.

12. Miles to empty

The distance your RAV4 can travel can depend on a number of factors, especially on your driving habits, the type of terrain you drive on, and a few other factors; however, on average you will be able to get about 35-40 miles from when the Gas-Light goes on.

13. Disable automatic back window wiper

Many RAV4 owners dislike that the back window wiper automatically comes on when you are reversing in rain. If this annoys you, you can take it to the dealership to have them disable it. 

14. Keep all doors locked apart from the drivers

When you stop for fuel, if you put your RAV4 in Park and open the driver’s door before turning off the engine, all doors will remain locked apart from the driver’s door. You can then turn the engine off. This will help you feel more secure when filling up. 

15. Digital Rearview Mirror

The Toyota RAV4 is equipped with a standard digital rearview mirror, which gives the driver a clear view of what is behind the vehicle, even in low-light conditions or when the view is obstructed by something or someone in the rear seat.

Works on: 2020+ RAV4

16. Birds Eye View Camera

The RAV4 is equipped with a birds-eye view camera, which gives the driver a top-down view of the vehicle and its surroundings. This can be helpful when maneuvering in tight spaces or parking in difficult-to-see areas. This might not be a new feature since many other vehicles also have it, but it is helpful nonetheless. 

Works on: 2020+ RAV4

17. Pre-Collision System

The Toyota RAV4 is also equipped with a pre-collision system, which uses sensors to detect when another vehicle is in front of the RAV4 and will automatically apply the brakes if a collision is imminent. This can help to avoid or mitigate the severity of a collision.

Works on: 2020+ RAV4

Final Thoughts

We hope that you found these RAV4 tips and tricks useful. If you did, or your have discovered another trick, please let us know in the comments.

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