Toyota RAV4 manuals

Toyota RAV4 (XA40) 2013-2018 Owners Manual: Driving the vehicle

The following procedures should be observed to ensure safe driving:

Starting the engine


  1. With the brake pedal depressed, shift the shift lever to d.
  2. Release the parking brake.
  3. Gradually release the brake pedal and gently depress the accelerator pedal to accelerate the vehicle.


  1. With the shift lever in d, depress the brake pedal.
  2. If necessary, set the parking brake.

If the vehicle is to be stopped for an extended period of time, shift the shift lever to p or n.

Parking the vehicle

  1. With the shift lever in d, depress the brake pedal.
  2. Shift the shift lever to p.
  3. Set the parking brake.
  4. Vehicles without a smart key system: turn the engine switch to the “lock” position to stop the engine.

    Vehicles with a smart key system: press the engine switch to stop the engine.

  5. Lock the door, making sure that you have the key on your person.

    If parking on a hill, block the wheels as needed.

Starting off on a steep uphill

  1. Make sure that the parking brake is set and shift the shift lever to d.
  2. Gently depress the accelerator pedal.
  3. Release the parking brake.

Driving in the rain

Engine speed while driving

In the following conditions, the engine speed may become high while driving.

This is due to automatic up-shifting control or down-shifting implementation to meet driving conditions. It does not indicate sudden acceleration.

Breaking in your new toyota

To extend the life of the vehicle, observing the following precautions is recommended:

Avoid sudden stops.

Do not tow a trailer.

For the first 600 miles (1000 km):

Drum-in-disc type parking brake system

Your vehicle has a drum-in-disc type parking brake system. This type of brake system needs bedding-down of the brake shoes periodically or whenever the parking brake shoes and/or drum are replaced. Have your toyota dealer perform the bedding down operation.

Operating your vehicle in a foreign country

Comply with the relevant vehicle registration laws and confirm the availability of the correct fuel.

Eco driving indicator

Suggests zone of eco driving and eco driving ratio based on acceleration.

  1. Eco driving indicator light

During eco-friendly acceleration (eco driving), eco driving indicator light will turn on.

When the acceleration exceeds zone of eco driving, or when the vehicle is stopped, the light turns off.

Eco driving indicator light availability can be customized. The default setting is on.

Toyota RAV4. Eco driving indicator

  1. Eco driving indicator zone display

Eco driving indicator zone display availability can be customized at your toyota dealer. The default setting is off.

  1. Zone of eco driving
  2. Eco driving ratio based on acceleration

If the acceleration exceeds zone of eco driving, the right side of eco driving indicator zone display blinks.

Eco driving indicator will not operate in the following conditions:


Observe the following precautions.

Failure to do so may result in death or serious injury.

When starting the vehicle

Always keep your foot on the brake pedal while stopped with the engine running. This prevents the vehicle from creeping.

When driving the vehicle

Do not drive if you are unfamiliar with the location of the brake and accelerator pedals to avoid depressing the wrong pedal.

Do not drive the vehicle over or stop the vehicle near flammable materials.

The exhaust system and exhaust gases can be extremely hot. These hot parts may cause a fire if there is any flammable material nearby.


Observe the following precautions.

Failure to do so may result in death or serious injury.

When driving the vehicle


Observe the following precautions.

Failure to do so may result in death or serious injury.

When driving on slippery road surfaces

When shifting the shift lever


If you hear a squealing or scraping noise (brake pad wear limit indicators)

Have the brake pads checked and replaced by your toyota dealer as soon as possible.

The rotor damage may result if the pads are not replaced when needed.

It is dangerous to drive the vehicle when the wear limits of the brake pads and/or those of the brake discs are exceeded.

When the vehicle is stopped


When the vehicle is parked

Do not leave glasses, cigarette lighters, spray cans, or soft drink cans in the vehicle when it is in the sun.

Doing so may result in the following:

Do not leave cigarette lighters in the vehicle. If a cigarette lighter is in a place such as the glove box or on the floor, it may be lit accidentally when luggage is loaded or the seat is adjusted, causing a fire.

Do not attach adhesive discs to the windshield or windows. Do not place containers such as air fresheners on the instrument panel or dashboard.

Adhesive discs or containers may act as lenses, causing a fire in the vehicle.

Do not leave a door or window open if the curved glass is coated with a metallized film such as a silver-colored one. Reflected sunlight may cause the glass to act as a lens, causing a fire.

Always apply the parking brake, shift the shift lever to p, stop the engine and lock the vehicle.

Do not leave the vehicle unattended while the engine is running.

Do not touch the exhaust pipes while the engine is running or immediately after turning the engine off.

Doing so may cause burns.


When taking a nap in the vehicle

Always turn the engine off. Otherwise, if you accidentally move the shift lever or depress the accelerator pedal, this could cause an accident or fire due to engine overheating. Additionally, if the vehicle is parked in a poorly ventilated area, exhaust gases may collect and enter the vehicle, leading to death or a serious health hazard.

When braking

Braking distance increases when the brakes are wet, and this may cause one side of the vehicle to brake differently than the other side. Also, the parking brake may not securely hold the vehicle.

If the vehicle becomes stuck (awd models)

Do not spin the wheels excessively when any of the tires is up in the air, or the vehicle is stuck in sand, mud, etc. This may damage the driveline components or propel the vehicle forward or backward, causing an accident.


When driving the vehicle

When parking the vehicle

Always shift the shift lever to p. Failure to do so may cause the vehicle to move or the vehicle may accelerate suddenly if the accelerator pedal is accidentally depressed.

Avoiding damage to vehicle parts

If you get a flat tire while driving

A flat or damaged tire may cause the following situations. Hold the steering wheel firmly and gradually depress the brake pedal to slow down the vehicle.

Information on what to do in case of a flat tire


When encountering flooded roads

Do not drive on a road that has flooded after heavy rain etc. Doing so may cause the following serious damage to the vehicle:

In the event that you drive on a flooded road and the vehicle is flooded, be sure to have your toyota dealer check the following:

Before driving

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