Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Battery Replacement

So, you have some concerns about what it would take to replace the battery on a RAV4 Hybrid.

It’s an understandable concern. With today’s advanced car technology, things can get expensive pretty quickly. But should you be worried about having to replace the hybrid battery on your RAV4 in the future?

By the end of this article, you won’t be too concerned about your hybrid battery.

I’ll cover the signs of a failing battery, life expectancy, replacement cost, warranty coverage, and more so you know exactly what to expect and look out for.

toyota rav4 hybrid

Understanding the Hybrid Battery

hybrid battery 3d model

We’re going to be talking about the hybrid battery in your RAV4.

Please note there are two batteries in your car, and we are not talking about the 12-volt battery. That 12-volt battery is used to start the vehicle, and that’s not what we’re discussing here.

The hybrid battery sends power to the electric motors and works in tandem with the gasoline engine. It gives your car the ability to use less gas because of the partial electric power.

This hybrid battery in the RAV4s is the 245 V lithium-ion battery. It’s also known as the “traction battery.”

Using the hybrid battery enhances the vehicle’s overall performance. It saves you from spending an arm and a leg at the gas pump and produces less emissions.

Expected Lifespan

All types of batteries degrade over time, so the RAV4’s hybrid battery is no exception. But how long will it actually last?

We asked Michael Dominguez, a Master Mechanic and automotive technology expert, who says that “on average, a hybrid battery in the RAV4 is designed to last between 150,000 to 200,000 miles. However, various factors, from driving habits to climate, can influence this range.”

That’s about 11-15 years for most people.

However, there’s still a good possibility that your battery life can exceed this range. This range is just an estimate based on design. Plenty of RAV4 owners will see their battery last much longer.

Remember, proper care and maintenance are key to maximizing your RAV4 Hybrid’s battery life.

Cost to Replace

The RAV4 Hybrid’s battery replacement cost is a hefty one. But many people say it’s worth it since the battery is designed to last for so long.

With parts and labor included, the cost to replace the hybrid battery on a Toyota RAV4 is anywhere from $3,000-$8,000 for a new battery, but can be as low as $1,500-$3,500 if you replace it with a used battery (Santa Cruz Toyota).

As hybrid batteries and the concept of electric vehicles are still relatively new, we expect the replacement cost to get cheaper as time goes on. As the technology grows and becomes more familiar, prices will go down.

And, of course, you only pay out of pocket if you are outside Toyota’s incredible warranty.

Warranty Coverage

You’ll be pleased to hear that Toyota offers an excellent hybrid battery warranty for the RAV4.

You can have peace of mind knowing that your hybrid battery is covered for 10 years or 150,000 miles, whichever comes first (Toyota).

This warranty applies to RAV4s that are 2020 or newer. If yours is older, you have an 8-year, 100,000-mile warranty.

If your battery dies sooner than expected, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that you won’t be paying anything out of pocket.

If you get your hybrid battery replaced with a new one from Toyota, the replacement comes with a 3-year/unlimited mileage warranty (if your factory battery warranty has less than 3 years left).

That’s a pretty great deal, and it shows just how much stock Toyota puts in those 245 V lithium-ion batteries.

Replacement Options

When replacing your RAV4 Hybrid battery, there are a handful of options at your disposal.

You have the option of buying a new or used battery through Toyota. However, you can also choose an aftermarket battery manufacturer to replace the battery instead of using Toyota’s brand.

There’s a lot to unpack here. Let’s compare all of these options!


Replacing your battery with a brand-new one is typically the first thing that comes to mind.

This option will offer a longer lifespan on average, so you’ll be able to go further before needing to replace the battery again. It may also perform better than a used battery.

Buying a new replacement battery is a great option if want to get many more miles out of your RAV4. The expense is significantly greater than a used one, so you must be able to handle the out-of-pocket cost if it’s not covered under warranty.


If your RAV4 Hybrid is approaching the end of its life, a used battery may be a better option.

Although a used battery won’t last as long as a new one, it is much cheaper. There’s no point in splurging on a new battery if you think your RAV4 won’t last another 100k-200k miles.

It’s worth noting that these used batteries can still last quite a long time, but it is less likely to last as long as a new one.

These used batteries come from RAV4s that have reached the end of their life. Even if the battery is no longer usable, Toyota refurbishes these as a certified pre-owned product in their closed-loop, EV battery life cycle.

Toyota battery life cycle steps


We spoke with John Lin, Owner of JB Motor Works, to discuss the pros and cons of OEM and aftermarket hybrid batteries.

Let’s start with the pros and cons of an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) battery, which is a battery produced by Toyota.

Fits and functions the same as the factory batteryHigher cost
Backed by Toyota’s customer support

Lin mentioned that the biggest advantage of using an OEM hybrid battery is that “you’re buying reassurance”. This is because the batteries are designed by Toyota to perfectly fit and function within the RAV4’s design.

An OEM hybrid battery seems like an obvious choice, but there’s one disadvantage to consider.

Lin explains that the disadvantage to an OEM battery replacement is that it typically costs more than aftermarket batteries because it has the reputation of Toyota’s brand behind it.

So what are the benefits of an aftermarket battery? There are several.


Aftermarket batteries are not produced by Toyota. Instead, independent companies manufacture their own batteries that are designed to replace the OEM battery.

Lower costMight not last as long
More options for capacity and performanceMight lack a sufficient warranty
Could have compatibility issues
Potential for poor customer support

Lin states that “the primary advantage is cost” when it comes to aftermarket hybrid batteries. However, he also points out that “some manufacturers also produce batteries with higher capacity or performance characteristics than OEMs.”

Although aftermarket batteries can be a great option, there are also some disadvantages.

The biggest disadvantage is that “not all aftermarket batteries are created equal.” They might not last as long, could lack a sufficient warranty, and could experience compatibility issues. It’s also worth noting that you won’t get the same customer support as you would from Toyota.

When asked how consumers should choose between OEM and aftermarket RAV4 hybrid batteries, Lin says, “Ultimately, the choice between OEM and aftermarket batteries boils down to an individual’s budget, performance requirements, and risk tolerance.”

Replacement Process

Replacing your hybrid battery is not something that you’ll want to do yourself. It should only be done by a qualified mechanic.

However, you might be curious to know what the replacement process looks like. This also helps you understand the labor costs involved.

To provide insights on the replacement process for a RAV4 Hybrid battery, we spoke with Matthew of Leo & Sons Auto Repair, an independent auto repair shop that specializes in hybrids and electric vehicles.

Matthew outlined these steps for replacing the hybrid battery:

  1. Perform a de-energizing safe-down procedure.
  2. Hoist the vehicle and remove any under-panels or components that are in the way.
  3. Drain coolant (if applicable).
  4. Disconnect low-voltage and high-voltage electrical connectors.
  5. Install a lift table.
  6. Remove EV battery mounting hardware.
  7. Lower the battery down with the lift table or lift the vehicle off the battery.

He also highlighted that not only does the replacement process take a lot of time, but there is special equipment required to do the procedures.

He says, “While time is a definite factor when replacing an EV battery, proper equipment is the most important aspect. Having not only the proper protective equipment, such as high-voltage lineman’s gloves rated to 1000V, but also a battery lift table that can hold the weight of the battery safely.”

Signs of a Failing Battery

While the hybrid battery should last a very long time, there are still a few things to keep an eye on concerning the battery.

A few indicators of a failing battery are as follows:

1. Decrease in fuel economy

Since the hybrid battery is designed to increase fuel economy, lower MPGs is a clear sign that the battery is failing to do its job.

A bad battery isn’t providing as much electric power as it should be, therefore the vehicle must rely more on the gasoline engine. This will result in more engine run time and lower fuel economy.

So if you suspect a failing battery, keep this in mind. Also, be aware that other factors, such as cold weather and tires, could decrease fuel efficiency.

2. Poor Acceleration

Hybrids are known for their impressive torque which offers quick acceleration (KBB).

If the battery starts to fail, your acceleration will be negatively impacted because the battery is not aiding the gasoline engine as effectively as it should be.

There are other mechanical failures that could cause poor acceleration, so this doesn’t always mean the battery is to blame. Nevertheless, it’s something you should investigate if you find your RAV4 accelerating more slowly than usual.

3. Fast Battery Depletion

If you start to notice that your charge isn’t getting you as far, or if it’s losing a charge while it’s the vehicle sits, it’s a sign to have your hybrid battery checked. It’s best to have this checked out immediately.

4. Dashboard Warnings

If your hybrid battery is failing, your RAV4 is designed to show warning messages on the multi-information display.

These messages indicate a problem with the hybrid system:

  • “Hybrid System Malfunction”
  • “Hybrid Battery System Malfunction”

If you notice one of these appear on the screen, it’s a clear sign that something in the hybrid system is failing, which could be related to your battery.

Maintenance and Care

Proper maintenance and care are essential to achieving the proper lifespan of the RAV4 Hybrid’s battery.

Mechanic Michael Dominguez provided his tips for maintaining and caring for the RAV4 Hybrid battery, including “regular maintenance, avoiding extreme temperatures, and ensuring the battery isn’t left uncharged for extended periods”.

He also pointed out that “moderate driving habits that don’t constantly push the battery to its limits can further its life”.

Following these tips will prevent excessive degradation of the battery.

Frequently Asked Questions

They Hybrid battery should last at least 8-10 years for most people, or 100,000 to 200,000 miles before needing be replaced.

Replacing a Hybrid battery can be expensive if paying out of pocket. The average cost to replace the RAV4 Hybrid battery is between $3,000 to $8,000.

You can replace the hybrid battery in a Toyota RAV4, but it’s best left to certified hybrid technicians. Handling the high-voltage battery can be dangerous.

Yes, Toyota has a great warranty for their Hybrid vehicles. The Hybrid battery warranty covers 2020 models and newer for 10 years or 150,000 miles whichever comes first. If your model year is older than 2020 you are covered for 8 years or 100,000 miles whichever comes first.


If you take good care of your RAV4 Hybrid battery and provide it with the maintenance it needs, it can be expected to last 150,000-200,000 miles.

If you need to replace it, you can expect it to cost $3,000-$8,000 for a new battery, or $1,500-$3,500 if you’re replacing it with a used battery.

In most cases, battery replacements will fall under Toyota’s warranty, which covers the hybrid battery for up to 10 years or 150,000 miles.

You should look out for signs of a failing battery, which include poor fuel economy, poor acceleration, rapid battery depletion, and dashboard warning messages.

To maximize the lifespan of the battery, it’s recommended that you follow proper maintenance and care protocols.

Now that you’ve read about the RAV4 Hybrid’s battery replacement, how do you feel about it? Are you confident in the battery, or have concerns about it being a large expense in the future?

Let us know in the comments below!

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  1. We bought our 2018 rav hybrid used with under 40k miles it always says the battery is too low to drive in ev mode. Why? Covered?

    1. RAV4 Resource says:

      Hi Danna,

      This is likely not an issue with the battery, but it could just be that the battery is low based on your recent driving conditions. For example, maybe you were idling for a while before attempting to go into EV mode. I recommend trying it again some other time.

      If this continues to be an issue every time you attempt to us EV mode, check with your dealership to make sure everything is okay.

  2. If the Lithium Battery dies on a RAV 4 Hybrid will the car still function as a gas operated vehicle, just less efficient?

    1. RAV4 Resource says:

      I’m not entirely sure, but I would expect that to be the case. I’m assuming that the battery would get less and less effective until it eventually does nothing at all.

  3. The EV mode is kinda useless on a regular hybrid, you can only use it when the battery is fully charged and between 25-30 mph while feathering the gas pedal. I have one and it’s great. If the main battery fails the engine is going to run non-stop with very slow acceleration.

  4. Chris Sharpe says:

    Well the cost is just plain staggering!! I. Admit I didn’t do enough Research prior to buying my 2016 RAV4 Hybrid, but in 2016 the only track record was with the Prius and they were bragging of over 200,000 Kms for most hybrid batteries. I have 110,000 Kms on my 8 year Rav, so I really hope to exceed the 150,000 km threshold.