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Hybrids have continued to gain traction over the years, which means many consumers are venturing into the world of electrified vehicles for the first time.
This comes with plenty of concerns, including questions about the lifespan of hybrid batteries.
Toyota is aware of these concerns, which is why they offer a warranty on their hybrid components, including the battery.
By the end of this article, you’ll feel confident knowing that your RAV4’s battery is backed by Toyota’s generous warranty.
We’ll take an in-depth look at the RAV4’s hybrid battery warranty, including length, coverage, exceptions, and what to do if you’re out of warranty.
Toyota offers an excellent warranty for the RAV4’s hybrid battery.
For model years 2020 or newer, the warranty covers the battery for 10 years or 150,000 miles, whichever comes first. Older RAV4s have an 8-year, 100,000-mile hybrid battery warranty (Toyota).
Because of their confidence in the RAV4’s hybrid battery lifespan, Toyota extended their standard battery warranty starting in 2020.
This length of warranty is great because it will cover the battery for most of the vehicle’s life. As an owner of a hybrid RAV4, you can have peace of mind knowing that there is only a small chance that you’ll have to deal with a battery replacement out of warranty.
Additionally, as technology evolves and becomes even more reliable, we may see Toyota extend this warranty even further.
Now, let’s talk about what this warranty covers, specifically.
Car warranties are notorious for having exceptions and stipulations. Is this the case for the RAV4’s battery warranty?
According to the RAV4 Warranty and Maintenance Guide, the hybrid battery warranty covers required repairs to address defects in the materials or workmanship of the hybrid battery.
However, there are exceptions, including:
- Fire, accidents, or theft
- Misuse, such as racing or overloading
- Alteration or tampering
- Lack of proper maintenance
- Environmental conditions, such as floods, wind storms, and lightning
- Water contamination
There are other exceptions, but these were the most relevant to the hybrid battery. Check your Warranty Guide for more information.
The best thing you can do to ensure warranty coverage is to properly care for your hybrid battery by performing regular maintenance, avoiding extreme temperatures, and having delicate driving habits.
Outside of those conditions, the warranty exceptions are mostly out of your control.
It’s also worth noting that Toyota has a separate warranty for the RAV4’s other hybrid components. This warranty is 8 years or 100,000 miles. Don’t get this confused with the hybrid battery warranty.
Your original battery is protected under warranty, but what happens if you get a replacement battery? Will that replacement battery be covered under new warranty terms?
We spoke with a handful of dealerships to get the answer.
Replacements under warranty:
If your hybrid battery failure qualifies for a no-cost replacement under Toyota’s warranty, the replacement battery is covered for the remaining time of your warranty, or 3 years/unlimited miles (whichever is longer).
For example, if you have 5 years left on your original warranty, the replacement battery will be covered for the remaining 5 years.
If you only have 1 year left on your original battery warranty, the new battery will be covered under a 3-year/unlimited miles warranty.
Replacements Out of warranty:
If your hybrid battery is not covered under the original warranty, your replacement battery will be covered under a new warranty of 3 years/unlimited miles.
For example, if your battery fails after 11 years and you pay out-of-pocket to have it replaced by Toyota, they will issue a new warranty to cover the battery for the next 3 years, regardless of how many miles you drive during that time period.
After Warranty Expiration
The RAV4 hybrid battery warranty is great, but there’s always a chance that you’ll fall out of warranty.
This could be due to warranty expiration or damage outside of warranty coverage.
If you find yourself needing to replace the RAV4’s hybrid battery out of warranty, you can replace it with a new or used battery.
The cost of replacing the RAV4’s hybrid battery is $3,000-$8,000 for a new battery or $1,500-$3,500 for a used battery.
Yes, this cost is quite high, but it is unlikely that you’ll need to pay this unless your car has seen a lot of use. At that point, the investment in a new battery is likely worth it.
If you replace your hybrid battery outside of warranty, the replacement battery will come with a 1-year, unlimited warranty from Toyota.
Your electrified RAV4 is protected by a fantastic hybrid battery warranty from Toyota, which covers up to 10 years or 150,000 miles of driving. The length of coverage was extended in 2020 because of Toyota’s trust in their high-quality materials.
Most situations of premature battery failure will be covered under this warranty, but there are some exceptions, such as accidents, misuse, improper maintenance, and environmental factors.
If your situation is out of warranty, the cost of replacing your battery can be anywhere from $1,500-$8,000 depending on whether you replace it with a new or used battery.
Now that you understand the RAV4’s hybrid battery warranty, we’d love to hear your thoughts. Does this warranty give you peace of mind?