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Toyota hybrid models like the Prius or Camry Hybrid add fuel-sipping economy to family cars. However, some of the automaker’s hybridized options might not be worth the potential headache. Check out some potentially problematic hybrids with a history of owner complaints, like the 2008 Toyota Prius, 2010 Prius, and 2019 RAV4 Hybrid. 

What are the most unreliable Toyota hybrid models?

While many Toyota hybrid models have the potential to sail past 200,000 miles with minimal issues, these model years have many owner complaints of irritating problems. 

  • 2007 Camry Hybrid
  • 2008 Prius
  • 2010 Prius
  • 2008 Highlander Hybrid
  • 2019 RAV4 Hybrid
A red 2010 Toyota Prius hybrid model parks by a forest.
2010 Toyota Prius | Toyota

What are the common problems with the 2007 Toyota Camry Hybrid?

The most common owner-reported problems for the 2007 Toyota Camry Hybrid pertain to brakes and engine issues. Specifically, 550 complaints with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) cite braking problems like faulty ABS actuators or a soft, unresponsive brake pedal at an average of 112,584 miles. 

Additionally, over 200 reports cite engine problems like excessive oil consumption and vehicle speed control issues, per Car Complaints. As a result, the 2007 Toyota Camry Hybrid is one of the only models in its tenure to earn a “Beware-of-the-Clunker” rating. 

What years of Prius should you stay away from?

The 2008 and 2010 Toyota Prius hybrid models have the most significant number of owner-reported issues. For instance, the 2010 has an “Avoid-it-like-the-Plague” rating from Car Complaints. The 2010 Prius has an alarming 1,997 NHTSA complaints about braking problems, including a spongy or inoperable brake pedal. 

A used 2008 Toyota Prius parks next to a business complex.
2008 Toyota Prius | Toyota

Unfortunately, the 2010 Prius’ propensity for brake failure has resulted in nearly 50 crashes and one fatality. Moreover, the 2008 Prius also exhibits hydraulic brake issues and actuator failures that could be dangerous at speed. Further, a brake actuator replacement could cost as much as $3,000. However, the model has two recalls for brake problems, so owners can have the problems remedied free of charge. 

How many miles can you put on a Highlander Hybrid?

The Toyota Highlander Hybrid could cover 244,994 miles in its lifespan, per an iSeeCars study. However, not every model year of the Highlander Hybrid is dependable; the 2008 model has a long list of owner-reported problems. The Highlander Hybrid’s most common problem is a faulty ABS actuator.  

What are the most common problems with the 2019 RAV4 Hybrid?

The 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid has 16 complaints about fuel system issues. Specifically, owners cite an inability to fully fill the vehicle’s gas tank, despite being nearly empty. 

A white 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid parks by a vineyard.
2019 RAV4 Hybrid | Toyota

Still, a faulty fuel system might be irritating, but the infrequency of the issue means the RAV4 Hybrid might be more dependable than other models like the 2010 Prius.


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