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Toyota has a reputation for reliability. Unfortunately, not all Toyota models get high marks when it comes to reliability, like the Toyota RAV4, Avalon, and Corolla Hatchback. The good news is while these cars are among the least reliable Toyota models, they still have to potential to be dependable options. Let’s find out why.

The Toyota Corolla Hatchback gets a bad rap, but it could go the distance

A blue 2021 Toyota Corolla Hatchback driving down an empty road, the 2021 Toyota Corolla Hatchback is one of the least reliable Toyota models
Toyota Corolla Hatchback | Toyota

The 2022 Toyota Corolla Hatchback adds liftback practicality to the popular compact sedan model. However, some reviews indicate that the hatchback model is less dependable than the sedan. For instance, Edmunds gives the Toyota model a 7.5 out of 10.0 according to many criteria.

While the Toyota Corolla Hatchback didn’t necessarily land the highest marks, the Corolla, along with its liftback offerings, has one of the longest potential lifespans of any popular sedan. Specifically, iSeeCars says a used Corolla model has the potential to cover an average of 204,266 miles, just ahead of a Mazda6.

The 2021 Toyota Avalon gets disappointing scores from some reviewers

A red 2021 Toyota Avalon driving along a tree lined highway
2021 Toyota Avalon | Toyota

The 2021 Toyota Avalon earns a 7.8 out of 10.0 from Edmunds; it’s not exactly the most confidence-inspiring score. Moreover, the model has 5 NHTSA owner complaints of engine problems like vehicle speed control issues.

However, the Avalon earned an 85 out of 100 for predicted reliability from J.D. Power. That’s much more in keeping with what fans expect out of Toyota’s now-discontinued flagship sedan.

The 2021 Toyota RAV4 and RAV4 Prime struggle with poor ratings

A 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime parked, the 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime is one of the least reliable Toyota models
2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime | Toyota

The 2021 Toyota RAV4 is a popular SUV option among fans of the brand. However, the SUV model earned a dismal 3.4 out of 5.0 from consumers on Edmunds, and a 7.7 out of 10.0 from the site’s staff reviewers. Unfortunately, that isn’t the rating that fans and owners expected from their Toyota models.

Fortunately, the 2021 RAV4 has very few owner complaints about problematic issues like vehicle speed control faults. Specifically, the RAV4 model’s most common issues are relatively innocuous interior accessory problems.

The 2021 Toyota Sienna has a few issues, but is it one of the least reliable Toyota models?

A white 2021 Toyota Sienna parked in the wild, the 2021 Toyota Sienna is among the best new minivans of 2021
2021 Toyota Sienna | Toyota

There’s no denying that the 2021 Toyota Sienna has a lot going for it. After all, J.D. Power gave the minivan model the No. 1 spot in the segment for 2021. Moreover, the Sienna had a potential lifespan of 239,607 miles in iSeeCars’ lifespan study, suggesting the model can go the distance.

Despite J.D. Power’s No. 1 award for the Sienna model, the minivan earned a low enough quality and reliability score to be considered one of the least reliable Toyota models of the year. Specifically, the 2021 Sienna received a 74 out of 100, 11 points less than the Avalon from the same period.

Is Toyota still the most reliable car?

Toyota is known for manufacturing some of the most reliable cars. In fact, of the vehicles that iSeeCars identified as the models with the longest potential lifespan, Toyota had 10 of the 20 longest-lasting options.


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