Some 2020 Toyota Models are Less Reliable Than Others

Reliability is the primary calling card for this Japanese car company. In fact, there’s a good chance that if you are shopping for 2020 Toyota models, one of the main reasons you’ve chosen this brand is because it’s commonly considered to be one of the most reliable. Some 2020 Toyota models are less reliable than others.

A red 2020 Avalon on a speed track
2020 Toyota Avalon TRD | Toyota

So which 2020 Toyota models have a lower reliability score than others? According to Consumer Reports, there are a few. But their scores aren’t really all that bad.

What is the least reliable 2020 Toyota model?

There aren’t any Consumer Reports reliability rankings that are in the red or orange danger zone. In fact, the least reliable models according to Consumer Reports all earned a score of 3 out of 5. The three 2020 Toyota models that have the lowest reliability scores are among the most popular.

2020 Toyota Sienna Nightshade
2020 Toyota Sienna Nightshade | Toyota

The 2020 Toyota Avalon, the 2020 Toyota Sienna, and the 2020 Toyota RAV4 all have lower predicted reliability scores than the rest. But what does Consumer Reports say about these well-loved 2020 Toyota models? Let’s dig a bit deeper.

The 2020 Toyota Avalon

The Toyota Avalon received a full redesign for 2019. So it now boasts better handling and styling updates to both the interior and the exterior. According to Consumer Reports, the 2020 Toyota Avalon has 2 active recalls.

a redesigned Toyota Avalon at speed on the road
Toyota Avalon | Toyota

The first 2020 Toyota Avalon recall is for an issue with the steering column. The other recall is due to a problem with the gasoline delivery by the fuel pump in the fuel system. Owners of recalled models can contact their dealer for how to proceed. Potential buyers of the 2020 Toyota Avalon shouldn’t be too worried about the recalls, as Consumer Reports still recommends this model. In addition, this Toyota sedan also has a 5 out of 5 score for consumer satisfaction.

“All told, the latest Avalon is a sensible alternative to higher-priced luxury cars.” 

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The 2020 Toyota RAV4

Another model recommended by Consumer Reports is the 2020 Toyota RAV4. While it did get a 3 out of 5 for predicted reliability, it’s still in the top 10 of 17 compact SUVs reviewed. The 2020 Toyota RAV4 also has 5 recalls.

The RAV4 is a small and affordable SUV.
Toyota RAV4 | Sjoerd van der Wal via Getty Images

According to Consumer Reports, the recalls include the same two that the 2020 Avalon is a part of. Plus, there are recalls for problems with the electric power-assist system for the steering, a control arm in the suspension, and an engine coolant leak. Still, the 2020 Toyota RAV4 received a 4 out of 5 for consumer satisfaction.

“It has continued to set a high standard for the class with each subsequent generation—until now.”

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The 2020 Toyota Sienna

The 2020 Toyota Sienna is not recommended by Consumer Reports. It also has a 3 out of 5 predicted reliability score. The 2020 Toyota Sienna also has two recalls. However, it maintains a 4 out of 5 score for consumer satisfaction. Minivans are hard to be mad about.

2020 Sienna SE Premium AWD
2020 Toyota Sienna SE Premium AWD | Toyota

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“Among minivans, the Sienna is a rational choice.”

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The steering column recall shared by the other two 2020 Toyota models also applies to the Sienna. In addition, the steering shaft could fracture. While all three of these vehicles aren’t necessarily considered unreliable in and of themselves, they are less reliable than other 2020 Toyota models according to Consumer Reports.