Toyota RAV4 Remote Start Guide (Accurate Information) - RAV4Resource (2023)

The internet is full of articles that provide inaccurate information about the Toyota RAV4 remote start system. Does the RAV4 have remote start and how does it work? If you want up-to-date information, I’ve got you covered.

I talk about the RAV4 models with remote start and discuss how to use it. If your RAV4 doesn’t include remote start, I also illustrate your options for upgrading.

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Does the Toyota RAV4 Have Remote Start?

Not every Toyota RAV4 comes with remote start. Since it can be pretty confusing to understand which RAV4s have remote start, I’ve broken down the information below based on model year.

2019-2022 Toyota RAV4

To start, let’s look at the 2019 to 2022 Toyota RAV4 models. These same rules also apply to the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid remote start systems.

Here are some general guidelines to consider for 2019-2022 Toyota RAV4s:

  • Models with Audio Plus also have remote start. This system includes a larger multimedia screen and a glossy frame.
  • Models with Premium Audio (JBL speakers) also come with remote start.

In short, your RAV4 should have remote start if you have Audio Plus and/or Premium Audio. However, keep reading as there are more details you need to understand.

To access remote start through the app, you must have a Remote Connect trial or subscription service. Remote Connect is a service offered under Toyota’s “Connected Services” program. This apps also offers special tech features such as roadside assistance, remote vehicle controls and more.

Otherwise, you can use the key fob to remote start the RAV4 for up to ten years. Once that time is over, you must get the Remote Connect subscription.

While these are general guidelines, the statements don’t always seem to be true. For example, I tested this on a 2019 Toyota RAV4 Adventure with Audio Plus and the key fob remote start did not work.

2023 Toyota RAV4

The 2023 Toyota RAV4 remote start is slightly different than the previous model years.

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No longer is the Audio Plus or Premium Audio required to access remote start in the 2023 Toyota RAV4.

  • Without Audio Plus or Premium Audio: Remote Connect is available with a paid subscription only
  • With Audio Plus or Premium Audio: Remote Connect is available with a trial offer or paid subscription

This means that you can get remote start on lower-end trims of the 2023 RAV4 which weren’t previously available in older models.

To remote start a 2023 Toyota RAV4 with the key fob. quickly press the lock button three times. On the third press, hold the button down until the mirror lights flash. Let go of the button and the vehicle will start.

Please note: I have not yet been able to confirm with the key fob method works with all trim levels of the 2023 RAV4. Please contact me if you have more information!

You should also know that the trial periods for Remote Connect vary by model year, as explained below.

  • 2020-2023: 1-year trial
  • 2019: 6-month trial
  • 2018 or older RAV4s with remote connect: Operate with key fob without restrictions

To use the app functionality after the trial is over, you must sign up for Remote Connect. Currently, it costs $8 per month, or you can pay $80 a year, which is the same as getting two months for free.


How to Remote Start Your RAV4 With the Key Fob

So, you have a compatible model listed above. Now, you need to know how to use the remote start on RAV4 models. If you prefer visual descriptions, this YouTube video gives you the basics.

Here are some written instructions to follow.

  1. Quickly press the lock button three times.
  2. On the third push, hold the button in.
  3. Lights will flash and the vehicle should start.
  4. You can let go of the button once the vehicle starts.

If you held the key fob lock button and the lights never flashed, your vehicle is not equipped with remote start. Reference the information above for more information, or check out the bottom of this article explaining how to install remote start on your RAV4.

Toyota RAV4 Remote Start Using the App

If you prefer to use the Toyota app to remote start your vehicle, you must first have a subscription or trial to Remote Services.

To use your Remote Connect services on the Toyota app, follow these instructions.

  1. Download the Toyota app. It’s available on Google Play for your Android device or the App Store for your iPhone.
  2. Open the app on your device.
  3. Set the country and language.
  4. Sign in.
  5. Use your email address or mobile phone number to log in.
  6. Add your Toyota RAV4 to the app.
  7. Activate Remote Services by walking through the on-screen prompts.
  8. Hold down the Start Engine button, found on the home screen of the app.
  9. The turn signals flash several times before the engine starts.
  10. If the vehicle isn’t driven, the engine only runs for ten minutes before it shuts off. The timer is shown on the app, so you know how long you have.
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The Toyota RAV4 remote starter app also offers functionality to lock and unlock the car doors. You can also use it to stay on top of maintenance and pay your monthly bills.


How to Install Remote Start on a Toyota RAV4

If your Toyota RAV4 doesn’t have a remote starter installed, there are other options. In this section, I cover the remote start installation cost for Toyota RAV4 models. I also help you decide whether to have a professional install it or do it yourself.

Toyota RAV4 Remote Start Installation Cost

On average, the Toyota RAV4 remote start cost is typically between $250 and $400. However, this price is affected by multiple factors.

  • Remote starter range: The further the remote starter works, the more it costs
  • Remote starter brand: Reputable brands cost more but also provide a more durable product
  • Features: A basic remote starter costs less than one with advanced features
  • Warranty coverage: It costs more to get a remote starter with a lengthy warranty, but you gain more protection from defects
  • Installation: Professional installation adds to the price but also brings peace of mind


DIY vs. Professional Installation

If you are mechanically inclined, you might decide to tackle the Toyota RAV4 remote start install on your own. While this is tempting, I don’t generally recommend doing the installation yourself. Hooking up a remote start system isn’t the same as changing the oil or putting on a spare tire.

Remote starters are integrated into the electrical system. Unless you have vast experience working with automotive wiring, you should avoid this task. Yes, it’s tempting to save money and do it at home, but what will be the cost if you create an electrical issue?

If you don’t have knowledge of the 12-volt automotive wiring system, you should visit a professional installer.

To find a reputable installer in your area, look for these factors.

  • Experience: Choose an installer with many years of experience
  • Reviews: Read through online reviews to ensure customer satisfaction
  • Transparent pricing: Get a detailed quote showing the price for labor vs. parts
  • Warranty: It’s worth more to visit an installer that offers a warranty on the labor

Don’t cheap out on installation. Paying a little more is well worth the expense in the long run.

Best Remote Starter for the Toyota RAV4

If you plan to purchase your Toyota RAV4 remote starter on your own, it’s important to choose a model with exceptional customer reviews. I don’t recommend going with the cheaper options, as these are more likely to break.

After significant research, I’ve concluded that this Compustar remote start bundle is one of the best options for the Toyota RAV4. Here are just a few of the top features offered with this RAV4 remote starter.

    • 3,000-foot maximum range
    • Includes car alarm with intelligent security sensors
    • 2-way interactive LCD remote
    • Valet mode
    • Supports two vehicles
    • 1-year warranty

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You can save a little money by choosing a remote starter with a shorter range. However, the 3,000-foot range is ideal under most circumstances. If trees, buildings, and other interferences are between you and the vehicle, the range doesn’t reach the maximum. For that reason, I often recommend paying a little extra to get the 3,000-foot range, just in case.

Frequently Asked Questions

2019 to 2022 Toyota RAV4 models generally have remote start if they include the Audio Plus or Premium Audio system. The 2023 Toyota RAV4 can be equipped with remote start with or without these two systems when you have a Remote Connect subscription.

To have a remote start professionally installed, you may spend between $250 and $400. This cost includes the price of the remote starter and the labor. If you have experience with the RAV4 electrical system, you may be able to install it yourself and save on labor rates.

It depends on the model. Some Toyota RAV4s allow for the key fob to start the engine for a maximum of ten years. After that time, a Remote Connect subscription may be necessary. If the RAV4 doesn’t come with remote start, an aftermarket system can be added.

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Getting Your RAV4 Started

With your RAV4 remote starter, it’s simple to adjust the climate of the cabin before you get inside. This technology is beneficial in cold winter and warm summer months. If the equipment is already included with your RAV4, start using it and experience the difference.

On the other hand, if it needs to be installed, don’t skimp to save a few dollars. The cost is directly related to versatility and reliability, so it’s worth spending more.

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How do you activate the remote start on a Toyota RAV4? ›

Press the LOCK button on the remote. Press the LOCK button a second time within 1 second. Press the LOCK button again, this time holding it for 3 seconds. The vehicle will start.

Does the Toyota RAV4 have remote start? ›

The new Toyota Rav4 is a spectacular, compact crossover SUV with the latest technology and connected services, including remote start via Remote Connect.

Does 2023 RAV4 XLE have remote start? ›

Through touch or voice commands, with an active Remote Connect trial or subscription, you can locate your vehicle, lock or unlock the doors and even start the engine * — all from your Apple Watch® * or Android™ * smartwatch.

What is the multi information display in the RAV4? ›

The multi-information display is used to display fuel efficiency related information and various types of driving-related information. The multi-information display can also be used to change the display settings and other settings.

Do you have to pay for Toyota remote start? ›

*Disclaimer: A Toyota Remote Connect trial period is at no extra cost and begins on the original date of purchase or lease of eligible new vehicles. After the trial period expires, enrollment in a paid subscription is required to access the service. Terms of Use for the subscription service agreement apply.

How much does Toyota remote start cost? ›

How much does a Toyota remote start cost? The cost of a Toyota remote start ranges approximately $8 per month or $80 per year. It includes a myriad of digital functions available on the Toyota smartphone app. Depending on the model, you can also get a free trial of Toyota Remote Connect on new Toyota vehicles.

Which Toyotas are equipped with remote start? ›

Remote start is compatible with ADS-THR-TL5 system on the following Toyota models:
  • 2010 and newer Camry models.
  • 2010 and newer Venza models.
  • 2011 and newer Highlander models.
  • 2011 and newer Yaris models.
  • 2011 and newer RAV4 models.
  • 2011 and newer Sequoia models.
  • 2011 and newer Tundra models.
  • 2011 and newer Sienna models.

How much does it cost to add a remote start to a RAV4? ›

Toyota Remote Start Prices

Vehicles equipped with Smart Key and factory security system: Regular Price $ 774.00 – Your Price: $ 619.00 plus tax.

What is RAV4 XLE convenience package? ›

The Convenience Package adds a height-adjustable power liftgate and a power moonroof. With the $1,335 destination fee, the 2023 Toyota RAV4 XLE costs $30,420.

Does RAV4 have automatic trunk opener? ›

Using the Foot Activated Liftgate

Simply have the Smart Key with you as you approach the rear of your Toyota RAV4. Once you're at the rear of the vehicle, kick your foot beneath the rear bumper to activate the motion sensor. At this point the system will emit a beep and begin automatically opening the liftgate for you.

What is multi-information display? ›

The multi-information display in the instrument panel displays various information and messages when the ignition switch is in the ON (II) position.

How do I update my RAV4 screen? ›

How to Update Toyota Entune™
  1. Launch the Entune™ app, and then connect to your vehicle using USB or Bluetooth®.
  2. A menu will appear on screen, asking you to choose between updating “NOW” or “LATER.”
  3. Selecting “NOW” takes care of all your updates immediately and automatically.

Why doesn't my Toyota have remote start? ›

Toyota Remote Connect depends on factors outside of Toyota's control, including an operative telematics device, a cellular connection, GPS signal, and the availability of a compatible wireless network, without which system functionality and availability may be limited or precluded.

How do I know if my car has factory remote start? ›

To find out if you have the remote start option, you must first take a look at your key fob. The remote-start button is shaped like a curved arrow. If your key fob has this button, that means that your car is equipped with Remote Start.

Why is remote start not working? ›

If your remote starter isn't working, be sure that you're using the remote properly. If your remote starter system isn't working properly, try replacing the battery in your fob. You can find replacement key fob batteries at Batteries Plus. Most remote starter fobs run on 2032 lithium coin cell batteries.

How much is Toyota remote start monthly? ›

Remote Start: Not free for Toyota

But yes remote start is part of Toyota's Connected Service (i.e. subscription) and is listed under Remote Connect as $8/month or $80/year. So, even if you use your key fob to do remote start, it won't work after the subscription expires.

Will a remote start void the Toyota warranty? ›

Does having a remote start void my factory warranty? It absolutely does not. Consumers are protected by Federal Law called the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act of 1974 which says that a manufacturer cannot void a customer's warranty unless the part causes a malfunction of the problem in question.

How expensive is installing remote start? ›

Generally, you can expect anywhere from $150 to $500 for professional installation of a remote car starter.

Will my VIN number tell me if I have remote start? ›

If the car came with factory remote start, the only real way to tell would be to ask the dealership. They may be able to look up you VIN number and tell you (depending upon what kind of car it is). If aftermarket remote start was added later, the dead giveaway would be cheesy looking wire splices under the dash.

How do I know what remote start I have? ›

  1. Check the owner's manual. If your vehicle has a remote starter, there will be information about your specific remote starter and how it works in your vehicle's owner's manual. ...
  2. Check your vehicle's key fob. The key fob for your car will have a special button if your vehicle has a remote starter. ...
  3. Test out the feature.

How does a remote start know when the engine is running? ›

Remote start systems designed to work in push-to-start ignition vehicles send a signal to the engine that mimics the smart key signal. It essentially makes your car think the key is inside and starts the engine. Like traditional ignition vehicles, your push-to-start car won't drive while the remote start is running.

How long does Toyota remote start last? ›

How long will my Toyota engine run after I activate Remote Start? After remote start is activated, your Toyota will idle for about 10 minutes before automatically shutting down.

What is the range of Toyota remote start? ›

is a Toyota Genuine long-range remote engine starter that allows you to start your Toyota from as far as 800 metres or 2,600 feet away. Activate the front and rear defoggers on days with thick frost and ensure interior comfort on the coldest or hottest days of the year.

How long is Toyota remote Connect free? ›

Toyota said it would begin offering 10-year free trial periods on its core Safety Connect and Service Connect systems, beginning with 2023 Toyota and Lexus models. Toyota Motor Corp.

What year did Toyota add remote start? ›

The Toyota remote start straight from the manufacturer has been around since 2010. Over the years, makers have tweaked the technology to make the most useful and efficient devices that give Toyota drivers the extras they love.

Does Toyota Smart Key System include remote start? ›

Remote start is only available on vehicles with the Smart Key system integrated. Vehicles without an alarm system require an additional hood switch in order for Remote Start to be activated. Remote start is only available on vehicles with automatic transmissions.

Is it hard to install your own remote start? ›

Unless you are a certified 12-volt automotive electrician, you shouldn't attempt to install a remote starter on your own. You can risk hurting yourself, your vehicle, and your wallet in case repairs to either are necessary.

Is it hard to install a remote start on your car? ›

Remote starters are convenient, inexpensive and easy to install. Learn about remote start installation here. Install a remote starter for your car yourself. It's a great upgrade, inexpensive and a project you can do yourself with simple tools and the supplied wiring diagram.

Can you add remote start to a car that doesn't have it? ›

Many new vehicles are coming with remote start already from the factory, however, it can be added to any vehicle. There are many options to choose from when selecting a remote car starter system for your vehicle and we want to be sure you know all of them!

Do all RAV4 XLE Premium have remote start? ›

2019 to 2022 Toyota RAV4 models generally have remote start if they include the Audio Plus or Premium Audio system. The 2023 Toyota RAV4 can be equipped with remote start with or without these two systems when you have a Remote Connect subscription.

Does the Toyota RAV4 XLE require premium gasoline? ›

You must only use unleaded gasoline in your vehicle. Select octane rating 87 (Research Octane Number 91) or higher. Use of unleaded gasoline with an octane rating lower than 87 may result in engine knocking.

What is difference in RAV4 XLE and XLE Premium? ›

The 2021 Toyota RAV4 XLE Premium builds off the XLE, and adds the following features: Height-adjustable power liftgate with jam protection. SofTex®-trimmed seats with eight-way power adjustable driver's seat. Leather-trimmed steering wheel.

Does my RAV4 have parking assist? ›

Front and Rear Parking Assist With Automatic Braking.

Does Toyota RAV4 have self parking? ›

Yes, Toyota vehicles that are equipped with this automated driver-assist parking technology can perform parallel parking or back into a perpendicular parking spot with supervision from a driver. Watch the video below to learn more.

Does RAV4 turn off automatically? ›

The Toyota Stop and Start system will shut off your engine momentarily and put it into standby mode when your vehicles come to a complete stop at a red light. When you turn off the engine, it will decrease the emission and increase the MPG.

What is information display resources? ›

2.1 What Is an Information Display Resource? An information display digital resource for learning is a digital media that presents certain information in an organized manner, often through visual and interactive affordances of representational technologies. We might also refer to these as infographics for learning.

What are the three types of display? ›

There are three main categories of panel used on modern LCD monitors; TN, VA and IPS-type.

What is information display system? ›

"Information display systems" (IDS) is the general designation for the control panels and displays of Russian (and previous Soviet) spacecraft. For example, the original Soyuz 7K-OK spacecraft used the "Sirius-7k" IDS. IDS. Components or features. Spacecraft.

How do you tell if your screen is calibrated correctly? ›

On a perfectly calibrated monitor, you'd be able to distinguish (if only just barely) the difference between the white central row and the block labeled 254. More typically, a "good" monitor would let you see the boundary between the center row and the 250 or 251 block.

How do I fix my screen calibration? ›

To calibrate your LCD panel on a Windows 10 computer, go to Settings > Display > Calibrate display color. Then go follow the steps to set your gamma, brightness, contrast, and colors. You can also use online tools to calibrate your LCD panel .

How do I know if my screen is calibrated? ›

Your monitor might also have a calibration software in your computer. Windows 10 comes with the Windows Calibrate Display Color. You can access it from Start > Control Panel > Appearance and Personalization > Display. Or, simply search from the Cortana search box with a keyword like “calibrate.”

Why doesn t my RAV4 start? ›

The most common reasons a Toyota RAV4 won't start are a dead battery, an alternator problem, or failed starter.

Why does my remote start not work sometimes? ›

If your remote starter isn't working, be sure that you're using the remote properly. If your remote starter system isn't working properly, try replacing the battery in your fob. You can find replacement key fob batteries at Batteries Plus. Most remote starter fobs run on 2032 lithium coin cell batteries.

Can I add remote start to my Toyota? ›

Can you add a Toyota remote engine starter to your vehicle? Fortunately, many Toyota models offer an available remote engine starter, even if your model didn't come equipped. Feel free to contact our team at Toyota Vacaville or get in touch with your local Toyota dealer to see if your Toyota is compatible.

How much is Toyota remote start subscription? ›

Remote Start: Not free for Toyota

But yes remote start is part of Toyota's Connected Service (i.e. subscription) and is listed under Remote Connect as $8/month or $80/year. So, even if you use your key fob to do remote start, it won't work after the subscription expires.

How much is Toyota remote start installation? ›

The cost for installing a Toyota remote start depends on factors like years, makes, and models. It ranges between $250 and $650 for a Toyota remote start installation.

Does Toyota offer factory remote start? ›

Toyota Offers One of the Best Remote Start Features

By working with the Toyota factory Smart Key System, remote start offers more functionality than other brands. It's available in a variety of vehicles from the Toyota Camry to Toyota Tundra remote start systems.

Why won't my car start but everything works? ›

If your headlights can turn on, but your car won't crank, that means that your battery is charged, but either the starter or ignition is the problem. If the starter or ignition is the problem, a starter engine can be jumped by using a charged battery.

Why is my car not self starting? ›

If the car clicks when trying to start, but still won't start, this can be caused by a weak battery, dirty battery terminals, a worn starter motor or a stuck solenoid. If might just need a jump start, but there are a few tricks to try before breaking out the jumper cables or electric jump starter.

Why does my car not try to start? ›

If your vehicle won't start, it's usually caused by a dying or dead battery, loose or corroded connection cables, a bad alternator or an issue with the starter. It can be hard to determine if you're dealing with a battery or an alternator problem.


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