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“We Can’t Feel Our Heated Seats” Why The 2022 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid’s Heated Seats Are So Weak

Have you noticed that the heated seats in your 2022 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid are weaker than usual? It may because of the fabric used.


It’s a cold winter morning and you are late for work. After starting your 2022 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, you turn on the heated seats because the SoftTex leather feels like you stuck your leather jacket in the freezer and put it on the next day. However about 5 minutes into your drive, you realize that your heated seats are not really that heated. It’s on max settings but at most you just feel a room temperature sensation rather than a nice warm cushion. Could this be from the leather?

It's true, Toyota is not known for its heated seats. On the contrary, Toyota’s heated seats are seen as some of the more lacking feature in its cars. Compared to a Hyundai or Kia in the same class and body style, heated seats are something that defiantly need to be worked on in coming models. However, for me and thousands of other owners, heated seats are not something that is going to be a deal breaker in making a purchase of a brand-new Toyota. I would rather have a cold butt than spend $150 at the pump every 2 weeks.

“We Can’t Feel Our Heated Seats” Why The 2022 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid’s Heated Seats Are So Weak

Some owners have taken to the Facebook groups to express their experience with the 2022 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid’s heated seats. On a post on Facebook’s Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Group, Brenda Detwiler posted 10 things that were broken on her new RAV4 Hybrid SE which is a little weird considering the RAV4 Hybrid is a very reliable and dependable hybrid SUV. In this article we will take a look at what other owner have said about their experience with the heated seats in the 2022 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid.

Elizabeth Wilhite said, “I just bought a 2022 RAV4 hybrid XSE. My heated seats are undetectable. The dealership said it could be because of the soft text leather.” The SofTex leather is basically a pleather that they Toyota uses to make seating more comfortable yet affordable as well. Basically, you are paying fabric seating prices for leather seats. I am not a big fan of pleather and leather in general. I prefer comfort and cushioning rather than what material it is made from.

According to Karl Kriz who also commented, Toyota’s heated seats have always been kind of weak anyway. Plus, they run on an “on off” type of system so it’s not always a constant blast of heat running up.

I think that the lack of heated seating is not really a deal breaker when purchasing a Toyota, however I would like to see a better improvement in the more expensive models. They all use the same system so if I am buying an $80,000 SUV like the new Sequoia, I would at least like to have some good, heated seats.

What do you think? Let us know in the comments below.

Harutiun Hareyan is reporting Toyota news at Torque News. His automotive interests and vast experience test-riding new cars give his stories a sense of authenticity and unique insights. Follow Harutiun on Twitter at @HareyanHarutiun for daily Toyota news.


Kim (not verified)    January 22, 2023 - 12:58PM

I just bought a Toyota Rav4 hybrid limited 2023 and have had it 4 days. Took it to the dealer yesterday because on the highest setting the seats are Not hot but Luke warm at best. The tech guy said the colis on the highest setting is 92 degrees but thst doesn't mean the seat I sit on is getting that heat. I'm used to my Mazda with hot seats on a cold 6am drive to work. Now I'm still freezing and completely disappointed and angry that I was told it meets Toyota specs and nothing can be done.

Gerald (not verified)    July 16, 2023 - 4:59PM

In reply to by Kim (not verified)

I bought a 23 rav4 limited with heated seats and found they are not heated at all. Only checked 92 and like you was told that is within Toyota standards. I would never purchase another Toyota ever. I had 4 Buicks previously and they are far superior and they do have heated seats