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Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Wait Times See No Light at End of Tunnel For Canadians... Why?

It’s been 3 months since we last covered how long it took Toyota RAV4 owners to get their cars and it seems that Canadians do not see light at the end of this long tunnel.


Here in the states, things seem to be getting better. Wait times for new cars are becoming shorter and as the economy starts going back on the rollercoaster of good and bad, we are starting to see either short or long wait times for U.S buyers. This depends on mostly where you live and how well connected your dealer is to the allocation’s office. In April, we covered how long average RAV4 owners were waiting for their RAV4, and it came out to be somewhere between 6 months to a year. Sadly, this is still the same case for most Americans.

To add fuel to the fire, Canadians are having it even worse with RAV4 Prime waiting times were 3 years for some! That’s 2025 if you put that in retrospect. Now granted, not all dealers are going to honor the waiting time and give you a 2025 model RAV4 Prime once you get it. I still don’t know how that’s going to work out, but I guess it’ll kind of be like Tesla and their waiting times.

By the way, check out our latest article on how the Tacoma might be following the Tundra with oil change limits.

What’s Up with Canadians Waiting More Than a Year For 2022 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Still No Progress

But for the regular RAV4 Hybrid, waiting times in Canada have significantly risen. If you may remember, Toyota had to close 2 plants a few months ago and they opened up a little while after. Shouldn’t this solve that problem? Apparently not.

On Facebook Toyota RAV4 Hybrid group, Mark Wasney asked, “Can Any other Canadians on here share how long their RAV4 Hybrid took to arrive from order date to delivery? I ordered on May 17/22 and was told 6 months initially and has now changed to 16 months.” That is an insane waiting time for a car that is meant to be mass produced. Remember before 2020 when you could walk into a dealership and pick a car out and drive it out that same day? Oh, how I wish for that peak era of existence. I wanted to see if any other Canadian on order had similar insane waiting times…turns out they do.

Dan Shire said, “Ontario, ordered a 2022 hybrid XLE from a large Toronto dealer (Ken Shaw) the first week of March. I’ve heard twice from the salesman, first that the car was NOT in the factory queue for September and that by November they’ll be building 2023s only (2 RAV4 factories in Ontario). Last week he indicated more delays but no timeframe expectation, except it’s likely going to be a 2023 model.”

Thankfully his dealer said he would honor the year model change which means that he would get a RAV4 Hybrid with the upgraded infotainment system that is said to be available as a refresh for the current generation.

Margaret Fry said, “Been waiting 8 months for a hybrid.” They did not specify which province they were in but given that they too have a long wait time, I would probably think they live in a secluded area.

I really hope these wait times get shorter because the more people see that wait times are long, the more likely they are to defect to other manufacturers like Ford or Chevy…most popular for Hybrid compact SUVs being Honda with the CRV. But I hope that Toyota can do something and get these wait times lower.

What do you think? How long was your wait time? 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 and on YouTube at Toyota Time for daily Toyota news.


Caren Weinstein (not verified)    August 5, 2022 - 8:24PM

I ordered an XSE Tech in Cavalry Blue in February. Just got an update from the dealer that they have no news and if anything it will be delayed even more. At this point I am looking at a 2023. I am in Ontario

Kevin Phan (not verified)    August 23, 2022 - 7:10AM

In reply to by Caren Weinstein (not verified)

Me and my family ordered the rav4 hybrid XLE back in November 12 2021 and I have no updates when I’m getting my rav4 at this point I don’t really care anymore whenever it comes it comes. Toyota needs to sort give a timeline here. Toyota if you are reading this my dealership doesn’t even know when the rav4 arrives, please Toyota please give some information when actual vehicles is coming.

Harutiun Hareyan    August 23, 2022 - 1:44PM

In reply to by Kevin Phan (not verified)

Hi Kevin
I mean it's really an issue of global economics here. Toyota needs to look at their cards and see what they need to play. This sort of back up on delivery dates cannot go on forever.

Harutiun Hareyan    August 23, 2022 - 1:41PM

In reply to by Caren Weinstein (not verified)

Hi Caren,
Most Canadians expect a 2-3 year wait on average so I would probably suggest you make sure that your dealer respects the year change and give you the proper model year Prime.

Heath Brand (not verified)    August 13, 2022 - 7:13PM

So I just ordered a rav4 hybrid XSE this past Tuesday August 9th.
Should I expect the 2023 model perhaps?

Harutiun Hareyan    August 23, 2022 - 1:40PM

In reply to by Heath Brand (not verified)

Hi Heath,
depending on how long your deliver and build date takes, there could be a chance. Most dealers try to honor the year change but I would suggest you call your dealer and ask them.

Heath (not verified)    September 2, 2022 - 10:01AM

In reply to by Harutiun Hareyan

Thanks and yes I’ve reached out to them last week and they told me they haven’t heard anything from Toyota Canada as of yet, but from what I’ve been reading on this site it probably won’t be ready until Aug of 2023

Dave (not verified)    January 31, 2023 - 6:49PM

In reply to by Heath Brand (not verified)

Try 2024 maybe. I ordered a 2022 RAV4 Hybrid Limited in Feb 22. Was just notified that it will be shipped some time between March 20 and April 1. The wait times after Feb 22 have gotten even worse according to sources. Better to get a 2024 in Jan/Feb than a 2023 in Nov/Dec.

Tong (not verified)    September 3, 2022 - 1:46PM

Order XLE Hybrid on March 8 2022 to replace my 2018 hybrid, the time line just keeps changing according to my dealer from Toyota

- 4 to 7 month
- 6 to 8 month
- 8 to 9 month
- 12 to 18 month

I asked my dealer if Toyota just decided to not make any Hybrid anymore for Canada since our market is slow compare to USA? If that is the news, they should let us know, then we can make plans or changes other than just wait. On the hind side, should have just ordered a Gas one, so much for government's push to buy EV.

Jose (not verified)    October 12, 2022 - 3:53PM

In reply to by Tong (not verified)

En espera ace 18 meses y no ay respuesta cuando lo recibirán rav4 prime en Montreal canada me dijeron un año cuando hice mi orden a hora dicen 3 a4 años no en tiendo porque tanto tiempo buscare otras alternativas

Dave stafford (not verified)    November 16, 2022 - 8:23AM

In reply to by Raymond (not verified)

Ditto for me I ordered a Rav 4 hybrid XLE in January and still have no answers in Ontario. My friend just received his Tesla 3 months early in only 4 months so it can be done

Andrew (not verified)    September 23, 2022 - 3:13PM

My offer sheet is dated July 23, 2021 for the XSE trim. The last time I contacted my dealer (Open Road Toyota) in April, I was told then that they had not received shipments on any of the Primes since August of 2021.

I'm hoping that since my order was recorded well before the energy crisis, that it might now be within a few months of delivery but if Toyota Canada isn't delivering to the dealership, then the wait list isn't moving.

I sure would like to have it by winter since one of my reasons for going AWD is the steep hill I live on and my current car gets quickly housebond in moderate snow.

Sindy (not verified)    September 28, 2022 - 5:43PM

In reply to by Andrew (not verified)

Did u get your xse....I booked for a limited in December 2021 and they have been saying xse and limited are not on the sight....if u had received yours I can believe that I can wait for mine of now November XLE See are getting released..

Alfred (not verified)    October 1, 2022 - 9:30PM

I ordered my Highlander XLE hybrid in early December 2021 and my dealer gave my an update back in May that Toyota accepted my order and my Highlander is in production which will be able to deliver by July. However they later told me it is no longer available to deliver because they shut down some production. No update since then.

BC Waiting (not verified)    November 20, 2022 - 11:49PM

Waiting for RAV4 prime since Oct 2020, dealer is hopeful sometime in 2023. I have waited too long to give up now.

Patrick Bowerman (not verified)    December 8, 2022 - 6:36AM

Ordered and gave my down payment to Markville Toyota in September 2021. Still Waiting.

Apparently according the Globe and Mail, the issue has moved on from not enough micro chips to the lack of EV rebate in Ontario. Has anyone heard of or considering a group action in Ontario?

Mississauga, O… (not verified)    December 9, 2022 - 10:31AM

Ordered XLE Hybrid in March 2022 from Erin Park Toyota. Every time I call for an update, I get the same answer: "We didn't hear from the factory yet"

Island boy (not verified)    December 15, 2022 - 3:20AM

Ordered rav4 hybrid limited in Dec 2022 received in June 2023.
Very happy with vehicle and Toyota dealer in Port Alberni.

Hybrid girl (not verified)    April 6, 2023 - 6:36AM

Ordered a Toyota Venza limited in May 2022….still waiting for a eta?? If it is much longer will have to look elsewhere.

Notsure (not verified)    April 28, 2023 - 10:19PM

I ordered a 2022 highlander hybrid xle from ken shaw.
Still waiting with no estimated timeline.
It's crazy to wait almost a year and a half for a mass produced vehicle.
Not to mention there has been no updates on what's going on.