How to use AWD lock button on 2016 Toyota RAV4 or Highlander

Toyota RAV4 and Highlander are equipped with all-wheel drive, which automatically switches from front-wheel drive to all-wheel drive with up to a 50, 50 power split.

2016 Toyota RAV4

The all-wheel drive lock button activates the lock mode. The lock mode is meant for use when a large amount of drive power is needed at all wheels, such as when your vehicle is stuck in the mud and you need to free it. It is not for regular driving use.


  1. With the vehicle on, and traveling under 25 miles per hour, pressing the button once activates the system and an indicator will appear in the instrument panel.
  2. The center differential is locked and the engine’s torque is distributed at an even 50, 50 power split between the front and rear axles to maximize traction.
  3. To cancel the system, press the button again and the indicator will disappear when the system is off.
  4. The system will also cancel operation when the vehicle speed exceeds 25 miles per hour or when the brakes are applied to ensure that the anti-lock breaking system and vehicle stability control system can operate effectively.
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