man using 2021 Toyota RAV4 hands-free power liftgate

Use the kick sensor in the new RAV4 for a hands-free experience

How do you use the 2021 Toyota RAV4 hands-free power liftgate?

Innovations for convenience have been among the top priorities in the automotive world, and Toyota is always pressing forward to see how to make the entire driving and vehicle ownership experience better for drivers across the globe. On a crossover SUV like the Toyota RAV4, you’ll have a rear liftgate which allows you to pack plenty of cargo for your daily grind and your weekend adventures. Sometimes you’ll be coming at that rear door with your arms full of luggage or groceries or other items, and to make those times easier, Toyota has made available hands-free liftgate features on its crossovers. That includes the newest RAV4. How do you use the 2021 Toyota RAV4 hands-free power liftgate? Read ahead for the necessary steps. 

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Step-by-step hands-free power liftgate kick sensor process 

  1. Make sure the RAV4 is off. 
  1. Make sure you have your Smart Key with you. 
  1. Stand directly behind the center of the RAV4 and kick your foot forward underneath the bumper. Just use one swift motion and do not hold your foot underneath. 

And that’s it! Just those three simple steps are all it takes to get the rear liftgate to open so you don’t have to drop your cargo in order to manually open it up. The liftgate may take a moment to begin to open after your kick, so be sure to give it that moment to allow it to open. Once your cargo is loaded up, another kick under the bumper will close the liftgate, too.  

Please note that if you have a tow hitch installed, it will likely interfere with the kick sensor function, so it is recommended that the kick sensor be turned off in those cases. 

This is just one of the many ways Toyota keeps pushing its technology to give you an extra hand when needed! 

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