2021 Rav 4 XLE gas engine
There is a long thread about sealing the two large openings between the hood and headlights on the 5th Generation RAV4. It has been known for a long time that factory OEM weatherstrips are available to place atop the headlights. Many, myself included, have installed them to keep water, dust and bugs out of the engine compartment. Lately there has been a backlash from some posters who claim these strips would somehow cause over heating and cook the battery and electronic components under the hood- and Toyota left them off intentionally to cool the engine compartment.There has also been a long running debate why the strips were used in some countries but not the Canadian production US cars. Some have said the weather strips were used only in RAVs that had headlight washers or sprayers and thus were not used in US Ravs. Here is a Ukrainian video showing a 5th gen hybrid with the 2.5 Dynamic Force engine. You can see it has the headlight weather strips starting at 4:18. I don't see any obvious headlight washers, brushes or sprayers on it. Maybe I'm wrong IDK. Obviously Toyota did not think these European RAVs need more cooling of the battery and it does get as warm in the Ukraine in the summer as Canada and the Pacific Northwest.