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2020 Toyota RAV4 Review: A Best-Seller Gets Better

by Aiden Eksteen

If you ever needed proof that we're living in a crossover world, the fact that last year alone, nearly half a million Toyota RAV4 compact SUVs sold should be all the proof you need. It's not just for lack of competition either, as the compact SUV segment is packed with talent like the Honda CR-V and Mazda CX-5. And yet the Toyota reigns supreme as far as the sales charts go, powered along by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine developing 203 horsepower, the choice of front- or all-wheel drivetrains, and Toyota Safety Sense features. But until now, it's still had weak links in its armor, which rivals have been quick to capitalize on. 2020 sees Toyota remedy some of these with full Android Auto and Apple CarPlay functionality for the first time in a Rav. Can updated tech and a new TRD Off-Road model do enough to keep the RAV4 at the top of the charts? We think so.

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2020 Toyota RAV4 Changes: What’s The Difference vs The 2019 RAV4?

Toyota has introduced an all-new TRD Off-Road model for 2020, equipped with unique 18-inch alloy wheels, all-terrain tires, and a TRD Off-Road suspension kit with red coil springs, adding an enhanced degree of off-road capability to the lineup. Android Auto functionality, SiriusXM satellite radio connectivity, and Wi-Fi hotspot capability have all been made standard in all models. An eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat is now standard in the XLE model, heated front seats have been moved from the Convenience Package to the Weather Package which is now also available for the FWD models. The mid-range Adventure model gains a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, but its previously standard power moonroof and power liftgate are now optional within the Convenience Package. A premium 11-speaker JBL sound system is standard in the Limited model.

Pros and Cons

  • Commodious and quiet cabin
  • Cavernous trunk space
  • Vast array of standard features
  • Plenty of standard safety tech
  • Relatively good fuel economy
  • Finally has Android Auto
  • Uninspiring drive dynamics
  • Base model is very bare-bones
  • Engine noise is loud under heavy throttle

What's the Price of the 2020 Toyota RAV4?

Compared to other vehicles in the class, the Toyota RAV4's price is relatively high; the base LE is available at an MSRP of $25,850, the slightly better-outfitted XLE comes in at $27,145, and the feature-rich XLE Premium has an MSRP of $29,850. For a little more capability and a few more additional features, there's the Adventure, which carries an MSRP of $32,955, the Limited follows with a starting price of $34,380. Finally, there's the all-new TRD Off-Road which augments on the compact SUV's off-road and practicality capabilities - offered at an MSRP of $35,180. All prices exclude Toyota's delivery, processing, and handling fee of $1,120 as well as any tax, registration, or licensing fees. Adding AWD to models without it adds $1,400 to each Toyota RAV4's base cost.

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2020 Toyota RAV4 Trims

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Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
2.5L Inline-4 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
2.5L Inline-4 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
Hybrid LE
2.5L Inline-4 Hybrid
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
All-Wheel Drive
Hybrid XLE
2.5L Inline-4 Hybrid
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
All-Wheel Drive
XLE Premium
2.5L Inline-4 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
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2020 RAV4 Exterior

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  • Length 180.9 in
  • Wheelbase 105.9 in
  • Height 67.0 in
  • Max Width 73.0 in
  • Front Width 63.0 in
  • Rear Width 63.7 in
  • Curb Weight 3,370.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Super White
  • Midnight Black Metallic
  • Silver Sky Metallic
  • Magnetic Gray Metallic
  • Ruby Flare Pearl
  • Blue Flame
  • Blueprint
  • Lunar Rock
  • Blizzard Pearl
  • Midnight Black/Ice Edge Roof
  • Blue Flame/Ice Edge Roof
  • Lunar Rock/Ice Edge Roof
  • Blue Print
  • Silver Sky Metallic w/Midnight Black Roof
  • Magnetic Gray Metallic w/Midnight Black Roof
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2020 RAV4 Performance

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Engine and Transmission

  • Engines
    2.5L Inline-4 Gas, 2.5L Inline-4 Hybrid
  • Transmissions
    8-Speed Automatic, Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
  • Drivetrains
    AWD, FWD

Handling and Driving Impressions

The new RAV4 doesn't present much that's out of the ordinary in the way of ride and handling. It feels planted and composed when on the highway and holds its own when pushed through a winding road. It's nimble enough when motored around town, and the steering responds well to inputs. The brakes are light too and require quite a lot of pressure for adequate responses, but stop the crossover well within acceptable limits. It's a perfectly complacent effort from Toyota, but it lacks the flair of a Mazda CX-5 or even a Honda CR-V. Still, for the daily commute, it'll never disappoint.

When it comes to comfort on the road, the RAV4 models equipped with either the 17 or 18-inch wheels are the most compliant; the models equipped with the 19-inch wheels deliver a slightly busier ride. All models, including the Adventure and the TRD Off-Road, which are equipped with more rugged suspensions, tend to soak up bumps and bruises rather well, despite their focus being on off-road ability

The Adventure and TRD Off-Road furthermore feature numerous driving modes and an upgraded AWD system, which, altogether enhance their capability over rough and loose terrain. The RAV4 is no Range Rover, but its off-road capabilities are impressive for something in this segment.

2020 RAV4 Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
  • Front Leg Room 41.0 in
  • Front Head Room 39.5 in
  • Rear Leg Room 37.8 in
  • Rear Head Room 39.5 in

2020 RAV4 Trunk and Cargo Space

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2020 RAV4 Safety and Reliability


  • Basic:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    5 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    2 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Maintenance:
    2 Years \ 25,000 Miles

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

  • Overall Rating
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
  • Side Crash Rating
  • Rollover Rating

Verdict: Is the 2020 Toyota RAV4 A Good car?

For a compact crossover SUV, the 2020 Toyota RAV4 is one of the best options out there and leaves little reason to doubt its best-seller status. It's a remarkably pleasant vehicle to drive and a very functional daily runabout - it's comfortable on the road, reasonably fuel-efficient, and though a little underpowered, performs competently around town. Furthermore, the Adventure and new TRD Off-Road offer relatively decent off-road capabilities and impressive towing capacities. Practicality is high in the RAV4 too: with its commodious cabin, passengers are kept comfy all-day, there's plenty of cargo room in the trunk, and the 60/40 split-folding rear seats offer great storage versatility. With the exception of the base model, all other models come generously outfitted with enticing comfort and convenience features - safety equipment and driver aids are plentiful too, and options are abundant. With six trims comprising the lineup, there's a RAV4 for just about anyone.

What 2020 Toyota RAV4 Model Should I Buy?

The RAV4 Adventure is the trim of choice as it comes standard with an abundance of comfort and convenience features that the lower-spec models don't come with and offers superior off-road and towing capabilities as a result of the standard AWD. It's also the first model that comes standard with the upgraded eight-inch infotainment touchscreen with added HD Radio capability. We do suggest optioning in the available Premium Audio with Dynamic Navigation and JBL for the infotainment audio upgrade and improved convenience, although with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, the navigation isn't a necessity. Considering the Adventures off-road capabilities, the Adventure Grade Cold Weather Package may also be a good add-on for when traveling through cold states.

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2020 Toyota RAV4 Comparisons

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Nissan Rogue Nissan
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Toyota RAV4203 hp27/35 mpg$27,975
Honda CR-V 190 hp28/34 mpg$28,410
Nissan Rogue 201 hp30/37 mpg$27,360

2020 Toyota RAV4 vs Honda CR-V

Like the Toyota RAV4, the Honda CR-V is a long-standing competitor within the compact crossover SUV segment and regularly ranks near the top of the log. The CR-V is equipped with a far more refined turbocharged engine though, one that delivers smoother, quicker, and quieter responses in all driving conditions. It's lively too, getting the CR-V from 0-60 mph in around 7.5 seconds. The ride and handling from both vehicles are pretty much on par, but the CR-V is more fun to thread through corners, while the RAV4 is better off-road. The RAV4 offers better towing capacity, however. Though the RAV4, when in AWD, offers a greater maximum tow capability to the CR-V's 1,500 lbs, the CR-V does have a larger cargo bay with 39.2 cubes behind the rear seats. The RAV4 wins points for its infotainment system as full smartphone integration is shared throughout the lineup and a larger touchscreen is standard in the top three trims. When it comes to these two class-leaders, both are on an even keel, so the choice ultimately comes down to preference.

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2020 Toyota RAV4 vs Nissan Rogue

The Rogue is a little more affordable than the RAV4, but isn't nearly as consummate an all-rounder in the segment. It comes equipped with a significantly underpowered engine that's been matched up with a horrid CVT as standard. Where the Rogue does show advantage is in its size: it's interior is a little more commodious compared to the RAV4, offering more passenger room and a larger cargo bay with 39.3 cubes on offer, but the RAV4 boasts a superior maximum tow capability of up to 3,500 lbs, squashing the Rogue's 1,500-pound capability. The RAV4 is the more pleasant vehicle to drive and proves to be a little more fuel-efficient. It's infotainment system is better, too, and it gets a more exclusive and extensive spec sheet to the Rogue. Ultimately, the RAV4 is the winner here - it's newer, a little more refined, and a whole lot more reliable.

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