2020 Toyota RAV4

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2020 Toyota RAV4 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: May 31, 2020
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Coming from a brand that is widely regarded as the biggest automobile company in the world, producing a reliable car that will easily last for 2 decades is just another day in their workday. Welcome to Toyota, home of the magnificent vehicles that are loyal to a fault. And from a brand like that, you get the highest selling compact SUV crossover that received a generational change just last year, the 2020 Toyota RAV4.

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Pros

Impressive fuel economy

Typical Toyota Reliability

Premium interior

A lot of cargo space

Cons

Uncomfortable front seats

On the pricey side in its segment

Lifeless driving dynamics

What's New?

Android Auto is standard

SiriusXM added to the base trims

Power driver’s seat in XLE trim

XLE trim doesn’t come with standard moonroof


2020 Toyota RAV4 Latest Update

Features

vehicle bio

base price

$25850

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

152 cu.in.

horsepower

203 hp @ 6600 rpm

torque

184 lbs.-ft. @ 5000 rpm

transmission

8-Speed Automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

12.0/11.1

dimensions

wheelbase

105.9 in.

length

180.9 in.

width

73 in.

height

67 in.

curb weight

3370 lbs.

ground clearance

8.4 in.

capacity

passenger volume

98.9 cu ft.

cargo volume

69.8 cu ft.

towing capacity

1750 lbs.

payload capacity

1095 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.9 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

27/29/33 mpg

ev range

391.5 mi.

highway range

478.5 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr. / 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr. / unlimited


Pictures & Videos

Exterior
Interior
Videos
2020 Toyota RAV4 Review video
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Styles

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Ratings

Features

8.3

Engine And Performance

8.2

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

8.2

Exterior

8.0

Safety

8.5

8.2

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2020 Toyota RAV4 LE

LE

power
203 hp @ 6600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
30 combined

$25,950 - $27,350


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
LE 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 8A) Starting at $27,350 MSRP (26/30/35) 203 hp @ 6600 rpm, 2.5 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
8-Speed Automatic all wheel drive 5
LE 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 8A) Starting at $25,950 MSRP (26/30/35) 203 hp @ 6600 rpm, 2.5 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
8-Speed Automatic front wheel drive 5

2020 Toyota RAV4 XLE

XLE

power
203 hp @ 6600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
30 combined

$27,245 - $28,645


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
XLE 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 8A) Starting at $27,245 MSRP (26/30/35) 203 hp @ 6600 rpm, 2.5 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
8-Speed Automatic front wheel drive 5
XLE 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 8A) Starting at $28,645 MSRP (26/30/35) 203 hp @ 6600 rpm, 2.5 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
8-Speed Automatic all wheel drive 5

2020 Toyota RAV4 XLE Premium

XLE Premium

power
203 hp @ 6600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
30 combined

$29,950 - $31,350


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
XLE Premium 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 8A) Starting at $31,350 MSRP (26/30/35) 203 hp @ 6600 rpm, 2.5 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
8-Speed Automatic all wheel drive 5
XLE Premium 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 8A) Starting at $29,950 MSRP (26/30/35) 203 hp @ 6600 rpm, 2.5 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
8-Speed Automatic front wheel drive 5

2020 Toyota RAV4 Adventure

Adventure

power
203 hp @ 6600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
30 combined

$33,055


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Adventure 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 8A) Starting at $33,055 MSRP (26/30/35) 203 hp @ 6600 rpm, 2.5 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
8-Speed Automatic all wheel drive 5

2020 Toyota RAV4 Limited

Limited

power
203 hp @ 6600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
30 combined

$34,480 - $35,880


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Limited 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 8A) Starting at $34,480 MSRP (26/30/35) 203 hp @ 6600 rpm, 2.5 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
8-Speed Automatic front wheel drive 5
Limited 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 8A) Starting at $35,880 MSRP (26/30/35) 203 hp @ 6600 rpm, 2.5 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
8-Speed Automatic all wheel drive 5

Expert Review

8.2

Overall Rating


Toyota brought out the RAV4 in 1996 with a humble proposition in mind to give the masses an elegant, reliable, and worthy compact SUV. It’s been 24 years now, and it still sticks to the root cause. The RAV4 stands for "Recreational Activity Vehicle: 4-wheel drive" and it definitely lives up to its name. It promises one of the best off-road capabilities in the segment and we all know what happens when you decide to take the "road less taken"!

It carries forward the same design cues from last year but offers upgrades in the standard feature list. With the 2020 RAV4, Toyota promises an encompassing overall package that offers plenty of juice, safety features, and the typical Toyota reliability, all in an economical package. With one of the most engaging drivers under your command, you are in for a world of delight as you enter this baby. This Toyota takes on the likes of  Mazda CX-5 and the corporate siblings Kia Sorento and Hyundai Santa Fe. It's an all-out battle for the most well rounded small SUV out there.

2020 Toyota RAV4 looks bold
2020 Toyota RAV4 comes with LED Taillamps

8.3/10
Features

 

8.2/10
Engine and Performance

 

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

 

8.2/10
Interior

 

8.0/10
Exterior

 

8.5/10
Safety

 
 
 

2020 Toyota RAV4 Features

8.3/10

Toyota provides the RAV4 in five vibrant trims that are filled to the brim with features. It spans over a wide bandwidth from the base trim starting at $25,850 to the top trim priced at $35,780. Toyota offers all the trims, except for Adventure, in FWD as standard but also keeps the doors open for AWD so that you can enjoy what the RAV4 does best. 

All the trims are pretty encircling and offer a progressive list of increasing features. Thankfully, Toyota heard the woes of its users and eliminated the barebone character from the LE trim by adding a host of incremental features for the 2020 lineup. Though that seems great, the blingy bad-boy is the top-end Limited trim since it gets all of the fancy gizmos that include an 11-speaker JBL Audio System and a segment-first Dynamic Torque Vectoring. Right from the get-go, this ride has been made to impress.

Trims

LE

XLE

XLE Premium

Adventure

Limited

MSRP(FWD)

$25,850

$27,145

$29,850

-

$34,380

MSRP(AWD)

$27,250

$28,545

$31,250

$33,055

$35,780

Key Features

LED Headlights with Automatic high beams and LED DRLs

Adds/Upgrades to features in LE trim and:

Adds/Upgrades to features in XLE trim and: Adds/Upgrades to features in XLE Premium trim and: Adds/Upgrades to features in Adventure trim and"

 

17-inch steel wheels

Auto On/Off Headlights

Power tilt moonroof

Unique split-bar front upper grille

JBL Audio with Dynamic Navigation and 11-speakers

 

8-inch Entune Infotainment system with Amazon Alexa, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto

17-inch alloy wheels

19-inch alloy wheels

Black RAV4 and Adventure badging

Downhill Assist Control(DAC)

 

Climate control system with pollen filter

Smart key on front doors and liftgate

Climate control system with front center vent flow controls and rear-seat vents

7-inch MID with customizable settings

Anti-theft system with alarm and engine immobilizer

 

Integrated backup camera

Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control

8-Way power-adjustable front driver’s seat

Overhead console with map lights and Safety Connect button

Dynamic Torque Vectoring All-Wheel Drive with Rear Driveline Disconnect

 

60:40 Split-folding rear seats with Fabric Upholstery

Blind Spot Monitoring System with Cross-Traffic Alert

Leather-trimmed steering wheel

Rear Cargo area decklid mounted-storage net

 

 

Power folding outside rear-view mirror

 

 

 

 

Besides these, when you enter the customization stage, Toyota has made sure that you are spoilt for choice. It offers a total of 11 packages to choose from. Yes, you read that right!  A whopping ELEVEN packages. These packages can get a bit tricky but mostly includes creature comfort features that are focused on different weather conditions but also include some cosmetic upgrades to make sure you can stand out from the crowd when you want to.

Which trim should you go for?

With most features available from the start itself, it surely is a difficult decision. That being said, the Adventure trim is our RAV4 of choice. It is the instinctive RAV4 which should have been there from the ground up. It has a rugged exterior that keeps you unaffected of the terrain you are playing on. In addition to that, it also offers a good balance of tech and comfort inside inside the cabin. Add to that the utility list and All-Wheel Drive setup help you conquer a multitude of terrains at a nominal $32,955, and you have got yourself the winner combo.

2020 Toyota RAV4 Engine and Performance

8.2/10

Breathing life into the 2020 Toyota RAV4 is a 2.5L inline-4 cylinder powertrain which can pump out a very healthy 203 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. It has been used in a lot of Toyota models all over the globe such as the Camry, Highlander, and even the Alphard. So it is safe to say that it has seen the world from different perspectives. An 8-speed automatic transmission is hooked up with this powertrain that can divert the power to either the front wheels or all the wheels depending on your pick of the lot. A trendsetting feature that comes with the AWD setup in the Limited Trim is the Torque Vectoring All-Wheel-Drive with driveline connect which transfers the power to all the wheels only when the car needs it. This happens to save fuel and increase the overall economic nature of the car.

This torque vectoring setup is one of the primary reasons for the impressive fuel economy that the RAV4 offers. The older generations suffered from a laggy transmission that used to lag when shifting gears down. That has been made away with as the power delivery from the transmission is sublime. Whether you're progressing up the gear train or coming back down, the shifts remain buttery smooth. The kind of speed with which the upshift happens is a phenomenon in itself as you will not even come to know when you have changed gears.

The 2020 Toyota RAV4 comes with a 2.5L I4 Engine which can produce 203 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque.

There are three distinctive drive modes namely, NORMAL, ECO, and SPORT which change the driving dynamics and performance drastically. It provides you with a completely different experience for every twist of mode selector. And thanks to these modes, you get the full feel of the powertrain that never feels saturated. Even at highway speeds of 100+, you will feel like you are running out of juice. Until you decide to break the speed records on the Utah Salt Flats, you should be fine with the inline-4 block under the hood.

Models

Toyota RAV4 LE

(FWD)

Mazda CX-5 Sport (FWD)

Kia Sorento L

(FWD)

Hyundai Santa Fe SE (FWD)

MSRP

$25,850

$25,090

$26,690

$25,900

Engine

2.5L Inline-4

2.5L Inline-4

2.4L Inline-4

2.4L Inline-4

Drivetrain

FWD FWD FWD FWD

Transmission

8-Speed Automatic

6-Speed Automatic

6-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

Power (hp @ rpm)

203@6,600

187@6,000

185@6,000

185@6,000 

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

184@5,000

186@4,000

178@4,000

178@4,000

If you look at the performance figures, Toyota takes the podium here with the maximum power and torque figures. The remaining three competitors are in close vicinity of each other, with the Mazda CX-5 raking in the second spot with its numbers. The Kia Sorento puts out exactly the same power figures like the Hyundai Santa Fe since they are built on the same platform. The Toyota's extra power definitely comes in handy if you wanna go on a trip down the muddy alley, i.e. off-roading. 

However, the one caveat with the naturally aspirated powertrain in the compact SUVs is that both the peak torque and power figures are achieved at much higher in the rev range. You might expect the RAV4 with its 8-speed automatic unit to be an exception, but sadly, it isn't. The 4-cylinder block delivers the peak power at 6,600 RPM and the peak torque at 5,000 RPM. So after your top speed run on the Salt Flats, if you get stuck in the peak hour traffic while on your way to Salt Lake City, it might get a little frustrating! To make things worse, the front seats of the RAV4 aren't exactly comfortable.

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How quick is the 2020 Toyota RAV4?

Roses are red and mud is brown, windows up and pedal down. While this is enough to get your juices flowing about the off-roading characteristics, the 2020 Toyota RAV4 fails to live up to this popular culture phenomenon called "meme". 
Put the pedal to the metal on an empty strip of road, and you will see the Toyota RAV4 go from 0-60mph in 9.1 seconds. Push it further and the quarter-mile is completed within 16.6 seconds. Considering it is a compact family SUV with a naturally aspirated engine, these are pretty decent.

The 2020 Toyota RAV4 does 0-60 MPH in 9.1 seconds.

While these are the numbers for the FWD, the "intelligent" AWD helps in shaving off a few milliseconds off the time. The Dynamic Torque Vectoring also comes in handy when you want to dive deep into that high-speed corner and ace it with ease. 

Models

Toyota RAV4 LE

(FWD)

Mazda CX-5 Sport (FWD)

Kia Sorento L

(FWD)

Hyundai Santa Fe SE (FWD)

0-60 MPH (sec)

9.1 

8.7 

8.9 

8.4 

Quarter Mile (sec)

16.6 

N/A

16.7 

16.3 

Top Speed (MPH) 130 130 123 N/A

Engine

2.5L Inline-4

2.5L Inline-4

2.4L Inline-4

2.4L Inline-4

The smart electronics and precise gearbox help Toyota put forward a decent 0-60 run considering the girthy nature of the car. That being said, the Hyundai Santa Fe is almost one second ahead with a much better 0-60 time. It is also the only car that falls in the sub-8.5-second band among the chosen lot. The Kia Sorento despite being based on the Santa Fe platform, does not keep up with its twin due to heavier curb weight (courtesy the luxuries fitted inside). 

How well does the RAV4 handle?

Toyota has put in a lot of effort to provide the best RAV4 in terms of ride and handling. Toyota’s New Global Architecture(TNGA) platform is constructed to provide you with the best possible dual-purpose experience. The added ground clearance helps you tackle any given terrain with ease and the longer, wider stance makes handling much more responsive. The lower center of gravity helps minimize body roll, thus providing a befitting driving experience for on-roads as well. The new TNGA Platform has not only improved the driving dynamics but also the overall stability of the car as the RAV4 eliminates body roll to almost negligible. However, on a sharp turn, the bulky SUV nature comes out.

The 2020 Toyota RAV4 lives for the "tread anywhere" mentality and is equally pleasant on both on and off-roads.

The steering is precise and offers great maneuverability, but lacks the feedback that you would get in a Honda car. Sometimes, you might actually up misjudging the input from the wheel. But overall, it treats you with one of the best driving experiences for its price in its class. Road irregularities are also smoothened out as you move across different terrains, which is a big shoutout point for the minds at Toyota. As you shift between the three driving modes, you also get the chance to explore the various outfits that the RAV4 can adorn. Sure, the RAV4 is pretty good with other things such as its infotainment system and the interior quality and the serenity that surrounds you when you roll those windows up is also a definite plus.

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Should you pick the Honda CR-V over the RAV4?

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What about the Braking performance of the RAV4?

Braking on the Toyota RAV4 is commendable as it provides enough bite on all four wheels to stop the car effectively. The Toyota RAV4 gets 12-inch anti-lock brake rotors on the front wheels and 11.1-inch anti-lock rotors at the rear end.

Together, this braking arrangement allows the RAV4 to stop from 60-0 at a distance of 124 feet. This is class-leading and the linear application makes it confidence-inspiring.

The 2020 Toyota RAV4 comes to a stop from 60-0 in just 131 feet.

Various active and passive safety and driving assistance features use the brakes like Hill Start Assist and Downhill Assist Control. Brakes play an integral part in these features that help in providing you a tension-free driving experience. 

Models

Toyota RAV4 LE

(FWD)

Mazda CX-5 Sport (FWD)

Kia Sorento L

(FWD)

Hyundai Santa Fe SE (FWD)

Brake Rotors Front (in)

12.0

11.7

12.6

12.6

Brake Rotors Rear (in)

11.1

11.9

12.0

12.0

60-0 MPH (ft)

124

125

125

130

Curb Weight (lbs)

3370

3541

3810

3591

The Hyundai Santa Fe and Kia Sorento have the same rotor dimensions at 12.6 inches in front and 12.0 inches at the rear. It helps these vehicles to provide extra surface area for extra bite. The Mazda has the smallest brakes of the lot but that doesn’t hamper its braking dynamics. All of these vehicles have a similar brake feel the initial bite is average and then it gets stronger in a linear manner.

2020 Toyota RAV4 Fuel Economy

8.0/10

The 2020 RAV4 puts forward one of the most impressive fuel economies of a combined 30 MPG. Furthermore, it gives out 26 MPG in the city speeds and 35 MPG on the highway. For the AWD models, the clever technique of disengaging the rear axle when not needed, via the Torque vectoring, helps the RAV4 churn out such impressive fuel-efficiency figures, as there are two fewer wheels to power.

The fuel tank capacity is now on the lesser side as there are many other cars in this segment that provide a larger fuel tank. However, with a range of over 400 miles (combined), its actually livable. You can take this Toyota across the State without worrying about filling up too often.

Models

Toyota RAV4 LE

(FWD)

Mazda CX-5 Sport (FWD)

Kia Sorento L

(FWD)

Hyundai Santa Fe SE (FWD)

MPG (City)

26

25

22

22

MPG (Highway)

35

31

29

29

MPG (Combined)

30

28

25

25

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

14.5

14.8

18.8

18.8

Range

(City/Hwy/Combined) (mi)

377/508/435

370/459/414

414/545/470

414/545/470

Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15k mi/yr)

5.0

5.3

6.0

6.0

The Kia Sorento and Hyundai Santa Fe have the exact same fuel economy as they share the same engine and thus have the same range as well. The Mazda CX-5 comes close to Toyota in terms of efficiency but can’t get a spot above. The Toyota might have the smallest tank in this bunch but it still manages to cover most of it by offering the best fuel economy.

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2020 Toyota RAV4 Interior

8.2/10

The interiors of the RAV4 is judiciously laid. Seating is nominal, with comfortable access to five occupants. Both the rows are laden with cloth and unfortunately, there is no leather upholstery option in any of the trims. As you go higher up in the trim levls, you do get faux-leather upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and shift knob, and a stitched padded dashboard and center-console armrest. There is ample space in both the rows but it's not all good. The RAV4's cabin has its own flaws. Some of them have to do with the placement of the buttons. And just in case you are tall over 6 feet, you might find more flaws than the rest of us.

The front seats offer plenty of roo, however, they are not the most comfortable. While the seatbacks are nice, cushy and well-bolstered, it is the seat bottoms that make it difficult to sit on during long journeys. Both the driver's seat and the steering wheel offer plenty of adjustments, however, if you are around or over 6 feet, you might find it pretty hard to find an ideal driving position.

The 2020 Toyota RAV4 has a very neat and simple dashboard layout with every button clearly marked, but some of them are hard to reach.

The rear seats are a mixed bag really. They do offer plenty of space and even if you are above 6 feet, you'll have plenty of leg, knee, and headroom. The rear quarter windows also give the cabin an airy feel. To add to that is the optional massive moonroof which makes the cabin feel even better. Having said that, for some reason, the RAV4 is only offered with one seatback magazine holder- only the passenger side seat has it! However, there is absolutely nothing else for the rear seat passengers behind the driver.

Models

Toyota RAV4 LE

(FWD)

Mazda CX-5 Sport (FWD)

Kia Sorento L

(FWD)

Hyundai Santa Fe SE (FWD)

Seating Capacity

5

5

7

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.5/57.8/41.0

41.0/57.1/41.0

39.5/59.1/44.1

41.2/59.1/44.1

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.5/56.4/37.8

39.0/54.8/39.6

39.3/58.0/39.4

39.2/58.3/40.9

The Kia Sorento is the only one of the lot that offers three rows of seats. But that has its own drawback since the third row is at best for children. Hyundai Santa Fe is the most comfortable as it provides the best cabin space of the lot. Toyota RAV4 has the least cabin space of the lot but manages to pack in a fully-fledged cabin in it. All of these cars offer a similar cabin in terms of quality. It is a mix of soft and hard touch materials.

What are the infotainment features available?

For years, the RAV4 was offered with a laggy, lackluster and barebones infotainment system that offered just the basics. Well, times have changed and so has the infotainment setup of the Toyota RAV4. It now comes with an 8-inch Entune Touchscreen infotainment setup that comes with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay which makes it easier to play music and set navigation using your phone. This Toyota like most of the others also offers a voice recognition system that allows you to press a button and then give it vocal commands. An interesting feature is that you can train the infotainment system to recognize your voice. Once you have done that, ask it to turn on the AC and It will definitely roll down the window instead of switching on the AC.

2020 Toyota RAV4's SUV 8-inch Touchscreen Infotainment Screen comes equipped with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

The 8-inch touch screen comes standard with every trim. It is paired to a 6-speaker setup, however, as you go up in the trim range, you will get an 11 speaker JBL audio system with a subwoofer and an amplifier. All in all, it is a pretty slick unit that is easy to operate and responds to touch pretty well. The shortcut buttons are well laid out and make it easier to navigate through the system while driving.

What are the other infotainment features on offer?

  • 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • JBL Audio System with 11 speakers
  • Subwoofers and Amplifiers included
  • Dynamic navigation with 3 Years subscription
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
  • SiriusXM and Alexa support
  • Five USB ports(1-music,4-charging)

How much cargo does the Toyota RAV4 take in?

The RAV4 has the largest cargo capacity in the class with 37.6 cubic feet of space. You can also fold down the rear seats to open up a total of 68 cu-ft of space. The seats fold relatively flat which makes it easier to slide stuff towards the front of the car. What adds to the practicality is the relatively low load height. It doesn't mean that the load floor is not high, rather it means that despite being a compact SUV, the floor is pretty high but when compared to the other vehicles in the segment, it is lower. 

The 2020 Toyota RAV4 SUV offers a 37.6 cu-ft cargo area which makes it easier to pack stuff due to its low slung bay area.

There are tethering hooks in the cargo area, and the load cover is of decent quality as well. If you have the 11-speaker JBL system, the subwoofer bites into the cargo space a tiny bit. And in terms of underfloor storage, the RAV4 offers plenty. 

Models

Toyota RAV4 LE

(FWD)

Mazda CX-5 Sport (FWD)

Kia Sorento L

(FWD)

Hyundai Santa Fe SE (FWD)

Cargo Volume (ft3)

37.6

30.9

11.3

35.9

The Kia Sorento is the least spacious in terms of cargo space with just 11.3 cu.ft. of space. Mazda crosses the 30 cubic feet mark but it's only the Santa Fe that comes close to Toyota with almost 36 cubic feet of space underneath its trunk lid. Toyota has an edge over the others because of its body shape. Along with these, you also gets spacious door pockets, glove box, and cupholders which make it even more useful to stow away stuff while travelling and help turn it into a utilitarian ride.

Interior Features

  • Wireless smartphone and device charging
  • Eight total cup and bottle holders
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Blue Ambient lighting
  • Height Adjustable rear cargo area deck board
  • Multi-terrain selector in the center control
  • Sunvisors with sliding extensions and illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Digital rearview mirror with HomeLink universal transceiver
2020 Toyota RAV4 SUV Dashboard
2020 Toyota RAV4 SUV Dashboard
2020 Toyota RAV4 SUV Steering
2020 Toyota RAV4 SUV Steering
2020 Toyota RAV4 SUV Steering
2020 Toyota RAV4 SUV Steering
2020 Toyota RAV4 SUV Dashboard
2020 Toyota RAV4 SUV Dashboard
2020 Toyota RAV4 SUV Gear shifter
2020 Toyota RAV4 SUV Gear shifter
2020 Toyota RAV4 SUV Center Console
2020 Toyota RAV4 SUV Center Console
2020 Toyota RAV4 SUV Dashboard Compartment
2020 Toyota RAV4 SUV Dashboard Compartment

2020 Toyota RAV4 Exterior

8.0/10

Toyota has managed to bring big SUV vibes to the RAV4 in a rather smaller footprint. The design cues of RAV4 draws inspiration heavily from the Toyota 4Runner and Tacoma. As all of these are members of the Toyota family, the resemblance is likely. Since the RAV4 is a compact rider, these dimensions make it easier for it to tackle city streets and traffic packed highways comfortably. The Adventure trim stays true to the RAV4’s root nature as it has faux skid plates and higher roof rails for a more practical off-roading experience. The higher trims get alloy wheels of 17 and 19-inch but it's disheartening to see the base trim have steel wheels since it takes away from the overall look of the SUV.

The 2020 Toyota RAV4 brings multiple design elements together and ties them well in an aggressive yet utilitarian way.

As far as the styling is concerned, the 2020 RAV4 isn't winning any awards. That being said, it is still much more aggressive and progressive than the previous generation RAV4s. Though the focus of the RAV4 has always been on being utilitarian, it has learned its lesson and enters the new decade with a new outfit and an equally new outlook. There are very few lines that go through the side of the vehicle. The roof racks have a controversial design, however, they have proved their practicality time and again over the years.

Models

Toyota RAV4 LE

(FWD)

Mazda CX-5 Sport (FWD)

Kia Sorento L

(FWD)

Hyundai Santa Fe SE (FWD)

Curb Weight (lbs)

3370

3541

3810

3591

Length (in)

180.9

179.1

189.0

187.8

Width (in)

73.0

72.5

74.4

74.4

Height (in)

67.0

66.2

66.3

66.1

Ground Clearance (in)

8.4

7.5

7.3

N/A

Wheelbase (in)

105.9

106.2

109.4

108.9

On that note, Toyota has built the RAV4 in a rather compact proportion when compared to the competition. Yes, the Mazda CX-5 carries an even smaller footprint than the Toyota but Sorento and Santa Fe are much larger in size. Thankfully, the RAV4 has an edge over the others. In the past, the RAV4 used to ride quite close to the ground, much like hatchbacks. Toyota learned its lesson and now it rides much higher than before with the 8.4 inches of ground clearance. This helps it take on any given terrain without hesitation whereas the competition needs to think twice.

Exterior Features

  • Dual Chrome exhaust tips
  • Powered Side Mirrors with turn signals
  • Privacy glass on all rear side, quarter and liftgate windows
  • Height-adjustable power liftgate with Jam Protection
  • Powered Moonroof
  • Automatic High-Beam LED Headlamps with Daylight Running Lamps
  • LED Taillamps
  • Active grille shutters
  • Low profile roof rails
  • Puddle lights
  • Integrated fog lights
  • 19-inch alloy wheels

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2020 Toyota RAV4 Safety

8.5/10

Toyota has loaded the RAV4 with a host of active and passive safety features which makes it one of the leading SUVs in its class. It comes with Toyota’s famed Safety Sense 2.0 which includes a bunch of passive safety features like Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Automatic high beams(AHB) and Road Sign Assist. Toyota has given most of the safety features from the base up and only a few passive safety features like Hill Start Assist and Downhill Assist Control get added to the top trim.

Safety Features

  • Toyota Safety Sense
  • Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control (VSC)
  • 8-Dual Stage Airbags
  • Driver side emergency locking retractor (ELR)
  • Front and Rear side-impact door beams
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
  • Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist
  • Lane Tracing Assist
  • Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
  • Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection
  • Automatic High Beams
  • ABS with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution
  • Traction Control
  • Emergency Brake Assist

Additionally, you can also add the Blind-Spot Monitoring, and Rear Cross-traffic Alerts to the mix for some extra cash and make it one encompassing ride.

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2020 Toyota RAV4 Competition

Toyota RAV4 vs Mazda CX-5

The Mazda CX-5 is the most radical-looking SUV of the lot and with a 2.5L Inline-4 engine, it also includes the muscle to back up its looks. The driving dynamics are much better than the Toyota since it is driver-centric. Also, the cabin features premium and modern components that are absent in the RAV4. An optional turbocharged motor helps you to bump up the power if you want. But then the base engine is lackluster and for the price, Toyota provides us with a more flexible car that can take any terrain given due to its practical advantage. In the long term, the Mazda will be as reliable as the Toyota. However, looking at the overall picture, the RAV4 is our choice here.

The 2020 Mazda CX-5 makes a pretty strong case for itself but the base engine lacks performance, which strengthens the case for the RAV4.

Toyota RAV4 vs Kia Sorento L

Kia Sorento is a promising car that goes hand in hand in all aspects when compared to the Toyota RAV4. But due to the addition of the third row, the Sorento ventures into the wagon-esque territory. Sorento adds a meaningless third row that has almost no legroom and makes the vehicle heavier. But, the interiors are far plusher and more snug if you overlook the last row. You get a bang for the buck in the Kia but the RAV4 wins over it in terms of practicality and a lower MSRP. We will choose the Toyota RAV4 over Kia Sorento for the better overall package it is.

The 2020 Kia Sorento is the only vehicle in this segment to offer third-row seating. Its cabin is also the most luxurious of the lot.

Toyota RAV4 vs Hyundai Santa Fe

The Hyundai Santa Fe comes real close in terms of providing the number of features for the same price point. There are a lot of standard features for the segment and also has a lot of optional active safety features. Practicality takes a back seat due to the wide roof pillars. The cabin comfort is not up to the level of the RAV4 due to stiffer suspension and the constant creeping in of road noises. Despite having a larger footprint, the Santa Fe fails to provide with the cabin space management as the RAV4. The Toyota is our choice of the two.

The 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe is probably the strongest rival to the RAV4, however, it has lesser interior room.

2020 Toyota RAV4 Final Verdict

Toyota has incorporated power and performance into a compact package which is high on practicality as well. The 2020 RAV4 looks like an SUV despite the small proportions and performs like one too, (to an extent). It uses Toyota’s new and improved TNGA platform which has drastically improved driving dynamics over the previous generations. It is a complete package of an SUV with performance, driving dynamics, and comfort and will work out to be the perfect family cum daily driver with a penchant for adventure when you want it.

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Toyota RAV4 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is Toyota RAV4 a good car?

Yes, the RAV4 is a pretty good crossover. It offers a decent amount of comfort, safety, and standard features. To add to that is the impressive fuel economy. Combine all of that together in a cost-effective packaging, and it makes the RAV4 a decent buy.

Which is better RAV4 or Forester?

Both these vehicles are pretty close on papers. However, the RAV4 delivers more power, they are tied in terms of fuel consumption. The RAV4 offers a Hybrid powertrain which the Subaru misses out on, and the RAV4 is miles ahead when it comes to the infotainment and tech. So, if we had to pick one, we’d go for the RAV4.

Which year RAV4 is best?

The 2020 RAV4 is actually the best RAV4 till now. It offers just the right amount of everything. It offers a ton of safety features as standard, a good fuel economy and now there’s even a TRD version for the off-roader in you.

Is Toyota RAV4 better than Honda CRV?

Yes, the RAV4 offers a better overall package with better fuel efficiency, features, safety, and equipment. In addition to this, the RAV4 has also proved itself to be more reliable over the years.

Is the Toyota RAV4 costly to maintain?

When you put the RAV4 on the price pedestal, it turns out to be one of the most economical rides out there. You would spend around 4 grand as maintenance costs in a period of 5 years.

2020 Toyota RAV4 Overall Reviews


Thomas D. Lessard

Thomas D. Lessard 2020 Toyota RAV4 LE 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 8A)

9

User Overall Rating

Posted On: June 23, 2020

Comfortable and thrifty

Overall Review -

9

Overview Rating

I’m absolutely impressed with my Rav4

9/10

Features

9/10

Interior

10/10

Design

10/10

Safety

10/10

Reliability

9/10

Deal Value

10/10

Dealer Review


Bobby B. May

Bobby B. May 2020 Toyota RAV4 LE 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 8A)

1

User Overall Rating

Posted On: June 11, 2020

Just the name

Overall Review -

1

Overview Rating

Not the best way to spend money

1/10

Features

1/10

Interior

1/10

Design

1/10

Safety

1/10

Reliability

1/10

Deal Value

4/10

Dealer Review


Anthony J. Brooks

Anthony J. Brooks 2020 Toyota RAV4 Limited 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 8A)

9

User Overall Rating

Posted On: June 11, 2020

Responsive acceleration

Overall Review -

9

Overview Rating

I'd give up a few things for this acceleration

10/10

Features

9/10

Interior

10/10

Design

9/10

Safety

9/10

Reliability

9/10

Deal Value

9/10

Dealer Review

Top User Reviews


9

User Overall Rating

"Comfortable and thrifty"

Great gas mileage and easy to manuever in traffic is how my new Rav4 drives.
by Thomas D. Lessard

1

User Overall Rating

"Just the name"

Well its loud, has issues in the abs, and can't open garage door for you.
by Bobby B. May

9

User Overall Rating

"Responsive acceleration"

Gas pedal responds real quick and the transmission kicks in for smooth shifts when showing off a little punch on the highways. Love it
by Anthony J. Brooks

10

User Overall Rating

"Rav4 made for terrains"

Refined. That's what I would call it. Vibration less even at highway speeds and even better at low speed manuever or casual off roading. Transmission kicks in real quick and smooth for those "this second downshifts" when needed.
by John L. Wright

9

User Overall Rating

"Cosy and cushy"

With the inclination towards freeway drives, rav4 with the most justified pricing among all the crossovers is the best car I have ever driven.
by Brian K. Fisher