The 2020 Toyota RAV4 gains a new TRD Off-Road variant that promises genuine capability in the wild and standard Android Auto compatibility. The popular Convenience and Cold Weather packages are also available on more models than before.
Choosing Your Toyota RAV4
The Toyota RAV4 range now spans six models: LE, XLE, XLE Premium, Adventure, Limited, and TRD Off-Road. Pricing starts at $26,970 including destination for the LE and tops out at $36,300 for the new TRD Off-Road.
The RAV4 offers an abundance of trims, but just one engine. The 2.5-liter four-cylinder produces 203 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque and is paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is standard on the Adventure and TRD Off-Road, and available elsewhere for $1,400.
Front-wheel-drive models are EPA-rated at 26 miles per gallon city, 35 mpg highway, and 30 combined. These figures drop to 25/33/28 mpg (city/highway/combined) with AWD.
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
The Toyota RAV4 offers accommodations for five, plus 37.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seat. With it folded, there's 69.8 cubic feet of load space to work with. The RAV4 has always been one of the more spacious vehicles in its class.
Every RAV4 gets the Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 suite, which includes automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, and road sign assist.
Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert are optional on the LE ($590) and standard on all other trims. The Limited also gets front and rear parking sensors.
The parking sensors are part of the Technology Package for the XLE Premium, Adventure, and TRD Off-Road. Available on the Limited only is the Advanced Technology Package ($1,025) that brings a surround-view camera system.
The RAV4 carries a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA.
The standard infotainment system features a 7-inch touchscreen, a USB port, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Amazon Alexa, and SiriusXM with a three-month free trial. The XLE and above receive five USB ports.
An 8-inch touchscreen is standard on the top three trims and optional on the XLE and XLE Premium. Navigation becomes standard on the Limited, but is available on the Adventure and TRD Off-Road.
The LE comes with LED headlights, power side mirrors, roof rails, 17-inch steel wheels, and remote keyless entry. Options are limited to the blind-spot monitoring system and a cargo area cover ($90).
The XLE carries an eight-way power driver seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, alloy wheels, fog lights, dual chrome exhaust tips, and push-button start.
The $925 Cold Weather Package adds heated front seats, a heated and leather-wrapped steering wheel, and rain-sensing windshield wipers. The $1,265 Convenience Package furnishes a power liftgate and sunroof.
The XLE Premium gets the sunroof, power liftgate, leather-like SofTex seats, automatic climate control, and 19-inch chrome-finish wheels.
The 8-inch touchscreen is bundled with an 11-speaker JBL audio system for $1,570 in the Audio Plus with JBL Package.
Along with standard all-wheel drive, the Adventure offers increased ground clearance (8.6 inches), a terrain selector, black roof rails, and 19-inch wheels with matte black accents. The interior gains a 7-inch driver information display and orange accents to the seating, doors, and dashboard.
Navigation and the JBL audio system are bundled for $1,620.
The Limited comes standard with a unique grille, puddle lights, the JBL system, navigation, heated front seats, and dark brown interior trim.
The Advanced Technology Package includes a hands-free power liftgate, a surround-view camera system, and wireless charging for $1,025. A panoramic sunroof can be added to the package for an additional $200.
The TRD Off-Road builds on the Adventurer with an exclusive off-road suspension, rigid 18-inch alloy wheels, and all-terrain tires. The body wears enlarged wheel openings, high-rise roof rails, and an aggressive nose treatment.
The 2020 Toyota RAV4 LE's lack of options makes it a non-starter for us. The XLE and XLE Premium can provide nearly everything buyers want in a family-style crossover while preserving the RAV4's value proposition.