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2020 Toyota RAV4

2020 Toyota RAV4

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28-30 MPG
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2020 Toyota RAV4 Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

By Jennifer Geiger

Most significant changes: New TRD Off-Road model joins the lineup; Android Auto is finally available.

Price change: The LE and XLE Premium increase by $200 for 2020 and the Limited is up $730; the Adventure is down $95 and the XLE decreases by $305

On sale: Now

Which should you buy, 2019 or 2020? 2020, but it depends on the model you like and the equipment you want. More comfort and convenience features have a wider availability, and Android Auto compatibility arrives.

Toyota’s RAV4 compact SUV was redesigned for 2019 with beefier styling, an updated multimedia system, a more fuel-efficient hybrid model and additional standard features. For 2020, Toyota builds on those upgrades with the addition of the rugged TRD Off-Road trim level along with updates to the multimedia system: Android Auto finally joins Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa compatibility.

Related: Which 2019 Toyota RAV4 Trim Should I Buy: LE, XLE, XLE Premium, Adventure, XSE or Limited?

The TRD Off-Road model builds off the trail-happy intentions of the Adventure trim level with suspension, wheels and tires engineered specifically for off-roading. The model’s more robust all-wheel-drive system, which includes dynamic torque vectoring with a driveline disconnect, is standard. The TRD model is rated to tow up to 3,500 pounds, which is also the Adventure model’s rating; other models are rated for 1,500 pounds.

A multiterrain select system is standard, which allows the driver to alter the SUV’s traction settings to match...

Most significant changes: New TRD Off-Road model joins the lineup; Android Auto is finally available.

Price change: The LE and XLE Premium increase by $200 for 2020 and the Limited is up $730; the Adventure is down $95 and the XLE decreases by $305

On sale: Now

Which should you buy, 2019 or 2020? 2020, but it depends on the model you like and the equipment you want. More comfort and convenience features have a wider availability, and Android Auto compatibility arrives.

Toyota’s RAV4 compact SUV was redesigned for 2019 with beefier styling, an updated multimedia system, a more fuel-efficient hybrid model and additional standard features. For 2020, Toyota builds on those upgrades with the addition of the rugged TRD Off-Road trim level along with updates to the multimedia system: Android Auto finally joins Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa compatibility.

Related: Which 2019 Toyota RAV4 Trim Should I Buy: LE, XLE, XLE Premium, Adventure, XSE or Limited?

The TRD Off-Road model builds off the trail-happy intentions of the Adventure trim level with suspension, wheels and tires engineered specifically for off-roading. The model’s more robust all-wheel-drive system, which includes dynamic torque vectoring with a driveline disconnect, is standard. The TRD model is rated to tow up to 3,500 pounds, which is also the Adventure model’s rating; other models are rated for 1,500 pounds.

A multiterrain select system is standard, which allows the driver to alter the SUV’s traction settings to match road conditions: Mud & Sand for beach driving, Rock & Dirt for trails and Snow for icy or snowy conditions.

The TRD Off-Road rides on matte-black 18-inch wheels and snow-rated tires. It’s available in an exclusive two-tone Magnetic Gray Metallic with Ice Edge Roof paint combination. Inside, there’s red stitching and red trim in the cabin along with TRD badging and TRD all-weather floormats and a cargo mat.

In other 2020 RAV4 news, some equipment has been shuffled among the trims, and the Weather Package gets wider availability. In the XLE and XLE Hybrid models, a power driver’s seat is now standard. Heated front seats are moved from the Convenience Package to the Weather Package, which also includes a leather-wrapped heated steering wheel, rain-sensing windshield wipers and a windshield wiper de-icer. The Weather Package is now available on the FWD XLE model, not just the AWD version.

Additionally, the RAV4 Adventure trims gets a standard leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and now also offers the Convenience Package, which includes the power liftgate and power moonroof. Lastly, the Limited model gets the JBL Audio system as standard equipment for 2020.

The 2020 RAV4 competes against the likes of the Honda CR-V, Nissan Rogue, Ford Escape, Volkswagen Tiguan, Subaru Forester, Jeep Compass and Cherokee, Chevrolet Equinox and Mazda CX-5. It’s on sale now starting at $26,970 (all prices include destination) — $200 more than the model-year 2019 base LE model.

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Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.5
97 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.4)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

Very good for a small suv

by ROYBOY from Saranac Lake,N.Y. on July 3, 2020

Great gas Mil. and being a 2020 it has a lot of features that my 2017 did have. The safety features that you get with toyota make it worth looking at this brand. Read full review

(5.0)

Shout Out to Easton Koons Toyota

by Rjwinds from Easton, Md on June 28, 2020

My 2nd vehicle from Easton Koons! Gary and Brad worked hard to make sure I was totally satisfied and to get me in this Rav4! Gotta give Easton Toyota a visit! You won't be disappointed. The service ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2020 Toyota RAV4 currently has 3 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2020 Toyota RAV4 LE

NHTSA rates vehicles using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Overall
5 Star
Overall Front
4 Star
Overall Side
5 Star
Overall Rollover Rating
4 Star
Driver's
4 Star
Passenger's
5 Star
Side Barrier
5 Star
Side Barrier Rating Driver
5 Star
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
5 Star
Side Pole
5 Star
Side Pole Barrier combined (Front)
5 Star
Side Pole Barrier combined (Rear)
5 Star
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Toyota

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    24 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The RAV4 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*

Latch or Latch system

Infant seat

Forward-facing convertible

(second row)

Rear-facing convertible

Booster

(second row)

* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.
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Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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