Engine options are both potent and efficient
Capable AWD systems
Standard active safety tech
Different looks for different trims
Android Auto, finally
New TRD Off-Road model that boosts capability
Slightly more expensive than rivals
Exceptional hybrid powertrain not available on all trims
After being fully redesigned for 2019, the 2020 Toyota RAV4 sees minimal changes. Android Auto enters the fray for 2020, joining Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa, which were added for 2019. Sirius XM is now standard on all trims and comes with a 3-month free trial.
The most exciting RAV4 news for 2020 is the addition of a new TRD Off-Road trim level, which builds off of the rugged-looking Adventure model with more capable tires and suspension components. See the 2020 Toyota RAV4 models for sale near you
As we mentioned above, there's a RAV4 for just about anyone. All iterations come with an impressive array of active safety tech. As far as on-road driving goes, the Hybrid is both quicker and more fuel-efficient, and given that it commands an extremely small $800 premium when you factor in its standard AWD system, we encourage buyers to give it strong consideration over a non-hybrid model.
Unfortunately, the outdoorsy RAV4s are only available with the non-hybrid powertrain. The Adventure certainly looks cool, while the TRD Off-Road adds some actual functional improvements in the way of tires, wheels and suspension. Altogether, we think an XLE Hybrid probably fits the bill for most buyers, but we wouldn't hold it against you if you went for any of the specialized XSE Hybrid, Adventure or TRD Off-Road trims, as they all offer unique appeal. Find a Toyota RAV4 for sale
The 2020 Toyota RAV4 is available in seven trim levels: LE, XLE, XLE Premium, Adventure, XSE Hybrid, Limited and TRD Off-Road.
Standard equipment on the LE ($26,970) includes 17-in steel wheels, LED headlights, automatic high beams, roof rails, rear privacy glass, a backup camera, the Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 suite of active safety features and keyless entry. Interior equipment includes a height-adjustable driver seat, cloth upholstery, a 60/40-split reclining and folding back seat, a 7-in touchscreen, Sirius satellite radio capability with a 3-month trial subscription, one USB port, in-car Wi-Fi, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and a 6-speaker sound system with an auxiliary audio jack. The optional AWD system adds multiple traction settings: "Mud & Sand," "Rock & Dirt" and "Snow."
The XLE ($28,265) adds 17-in alloy wheels, an 8-way power driver's seat, automatic headlights, fog lights, heated mirrors, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, proximity entry and push-button start, a sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, upgraded upholstery, a cargo cover and four additional USB ports (two front, two rear). The XLE Convenience package adds an 8-way power driver seat and a height-adjustable power liftgate.
The XLE Premium ($30,970) adds 19-in wheels, a power liftgate, SofTex simulated leather upholstery and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.
Optional on the XLE trim is the Entune 3.0 Audio Plus package, which adds an 8-in touchscreen. On the XLE Premium, there is an optional 11-speaker JBL sound system.
The Adventure ($34,075) features distinctive styling, taller roof rails, an orange-accented interior trim, hill-descent control and a sophisticated AWD system as standard (described above in the Fuel Economy section). It further adds several tech upgrades, including an upgraded backup camera, a 7-in all-digital instrument panel and the 8-in touchscreen. For 2020, the Adventure gains a leather-wrapped steering wheel and can be had with the Convenience Package, which includes a sunroof and power liftgate in this case.
The XLE, XLE Premium and Adventure trims offer a Technology package that includes parking sensors and rear cross-traffic automatic braking. The XLE also gains an auto-dimming rearview mirror, while the other two add a rearview camera mirror, wireless smartphone charging and a JBL audio system.
The Limited trim ($35,500) gets its own, ritzier styling. AWD-equipped models use the same torque-vectoring system found in the Adventure and TRD Off-Road models. Otherwise, the Limited builds on the XLE Premium trim. Additions include heated front seats, a rearview camera mirror, blue ambient lighting, the Adventure's various tech upgrades and an integrated navigation system (optional on Adventure). The JBL sound system is now standard for 2020. The Limited's Advanced Technology package adds a birds-eye parking camera system, wireless smartphone charging, a hands-free power liftgate and proximity entry points on all doors.
The TRD Off-Road ($36,300) is a new trim for 2020. Additions are pretty straightforward. Relative to the other outdoorsy RAV4, the Adventure trim, the TRD Off-Road gains black 18-in wheels wrapped in Falken all-terrain tires, which give you added confidence when you barrel down a dirt road and the comfort of knowing that you're less likely to suffer a puncture from a stubborn rock. Toyota has also swapped out the springs found on the RAV4 Adventure for a set which they claim is more off-road capable. Finally, the Adventure trim's orange interior accents are now red on the TRD Off-Road. Altogether, while it isn't a substitute for the trucklike 4Runner, the RAV4 TRD Off-Road is probably as much off-road capability as most buyers realistically need, and its more resilient tire-and-wheel combination is its main selling point.
Available on all trim levels is some version of the Weather Prep package, which adds heated seats, a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel and rain-sensing windshield wipers with a de-icer function. The XLE Premium version also includes heated front seats and driver memory functions. The Adventure and Limited versions add heated and ventilated front seats, while only the Limited adds heated rear seats.
|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|
2020 Honda CR-V - For those seeking a slightly more spacious compact SUV, the CR-V is the smartest alternative to the RAV4. A CR-V Hybrid joins the lineup for 2020, and it should offer similar fuel economy to the RAV4 Hybrid. Overall, the CR-V is a more conservative offering than the RAV4.
2020 Subaru Forester - Like the RAV4, the Forester was all new for 2019. AWD comes standard, but there's only one powertrain option; a rather underwhelming 2.5-liter four-cylinder paired with an even more underwhelming continuously variable automatic.
2020 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk - In its Trailhawk trim, the Cherokee is the closest competitor to the RAV4 TRD Off-Road. The Cherokee offers added off-road capability thanks to the inclusion of rock rails and a locking rear differential, but it uses an older design than the RAV4 and will likely fall short with regard to reliability and resale value.
Used Toyota Highlander Hybrid - If you need room for seven and are still looking for fuel efficiency, the Highlander Hybrid is a good call. A used or certified pre-owned example will likely carry a pricetag similar to that of a brand-new RAV4.