2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid
The 2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is a five-passenger crossover that’s not just earth-friendly, but powerful, rugged, and sporty as well. Although it carries over relatively unchanged from the 2019 model year, it shows a few changes, mostly in the various trim levels’ lists of standard features. The LE and XLE trims now have Android Auto connectivity and satellite radio, and the XLE also gets a power-adjustable driver’s seat; the Limited receives a premium JBL audio system. Toyota has also increased its hybrid battery warranty to 10 years/150,000 miles. The 2020 RAV4 Hybrid returns 41 mpg around town and 38 mpg on the interstates.
Powertrain and Amenities by Trim Level
The 2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is available in four trim levels: LE, XLE, XSE, and Limited. There’s one powertrain: a 219 horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine working with two electric motors and a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Toyota’s Electronic On-Demand All-Wheel Drive comes standard and uses a dedicated motor to power the rear axle.
The base LE comes with dual-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera, a 60/40 split-reclining fold-flat rear seat, and remote keyless entry. Heated side mirrors with integrated turn signals and blind-spot indicators are optional. The XLE provides those same decked-out exterior mirrors that are optional on the LE, plus fog lights, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, Toyota’s Smart Key System with push-button ignition, and a cargo area cover. Some optional features Package (a sunroof and a height-adjustable power liftgate) can be added via the XLE Convenience, and the available XLE Weather Package contains a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated front seats, and rain-sensing wipers.
With the XSE, those optional features are included (except for the heated steering wheel and rain-sensing wipers) on top of a sport-tuned suspension, SofTex-trimmed seats with fabric inserts, and a digital rearview mirror. The heated steering wheel and rain-sensing wipers can be added courtesy of the XSE Weather Package, and a panoramic glass roof is an a la carte option. The panoramic roof remains optional with the range-topping Limited, although this trim does come with full SofTex-trimmed seating and memory functions for the driver’s seat. Buyers can add the Limited Grade Weather Package to get the heated steering wheel and rain-sensing wipers, and heated/ventilated front and rear outboard seats. Roof rack crossbars are available for all trims.
Technology Features and Optional Packages
Each 2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid trim comes with Toyota Safety Sense 2.0, an active safety technology package consisting of a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning with steering assist, lane tracing assist, automatic high beams, full-speed range dynamic radar cruise control, and road sign assist. The XLE, XSE, and Limited all add a blind-spot monitor and rear cross-traffic alert, which are optional on the LE.
The LE and XLE come with the base infotainment system, featuring a 7-inch touchscreen, a six-speaker audio system, a USB data port, voice recognition, Bluetooth hands-free and audio streaming, satellite radio, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The XSE gets the Audio Plus Package (optional on the XLE) for upgrades that include an 8-inch touchscreen, HD radio, and four USB charge ports; it’s also eligible for the XSE Technology Package (a wireless phone charger and front and rear parking assist with automatic braking). This package must be added along with the Premium Audio Package, which provides dynamic navigation and an 11-speaker JBL audio system. This comes standard on the Limited, which is eligible for the Limited Grade Advanced Technology Package, consisting of a 360-degree birds-eye view camera system and wireless phone charger.