2020 Toyota RAV4
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The RAV4 is the top-selling non-pickup truck in the United States, and for a slew of good reasons. It’s compact yet versatile, it appeals to a wide age range, and it’s ruggedly made with the quality we’ve all come to expect from Toyota. This is not a redesign year, but there are some changes of note, highlighted by the addition of an off-roading specific trim (the TRD Off-Road), standard Android Auto smartphone integration, and other minor changes to standard features.
The 2020 Toyota RAV4 is offered in six trim levels: LE, XLE, XLE Premium, Adventure, TRD Off-Road, and Limited. The standard equipment on the LE includes LED headlights, a 7-inch touchscreen multimedia display, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a USB port, and a six-speaker audio system. The XLE adds push-button ignition, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, and additional USB ports. The XLE Premium trim gets larger wheels, a raised suspension, SofTex simulated leather upholstery, a sunroof, and a power liftgate. The trail-ready Adventure gets some unique styling features, as well as selectable terrain drive modes, hill descent control, and an 8-inch touchscreen multimedia display. The TRD Off-Road adds to the Adventure’s list with all-terrain tires and a trail-tuned suspension. At the top, the Limited gets chrome exterior trim, a virtual rearview mirror, heated front seats, integrated navigation, and a premium 11-speaker JBL sound system.
All 2020 Toyota RAV4 models have a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission. This powerplant delivers 203 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque, beating out many of its hard-hitting competitors. Aside from the exclusively all-wheel drive Adventure and TRD Off-Road trim levels, all trims come standard with front-wheel drive but are eligible for all-wheel drive. The 2020 Toyota RAV4 also gets great fuel economy for its class, returning up to an EPA-estimated 28 mpg city and 35 mpg highway for FWD models, and 27 mpg city/33 mpg highway for AWD ones.
Safety and Technology
The 2020 Toyota RAV4 proves to be one of the safest crossovers/small SUVs on the road today, with the recognition to back it up. It received a 5-Star Overall Safety Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and a 2019 Top Safety Pick+ designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety for its exceptional crashworthiness and overall safety scores. Toyota makes it clear that the 2020 RAV4 is built with safety as a top priority, as all models come standard with Toyota Safety Sense 2.0, a generous package of driver-assist features. Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 consists of a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, lane departure alert with steering assist, lane tracing assist, automatic high beams, full-speed ranger dynamic radar cruise control, and road sign assist. The XLE and higher trims also come standard with a blind sport monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert.