The quintessential crossover dominates the segment for years, and that is for many good reasons. For more than 25 years, the RAV4 has been a household name in the automotive industry, a model that established a whole new segment. Even these days, it is by far the best selling model in the class. Of course, we have seen numerous changes and modifications through all these years. The current generation has been introduced last year. The new model adopts the company’s new architecture and comes with improvements in pretty much all aspects. It is more driveable, more efficient and more comfortable, despite the fact that it is actually smaller than its predecessor. The 2020 Toyota RAV4 will represent the second production year, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be interesting changes. We are about to see a performance version, under the famous TRD badge, with a fine portion of upgrades.
2020 Toyota RAV4 Design
It would be too much to expect more important changes for the second production year, so the 2020 Toyota RAV4 is about to keep familiar design characteristics. The recent redesign has brought a lot of novelties, starting from the company’s new TNGA platform, which significantly improves handling and overall driving characteristics. Of course, there is a completely new styling, which takes a lot of inspiration from the company’s body-on-frame lineup, of course with a huge boost in terms of sophistication.
When it comes to the 2020 Toyota RAV4 TRD Off-Road, this model will bring a lot of modifications, starting from notable mechanical upgrades. This is the first non-body-on-frame vehicle to get TRD treatment, so it would be quite interesting to see how it acts on hard terrains. Of course, there are all those typical TRD upgrades, starting from new suspension, chassis reinforcement, new brakes etc. Of course, there are also notable visual upgrades.
The 2020 Toyota RAV4 will continue with the same cabin layout, which is characterized by a pretty nice layout and more than enough interior space. First of all, there are two comfortable rows of seats. You can count on plenty of leg and headroom, while the front seats are significantly better compared to the previous generation. When it comes to the cargo space, you can count on 37.5 cubic feet behind rear seats, while the overall capacity goes up to 70 cubic feet. Despite this is less space than in the previous model, these are still above-average numbers for the class. In terms of the overall interior quality, the new RAV4 stands pretty well. Most materials are soft on touch and look very nice. Of course, there are some rivals that look more upscale, but that was the case with previous generations as well.
Tech and Safety Features
Since this will be the second production year of the current generation, we don’t expect too many changes compared to the current model, which already stands pretty well in this aspect. All models are equipped with things like 7-inch touch screen, a USB port, Siri Eyes Free, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, a Wi-Fi hot spot etc. Of course, there is much more in higher trims. You can get things like a panoramic glass roof, dual-zone automatic climate control, wireless device charging, and an upgraded Entune system with an 8-inch touch screen, navigation and many more.
Typically for all Toyota models, the RAV4 really shines in terms of safety. The list of standard features includes things like automatic high beams, a rearview camera, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition etc. Higher trims are even more impressive, as you can get things like 360-degree parking camera, front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, low-speed collision warning, and rear cross traffic braking.
2020 Toyota RAV4 Engines
We don’t expect change under the hood of 2020 Toyota RAV4. Even the new TRD Off-Road version will come with the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, which delivers around 203 horsepower. This amount of power seems like a perfect measure for a crossover of this size, especially if we consider that fuel economy is pretty impressive. You can count on 26 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway, which are some of the best numbers in the class.
If you want something even more impressive in terms of fuel economy, there is also a hybrid version in the offer. Of course, it uses a well-known system based on a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine, which delivers around 220 horsepower. Fuel economy ratings are impressive, as you can count on 41 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway.
2020 Toyota RAV4 Release Date and Price
We expect to see the 2020 Toyota RAV4 sometime late in the year. The price is expected to remain the same, so base models should go around 25.500 dollars.