2020 Toyota RAV4 Review

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2020 Toyota RAV4 Overview

The RAV4 is one of the most important compact crossovers on the market as well as one of the best-selling models in Toyota's lineup. Toyota fully redesigned the RAV4 for 2019, and for 2020, it sees the addition of the RAV4 TRD Off-Road trim. The RAV4 competes with a wide range of models, such as the Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-5, Subaru Forester, Ford Escape, Kia Sportage, and Hyundai Tucson.

The new TRD Off-Road version features exclusive matte black alloy wheels fitted with all-terrain tires, contrasting front and rear fascias, and LED foglights. Shoppers can choose the striking combination of Magnetic Gray Metallic paint with a contrasting Ice Edge roof, but other finishes are available.

The 2020 RAV4 gets only one powertrain, a 2.5-liter inline 4-cylinder, rated for 203 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. It pairs with an 8-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive (FWD) comes standard, and all-wheel drive (AWD) is available. The TRD Off-Road trim comes standard with AWD. While 2020 fuel-economy ratings aren't yet available, the 2019 FWD versions are rated for 26 mpg city, 35 highway, and 30 combined. With AWD, those numbers shift to 27 mpg city and 34 highway, with the same combined rating. The LE grade with AWD returns 25, 33, and 28.

The cabin balances rugged styling with high quality. All five seats are supportive and comfortable, trimmed in cloth upholstery. Remote keyless entry comes standard. Options include push-button start, premium upholstery combinations, heated front seats, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a heated leather-trimmed steering wheel, and a panoramic sunroof. The TRD Off-Road trim features standard synthetic leather upholstery with red stitching and trim, headrests embroidered with the TRD logo, and all-weather floor mats.

The RAV4 comes equipped with a 7-inch touchscreen and the Toyota Entune 3.0 infotainment system, which features a 6-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, Siri Eyes Free, and a Wi-Fi hotspot. Options include navigation, an 8-inch touchscreen, and an 11-speaker JBL premium audio system.

The 2020 RAV4 includes the Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 suite of driver-assistance features, which includes a reversing camera, forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning, lane-tracing assist, automatic high beams, and traffic-sign recognition. A surround-view camera, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and rear cross-traffic braking are also standard for the TRD Off-Road version. The 2020 RAV4 has not yet been tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) or National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

The 2019 Toyota RAV4 redesign brought tons of improvements that keep the 2020 model feeling fresh and new. For even more potential, shoppers should take a look at the new RAV4 TRD Off-Road trim.

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Cherise is a Chicago-based freelance writer and editor with nearly 15 years of experience covering the automotive industry. Cherise loves writing about car culture and sharing common-sense car-buying advice. She is eagerly awaiting delivery of a 2019 Subaru WRX Series.Gray, which will join her household's 2008 Toyota RAV4, 2007 Genuine Buddy Italia 150, and 2015 Honda Grom.

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Will the 2020 version be Android Auto friendly, as well as I-phone friendly? The 2019 RAV4 is only Apple I-phone friendly.