How Much is a Toyota RAV4?

How Much is a Toyota RAV4?

If you take a quick look at what sort of vehicles are on the road these days, the trend is pretty obvious to see. It’s safe to say consumer preferences in recent years have quickly shifted from sedans to crossover SUVs.

Toyota took note and responded by incorporating essentially everything that made the Camry America's “best selling car” for more than 20 years – thanks to its practicality, reliability, versatility and value – into the RAV4.

The compact SUV was Toyota's best-selling vehicle in 2020, with over 545,000 units sold – 430,000 gas-engine models and 116,000 hybrid models – in the United States alone.

And it's not just stateside drivers that love the RAV4 so. Since its introduction in North America in 1995, the RAV4 has sold over 10 million units worldwide, making it the most popular Toyota on the road today. 

With its polished cabin, exceptional fuel efficiency and superb performance overall, it's no surprise that the Toyota RAV4 often winds up at the top of compact SUV rankings.

What type of engine does the RAV4 have?

The zippy compact SUV doesn't disappoint when it comes to pick-up and performance on the road. Under the RAV4's hood is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that produces 203 horsepower. This engine, when coupled with the RAV4's eight-speed automatic transmission, allows for a surprisingly decent amount of muscle for everyday use and easily launches the vehicle to freeway speeds.

What kind of gas mileage does the RAV4 get?

The RAV4 is a great option for drivers hoping for a long-lasting SUV that won't break the bank when it's time to fill up the gas tank, thanks to its combined fuel efficiency of 28 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway – or 41 mpg and 38 mpg correspondingly for the hybrid version.

As far as compact SUVs go, all in all the base model front-wheel-drive RAV4 gets spectacular gas mileage. Even the all-wheel-drive variants don’t compromise much when it comes to fuel economy, allowing for 27/34 mpg city/highway on base AWD models and between 25 and 27 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the freeway for upper-tier AWD versions like the TRD trim.

How much room does the RAV4 have?

The RAV4 has a spacious interior that fits up to five with a surprising amount of cargo room, too. Behind the rear seats, the RAV4 makes room for 37.6 cubic feet of cargo space or 37.5 on the XLE, XLE Premium, and Limited trims. Folding down the second row allows for a total of 69.8 cubic feet of cargo space regardless of the trim. 

Although the Honda CR-V and Subaru Forester each give a few more cubic feet, the RAV4's carrying capacity is higher than many rival compact SUVs. When compared to the Mazda CX-5, the RAV4 wins when it comes to fuel economy, cargo space and its total amount of standard tech features, which makes it an excellent choice for families overall.

Toyota designed the RAV4's interior in a contemporary style that's aesthetically soft and pleasant but sturdy, too. While it's no luxury vehicle – by Toyota standards, at least –  function, convenience, and elegance improve substantially on higher trim levels of the RAV4. Synthetic leather seats as well as unique stitching and other details are available as additional options, too.

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How has Toyota improved the RAV4 over the years?

Since its debut in 1995, improvements to the RAV4 have been many. Most recently, the 2017 model brought driver-assistance technology as part of the base package, and in 2019 Toyota redesigned the RAV4 altogether to give it an entirely new look both inside and out, a more powerful engine, enlarged standard and optional touch screens and a longer list of other standard features, too.

The 2020 RAV4 comes with standard Wi-Fi hotspot capability, Android Auto and satellite radio as standard features. Also new among the additional options for 2020 and newer RAV4 models is Toyota's iconic TRD Off-Road trim.

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How much weight can the RAV4 tow?

When it comes to hauling capacity – be it a boat, jetski trailer or pop-up camper – the RAV4 performs rather impressively despite the fact that it’s a compact SUV. Depending on the trim level, the RAV4 can tow between 1,500 and 3,500 pounds.

While the base RAV4 model can handle up to 1,500 pounds, the RAV4 Adventure and TRD Off-Road versions have a more durable base and can tow up to 3,500 pounds of freight, which makes them both stellar options for off-road family getaways.

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How does the RAV4 compare to other compact SUVs?

With a starting price of $26,150, the RAV4 is priced slightly above average when compared to other compact SUVs like the Honda CR-V, the Kia Sportage and the Mazda CX-5. But this Toyota is loaded with plenty more amenities. Higher up in the ranks of trim levels is the RAV4 Limited, which starts at $34,680, and the TRD Off-Road, which starts at $35,880.

While the RAV4's engine packs more power than the CR-V's, both vehicles have similar fuel economy ratings. The CR-V starts at a lesser price but the RAV4 outranks the CR-V when it comes to standard amenities like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a 7-inch touch screen and pedestrian recognition.

The RAV4 is well equipped with an impressive abundance of standard safety and tech features, and although competitors like the CR-V, CX-5 and Sportage cost less, they come without all the extra amenities that are standard on the RAV4.

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How does the RAV4 compare to the RAV4 hybrid?

Given that the RAV4 is Toyota's top-selling vehicle to date, it should come as no surprise that the hybrid version has been hailed as one of the best hybrid SUVs in the industry since its introduction in 2013, thanks to its affordable pricing, remarkable fuel economy and overall quality. Those three criteria come together to create a mix that's just right in terms of gas mileage, power beneath the hood and overall sticker price.

Now in its fifth generation, the RAV4 hybrid comes in five different trim levels: LE, XLE, XLE Premium, XSE and Limited.

Overall, the RAV4 hybrid sports 219 horsepower and gets 41 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway, averaging 500 miles per tank. That's a big improvement over the crossover SUV's gas-powered sibling, which achieves 27/35 mpg.

New RAV4 hybrids range from $28,500 for the LE base model to $37,300 for the Limited. Used late-year models, however, tend to run in the low-to-mid $20,000s.

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How much does a used RAV4 cost compared to a new RAV4?

These days, the MSRP for a new RAV4 starts at $26,150 for the base model, $34,680 for the Limited trims and $35,880 for the higher-end TRD off-road edition. That’s slightly higher than other compact SUVs, but it’s important to remember that the RAV4 compensates by way of its significantly longer list of standard features that cost extra on competitors by Honda, Kia, Mazda and Subaru.

While the RAV4 is a great value in general, given all the standard features and Toyota’s attention to detail and quality, huge savings are to be had by simply opting for a used RAV4 in lieu of a new one. Depending on the year and trim, used gas-powered RAV4s at the most run about $30,000 for premium trims but can go as low as $10,000. Used hybrid RAV4s tend to cost a bit more – $31,000 or so – but the savings at the gas pump more than make up for the slightly steeper price tag.

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