Toyota rav4 specs

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From spartan to swanky to outdoorsy, the 2021 Toyota RAV4 offers something for almost everyone, which earned it an Editors' Choice award. The base LE covers the economical end of the spectrum while the well-equipped Limited and TRD Off-Road models offer impressive amounts of equipment aimed at two very different types of buyers. No matter which trim you choose, the RAV4 comes with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and an eight-speed automatic. Front-wheel drive is standard but all-wheel drive is optional on the LE, XLE, XLE Premium, and Limited, and standard on the Adventure and TRD Off-Road models. The RAV4's square-jawed looks are inspired by the 4Runner SUV and Tacoma pickup truck, but its car-based construction delivers a smoother ride than either of those trucks. Interior accommodations are spacious and the materials chosen are durable, but those buyers seeking modern-day convenience features such as power-adjustable seats, push-button start, and blind-spot monitoring will want to avoid the entry-level model.

What's New for 2021?

Toyota has made only one change to the RAV4 for the 2021 model year: Blizzard Pearl replaces Super White on the color palette. A plug-in hybrid RAV4 Prime joins the lineup, and the hybrid model gets a new XLE Premium trim; we review the two hybrid models separately.

Pricing and Which One to Buy

It's hard for us to resist the cool new TRD Off-Road, but we'd practice restraint and choose the mid-range XLE Premium. It provides plenty of standard equipment that the LE and XLE don't offer, such as 19-inch wheels, a power liftgate, dual-zone automatic climate control, faux-leather upholstery, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. Toyota makes its suite of driver-assistance features standard across the lineup, so there's not much reason to go with a pricier trim—unless, of course, you really want ventilated seats.

Engine, Transmission, and Performance

The 2021 RAV4 uses a 203-hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive remains standard, but Toyota now offers a choice of all-wheel-drive systems, dependent on trim. The Adventure model we drove was equipped with an all-wheel-drive system that can disconnect the rear axle when needed to improve fuel economy. At our test track, the RAV4 proved to be quicker than its predecessor: We recorded a 60-mph time of 8.0 seconds with the 2019 model and 8.3 seconds with the 2018. The dutiful four-cylinder can be noisy, especially during highway-passing attempts, and the transmission on our test vehicle seemed to stumble when called upon for a downshift. The RAV4 Hybrid—reviewed separately—snapped off an even quicker 7.4-second 60-mph time in our hands. The RAV4 feels solid and stable when cruising the interstate and holds its own when pitched into a twisty section of road, but it doesn't inspire the same confidence as our segment favorite, the Mazda CX-5.

Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

The RAV4 earned class-competitive fuel-economy estimates from the EPA. Front-wheel-drive RAV4s can manage up to an estimated 35 mpg on the highway. The all-wheel-drive Adventure delivered 32 mpg for us on our 200-mile highway fuel-economy route, 1 mpg shy of the EPA's estimated rating for that trim. That puts it neck and neck with the Honda CR-V and represents a huge improvement over the 2018 Adventure model (which managed only 25 mpg), but it is outdone by the Volkswagen Tiguan, which delivered 33 mpg.

Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

Inside, the RAV4 prioritizes ergonomics and cubby storage. A useful shelf spans the dash and complements the large center console. The version we tested featured a mix of soft-touch surfaces and nice plastics. The base trim, called LE, is quite spartan and comes with cloth seats, a plasticky steering wheel, and single-zone manual climate control. On the next-step-up XLE, Toyota throws in a few perks, but there's much more to like on the XLE Premium, including faux-leather upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and a stitched and padded dashboard and center-console armrest. The RAV4's rear seats are easy to stow, and they fold to a nearly flat position, opening up the cabin for cargo. We fit 10 of our carry-on suitcases behind the rear seat and 22 with it folded. The Nissan Rogue matched the RAV4 here, but the Subaru Forester beat it by one in each metric.

Infotainment and Connectivity

Lower trims come with a 7.0-inch touchscreen, but an 8.0-incher can be had starting at the XLE level. The infotainment system includes a 4G LTE mobile hotspot and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability. A JBL premium audio system, navigation, and a wireless charging pad for a smartphone are optional. If you opt for a trim level without nav, don't fret. All other models come with Scout GPS Link, which allows compatible smartphones to display a map and turn-by-turn directions to the dashtop screen.

Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has given the RAV4 a five-star rating, and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) named it a Top Safety Pick+. The RAV4 lineup boasts an array of standard driver assists. Buyers also can add blind-spot monitoring and rear-cross-traffic alert, but those features cost extra on the base model. Key safety features include:

  • Standard automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection
  • Standard lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist
  • Standard adaptive cruise control

Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

Toyota's warranties toe the industry line with three years of bumper-to-bumper coverage and five years for the powertrain. All models come with two years of complimentary scheduled maintenance—a rarity in this segment.

  • Limited warranty covers three years or 36,000 miles
  • Powertrain warranty covers five years or 60,000 miles
  • Complimentary maintenance is covered for two years or 25,000 miles



2021 Toyota RAV4 TRD Off-Road
Vehicle Type: front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door wagon

Base/As Tested: $37,155/$42,822
Options: TRD Off-Road Technology package, $1950; premium audio, $1620; TRD Off-Road Weather package, $1015; running board, $549; door sill protector, $199; door edge guard, $140; mudguard, $129; blackout emblem overlays, $65

DOHC 16-valve inline-4, aluminum block and head, port and direct fuel injection
Displacement: 152 in3, 2487 cm3
Power: 203 hp @ 6600 rpm
Torque: 184 lb-ft @ 5000 rpm

8-speed automatic

Suspension, F/R: struts/multilink
Brakes, F/R: 12.0-in vented disc/11.1-in disc
Tires: Falken Wildpeak A/T Trail 01A
225/60R-18 100H M+S

Wheelbase: 105.9 in
Length: 181.5 in
Width: 73.4 in
Height: 70.0 in
Passenger Volume: 99 ft3
Cargo Volume: 37 ft3
Curb Weight: 3724 lb

60 mph: 8.4 sec
1/4-Mile: 16.6 sec @ 87 mph
100 mph: 23.2 sec
Results above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.3 sec.
Rolling Start, 5-60 mph: 9.1 sec
Top Gear, 30-50 mph: 4.2 sec
Top Gear, 50-70 mph: 6.2 sec
Top Speed (gov ltd): 119 mph
Braking, 70-0 mph: 185 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad: 0.76 g

Observed: 25 mpg
75-mph Highway Driving: 30 mpg
Highway Range: 430 mi

Combined/City/Highway: 28/25/32 mpg



More Features and Specs


Toyota RAV4 Specs

2019 Toyota RAV4

The adventurous and versatile Toyota RAV4 offers drivers in Amherst, Manchester, and Derry an appealing blend of athleticism and responsiveness. In our Toyota RAV4 specs review, we’ll be looking at this model’s various measurements, such as engine specifications, interior dimensions, and safety features.

If you have any additional questions about the RAV4, or if you’d like to get behind the wheel for a test drive, you can always contact the helpful staff at Ira Toyota of Manchester!

Toyota RAV4 Specs Overview:

Estimated MPG: Up to 26 city / 35 highway*

Towing Capacity: 1,500 pounds to 3,500 pounds

Dimensions: 180.9 feet L x 67-67.2 feet H

Cargo Volume: 38.4 cubic feet; 73.4 cubic feet with seat area

Toyota RAV4 Engine Specs: MPG, Horsepower, & Torque

The mechanical engineering in the Toyota RAV4 is superb, allowing this SUV to sport a unique mixture of power, precision, and durability. There’s also some variety, so you can customize the performance to match your needs.

For example, there are two available engine options. The first is a 2.5L 4-cylinder that can generate 203 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. The second option is a 2.5L 4-cylinder hybrid that can get up to 213 combined system horsepower.

The refined Direct-Shift 8-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission with intelligence also comes standard on all trims. This comes equipped with a sequential shift mode for easy handling and smooth shifting.

Your drivetrain choice will affect your fuel economy. However, your RAV4 can get up to an estimated 26 city MPG/ 35 highway MPG, standardly, which is pretty impressive.*

Interior Dimensions: Passenger & Cargo Space

The energetic performance in the Toyota RAV4 is accompanied by a versatile interior that is equally adept at storing cargo and supplies, or supporting passengers.

For instance, long road trips will be much more enjoyable thanks to 41 inches of front legroom, and 37.8 inches of rear legroom. The hip room in the front and back measures 54.3 inches and 47.7 inches, respectively. Lastly, the front shoulder room is 57.8 inches, while the second-row shoulder room peaks at 56.4 inches.

When it comes down to it, the RAV4 can comfortably seat five passengers. Once everyone is buckled up, there’s 37.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row. If you fold down those second-row seats, however, you’re looking at a total of 69.8 cubic feet.

Passive & Active Safety Features

2019 Toyota RAV4

To keep you and your passengers more protected in every situation, the Toyota RAV4 comes stocked with an extensive blend of active and passive safety features.

The active technology is epitomized in Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0, which features multiple systems like a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Automatic High Beams, and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control.

As for passive safety features, the following list denotes key inclusions:

  • Driver & Front Passenger Advanced Airbag System
  • Front- & Second-Row Side Curtain Airbags
  • Trailer-Sway Control
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Hill Start Assist Control

Test Out the Toyota RAV4 Specs for Yourself

You can test out the engine specifications in the Toyota RAV4, or the interior versatility, by setting up a test drive!

To do this, reach out to Ira Toyota of Manchester, and you’ll be scooting around Amherst, Manchester, and Derry in no time.

*2019 preliminary mpg estimated determined by Toyota. EPA estimates not available at time of posting. Actual mileage will vary.

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Toyota RAV4 Features and Specs

Front Bucket Seats -inc: 8-way power-adjustable driver's seat w/lumbar support and 4-way adjustable front passenger seat

8-Way Driver Seat

4-Way Passenger Seat

60-40 Folding Split-Bench Front Facing Manual Reclining Fold Forward Seatback Rear Seat

Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column

Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer

Power Rear Windows and Fixed 3rd Row Windows

Leather/Metal-Look Steering Wheel

Front Cupholder

Rear Cupholder

Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, Illuminated Entry, Illuminated Ignition Switch and Panic Button

Proximity Key For Doors And Push Button Start

Remote Releases -Inc: Power Cargo Access and Mechanical Fuel

Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls

Distance Pacing w/Traffic Stop-Go

Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning

HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts and Console Ducts

Glove Box

Driver Foot Rest

Interior Trim -inc: Metal-Look Interior Accents

Full Cloth Headliner

Leatherette Door Trim Insert

Leather/Aluminum Gear Shifter Material

SofTex Seat Trim

Day-Night Rearview Mirror

Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors w/Driver And Passenger Auxiliary Mirror

Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage, Mini Overhead Console w/Storage, 2 12V DC Power Outlets and 1 120V AC Power Outlet

Front Map Lights

Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting

Full Carpet Floor Covering

Carpet Floor Trim

Cargo Area Concealed Storage

Roll-Up Cargo Cover

Trunk/Hatch Auto-Latch

Cargo Net

Cargo Space Lights

Safety Connect Tracker System

FOB Controls -inc: Cargo Access

Instrument Panel Bin, Driver And Passenger Door Bins

Power 1st Row Windows w/Front And Rear 1-Touch Up/Down

Delayed Accessory Power

Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature

Systems Monitor

Trip Computer

Outside Temp Gauge

Redundant Digital Speedometer

Digital/Analog Appearance

Manual Adjustable Front Head Restraints and Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints

Front Center Armrest and Rear Center Armrest

1 Seatback Storage Pocket

Seats w/Leatherette Back Material

Engine Immobilizer

Perimeter Alarm

2 12V DC Power Outlets

Air Filtration

2 12V DC Power Outlets and 1 120V AC Power Outlet


Full Specs

*Date and mileage limitations refer to whichever comes first from the date of first purchase. Warranty coverage is subject to other terms and conditions. Refer to applicable Warranty and Maintenance Guide for full details.

Toyota strives to build vehicles to match customer interest and thus they typically are built with popular options and option packages. Not all options/packages are available separately and some may not be available in all regions of the country. If you would prefer a vehicle with no or different options, contact your dealer to check for current availability or the possibility of placing a special order.

Some vehicles are shown with available equipment. Seatbelts should be worn at all times. For details on vehicle specifications, standard features and available equipment in your area, contact your Toyota dealer. A vehicle with particular equipment may not be available at the dealership. Ask your Toyota dealer to help locate a specifically equipped vehicle.

All information presented herein is based on data available at the time of posting, is subject to change without notice and pertains specifically to mainland U.S.A. vehicles only (may differ in the state of Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and in other regions).


Specs toyota rav4

Fair Market Price

With the MotorTrend Fair Market Price (powered by IntelliChoice), get a better idea of what you’ll pay after negotiations including destination, taxes, and fees. The actual transaction price depends on many variables from dealer inventory to bargaining skills, so this figure is an approximation.

5-Year Cost to Own / Rating
$26,350$28,812$32,004 / Good
$26,350$28,812$32,004 / Good
$27,645$30,209$32,362 / Excellent
$27,750$30,324$33,343 / Good
$29,045$31,726$33,898 / Good
$30,350$33,142$34,459 / Excellent
$31,750$34,666$35,938 / Good
$33,455$36,527$37,000 / Good
$34,880$38,085$37,328 / Good
$36,080$39,305$38,458 / Good
$36,280$39,621$38,931 / Good

Cargo (Std/Max):

38/70 cu.ft.

5-Year Cost to Own



  • Strong fuel economy for the segment
  • Generous standard safety tech
  • Sharp design
  • Free maintenance


  • Coarse powertrain
  • Stiff ride quality
  • Not as nimble as its rivals

Toyota RAV4 Expert Review

Duncan Brady

The RAV4 is Toyota's compact SUV and its best-selling vehicle overall. This current, fifth-generation model debuted for 2019 and added Android Auto capability and a TRD Off-Road trim last year. For 2021, updates on the standard RAV4 are limited to a new front skid plate for the TRD variant, and the RAV4 Hybrid lineup gains a new XLE Premium trim. This model year, Toyota also welcomes the plug-in hybrid RAV4 Prime to the lineup.

In the ultra-competitive compact crossover segment, the RAV4 competes against a number of options including the Honda CR-V, Subaru Forester, and Ford Escape.

The fifth-generation RAV4 represents a massive improvement over its predecessor, but this is still not our favorite compact crossover. Toyota's best-selling little ute finished fourth in an eight-vehicle compact SUV comparison in 2019, held back by an unimpressive (and loud) powertrain, packaging faults such as rear seats that don't fold flat, and rear doors that fail to open as far as we'd like. The 2021 RAV4 competed in another small SUV comparison and placed third against the Honda CR-V, Nissan Rogue, and Hyundai Tucson.

We do appreciate the RAV4's adventurous interior and exterior design. The cabin is full of contrasting accents and chunky control knobs that differentiate the RAV4 from its competition. Rear seat room is generous, despite measurements that suggest otherwise. See how it fared against Subaru's campground superstar, the 2022 Outback Wilderness, in our comparison test.

Toyota engineered surprising off-road capability for a car-based crossover, too, especially in the cool (albeit overpriced) TRD Off-Road trim. The included 2 years/25,000 miles of free maintenance meant we didn't spend a dime keeping our long-term RAV4 in tip-top shape. Factor in the wealth of standard active safety features and the RAV4 is a compelling package, but we'd still rather drive a CR-V.

Most RAV4s are powered by a 2.5-liter non-turbo four mated to an eight-speed automatic with FWD standard and optional AWD. The four-cylinder engine develops 203 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque that, in the evaluation of our long-term one-year RAV4, helped the Toyota reach 60 mph in a respectable 8.0 seconds. FWD variants return up to 28/35 mpg city/highway, but those numbers drop as low as 25/32 mpg in the AWD-only TRD Off-Road.

For greater efficiency, more power, and slightly better dynamics, try the RAV4 Hybrid. Positioned as a sporty option within the lineup, the 219-hp has standard electric AWD and 41/38 mpg. Then there's the RAV4 Prime, Toyota's new plug-in hybrid option. As the flagship RAV4 model, the quick Prime makes 302 hp, yet has a 42-mile electric range before the 2.5-liter I-4 helps the Toyota deliver a driving range of 600 miles.

More on the hybrids: 5 Reasons to Splurge on the Prime and 5 More to Get the Hybrid

Based on its performance in IIHS safety testing, the RAV4 has a great chance of keeping you safe in a crash. It earns the highest possible scores in crashworthiness and front crash prevention, though the headlight rating is unexceptional. Even with standard LEDs and automatic high beams, the RAV4 receives a Marginal rating due to inadequate visibility on curves. The RAV4 Hybrid's Adaptive Front Headlight System achieves a Good score, which makes the compact Toyota a 2020 Top Safety Pick.

The RAV4 is also a five-star overall safety rating recipient from the NHTSA. That said, it earned four-star ratings in frontal crash safety and rollover tests.

In addition to strong crashworthiness, the RAV4 is noteworthy for its standard driver assist features. Adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, lane centering, and automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection are included on all models. Every RAV4 save the base LE also features blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.

Cargo volume in the RAV4 measures up to 37.6 cubic feet behind the rear seats, a number that falls behind the Honda CR-V (39.2 cubic feet) but ahead of the Subaru Forester and Ford Escape at 33.0 and 33.5 cubes, respectively. Folding down the rear bench expands cargo volume to 69.8 cubic feet. The RAV4's cargo figures are about the same in hybrid form but fall to 33.4 and 63.1 cubic feet in the RAV4 Prime plug-in hybrid.

The Toyota seats five with 41.0 inches of legroom up front and a tight-for-the-segment 37.8 inches in the rear.

Standard tech for the RAV4 includes a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility plus connectivity via Bluetooth or USB. Higher trims add an 8.0-inch display with navigation and swap the standard 4.2-inch instrument cluster display with a 7.0-inch screen.

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5th Generation Toyota RAV4 2019 Features, Specs, \u0026 More

Toyota RAV4

Compact crossover SUV manufactured by Toyota

Motor vehicle

The Toyota RAV4 (Japanese: トヨタ・RAV4, Hepburn: Toyota Ravufō) is a compact crossover SUV (sport utility vehicle) produced by the Japanese automobile manufacturer Toyota. This was the first compact crossover SUV;[1] it made its debut in Japan and Europe in 1994,[2] and in North America in 1995, being launched in January 1996.[3] The vehicle was designed for consumers wanting a vehicle that had most of the benefits of SUVs, such as increased cargo room, higher visibility, and the option of full-time four-wheel drive, along with the maneuverability and fuel economy of a compact car. The vehicle’s name is an abbreviation of "Recreational Active Vehicle with 4-wheel drive"[4] although not all models come equipped with four-wheel drive.

For the third generation model, Toyota offered both short- and long-wheelbase versions of the RAV4. Short-wheelbase versions are sold in Japan and Europe; long-wheelbase versions in Australia and North America. Toyota of Japan also sells the longer-wheelbase version as the Toyota Vanguard (Japanese: トヨタ・ヴァンガード, Hepburn: Toyota Vangādo) at Toyopet Store locations. Japanese versions are sold at two different Toyota dealerships, Toyota Corolla Store and Toyota Netz Store.

First generation (XA10; 1994)[edit]

Motor vehicle

First generation (XA10)
1995-1997 Toyota RAV4 (SXA11R) wagon (2010-09-19) 01.jpg

Pre-facelift Toyota RAV4 5-door (Australia)

Also calledGuangtong GTQ6440 (China, JV)
  • 1994–2000 (RAV4)
  • 1997–2003 (RAV4 EV)
Model years1995–2000
  • Hideo Kondo (exterior 3-door/5-door: 1991, 1993)[7][8]
  • Okawa Isao (interior: 1991, 1993)
  • Seiichiro Kitabashi (colors and materials: 1990-1993)
Body style
Electric motor50 kW (67 hp), 190 N⋅m (140 ft⋅lb) (electric)
  • 5-door: 2,410 mm (94.9 in)
  • 3-door: 2,200 mm (86.6 in)
  • 5-door: 4,150–4,160 mm (163.4–163.8 in)
  • 3-door: 3,740–3,750 mm (147.2–147.6 in)
Width1,695 mm (66.7 in)
  • 3-door: 1,646–1,661 mm (64.8–65.4 in)
  • 5-door: 1,650 mm (65.0 in)
Facelift Toyota RAV4 3-door

The first-generation RAV4, known as the XA10 series, was constructed on a unique platform that shared Carina and Corolla elements.[9] It launched in Japan in May 1994. Design and development commenced in 1989 under code-name 153T, with design approval and start of production development in the second half of 1991 on the 3-door version and in 1993 for the 5-door version. In March 1995, the 5-door was launched and introduced to the US in January 1996, with standard dual airbags.

The XA10 series was available in both three and five door versions. In the US, a 2.0-liter straight-four producing 89 kW (119 hp; 121 PS) was available. Both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive were available, and the RAV4 could be had with either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission. It was named the 1997 Automobile of the Year by Automobile Magazine. The 1996-1997 model years had headlamps with a bracket push in type, dual filament bulb. The front running/turn signal lamps used older round socket dual filament bulbs. The rear used round socket type bulbs as well. In 1997 for the 1998 model year, the RAV4 was slightly restyled on the front and rear fascias, and a soft top three-door was made available. Power was increased slightly to 95 kW (127 hp; 129 PS). In June 1999, the two-door hardtop was dropped from the American lineup, leaving the five-door and soft top models. The 1998-2000 models used a single filament headlamp, with two different beams per housing (low and high beam) opposed to the original single beam with dual filaments. The rear lamps use the more modern rectangular style bulbs (7440/7443). The interior has subtle changes such as different colored seats, different colored door panels, extra cup holders on certain models (cigarette lighter/cup holder duo), and a digital odometer. In Japan, the 2.0-liter 3S-GE BEAMS engine with 132 kW (177 hp; 179 PS) was also available. Some variants of the 1998 Toyota RAV4 were labeled as SXA11 rather than XA10, paired with an owner-given name of "RAV 4.1".[10]

RAV4 EV[edit]

Main article: Toyota RAV4 EV

The RAV4 EV is a plug-in, all-electric variant of the RAV4. Produced from 1997 to 2003 for fleet lease, this "zero emission" model was only offered for public sale for seven months in 2002, in very small quantities in California. Powered by an advanced Nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) battery pack capable of storing 27 kWh, the RAV4 EV can go up to 193 km (120 mi) between charges, and came with a 97,000 km (60,000 mi) battery warranty.[citation needed] A total of 1,484 units were leased and/or sold in California,[11] and as of mid-2012, almost 500 units were still in use.[12]


  • Pre-facelift Toyota RAV4 5-door

  • Facelift Toyota RAV4 hardtop (Australia)

  • Facelift Toyota RAV4 softtop (Australia)

Second generation (XA20; 2000)[edit]

Motor vehicle

Second generation (XA20)
2001-2003 Toyota RAV4 L -- 03-16-2012.JPG
  • May 2000 – November 2005
  • 2005 – present (China)
Model years2001–2005
AssemblyJapan: Tahara, Aichi; Ōbu, Aichi
Body style
PlatformToyota MC platform
  • 5-speed manual
  • 4-speed automatic
  • 5-door: 2,490 mm (98.0 in)
  • 3-door: 2,280 mm (89.8 in)
  • 5-door: 4,193–4,230 mm (165.1–166.5 in)
  • 3-door: 3,860 mm (152.0 in)
Width1,735 mm (68.3 in)
Height1,650–1,680 mm (65.0–66.1 in)
Curb weight1,150–1,445 kg (2,535–3,186 lb)

The second generation RAV4, known as the XA20 series, went on sale in July 2000. Like the previous model, the XA20 was available in three- and five-door configurations and was constructed on a platform that shared Carina and Corolla elements. Development began in 1995, with a design freeze in the first half of 1998. Styling was done at Calty Design Research Incorporated (also simply known as Calty) by Yasuhide Hosoda and Kevin Hunter from 1996 to 1997.[9]

Pre-facelift Toyota RAV4 Cruiser hardtop (Australia)

Pre-facelift Toyota RAV4 Edge (Australia)


The second generation RAV4 was originally offered in a number of trim levels in the UK: NV was front-wheel drive, while NRG, GX, and VX were permanent four-wheel drive with differing levels of equipment.[15] Although the RAV4 was available as a three-door in Europe, Asia and Australia, the American model was only available in a five-door configuration. A 1.8-liter inline-four engine (only with 2WD) producing 92 kW (123 hp; 125 PS), 2.0-liter inline-four engine producing 110 kW (150 hp; 150 PS), 2.4-liter inline-four engine producing 118 kW (158 hp; 160 PS), and a D-4D diesel engine were available. Some RAV4s came with anti-lock braking system, electronic stability control, air conditioning, a height-adjustable driver's seat, cruise control, a six-speaker CD stereo and power windows, mirrors and seats. A sport package added a mesh grille, bonnet scoop, color-keyed door handles, a roof rack, silver sport pedals, heated mirrors, gray-painted bumpers and fender flares, and sport fabric seats. Other options included alloy wheels, heated seats, a sunroof and keyless entry. 16-inch wheels were standard; larger tires were available on all-wheel-drive models.

In Australia, the RAV4 came in base Edge and upmarket Cruiser models in both three- and five-door configurations. The main differentiation between the two models was in appearance. Edge models came with unpainted grey bumpers and side cladding, mirrors, and door handles, and featured steel rims. Cruiser models gained body-colored (painted) bumpers and moldings, mirrors, and door handles, alloy wheels, and ABS brakes. All models came equipped with a brand-new 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine featuring VVT (variable valve timing), resulting in improved power and torque, as well as fuel consumption. Permanent all-wheel-drive was a feature. Options were ABS brakes (on the Edge), and air conditioning (on all models). The second generation RAV4 enjoyed success in Australia, where it became the best-selling SUV in the country in 2001, overtaking its rival the Honda CR-V for the first time.

In late 2003, the 2004 model RAV4 was given a styling update, improved equipment, and, in certain markets, a new engine. In the United States the safety structure was improved and Vehicle Stability Control made standard. The RAV4's 2.0-liter engine was upgraded with a new 2.4-liter engine in the US, and Australia producing 120 kW (160 hp; 160 PS) and 220 N⋅m (162 lb⋅ft). Other countries got mostly 5-door models with the 2.0 liter VVT-i engine. Automatic electric air conditioning also became available. European models got a new catalytic converter because of the new European emission policy. The new model also got an electric throttle.

In Australia, for the facelift, the base Edge was renamed CV, and gained standard air conditioning (previously an option). The CV also received painted bumpers, which came in either silver or body-colored shades, depending on the body color. In addition, the model range was given a subtle facelift, consisting largely of a new front bumper with circular fog lights and white turn signals instead of the older orange lights. In 2005, a new "CV Sport" model was added to the range in Australia, which included a non-functional bonnet scoop, giving the RAV4 a more aggressive appearance. The CV Sport model was short-lived, lasting only a year, and was introduced primarily to stimulate sales until the new model arrived in early 2006.

The second generation RAV4 had the highest proportion of female drivers among all makes and models in the United States, with the possible exception of the Volkswagen New Beetle, according to 2003–2004 registration and survey data.[16]


  • Facelift Toyota RAV4 hardtop (Japan)

  • Facelift Toyota RAV4 CV (Australia)

Third generation (XA30; 2005)[edit]

Motor vehicle

Third generation (XA30)
06-08 Toyota RAV4 Limited.jpg
Also calledToyota Vanguard (Japan, LWB)
  • November 2005 – December 2012 (export)
  • November 2005 – May 2016 (Japan)
Model years
  • 2006–2012 (export)
  • 2006–2016 (Japan)
DesignerMasaki Motozaki (exterior & interior: 2003)[18][19]
Body style5-door SUV
PlatformToyota New MC platform
Wheelbase2,560–2,660 mm (100.8–104.7 in)
Length4,395–4,620 mm (173.0–181.9 in)
Width1,815–1,855 mm (71.5–73.0 in)
Height1,685–1,755 mm (66.3–69.1 in)
PredecessorToyota Kluger (XU20) (for Toyota Vanguard; Japan, LWB)
SuccessorToyota Harrier (XU60) (Vanguard)

Toyota RAV4 (Germany; pre-facelift)

Toyota RAV4 (UK; pre-facelift)

The Toyota RAV4 was redesigned for the 2006 model year, using an all-new platform, and was first unveiled at the 2005 Frankfurt Motor Show.[22] It uses an electric power steering (EPS) system.

The third generation RAV4 is offered in two versions: a short- or a long-wheelbase model. The short-wheelbase model is sold only in Japan, Europe and New Zealand (diesel only in NZ), with the long-wheelbase RAV4 sold in Australia, New Zealand and North America. Since 2007, the extended-length RAV4 is also sold alongside its shorter counterpart in Japan as the Toyota Vanguard, albeit with a revised front-end body work incorporating a revised grille, bumper, bonnet and headlamps.[23][24] When the larger XA40 arrived in 2012, the short wheelbase model was kept in production for the Japanese market and sold instead of the new version until 2016.

Japanese models went on sale in 2005 at Toyota NETZ dealers.[25] The 3-door was dropped in the beginning of 2007, leaving Toyota without a mini SUV until the 2009 Toyota Urban Cruiser, which is sold in Europe, North America (as the Scion xD) and Japan (as the Toyota ist).[26] The XA30 series RAV4 was sold in Japan until July 2016, where the XA40 is not to be offered. Toyota discontinued the Vanguard in November 2013 in favour of the redesigned XU60 Harrier. As the RAV4 continued to grow, it became expensive to own in Japan due to the exterior dimensions and engine displacement placing it in the upper tax bracket as defined by Japanese government dimension regulations and annual road tax obligations.

It is also the first generation of RAV4 to be offered in regular (for Asian and European markets, dropping the spare wheel from the rear) and extended (for North American and Australian markets) versions. The extended-length RAV4 is larger by 21% in interior volume from the last generation and now has an available third-row seat for children (North America and Japan only). The RAV4 can still be had in either front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive in North America and Japan; however most countries only sell the all-wheel-drive version.

In 2008 (for the 2009 model year), the RAV4 was given a mid-cycle refresh in some markets, featuring a number of changes, including an all-new four-cylinder engine, and a redesigned front end and tweaked rear end. The Limited model gets a different front grille and bumper cover from other models. The Sport model features a bigger spoiler and red badging along with an option on the V6 model to have a rear door without the externally mounted spare tire (run-flat tires are used on this model). New features/options include turn signals integrated into the side mirrors, backup camera (with monitor built into rear-view mirror), satellite navigation, smart keyless entry, a push button starter, a multi-function instrument cluster display, etc. Much of the interior remains as before. In 2009, it was also the first time for the Canadian market to have a 2WD model sold in Canada.

In 2011 (for the 2012 model year), the RAV4 underwent another facelift, based on the Vanguard's styling.

The vehicles were built in Toyota's Tahara, Aichi assembly plant, and under contract by Toyota Industries in its Nagakusa, Obu, Aichi plant. Beginning in November 2008, vehicles for the North American market were built in the Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Inc., Second Plant.[27][28] Beginning in March 2009, Chinese models began production by Tianjin FAW Toyota Motor Co. Ltd. in a joint-venture plant in Tianjin, China.[29]

In 2015, the XA30 series RAV4 was awarded the WheelsTV pre-owned vehicle of the year title.[30]


Model ranges include X, G and Sport, replacing RAV4 L and RAV4 J. The X and G can be ordered with either front-wheel-drive or AWD. The Sport model with over fenders is AWD only. The extended-length RAV4 is sold in Japan as the Toyota Vanguard, released on August 30, 2007.[20] It is sold in five- and seven-passenger versions and slots between the regular RAV4 and Kluger. As it is often the case in Japan-only vehicles, the Vanguard comes loaded with high-tech gadgets, including steering-assisted stability control, keyless entry and satellite navigation. The Toyota Vanguard was facelifted in 2010.

Unlike the North American variant that came with a 4-speed automatic gearbox, the Japanese Rav4 (or Vanguard) came with a 7-speed Automatic Transmission from the K112 line also known as Super CVT-i Sports Sequential Shiftmatic.[21][20] That was along with the upgraded 2AZ-FE that was rated at 177 hp (132 kW).


In Australia, the RAV4 is sold in four-cylinder base CV, Cruiser, Cruiser L and the limited edition "Altitude" trim levels, and CV6, SX6, and ZR6 are 6-cylinder variants. The V6 was available from 2007.


In Malaysia, the 2.0-liter and 2.4-liter automatic variant is available, both in X and G trim. This model uses the 1AZ-FE four-cylinder, inline 16-valve engine with DOHC and VVT-i. The output for the 2.0-liter RAV4 in Malaysia is at 112 kW (150 hp; 152 PS) at 6,000 rpm with a torque of 194 N⋅m (143 lb⋅ft) at 4,000 rpm while the 2.4-liter uses the 2AZ-FE engine. Both the RAV4 and the Vanguard was available through general importers, but not officially sold by UMW Toyota Motor.[31]

Middle East[edit]

In the Middle East, the RAV4 is available with a 2.4-liter engine. Most markets, including the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), get the all-wheel-drive model with an automatic gearbox, but KSA additionally gets a two-wheel-drive model as well, the base one with a manual gearbox.[32]

North America[edit]

North American models include choices of 2.4-liter 2AZ-FE inline-four or 3.5-liter 2GR-FE V6 engine. The V6 model has 201 kW (270 hp; 273 PS). In model year 2009, a slightly larger 133 kW (178 hp; 181 PS) 2.5-liter 2AR-FE inline-four replaced the previous 124 kW (166 hp; 169 PS) 2.4-liter engine. Either four-cylinder engine came equipped with a four-speed automatic transmission. The North American RAV4 with 3.5-liter 2GR-FE V6 engine is fitted with a five-speed automatic transmission. All US models feature Toyota's Star Safety System which includes Vehicle Stability Control. The new RAV4 topped Toyota SUV sales in the United States for the first time.

No manual transmission or diesel engines are available on North American models.

Facelifted for the 2009 model year, North American models include the choice of a new 2AR-FE inline-four or 2GR-FEV6 engine.[33]


The RAV4 was first introduced in 2004; and was only available in two trim levels: Base and L. This was already an outgoing generation but still sold pretty well and both came in 2WD only and both models had, as standard equipment 16-inch alloy wheels and a roof rack. The new generation RAV4, which is the current model, had more features as standard equipment. Base and Limited trims continue to be available, but on the Limited trim 4WD became an option and the Base model now added 17-inch steel wheels but the roof rack was still standard in both trims. For the refresh of 2009 the roof rack in the Base model was eliminated as standard equipment and the Sport trim was added to the line-up. Up to 2008MY all RAV4s in Mexico had four-cylinder engines but for 2009 the Sport model became available with the V6 engine, although the four-cylinder engine was still available. The Limited trim was only available with the V6 engine and 4WD traction. For 2010, the RAV4 in Mexico has been simplified again to two trims but now the Limited trim was dropped and consequently killed the 4WD option, while the Base and Sport trims remained unchanged from 2009. The RAV4 in Mexico has experienced good acceptance since its introduction.


The XA30 RAV4 commenced production in China in April 2009. Trim levels were the 2.0 Classic, 2.0 Luxury, 2.0 Luxury Navi, 2.4 Luxury and 2.4 Luxury Navi. The 2.0-litre 1AZ-FE and 2.4-litre 2AZ-FE were standard paired to a 5 speed manual and 4 speed automatic gearbox. Pricing ranged from CN¥ 189,800 to CN¥ 264,300 (US$26,520 to US$36,930 at the August 2019 exchange rate).

The RAV4 had different styling compared to the RAV4 in other counties where there was a black strip that was placed in between the radiator and license plate like a moustache. It also had chrome bars below the front and rear bumpers. The license plate was also moved to the bottom bumper area to make way for the RAV4 logo and a rear foglamp. Front and rear parking sensors are also standard.

Body styles[edit]

Engine (Japan)2AZ-FE2AZ-FE---2GR-FE------
Engine (China)--2AZ-FE1AZ-FE--------
Engine (Europe)----2GR-FE-2GR-FE-2AD-FTV2AD-FTV3ZR-FAE3ZR-FAE


CodeYearsType/codePower, torque at rpm
1AZ-FE (2.0 VVT-i)2005–20121.998 L (121.9 cu in) (86.0×86.0mm) I4112 kW (150 hp; 152 PS) at 6,000 rpm, 194 N⋅m (143 lb⋅ft) at 4,000 rpm
1AZ-FE (2.0 VVT-i)2007MY-2008MY (UK)1.998 L (121.9 cu in) (86.0×86.0mm) I4112 kW (150 hp; 152 PS) at 6,000 rpm, 194 N⋅m (143 lb⋅ft) at 4,000 rpm
2AZ-FE2005–20082.362 L (144.1 cu in) (88.5×96.0mm) I4124 kW (166 hp; 169 PS) at 6,300 rpm, 224 N⋅m (165 lb⋅ft) at 4,000 rpm
2AR-FE2009–20122.494 L (152.2 cu in) I4133 kW (178 hp; 181 PS) at 6,300 rpm, 233 N⋅m (172 lbf⋅ft) at 4,000 rpm
2GR-FE2005–20123.456 L (210.9 cu in) (94.0×83.0mm) V6200 kW (268 hp; 272 PS) at 6,200 rpm, 333 N⋅m (246 lb⋅ft) at 4,700 rpm
3ZR-FAE (2.0 Valvematic)2008–20121.987 L (121.3 cu in) (80.5×97.6mm) I4116 kW (156 hp; 158 PS) at 6,200 rpm, 198 N⋅m (146 lbf⋅ft) at 4,400 rpm
2.0 D-4D2005-2006MY1.995 L (121.7 cu in) (82.2×94.0mm) I485 kW (114 hp; 116 PS) at 4,000 rpm, 250 N⋅m (184 lbf⋅ft) at 1,800–3,000 rpm
2.2 D-4D Diesel2007MY-2008MY2.231 L (136.1 cu in) (86.0×96.0mm) I4100 kW (134 hp; 136 PS) at 3,600 rpm, 310 N⋅m (229 lbf⋅ft) at 2,000–2,800 rpm
2.2 D-4D Diesel 180 (UK)2007MY2.231 L (136.1 cu in) (86.0×96.0mm) I4130 kW (174 hp; 177 PS) at 3,600 rpm, 400 N⋅m (295 lbf⋅ft) at 2,000–2,600 rpm
2.2 D-4D, 2.2 D-CAT (UK)2008–20122.231 L (136.1 cu in) (86.0×96.0mm) I4110 kW (148 hp; 150 PS) at 3,600 rpm, 340 N⋅m (251 lbf⋅ft) at 2,000–2,800 rpm
2.2 D-CAT2008–20122.231 L (136.1 cu in) (86.0×96.0mm) I4130 kW (174 hp; 177 PS) at 3,600 rpm, 400 N⋅m (295 lbf⋅ft) at 2,000–2,800 rpm


  • First facelift Toyota RAV4 Sport (US)

  • First facelift Toyota RAV4 Limited (US)

  • First facelift Toyota RAV4 Altitude (Australia)

  • First facelift Toyota RAV4 Altitude (Australia)

  • First facelift Toyota RAV4 (Germany)

  • Pre-facelift Toyota Vanguard (Japan)

  • Second facelift Toyota RAV4 XT-R (UK)

  • Second facelift Toyota RAV4 XT-R (UK)

RAV4 EV[edit]

Main article: Toyota RAV4 EV second generation

Toyota worked together with Tesla Motors to develop the second generation RAV4 EV, and the electric SUV was scheduled for market launch late in the third quarter of 2012.[11][34] Production was limited to 2,600 units during the first three years, and sales were limited to California only, beginning with the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles/Orange County and San Diego.[35][36]

The second generation RAV4 EV has a 115 kW (154 hp; 156 PS) motor powered by a 41.8kWh lithium ion battery pack, that Toyota expects to deliver a US Environmental Protection Agency rated range of 148 km (92 mi) in standard charge mode and 182 km (113 mi) in extended charge mode, for a combined range of 166 km (103 mi); and a combined fuel economy rating of 3.1 L/100 km (91 mpg‑imp; 76 mpg‑US).[12][37] The RAV4 EV battery pack and electronic components are similar to those in used in the Tesla Model S sedan launched in June 2012, because Tesla Motors is the manufacturer of the powertrain.[38]

Fourth generation (XA40; 2012)[edit]

Motor vehicle

Fourth generation (XA40)
2013 Toyota RAV4 XLE AWD front left.jpg
  • December 2012 – November 2018
  • 2013 – 2019 (China)
Model years2013–2018
DesignerMasaki Okue, Akira Kubota and Takuya Watabe (2010)[citation needed]
Body style5-door SUV
PlatformToyota New MC platform
Wheelbase2,660 mm (104.7 in)
Length4,661 mm (183.5 in)
Width1,845 mm (72.6 in)
Height1,660–1,705 mm (65.4–67.1 in)

The fourth generation RAV4 was a complete redesign; it was revealed at the November 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show.[43] Unlike the previous generations, it featured a rear liftgate rather than a side-opening rear door and no longer had the spare tire mounted on the rear door.

The RAV4 no longer used the V6 from the previous generation—all engine choices were inline four-cylinder engines. Also, unlike the dual wheelbase strategy employed by the previous XA30 model, the XA40 was only sold in a single wheelbase (corresponding to the long wheelbase XA30).

The full hybrid system combined a 2.5-liter Atkinson cycle gasoline engine with a powerful electric motor, a high voltage generator, a 204 cell nickel–metal hydride battery located under the rear seats, a power control unit, and a power split device. RAV4 Hybrids were available in both front and all-wheel drive variants. The all-wheel edition came equipped with a second, 50 kW high-voltage, rear mounted electric motor that offers increased traction and a 1,750-pound (790 kg) towing capacity. The rear's electric motor operates independently from the hybrid system front's electric motor, driving the rear wheels alone.[44] US sales began in early January 2013.


For the Japanese market, the previous generation in short-wheelbase length remained on sale in Japan until 2016 instead of the newer, export only, XA40. The Harrier replaced the long-wheelbase model in Japan, previously badged as the Vanguard.

In the UK and Australia, the fourth generation RAV4 went on sale in February 2013. Engine choices included a 2.0- and 2.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline, and 2.0- and 2.2-liter turbodiesels. Transmissions included a six-speed manual (UK/Australia only), Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), and six-speed automatic.[45][46]

The UK model went on sale in 2013. Early European models included a choice of a 2.0-liter gasoline or one of three 2.0-liter diesel engines.[47]

The RAV4 manufactured in Woodstock, Ontario, Canada had about 50 percent of its parts coming from Japan.[48]

Taiwanese models included a 2.0-liter Dual VVT-i inline four-cylinder engine with 7-speed Continuously Variable Transmission (Sequential Manual) or 2.5-liter Dual VVT-i inline-four engine with six-speed automatic.[49][50]

Production in China commenced in August 2013 and was sold alongside the XA30 model for a short time. The XA40 RAV4 in China came standard with the 2 litre 6ZR-FE and 2.5 litre 5AR-FE gasoline engine. 6 speed manual, automatic and CVT gearboxes are standard. Seven trim levels were available with prices ranging from 183,800 to 272,800 yuan (US$25,680 to 38,120).

Production in Russia started in August 2016.[41]

  • 2015 Toyota RAV4 Icon (UK; pre-facelift)

  • 2015 Toyota RAV4 Icon (UK; pre-facelift)

2015 facelift[edit]

In 2015, for the 2016 model year, Toyota released a facelift for the XA40 series. The facelift debuted with the RAV4 Hybrid shown at the April 2015 New York International Auto Show. The facelift included redesigned LED front and rear lamps and updated speedometer dials with full color TFT multi information display.

  • 2017 Toyota RAV4 Excel (UK; facelift)

  • 2017 Toyota RAV4 Excel (UK; facelift)

RAV4 Adventure and RAV4 Premium (2013)[edit]

RAV4 Adventure at Geneva, 2013

The RAV4 Adventure is a concept vehicle that accentuated the car's look to reinforce its off-road capabilities. It included dark red body color, extended wheel arches, 20-inch alloy wheels and matte painted front and rear bumpers.

The RAV4 Premium is a concept vehicle with Deep Bronze body color, bumpers in Deep Bronze, chrome-finished spoiler, chrome inserts in the rear bumper, brushed aluminium skid plates, integrated tailpipe at the rear bumper, 20-inch wheels, leather interior upholstery designed by Toyota's Kansei design department, seats with black piping and V-shaped outline, two-tone double stitching and grey and black leather on the instrument panel and door panels.

Both vehicles were unveiled in March 2013 at the Geneva Motor Show.[51][52]

A production version of the RAV4 Adventure was added to the US lineup in September 2017.[53]


ModelYear(s)DisplacementFuel TypePowerTorque0–100 km/h (0–62 mph)CO2 Emissions
2.0 FWD 2012–20181,987 cc (121.3 cu in)Gasoline111 kW (149 hp; 151 PS)195 N⋅m (144 ft⋅lb)9.9 s167 g/km
2.0 Multidrive AWD 2012–20181,987 cc (121.3 cu in)Gasoline111 kW (149 hp; 151 PS)195 N⋅m (144 ft⋅lb)10.7 s166 g/km
2.5 AWD 2012–20182,494 cc (152.2 cu in)Gasoline131 kW (176 hp; 178 PS)233 N⋅m (172 ft⋅lb)8.6 s169 g/km; 23 city/29 hwy
2.5 Hybrid AWD 2015–20182,494 cc (152.2 cu in)Gasoline/Electric Motor145 kW (194 hp; 197 PS) combined279 N⋅m (206 ft⋅lb) combined8.1 s115 g/km; 33 city/31 hwy
ModelYear(s)DisplacementFuel TypePowerTorque0–100 km/h (0–62 mph)CO2 Emissions
120D 4x2 2012–20181,998 cc (121.9 cu in)Diesel91 kW (122 hp; 124 PS)310 N⋅m (229 ft⋅lb)10.5 s127 g/km
120D AWD 2013–20181,998 cc (121.9 cu in)Diesel91 kW (122 hp; 124 PS)310 N⋅m (229 ft⋅lb)13.6 s136 g/km
150D AWD 2012–20182,231 cc (136.1 cu in)Diesel110 kW (148 hp; 150 PS)340 N⋅m (251 ft⋅lb)9.6 s147 g/km
150D Autodrive AWD 2012–20182,231 cc (136.1 cu in)Diesel110 kW (148 hp; 150 PS)340 N⋅m (251 ft⋅lb)10.0 s173 g/km


In the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) evaluations, the 2013 and 2014 model year RAV4 achieved a "good" crashworthiness rating for head restraints and seats, roof strength, side, and moderate overlap front, while achieving a "poor" rating in the IIHS Small Overlap Frontal Test. Modifications were made starting in the 2015 model year which increased the small overlap front rating to "good".[55]

The small overlap test, introduced in 2012 by the IIHS, simulates a frontal collision on 25 percent of the driver's side. Since its adoption, the IIHS has noticed several automakers making non-symmetrical modifications to their vehicles, including the RAV4. Another small overlap test was conducted on a number of vehicles, including a 2015 RAV4, but was conducted on the passenger side instead. The RAV4 fared the worst and would have received a "poor" rating if the IIHS were to provide ratings for passenger-side protection. The crash test's intrusion was 330 mm (13 in) further into the vehicle on the passenger's side than on the driver's side and caused the passenger door to open during the crash.[56]

Moderate overlap frontal offset Good
Small overlap frontal offset (driver) 2013–14 Poor
Small overlap frontal offset (driver) 2015–19 Good
Small overlap frontal offset (passenger) Poor
Side impact Good
Roof strength Good

Fifth generation (XA50; 2018)[edit]

Motor vehicle

Fifth generation (XA50)
2019 Toyota RAV4 LE 2.5L front 4.14.19.jpg

2019 Toyota RAV4 LE AWD (United States)

Also called
ProductionNovember 2018 – present[61]
Model years2019–present
Body style5-door SUV
PlatformTNGA: GA-K[64]
Electric motorPermanent Magnet Synchronous Motor
  • 88 kW (118 hp; 120 PS) 5NM + 40 kW (54 hp; 54 PS) 4NM (hybrid)
  • 134 kW (180 hp; 182 PS) 5NM (plug-in hybrid)
Power output
  • 126 kW (169 hp; 171 PS) (2.0 L)
  • 151 kW (202 hp; 205 PS) (2.5 L)
  • 163 kW (219 hp; 222 PS) (hybrid, combined system output)
  • 225 kW (302 hp; 306 PS) (plug-in hybrid, combined system output)
Hybrid drivetrain
Wheelbase2,690 mm (105.9 in)
Length4,570–4,600 mm (179.9–181.1 in)
Width1,855 mm (73.0 in)
Height1,660 mm (65.4 in)
Curb weight
  • 1,530–1,640 kg (3,373–3,616 lb)
  • 1,680–1,720 kg (3,704–3,792 lb) (hybrid)
PredecessorSuzuki Grand Vitara (JT) (Across)

The fifth generation RAV4 was unveiled at the 2018 New York International Auto Show.[66] The design was previewed by the FT-AC concept shown at the December 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. It is built on GA-K platform, which is also shared with eighth generation Camry, fifth generation Avalon and seventh generation Lexus ES. Both 4-cylinder gasoline-powered and gasoline-electric hybrid (Hybrid Synergy Drive) variants would remain available.


In the North American market, it is available in five gasoline variants which include the LE, XLE, XLE Premium, Adventure and Limited models and four hybrid variants which include the LE, XLE, XSE and Limited models.[67] Both Adventure and Limited grades have Torque Vectoring All Wheel Drive with Rear Drive Disconnect. The engine is a 2.5-liter inline-4 paired with an 8-speed Direct Shift Automatic which increases horsepower by up to 15% on gasoline variants. It has Multi Terrain Select providing operators an ability to maximize traction when driving on sand, mud, rock, or dirt. A 7-inch multi-touch screen is available standard with Entune 3.0, Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa. A larger screen with JBL Audio and a Wi-Fi hotspot is optional on some trim levels. It has QI Wireless Charging with up to 5 USB Ports. Like most concurrent Toyota models, it has Toyota Safety Sense 2.0. The RAV4 went on sale in the United States in December 2018, while the RAV4 Hybrid went on sale in March 2019.[68]

Ireland was the first market to release the Hybrid version of the fifth generation RAV4 with delivery in late December 2018. In the United Kingdom, the fifth generation RAV4 is available exclusively in its hybrid version, either front-wheel drive or with all-wheel drive. It is available in four grades—Icon, Design, Excel and Dynamic.[69]

The fifth generation RAV4 was also launched in Singapore on 10 January 2019 at the Singapore Motorshow[70] and in the Philippines on 8 February 2019.[71]

The fifth generation RAV4 has been available in South Africa since March 2019 in five variants: 2.0 GX 2WD, 2.0 GX CVT 2WD, 2.0 GX-R CVT AWD, 2.5 VX CVT 2WD and 2.5 VX AT AWD. The 2.0 GX 2WD trim is also available with 6-speed manual transmission.[72]

The RAV4 was revived for the Japanese domestic market in 2019, after almost three years of hiatus. The fifth generation RAV4 for the Japanese market was revealed on 20 February 2019 and went on sale on 10 April 2019 at Corolla Store and Netz dealers.

The fifth generation RAV4 went on sale in Australia on 8 May 2019 and is available in four trim levels: GX, GXL, Cruiser and Edge. The GX, GXL and Cruiser trims have two engine options: the 2.0 L gasoline and the 2.5 L hybrid, while the Edge trim has only one engine option: the 2.5 L gasoline. The GX trim is available with either 6-speed manual transmission or CVT, while the GXL and Cruiser trims as well as the GX, GXL and Cruiser hybrid variants are only available with CVT. The Edge trim is available with 8-speed automatic transmission.

The fifth generation RAV4 was also launched in China on 22 November 2019 at the Guangzhou International Motor Show. It is produced and sold by FAW Toyota. Another Chinese market variant with different front and rear fascias produced and sold by GAC Toyota is called the Toyota Wildlander (Chinese: 威兰达; pinyin: Wēilándá).[58]

In Malaysia, the RAV4 was teased by UMW Toyota Motor on its official website on 2 June 2020.[73] The fifth generation RAV4 was launched in the country on 18 June 2020 and available in 2 engine options, the 2.0 M20A-FKS and 2.5 A25A-FKS, both in single trim only.[74] As of August 2020, the 2.0-litre engine option was dropped.

In September 2021, Toyota revealed the updated RAV4[75] with new LED headlights, alloy wheels which can be had in either silver or black, USB-C charging ports and the European market gains the new Adventure variant[76] which has been offered in other markets like Japan, United States and Australia. Plug-in hybrids are still available with up to 306 PS and it has a claimed all-EV range of 75 km (47 mi).[77]

  • 2019 Toyota RAV4 LE AWD (United States)

  • 2019 Toyota RAV4 Adventure/Trail/Edge

  • 2019 Toyota RAV4 Adventure/Trail/Edge

  • Toyota Wildlander (China)

  • Toyota Wildlander Hybrid (China)


Toyota RAV4 PHV G "Z" (Japan)

The RAV4 PHEV (RAV4 Prime in North America) was unveiled at the December 2019 LA Auto Show. It is powered by a differently-tuned 2.5 L A25A-FXS engine with the same power output as the standard hybrid version but with uprated torque to 228 N⋅m (168 lb⋅ft) at 2,800 rpm. It has a total power output of 225 kW (302 hp), which is 62 kW (83 hp) higher than the regular hybrid version. The RAV4 PHEV has a claimed acceleration from 0–97 km/h (0–60 mph) in 5.8 seconds and 0–100 km/h (0–62 mph) in 6.2 seconds.[78][79] The sales have begun in Japan since 8 June 2020, sold as the RAV4 PHV.[80][81]

The PHEV version of the Wildlander was unveiled on 19 April 2021.[82]

Suzuki Across[edit]

For the motorcycle, see Suzuki Across (motorcycle).

A Suzuki-badged version of the RAV4 PHEV called Suzuki Across was introduced in July 2020, exclusively for the European market.[83][84] The model was introduced to help Suzuki meet fleet-wide average CO
2 emission targets in the European Union in 2021, as the Across offers a low 22 g/km CO
2 emission figure.[85]

  • 2020 Suzuki Across (Germany)

Mitsuoka Buddy[edit]

A modified version of the RAV4, the Mitsuoka Buddy, made its debut in October 2020. The front fascia harkens back to the Chevrolet K5 Blazer and the rear is similar to the Cadillac cars of the 1970s. Engine options are 2.0-litre petrol and 2.5-litre hybrid.[86][65]


TypeYearsPower at rpmTorque at rpm
1,986 cc (121.2 cu in) 2.0 L M20A-FKS I42018126 kW (169 hp; 171 PS) at 6,600203 N⋅m (150 lb⋅ft) at 4,400
2,487 cc (151.8 cu in) 2.5 L A25A-FKS I42018151 kW (202 hp; 205 PS) at 6,600249 N⋅m (184 lb⋅ft) at 5,000
2,487 cc (151.8 cu in) 2.5 L A25A-FXS I4 (hybrid)2018163 kW (219 hp; 222 PS) at 5,700 (combined)279 N⋅m (206 lb⋅ft) at 3,600 (combined)
2,487 cc (151.8 cu in) 2.5 L A25B-FXS I4 (hybrid)2019163 kW (219 hp; 222 PS) at 5,700 (combined)279 N⋅m (206 lb⋅ft) at 3,600 (combined)
2,487 cc (151.8 cu in) 2.5 L A25A-FXS I4
(plug-in hybrid/Prime/Suzuki Across)
2020225 kW (302 hp; 306 PS) (combined)


In September 2019, Teknikens Värld ran both the gasoline and hybrid versions of the RAV4 on the moose test, where both vehicles failed. The testers noted "dangerous behavior" on the cone course, and that the electronic stability control "engaged very late", causing both vehicles to hop up on their outer tires multiple times during the test.[87][88] In response to the findings, Toyota issued a software update. In January 2020, Teknikens Värld retested the model[89] giving it a passing mark.[90]


Calendar yearUnited StatesCanada Europe[91]China Australia New Zealand
Overall Hybrid PHEV Overall Hybrid RAV4[92]Wildlander[93]Overall Hybrid Overall Hybrid
199767,489 23,580
199864,990 25,466
199957,138 22,191
200186,368 53,976
200373,204 95,867
200570,518 93,492
2007172,752 97,414
2008137,020 20,522[98]62,501
2009149,088[99]25,784[100]44,723 67,880
2010170,877[1]22,810[101]50,930 98,057
2011132,237[102]21,550[103]43,663 100,309
2012171,877[104]25,942[105]36,030 98,179
2013218,249[106]33,156[107]47,534 117,800
2014267,698[108]36,639 54,187 124,680
2015315,412[109]1,507 42,246 51,838 116,731
2016352,154[110]45,070 49,103[111]69,919 116,389
2017407,594[112]50,559 50,894[113]71,047 128,545
2018427,170[114]48,124 55,385[115]68,779 144,049
2019448,071[116]92,525 65,248[117]14,246 91,800 125,977
2020430,387[118]115,974 3,200 67,977 90,761174,940 82,071 38,537[119]26,398 5,346[120]3,830


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