How Much Can a 2020 Toyota RAV4 Tow?

October 31st, 2019 by

2020 Toyota RAV4 on a dirt road
The 2020 Toyota RAV4’s towing capacity is 3,500 pounds, and it can also accommodate a payload of up to 1,090 pounds. Sure, it’s a fantastic choice for families in the Santa Cruz area, but the fact that it can tow so much proves that it also offers tremendous versatility. Worry not if you have your eye on the hybrid edition: the 2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid can tow up to 1,700 pounds and handle up to 1,210 pounds of payload.

2020 RAV4 Engine and Performance Features

The 2020 RAV4 may be a compact SUV, but it’s big on power thanks to smart engineering. The engine that enables it to tow up to 3,500 pounds 2.5L Dynamic Force four-cylinder that produces 203 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. Even so, the new RAV offers up to an EPA-estimated 23 mpg city / 35 mpg highway / 30mpg combined* with conventional gasoline engines.

If you select the hybrid RAV4, you’ll still get great towing capability courtesy of 2.5L Dynamic Force four-cylinder engine that produced 219 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. While it does offers slightly less towing capability than it’s conventionally fueled counterpart, it also offers up to an EPA estimated 41 mpg city / 38 mpg highway / 40 mpg combined.*
2020 Toyota RAV4 models on a coastal road

2020 RAV4 Performance Features


The Toyota RAV4’s towing capacity is about much more than just what’s under the hood: there are a variety of features that enable this SUV to perform such impressive feats. While the RAV4 comes standard with front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive is available. Upper-level trims are available with Dynamic Torque Vectoring All-Wheel Drive (TV-AWD) with Rear Driveline Disconnect.

Regardless of the trim level you select, you’ll have the benefit of three available drive modes:

  • Sport: Enhances performance over efficiency.
  • ECO: Maximizes fuel economy in lieu of performance.
  • Normal: Strikes a balance between fuel economy and performance.

The drive modes allow you to switch up your driving style on the fly to suit both your needs and your mood during Monterey and Aptos commutes. Higher trim levels offer additional drive modes for Mud and Sand, Rock and Dirt, and Snow.

Other performance features of the 2020 RAV include 8.4 to 8.5 inches of ground clearance, Active Cornering Assist, and power-assisted ventilated 12.0-inch front disc brakes.

Drive the 2020 RAV4 at Santa Cruz Toyota

The 2020 Toyota RAV’s towing capacity is truly impressive given its size and efficiency, but we don’t expect you to make a purchase on that basis alone — we welcome you to visit Santa Cruz Toyota in Capitola to take a test drive and see what all the fuss is all about. Please contact us online with any questions!

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