2021 Toyota RAV4

2021 Toyota RAV4

The world’s most popular crossover probably won’t bring any important change for the third production year, for the 2021 Toyota RAV4 year model. The famous compact SUV has been redesigned recently. It came with tons of novelties, starting from a new TNGA platform, which significantly improved this crossover in many aspects. Also, the upcoming 2020-year model will also come with fantastic novelties, as there is a new performance version, under the famous TRD Pro badge. All these things indicate that the 2021 Toyota RAV4 won’t feature important changes.

We could see minor tweaks in terms of styling and equipment groups, but the overall design will definitely remain the same. Therefore, it should hit the market sometime in late 2020.


2021 Toyota RAV4 review


  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Tons of safety features
  • Spacious cargo area
  • Great predicted reliability


  • Can be noisy at higher speeds
  • Most rivals have powerful optional engines in the offer

One of the biggest improvements over the previous generation is definitely a new styling. The new model looks much better. More importantly, it feels much more rugged, due to a massive front fascia and lots of sharp angles. This is not a boring car anymore, but more importantly, it is much better to drive.

Of course, the answer is the new TNGA platform, which brings improvements in pretty much all aspects. On one side, the new model is lighter and the overall efficiency is much better. On the other side, the new model is much more fun to drive, thanks to significant improvements in terms of handling.

All this clearly indicates that there is no place for bigger changes for the 2021 Toyota RAV4. Also, we should mention that the upcoming 2020-year model is coming with a new, TRD Pro version. As you may presume, this will be a capable off-roader. It is the first unibody SUV that gets TRD Pro treatment and it comes with numerous mechanical updates, as well as with a full load of new visual details.


2021 Toyota RAV4 interior

Once again, don’t count on bigger changes. The recent redesign has brought a lot of improvement. The new cabin looks more stylish, with finer materials and more opulent overall look. The dashboard is particularly nice. It is very elegant, full of straight horizontal lines and clean areas. On the other side, a large tablet-like touchscreen is not the prettiest solution, but it works very well.

Of course, it is not the only nice tech feature you can find in this amazing SUV. You can also get a large digital instrument cluster, while the list of standard safety features is impressive.  Some of the highlights are standard safety systems 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.

Dimensions And Weight
Wheelbase (in.) 105.9
Length (in.) 180.9
Height (in.) 67.0
Overall width (in.) 73.0
Curb Weight 3370 lbs.
Ground Clearance 8.4 in.
Engine And Transmission
Engine type inline 4
Displacement 2.5 L
Power/torque 203 hp @ 6600 rpm/184 ft-lbs. @ 5000 rpm
Estimated mpg 26 City / 35 Hwy
Fuel Tank Capacity 14.5 gal.
Weights / Capacities
Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place 37.6 cu.ft.
EPA Interior Volume 136.5 cu.ft.
Maximum Towing Capacity 1500 lbs.
Maximum Cargo Capacity 69.8 cu.ft.
PRICE RANGE: $25,500 – $28,220 starting msrp
Competitors: Ford Escape, VW Tiguan, Subaru Outback and Honda CR-V


Under the hood, the 2021 Toyota RAV4 will continue with familiar engines in the offer. Base models will feature a well-known 2.5-liter gasoline engine, which is good for about 203 horsepower. It is a perfect choice for the daily drive, as it offers amazing fuel economy that goes around 26 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway. When it comes to transmission, this version comes with an 8-speed automatic gearbox.

Also, there is a hybrid version. A combination of a gasoline engine and electric motors ensures the total output of around 220 horsepower. Besides decent performances, you can count on impressive fuel economy, which goes around 41 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway. This powertrain comes paired with a CVT.  

2021 Toyota RAV4 Release Date and Price

We expect to see 2021 Toyota RAV4 sometime in the last quarter of next year. Base models should go around $25,700, while a hybrid version would cost you an additional $2,000. Key rivals are models like Honda CR-V and VW Tiguan.

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