2020 Toyota RAV4 Specifications, Pricing, Pictures and Videos
About this model:Kiichiro Toyoda, son of Toyota company founder Sakichi Toyoda, traveled to the U. S.
and Europe in 1929 to investigate automobile design and production before starting research into gasoline engine design in 1930. But it took another three years before Toyoda Automatic Loom Works, Ltd.
created a new department dedicated to the design, development, and production of automobiles. Within one year it had created the Type A engine used in the 1935 Model A1 passenger car and G1 truck, which bore a striking resemblance to contemporary Chevrolet and Dodge models, respectively.
These were followed by the Model AA car until Toyota's plants were switched over to truck production for World War II. The company's factories were spared when Japan surrendered days before Toyota's facilities were scheduled to be bombed by the Allies.
The 1947 Toyopet SA took the company back into commercial automobile production, but it would be another 10 years before the company entered the U. S.
market with the conservative Crown sedan. Another nine years passed before the Corolla entered production.
This economy car was followed in 1967 by the 2000GT, a limited-production glamorous sports car that was developed in conjunction with Yamaha, and that would, in convertible form, star in the James Bond film You Only Live Twice. The 1970s proved to be a pivotal time for Toyota; the twin oil crises made Toyota's small, fuel-efficient vehicles very attractive to American consumers.
imports grew dramatically during this time, aided by the efficiencies of the Toyota Production System (TPS). It drew heavily on the writings of Henry Ford, the work of quality guru W.
Edwards Deming, and the just-in-time restocking system a Toyota delegation observed while visiting a Piggly Wiggly grocery store on a fact-finding visit to the United States in the 1950s. TPS allowed Toyota to build high-quality small cars at a profit at a time when U.
S. manufacturers could not, which gave Toyota ever-increased market share.
Satisfied customers began to demand more models that were closer to American tastes, and Toyota responded with sportier vehicles like the Celica and Supra. In an effort to bring an American flavor to its design, Toyota established Calty Design Research, Inc.
in California. In 1984, it joined forces with GM to re-open the latter's Fremont, Calif.
, assembly plant to produce the Chevy Nova, a Toyota Corolla twin. Over the next 20 years it built two assembly plants in Canada and six in the U.
S. These plants produce everything from the Corolla and Matrix to the RAV4, Camry, Highlander and Tundra pickup.
As if Toyota's growing American market share and diversifying product line wasn't enough, the company began to take on the established luxury car manufacturers when it launched its Lexus division and the V-8-powered rear-drive LS 400 sedan. In 2003, it launched the Scion brand to appeal to younger consumers with unique, fresh vehicles.
Model strengths:Aggressive styling, all-wheel drive, practical in the city; good ground clearance; fuel efficient drivetrains
Model Changes:After a full redesign last year, the 2020 Toyota RAV4 adds an additional TRD Off-Road model this year. It gets 18-inch wheels with all terrain tires, a TRD Off-Road suspension kit, a standard torque vectoring AWD drivetrain and increased towing capacity up to 3500 pounds.
Every trim benefit from integrated Android Auto and Sirius XM radio capabilities while XLE models lose the standard sunroof to. .
. Read moreAfter a full redesign last year, the 2020 Toyota RAV4 adds an additional TRD Off-Road model this year.
It gets 18-inch wheels with all terrain tires, a TRD Off-Road suspension kit, a standard torque vectoring AWD drivetrain and increased towing capacity up to 3500 pounds. Every trim benefit from integrated Android Auto and Sirius XM radio capabilities while XLE models lose the standard sunroof to the optional Convenience package.
A plug-in hybrid model is expected to hit the scene for the 2021 lineup.
Model Value:The RAV4 aims to be the "Goldilocks" of crossovers; its big enough that it doesn't simply feel like a lifted compact car, but also small enough that its size never really gets in the way during everyday driving.
It's short enough that it makes perfect sense in the city, but it isn't in any way simply pretending to be an SUV, when the need for off roading arises. Toyota has also made a serious push for fuel economy with this generation.
Even the all-wheel drive non-hybrid version of the RAV4 is rated at 30 mpg in combined city and highway driving.
Model Overview:The standard RAV4 is powered by a 2.
5L 4-cylinder engine sending power to either the front or to all-four wheels via a new 8-speed automatic transmission. Hybrid models all come in all-wheel drive, thanks to the rear wheels being powered by an electric motor.
Expect the hybrid model to return around 34 mpg in the city. RAV4s come in six basic trim levels, LE, XLE, XLE Premium, Adventure, new for this year TRD Off Road for the AWD model and Limited, with prices starting at around $25,950 for the LE.
The base LE trim comes standard with 17-inch wheels, LED daytime running lights, LED taillights, power mirrors, a backup camera, remote keyless entry, power windows and door locks, a USB input port, Toyota's Entune 3. 0 System with a 7-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Bluetooth music streaming.
The XLE adds front dual-zone climate control, a smart key system, a blind spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert, alloy wheels, automatic headlights, fog lamps, heated mirrors, an 8-way power adjustable driver's seat and five USB ports. The Premium version of the XLE gets 19-inch wheels, a power liftgate, seats trimmed in Toyota's SofTex faux leather and a leather trimmed steering wheel.
The Adventure trim looks a little more butch with its own unique set of 19-inch wheels, along with a split bar front upper grill not shared by any other trim level. It also gets unique badging and roof rails.
Inside the Adventure gets a digital speedometer, orange stitching throughout the interior and a bigger 8-inch touchscreen. The top of the line Limited model comes with additional exterior chrome, puddle lights, heated front seats, an interior accented with dark brown features, a digital rearview mirror and blue ambient lighting for the interior.
TRD Off-Road models get 18-inch wheels with all terrain tires, a TRD Off-Road suspension kit, a standard torque vectoring AWD drivetrain and increased towing capacity up to 3500 pounds.