STATUS: New TRD model for 2020 - The fifth-generation RAV4 that was introduced for 2019 is literally new from the wheels up, starting with a more rigid platform and a lower and wider profile. A 203-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine links to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The all-wheel-drive hybrid model with an electric motor for the front and rear axles also uses the 2.5 along with a continuously variable transmission. It's rated at 40 mpg in combined city/highway driving. For non-hybrids, an optional all-wheel-drive system sends half the engine power to the rear wheels and can direct 100 percent of that torque to either outside wheel when turning - called torque vectoring - which increases stability. The system also disengages the rear wheels under normal driving situations, which reduces drag on the system to save fuel. The new RAV4 TRD uses the same AWD system plus a retuned off-road suspension and all-terrain rubber. Also included is a darkened nose, matte-black 18-inch wheels and added bolstering for the front seats.
Base price (incl. destination): $26,800
Type: Compact utility vehicle
Engines (h.p.): 2.5-liter I-4 (203); 2.5-liter I-4 with two electric motors (219 combined)
Transmissions: Eight-speed automatic; continuously variable (Hybrid)
Drivetrain: Front- /all-wheel-drive
Base mpg (city/highway/combined): 26/35/30 (FWD)
Base weight (lb.): 3,370