Let’s Get Around: Check Out The RAV4’s Towing Capabilities

Perhaps you already know that Toyota’s RAV4 is a compact crossover SUV that has been around for decades. Popular because of its great design and functionality, it is also a popular choice for towing. Yet, not many are aware of the vehicle’s towing capabilities. In this article, we’ll look generally at the engine and transmission, along with any beneficial safety features of the RAV4, to see what its actual towing capabilities might be.

The Engine and Transmission

The RAV4 has been through five generations, as of this writing, and has now entered the hybrid world. As of 2019 it had five gas engine options and four hybrid variants. For the purpose of this article, we are going to look up to the fourth generation models.

For the most part, your RAV4 is going to have a 176-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. This can hit sixty miles per hour in eight seconds and yet maintains an MPG of 27 city and 34 highway. Paired to the six-speed automatic transmission, and offering an Automatic Limited-Slip Differential, the RAV4 is a capable vehicle. Remember that AWD is not standard on all RAV4s, and for towing purposes, it may be best to stick to the power that AWD extends. It can also be found with the Dynamic Torque Control AWD, which is the ideal choice for those who want to tow up to 1,500 pounds with the SUV.

Better Options?

If you are curious whether there are certain trims or options that might make one RAV4 a better towing vehicle than another, the simple truth is that the model years offering an Adventure trim are going to improve the vehicle’s towing capacity and endurance.

Even better is when you can find a model that has Toyota’s Tow Prep Package that boosts your performance with a heavier duty radiator, upgrades to the engine cooler oil and transmission fluid coolers, and more. The addition of OEM tow hitch receiver and wiring harness along with a front-wheel drive RAV4 means you can tow almost 3,000 pounds. Get that Dynamic Torque Control AWD and your towing capacity can hit 3,500 pounds. The Hill Descent Control System (on the Adventure trim and other models) really helps control speeds on the downhill.

Updated Design

Later generation RAV4s, especially the most recent model years, benefit the outdoor enthusiast who wants to tow an RV by using the Toyota New Global Architecture that relies on a more rigid platform that gives a far more comfortable ride. Yet, even an older AWD RAV4 may be able to give you the towing experience you crave.

Check Out the RAV4 Driving Experience

Are you eager to hit the road and tow your RV or boat with a RAV4? If so, you’ll want to sample a few different models and can do so when you stop in for a test drive. Lots of people create their own adventures when they start with the great towing capabilities of the Toyota RAV4. You can, too! Drive one today and see why so many people depend on RAV4’s exceptional performance.

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