Rugged looks paired with all-wheel drive.

2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Review | CarMax

The 2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid comes well equipped to take you and your friends or family on daily excursions and longer adventures utilizing the power of its hybrid powertrain. The current-generation RAV4 (2019 to present) is more rugged in its exterior design after its refresh in 2019 and will provide you with a comfortable and elevated driving position behind the wheel.

You will find that the interior of the 2020 Toyota RAV4 is upscale, with soft-touch materials and plenty of room for you and four passengers. While we currently do not have many 2020 Toyota RAV4s on our lots, we look forward to selling more in the future. If you love the 2020 model, you should also consider prior model years of the Toyota RAV4 with similar features.

Below are average prices for prior model years of the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid.1

  • 2018 - Average prices less than 29,5001

Here's what you'll learn in this 2020 Toyota RAV4 review:

Key Specs & Features


  • The 2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid with AWD, 2.5L four-cylinder engine, and CVT transmission gets an EPA-estimated 40 mpg combined.2

Cargo Capacity:

  • With the rear seat up, the RAV4 Hybrid offers 37.5 cubic feet of cargo space.
  • Folding the rear seat down provides 69.8 cubic feet of cargo space.

Towing Capacity:

  • When properly equipped, the 2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid has an estimated towing capacity of 1,750 lbs. with the 2.5L hybrid engine.3

Seating Capacity:

  • The 2020 Toyota RAV4 has two rows of seating for up to five passengers.
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Engine Options:

  • A 2.5L four-cylinder engine is the only engine available on the RAV4 Hybrid and is paired with an electric motor that drives the rear axle.

Tech Features:

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Tech features are abundant throughout the different trim levels of the 2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid.

  • The base LE comes standard with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ connectivity, LED headlights, and an integrated rearview backup camera.
  • The XLE adds automatic high beams and an auto on/off feature.
  • The XSE benefits from an all-wheel drive management system paired with a multi-information display.>
  • Limited models get blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, front and rear parking assist, navigation, and more.


The Toyota RAV4 has a strong sales history at CarMax. It has been featured in these ranking lists:

5 Reasons to Buy

1. Plenty of Options

The 2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is available in four different trim levels, giving you flexibility in finding the RAV4 Hybrid best suited to fit your needs. The base LE includes popular technology features such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as an integrated rearview backup camera. Higher-trim models add more features that increase the versatility of the RAV4 Hybrid, such as the hands-free power liftgate that is found on the Limited trim. Toyota's suite of driver-assist features is also standard on the RAV4 and includes a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection and adaptive cruise control.

2. Cargo Capacity

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With its 60/40-split-folding rear seat, the 2020 Toyota RAV4 can hold your groceries, larger items from the home improvement store, or all your camping gear. With the rear seats up, there is seating for up to five passengers which is plenty of room for you and your friends or family. If maximum cargo space is what you're after, you can fold down the rear seats to provide a cavernous amount of room for whatever you need to haul.

3. All-Wheel Drive

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While all-wheel drive is an option on non-hybrid 2020 Toyota RAV4s, it comes standard on the hybrid models. The hybrid's electric motor provides power to the rear axle, giving you improved traction and a bit of extra confidence when you're behind the wheel. Additionally, that extra power from the electric motor makes getting up to highway speeds a bit easier as well.

4. Versatility

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The Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is well equipped to handle your day-to-day life and weekend adventures. If you're looking for a rig that can carry your crew and their belongings, the Toyota RAV4, with its seating for five and generous cargo space behind the rear seat, is an ideal choice. The hybrid feature also makes the RAV4 Hybrid an excellent vehicle for your daily commute as well. The all-wheel drive will give you confidence and improved traction when driving in rain and over bumpy terrain.

5. Curb Appeal

Redesigned in 2019, the current-generation Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is certainly a looker. This crossover SUV, with its car-based chassis, elevated ride height, and handsome styling has a rugged and capable look. The standard LED headlights and taillights add aggressiveness to its overall appearance while the integrated rear spoiler finishes things off with more sporty touches. Trim levels above the LE also come with various styles of attractive 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels.

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What You Need to Know

Available Trims

  • LE Hybrid: Includes driver-assist features, electronic on-demand all-wheel drive, integrated backup camera with projected path, and more.
  • XLE Hybrid: Eight-way adjustable driver seat, smart key system, blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert, LED projector-beam headlights, and more.
  • XSE Hybrid: Sport-tuned suspension, 18-inch five-spoke black-painted sport alloy wheels, and a seven-inch digital multi-information display.
  • Limited Hybrid: Premium audio with dynamic navigation, an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment display, heated front seats, and more.

Color Options

  • Blizzard Pearl
  • Blizzard Pearl/Midnight Black Metallic Roof
  • Blue Flame
  • Blueprint
  • Blueprint/Midnight Black Metallic Roof
  • Lunar Rock
  • Magnetic Gray Metallic
  • Magnetic Gray Metallic/Midnight Black Metallic Roof
  • Midnight Black Metallic
  • Ruby Flare Pearl
  • Silver Sky Metallic
  • Silver Sky Metallic/Midnight Black Metallic Roof
  • Super White


  • 37.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row of seats
  • 69.8 cubic feet of cargo space with the second row folded down
  • 60/40-split reclining fold-flat rear seat with armrest and cup holders
  • Seating for up to five passengers
  • Integrated backup camera with projected path

Average CarMax Prices

The 2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is a newer model year and we currently have a limited number in our inventory. See below for average CarMax prices for previous model years of the Toyota RAV4.

  • 2018 - Average prices less than 29,5001

If you like the 2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, check out some previous model years of this vehicle with similar features.

NHTSA Safety Ratings- 2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

The 2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid received an overall 5/5 by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Certain vehicles may have unrepaired safety recalls. Click here to look up a specific vehicle.

Similar Vehicles

If you're interested in the 2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, you should also check out these similar vehicles from previous model years.

Toyota Highlander Hybrid

The Toyota Highlander Hybrid is a larger SUV that comes standard with three rows of seating, all-wheel drive, and a direct-injected 3.5L V6 engine that is paired with three electric motors. The 2017 model-year introduced the direct-injection feature on the V6 engine and, when properly equipped, it helps the Highlander Hybrid tow an estimated 3,500 lbs.3 Various seating configurations are available for 2017–2019 model years, providing seating for up to eight passengers. Trim levels for the 2019 Toyota Highlander Hybrid include the LE, XLE, and Limited. Standard features on the 2019 model year include the following:

  • Entune™ audio with Bluetooth®
  • Integrated backup camera
  • 60/40-split-folding second and third-row seats
  • Seating for eight passengers

BMW X5 Plug-in-Hybrid

If you're looking for premium luxury mated to a hybrid platform, consider the BMW X5 Plug-in-Hybrid. 2017–2019 X5s with the Plug-in-Hybrid platform are powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine paired to an electric motor producing a combined output of 308 hp. A unique feature of the X5 Plug-in-Hybrid is that it can be driven in electric-only mode or paired with the gasoline engine. Once the battery is depleted, the gasoline engine powers the X5 until you have a chance to recharge the electric motor. All-wheel drive is standard and three rows of seating are available as an option. Standard features on the 2018 BMW X5 Plug-in-Hybrid include:

  • Apple CarPlay connectivity
  • Rearview camera
  • Heated front and rear seats
  • Wireless device charging
  • All-wheel drive

Lexus RX 450H

Another great option for a luxury hybrid SUV is the Lexus RX 450H. This midsize SUV offers two rows of seating for up to five passengers and provides 18 cubic feet of room behind the rear seat or 55.9 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down. A 3.5L V6 engine paired with three electric motors powers 2017–2019 models through a CVT transmission and standard all-wheel drive. Plenty of cargo space, a classy interior, and a sporty exterior design make the Lexus RX 450H an attractive and charismatic option. Standard features on the 2017 Lexus 450H include:

  • All-wheel drive
  • Intelligent high-beam headlamps>
  • Adaptive cruise control and pre-collision system with pedestrian detection
  • Power rear door
  • Dual-zone climate control

The Bottom Line

The 2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is a capable crossover SUV with plenty of power, confidence-inspiring all-wheel drive, and a compliment of driver-assist aids and infotainment features. Appealing aesthetics and convenient features such as the available hands-free automatic rear tailgate make this SUV an excellent choice for daily commutes and weekend adventures.

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1Based on CarMax average prices from December 2019. Actual prices may vary based on your selected model year, features and trim packages. Prices do not include tax, title, tags, and any applicable fees.
2Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates for when vehicle sold as new. Fuel economy may vary for reasons like driving conditions and vehicle history. Unless specified, figures are for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. See fueleconomy.gov.
3Various factors may impact towing capacity, including weight of passengers, cargo, and options/accessories.
4RepairPal Reliability Ratings are provided by RepairPal and CarMax is not responsible for their accuracy. These ratings are based on RepairPal Reliability data as of December 1, 2019. Learn more at repairpal.com/reliability.
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