2020 Toyota RAV4 Is A Good Performer Despite Stiff Ride, Says Consumer Reports

The new Toyota RAV4 has made some necessary changes in order to become more appealing to customers. Thankfully these changes are more than skin-deep.

The adoption of Toyota’s TNGA platform has made the RAV4 slightly shorter but also wider and with a longer wheelbase, benefiting the available space in the cabin. It also gave the popular Toyota SUV a much more rigid base to begin with, 57 percent stiffer to be exact.

Consumer Reports reviewed the gasoline version of the Toyota RAV4, which is powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with 203hp and 184lb-ft of torque. The only transmission available is an eight-speed automatic unit, with customers offered the choice between front- and all-wheel drive.

If you want all-wheel drive with your new gasoline Toyota RAV4, you’re faced with two options: either the standard on-demand system or a new, more capable torque-vectoring system that can not only shift 50 percent of the torque to the rear axle but also control the torque split between the rear wheels for maximum grip.

And while the adoption of the TNGA has made the RAV4 a more responsive and agile SUV to drive, CR found that the engine can be quite noisy and the ride stiffer than some of its key rivals, including the Mazda CX-5 and Subaru Forester.

Not everything is then perfect according to this review, but the Toyota RAV4 is still deemed a well-performing model in its class.

 

 

  • EL CHAPO THA GREAT

    “2020” WHATS WITH THE ERRORS OF THIS SITE????

    • Super Rob

      What’s the problem?

      • EL CHAPO THA GREAT

        Do you work for this site??

        • Super Rob

          No. It’s a 2020 vehicle with 2020 listed as the year.

          • EL CHAPO THA GREAT

            2020 is not even available yet in dealers.

          • Super Rob

            So? Car Magazines have tested new cars before they come out for decades. Motortrend just did a small SUV shootout and the new RAV was one of the vehicles. Didn’t fare so well.

          • EL CHAPO THA GREAT

            Okay, i think you americans are being arrogant asf. SMH

          • :/ Yurr

            Omg you sound so dumb 🤔

          • EL CHAPO THA GREAT

            Like you idiots.

          • Super Rob

            It’s why we rule the world.

          • EL CHAPO THA GREAT

            Not anymore. No longer the super power of idiocy

          • Super Rob

            Yes, we are no longer the super power of idiocy.

          • EL CHAPO THA GREAT

            In general, you’re no longer a super power, moron. WAKE UP

          • Super Rob

            LOL.

          • EL CHAPO THA GREAT

            -moron

          • PhilMcGraw

            It isn’t a 2020 vehicle, it’s a 2019 vehicle. The only 2020 vehicle that Toyota has released is the Corolla sedan.

            Even the video they linked is entitled “2019”.

          • Super Rob

            You’re right. Usually they release in August, and I thought this was later as an early 2020.

  • MarketAndChurch

    I can’t wait for this to be compared to the Ford Escape debuting next week. Especially the hybrid models.

  • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

    The brand new RAV4 has lost two comparison tests to both the CR-V, CX-5 and the Forester so far.

    Why in the hell would you buy this over them? It offers absolutely nothing…

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