The Toyota RAV4 is a dependable option for everyone, from commuters to families. So, how do you know if it has what you want in your next SUV? To show drivers near Ithaca, Elmira, and Binghamton, NY, everything it has to offer, Maguire Toyota put together a series of Toyota RAV4 reviews. Keep reading and clicking around our reviews to learn more, or skip to browsing our RAV4 inventory right here.


Toyota RAV4 Passenger & Cargo Room

The Toyota RAV4 has seating for up to five people with 98.9 cubic feet of passenger space. That means that everyone from the driver to passengers in the middle of the back row will have plenty of room to kick back and relax during road trips.

Interior Dimensions

Headroom (front/rear)

37.7/39.5 inches

Legroom (front/rear)

41/37.8 inches

Shoulder room (front/rear)

57.8/56.4 inches

Hip room (front/rear)

54.3/47.7 inches

With so much wiggle room, the Toyota RAV4 is ideal for a growing family. Whether you're welcoming a new bundle of joy or bringing your newly rescued German Shepherd, Dolly, home for the first time, this SUV has plenty of room to grow.

 Adventure Bundled Up

The back seat of the Toyota RAV4 is versatile and can help you make more cargo room or let your passengers get comfortable. A 60/40 split reclining fold-flat rear seat with a center armrest and cupholders comes standard. With all three seats folded down, you'll have 69.8 cubic feet of cargo room.

Cargo Area Dimensions

Cargo Length

40 inches

Cargo Width (max/min)

39.4/59 inches

Cargo Height (max/min)

34.5/36.6 inches


Toyota RAV4 Specs

Under the hood, the Toyota RAV4 runs on a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine with Dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i). This design helps it get up to 203 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. To manage this powertrain, you'll have an 8-speed Electronically Controlled automatic Transmission with intelligence (ECT-i).

The intelligent engine and transmission work to deliver a more efficient performance. They help make the Toyota RAV4 LE an Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV) by delivering up to an EPA-estimated 27 city/35 highway MPG.1 With this impressive fuel economy, you'll be able to make fewer stops at the pump while on a road trip.

FWD or AWD?

The Toyota RAV4 standardizes front-wheel drive, which is excellent for enhanced fuel economy and greater traction on snowy roads. However, for a little extra oomph, an all-wheel drive system is available. All-wheel drive can take all your off-roading trips to the next level by offering greater footing on bumpy terrain.


Toyota RAV4 Capability

With the Toyota RAV4's two drivetrains in mind, you may be thinking about how this SUV performs on the road less traveled. Both drivetrains come with a Multi-Terrain Select (MTS) feature. This lets you adjust the drivetrain and other settings to match current driving conditions. There are four driving modes that you can easily switch to by using a dial on the center console.

  • Mud & Sand: Is the trail a little muddy after an early morning rainstorm? Toggling this drive mode makes passing over unstable terrain easy peasy.
  • Rock & Dirt: Are there a couple of rocks or boulders in your path? Your Toyota RAV4 is built to traverse rocky, dirt-covered trails with this drive mode.
  • Snow: Do you need to go somewhere during inclement winter weather? This snow-tackling drive mode will give you better traction even with a few inches of snow on the road.
  • Normal: Do you want a comfortable drive for any errands, road trips, or family outings? This default drive mode is ideal for everyday driving in and out of town.

If your drive takes you over steep terrain, the drivetrain is already prepared with Hill Start Assist and Downhill Assist Control. You can also take on sharp angles or bumps in the road with a high 8.4-inch ground clearance. No steep decline, rock, boulder, or ditch can get in the way of your Toyota RAV4.

Feel free to take some extra cargo with you too. The Toyota RAV4 can tow up to 1,750 pounds when properly equipped. Plus, with Trailer-Sway Control, everything you're hauling will stay safe and in line with your SUV.


Toyota RAV4 Safety

The Toyota RAV4 also delivers peace of mind. Whether you're off-roading or running errands with your family, you'll be protected by eight airbags and lots of safety features. The Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0 system comes standard. It helps prevent accidents by watching out for everything angle of your SUV with a collection of intelligent driver assistance features.

  • Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/ PD)
  • Lane Departure Alert with Steering Alert (LDA w/ SA)
  • Lane Tracing Assist (LTA)
  • Automatic High Beams (AHB)
  • Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC)
  • Road Sign Assist (RSA)

Which Toyota RAV4 Is the Best?

The Toyota RAV4 comes in several configurations for you to choose from. With six trim levels to choose from, there's a Toyota RAV4 configuration to match what you need from your next SUV.

  • Toyota RAV4 LE
  • Toyota RAV4 XLE
  • Toyota RAV4 XLE Premium
  • Toyota RAV4 Limited
  • Toyota RAV4 Adventure
  • Toyota RAV4 TRD Off-Road

Do you want to reap the benefits of a fuel-efficient vehicle without losing the sporty handling you desire? There are a few Toyota RAV4 hybrid options to choose from. You can make fewer stops at the pump with the Toyota RAV4 LE Hybrid, XLE Hybrid, XLE Premium Hybrid, XSE Hybrid, and Limited Hybrid.

 If you want to learn more about Toyota RAV4 ratings, RAV4 reliability, or want to compare the RAV4 to other SUVs on the market then read the articles below.


Learn More About the Toyota RAV4 in Our Reviews!

Check out our Toyota RAV4 reviews to learn more about what this SUV can do for you. It offers an efficient, capable, and safe performance, plus lots of cargo room, to drivers near Ithaca, Elmira, and Binghamton, New York. If it sounds like the SUV for you, contact or visit Maguire Toyota to schedule a test drive.


1EPA-estimated 27 city/35 hwy/30 combined MPG for 2021 RAV4 LE FWD and Limited FWD; 27 city/34 hwy/30 combined MPG for 2021 RAV4 LE AWD; 28 city/35 hwy/30 combined MPG for 2021 RAV4 XLE FWD and XLE Premium FWD; 27 city/33 hwy/29 combined MPG for 2021 RAV4 XLE AWD and XLE Premium AWD; 25 city/33 hwy/28 combined MPG for 2021 RAV4 Adventure and Limited AWD; 25 city/32 hwy/28 combined MPG for 2021 RAV4 TRD Off-Road; and 41 city/38 hwy/40 combined MPG for 2021 RAV4 LE Hybrid, XLE Hybrid, XLE Premium Hybrid, XSE Hybrid and Limited Hybrid. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage for many reasons, including your vehicle's condition and how/where you drive. See www.fueleconomy.gov.

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