The Toyota RAV4 is the kind of SUV that's designed for any situation. It offers a smooth, efficient ride, as well as a durable drivetrain. So, how much extra gear can it help you carry?

To show drivers near Ithaca, Elmira, and Binghamton what it's capable of, Maguire Toyota looks at the Toyota RAV4 towing capacity.

Toyota RAV4 Towing Capabilities

The Toyota RAV4 can tow up to 3,500 pounds. It's able to haul cargo like jet skis and dirt bikes with a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine that gets up to 203 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. This engine was designed maximize both its output and efficiency with Variable Valve Timing with Intelligence (VVT-i).

This powertrain is available with either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. With either option, your engine will be controlled by an 8-speed Electronically Controlled automatic Transmission with intelligence (ECT-i).

While the combination of the ECT-i transmission and VVT-i powertrain can help you carry extra cargo, it's also capable of delivering great fuel economy. The Toyota RAV4 can get up to an EPA-estimated 26 MPG city and 35 MPG highway[i].

Toyota RAV4 Towing Features

On top of its towing hitch receiver and trailer ball, the Toyota RAV4 offers lots of features to make towing easier for you. For example, Trailer-Sway Control makes sure your cargo stays in line with your SUV.

There are also driver assistance features that make it safer and easier to maneuver with your trailer. The Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert lets you know when it's safe to change lanes or back up. You'll have just as much awareness when you're hooking up to your trailer, too. The standard backup camera helps you line up and back into place, while the available Bird's Eye Camera shows you a 360-overhead view of what's around your SUV.

If you encounter tough terrain during your drive, you can use the Multi-terrain Select to adjust the suspension to your conditions. You can safely get up and over steep roads too with Hill Start Assist and Downhill Assist Control.

Toyota RAV4 Cargo Room

The Toyota RAV4 also features lots of space for all your cargo that doesn't require a trailer. An available roof rack with cross bars makes it easy to tie your Christmas tree or a pair of kayaks to the roof. Inside, there's 37.6 cubic feet of cargo room behind the back seats. To make extra space, just use the 60/40-fold-flat rear seats and you'll have up to 69.8 cubic feet of cargo room.

While the trunk can carry a payload of up to 1,240 pounds, it can also help you out when you've got your hands full. The power rear liftgate can open by just pressing a button on your key fob, while the available hands-free power liftgate can be opened by just waving your foot in front of a sensor in the rear bumper.

Test Drive the Toyota RAV4

Contact Maguire Toyota to learn more about the Toyota RAV4 towing capacity and take a test drive. This capable SUV can help drivers and families in Ithaca, Elmira, and Binghamton haul lots of cargo on your next trip.


[i] 2019 EPA-estimated 26 city/35 hwy/30 combined mpg for RAV4 LE FWD, XLE FWD, XLE Premium FWD and Limited FWD; 27 city/34 hwy/30 combined mpg for LE AWD; 25 city/33 hwy/28 combined mpg for XLE AWD, XLE Premium AWD, Adventure and Limited AWD; and 41 city/38 hwy/40 combined mpg for RAV4 LE Hybrid, XLE Hybrid, XSE Hybrid and Limited Hybrid. Actual mileage will vary.

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