How Much Can a RAV4 Tow?

If you’re in the market for a new car and are wondering whether or not to buy a RAV4, you may be wondering just how much can a RAV4 tow.

The answer, it turns out, depends on the specific model of RAV4 that you choose. Some current models of the RAV4 can tow up to 3,600 lb, while others are limited to just 1,700 lb.

So if you’re planning on using your car to tow a camper trailer or another large object, be sure to check the weight specifications before making your final decision.

In general, however, the RAV4 is considered a good choice for towing duties thanks to its combination of size and power. So if you’re looking for a small, but capable car to take on your camping trips, the RAV4 may be just right for you.

In this article, we’re going to look at the different generations of the Toyota RAV4, starting back in 1994, all the way up to the current line-up, and see just how much each model can tow.

How much can a RAV4 tow?

Through all the generations of Toyota RAV4, the towing capacity has ranged between 1,763 lb (800 kg) and 4,409 lb (2,000 kg).

The current generation of RAV4 has a towing capacity of up to 3,638 lb (1,650 kg).

Since the first RAV4s hit the market in 1994, Toyota has always aimed for the RAV4 to be able to tow close to 3,307 lb (1,500 kg) with ease.

Since then, 5 generations have been produced with many different variants, so let’s take a closer look at each individual generation in more detail.

1994-2000 Toyota RAV4 (XA10) towing capacity

Toyota RAV4 1st Generation

The 1994 to 2000 Toyota RAV4 has a maximum towing capacity ranging from 2,646 lb (1,200 kg) to 3,307 lb (1,500 kg).

This is the year that the RAV4 was introduced and it shared a lot of its underpinnings with that of the Toyota Corollas and Carinas.

Toyota even produced a full-electric version, the RAV4 EV, that was sold in California, but only 1,484 were ever sold.

YearModelTowing Capacity
1994-2000Toyota RAV4 2.0 4WD 3-D Auto & Manual2,646 lb (1,200 kg)
1995-2000Toyota RAV4 2.0 4WD 5-D Auto & Manual3,307 lb (1,500 kg)

2001-2005 Toyota RAV4 (AX20) towing capacity

Toyota RAV4 2nd Generation

RAV4s made between 2000 and 2005 have a max towing capacity between 2,204 lb (1,000 kg) and 3,307 lb (1,500 kg).

The second generation of RAV4 saw the introduction of 2WD and also different options for engines ranging from 1.8 to 2.4-liter 4-cylinder gasoline engines, and also the first 2.0 4-cylinder turbo diesel.

YearModelTowing Capacity
2000-2005Toyota RAV4 1.8 FWD 3-D Manual2,204 lb (1,000 kg)
2000-2005Toyota RAV4 1.8 FWD 5-D Manual2,204 lb (1,000 kg)
2000-2005Toyota RAV4 2.0 D4D 4WD 3-D Manual3,307 lb (1,500 kg)
2000-2005Toyota RAV4 2.0 D4D 4WD 5-D Manual3,307 lb (1,500 kg)
2000-2005Toyota RAV4 2.0 4WD 3-D Auto & Manual3,307 lb (1,500 kg)
2000-2005Toyota RAV4 2.0 4WD 5-D Auto & Manual3,307 lb (1,500 kg)
2003-2005Toyota RAV4 2.4 FWD 5-D Auto & Manual3,307 lb (1,500 kg)
2003-2005Toyota RAV4 2.4 4WD 5-D Auto & Manual3,307 lb (1,500 kg)

2006-2012 Toyota RAV4 (XA30) towing capacity

Toyota RAV4 3rd Generation

From 2006 to 2012, Toyota RAV4 models produced came with a maximum towing capacity between 3,307 lb (1,500 kg) and 4,409 lb (2,000 kg).

The 3rd generation RAV4 was the first to have its own underpinnings built on an entirely new platform and also the first to use electronic power steering.

It was also the first generation with no short-wheelbase 3-door model.

It also saw the return of the RAV EV, with the second generation being co-developed with Tesla.

YearModelTowing Capacity
2005-2008Toyota RAV4 2.0 VVT-i 4WD Auto & Manual3,307 lb (1,500 kg)
2005-2008Toyota RAV4 2.2 D4D 4WD Auto & Manual4,409 lb (2,000 kg)
2005-2012Toyota RAV4 2.4 FWD LWB Auto3,500 lb (1,587 kg)
2005-2012Toyota RAV4 2.4 4WD LWB Auto3,500 lb (1,587 kg)
2005-2012Toyota RAV4 3.5 V6 FWD LWB Auto3,500 lb (1,587 kg)
2005-2012Toyota RAV4 3.5 V6 4WD LWB Auto3,500 lb (1,587 kg)
2008-2012Toyota RAV4 2.0 VVT-i FWD l+ll Manual4,409 lb (2,000 kg)
2008-2012Toyota RAV4 2.0 VVT-i 4WD l Auto & Manual4,409 lb (2,000 kg)
2008-2009Toyota RAV4 2.2 D4D l FWD Manual4,409 lb (2,000 kg)
2008-2011Toyota RAV4 2.2 D4D 4WD l Auto & Manual4,409 lb (2,000 kg)
2011-2012Toyota RAV4 2.0 VVT-i 4WD ll Multidrive Auto3,307 lb (1,500 kg)
2011-2012Toyota RAV4 2.2 D4D FWD ll Manual4,409 lb (2,000 kg)
2011-2012Toyota RAV4 2.2 D4D 4WD ll Manual4,409 lb (2,000 kg)
2011-2012Toyota RAV4 2.2 D4D 4WD ll Auto3,968 lb (1,800 kg)

*l indicates a facelift and ll is the second facelift.

2013-2018 Toyota RAV4 (AX40) towing capacity

Toyota RAV4 4th Generation

The 2013 to 2018 Toyota RAV4 has a towing capacity ranging from 3,307 lb (1,500 kg) to 4,409 lb (2,000 kg).

The fourth-generation RAV4 moved away from the classic side-opening rear door system to a liftgate layout, and they also discontinued the V6 engine in this generation.

This was also the first generation available with Toyota’s well-known hybrid system.

YearModelTowing Capacity
2013-2018Toyota RAV4 2.0 D4D FWD +l Manual3,527 lb (1,600 kg)
2013-2015Toyota RAV4 2.0 D4D 4WD3,527 lb (1,600 kg)
2013-2018Toyota RAV4 2.0 Valvematic 4WD +l Manual4,409 lb (2,000 kg)
2013-2018Toyota RAV4 2.0 Valvematic 4WD +l Multidrive S3,307 lb (1,500 kg)
2013-2015Toyota RAV4 2.2 D4D 4WD Manual4,409 lb (2,000 kg)
2013-2015Toyota RAV4 2.2 D4D 4WD Auto3,968 lb (1,800 kg)
2013-2018Toyota RAV4 2.5 ECT-i FWD +l Auto3,500 lb (1,587 kg)
2013-2018Toyota RAV4 2.5 ECT-i 4WD +l Auto3,500 lb (1,587 kg)
2015-2018Toyota  RAV4 2.5 Hybrid FWD E-CVT l Auto3,638 lb (1,650 kg)
2015-2018Toyota  RAV4 2.5 Hybrid 4WD E-CVT l Auto3,638 lb (1,650 kg)

*+l indicates the facelifted model is also included, while l indicates just the facelifted model.

2019-present Toyota RAV4 (XA50) Towing Capacity

How much can a RAV4 - Toyota RAV4 5th Generation

The latest generation of Toyota RAV4 has a towing capacity ranging between 1,763 lb (800 kg) and 3,638 lb (1,650 kg).

With the launch of the fifth-generation RAV4, Toyota moved away from diesel and focused on adding more hybrid models to their line-up.

They even added a plug-in hybrid variant to the line-up in December of 2019.

ModelTowing Capacity
Toyota RAV4 LE FWD Direct Shift Auto1,763 lb (800 kg)
Toyota RAV4 XLE FWD Direct Shift Auto1,763 lb (800 kg)
Toyota RAV4 XLE Premium FWD Direct Shift Auto1,763 lb (800 kg)
Toyota RAV4 Limited FWD Direct Shift Auto1,763 lb (800 kg)
Toyota RAV4 LE 4WD Direct Shift Auto3,638 lb (1,650 kg)
Toyota RAV4 XLE 4WD Direct Shift Auto3,638 lb (1,650 kg)
Toyota RAV4 XLE Premium 4WD Direct Shift Auto3,638 lb (1,650 kg)
Toyota RAV4 Adventure 4WD Direct Shift Auto3,638 lb (1,650 kg)
Toyota RAV4 TRD-Offroad 4WD Direct Shift Auto3,638 lb (1,650 kg)
Toyota RAV4 Limited 4WD Direct Shift Auto3,638 lb (1,650 kg)
Toyota RAV4 LE 4WD Hybrid ECVT Auto3,307 lb (1,500 kg)
Toyota RAV4 XLE 4WD Hybrid ECVT Auto3,307 lb (1,500 kg)
Toyota RAV4 XLE Premium 4WD Hybrid ECVT Auto3,307 lb (1,500 kg)
Toyota RAV4 Hybrid SE 4WD ECVT Auto3,307 lb (1,500 kg)
Toyota RAV4 Hybrid XSE 4WD ECVT Auto3,307 lb (1,500 kg)
Toyota RAV4 Limited 4WD Hybrid ECVT Auto3,307 lb (1,500 kg)

Frequently asked questions

How much can a RAV4 EV tow?

The RAV4 EV (both first and second-generation) did not come with an option for a towbar. The RAV4 EV is not rated for towing any capacity.

If it was to be fitted with a towbar, due to the relatively short-range, it would not likely be capable of towing anything a long distance.

Which Toyota RAV4 can tow 3,500 lb?

From the 3rd generation, up to the current generation, almost all RAV4 models can tow 3,500 lb (1,588 kg). This is with the exception of most of the FWD models and all the models installed with CVT automatic gearboxes.

Keep in mind with the latest model that the FWD and hybrid models cannot tow 3,500 lb (1,588kg). The FWD models are limited to 1,763 lb (800 kg) towing capacity and the hybrid models have a max towing limit of 3,307 lb (1,500 kg).

Can a Toyota RAV4 tow a travel trailer?

Yes, a RAV4 can tow travel trailers up to a weight of 4,409 lb on selected models.

If you want to play it safe though, all of the diesel, gas, and hybrid RAV4s can tow a 1,763 lb (800 kg) travel trailer, because all the models are rated to tow this weight.

Is a RAV4 good for towing?

For its class, the towing capabilities of the Toyota RAV4 are very good.

It has enough power and some models can tow up to 4,409 lb (2,000 kg), which is more than enough for most people.

Final thoughts on the towing capacity of a RAV4

The RAV4 is a great vehicle for towing.

As you can see from the info above, the majority of RAV4s have a high towing capacity and can tow many different types of trailers.

If you are looking for a vehicle that can handle your towing needs, the RAV4 is an excellent choice.

Which model is right for you though may depend on your specific towing needs as well as other factors that need to be taken into consideration when looking for a new (or previously loved) car.

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