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Toyota RAV4: Which Should You Buy, 2019 or 2020?

08-toyota-rav4-trd-off-road-2020-cl.jpg 2020 Toyota RAV4 | Cars.com photo by Christian Lantry

Most significant changes: New TRD Off-Road model joins the lineup; Android Auto is finally available.

Price change: The LE and XLE Premium increase by $200 for 2020 and the Limited is up $730; the Adventure is down $95 and the XLE decreases by $305

On sale: Now

Which should you buy, 2019 or 2020? 2020, but it depends on the model you like and the equipment you want. More comfort and convenience features have a wider availability, and Android Auto compatibility arrives.

Toyota’s RAV4 compact SUV was redesigned for 2019 with beefier styling, an updated multimedia system, a more fuel-efficient hybrid model and additional standard features. For 2020, Toyota builds on those upgrades with the addition of the rugged TRD Off-Road trim level along with updates to the multimedia system: Android Auto finally joins Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa compatibility.

Related: Which 2019 Toyota RAV4 Trim Should I Buy: LE, XLE, XLE Premium, Adventure, XSE or Limited?

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The TRD Off-Road model builds off the trail-happy intentions of the Adventure trim level with suspension, wheels and tires engineered specifically for off-roading. The model’s more robust all-wheel-drive system, which includes dynamic torque vectoring with a driveline disconnect, is standard. The TRD model is rated to tow up to 3,500 pounds, which is also the Adventure model’s rating; other models are rated for 1,500 pounds.

A multiterrain select system is standard, which allows the driver to alter the SUV’s traction settings to match road conditions: Mud & Sand for beach driving, Rock & Dirt for trails and Snow for icy or snowy conditions.

The TRD Off-Road rides on matte-black 18-inch wheels and snow-rated tires. It’s available in an exclusive two-tone Magnetic Gray Metallic with Ice Edge Roof paint combination. Inside, there’s red stitching and red trim in the cabin along with TRD badging and TRD all-weather floormats and a cargo mat.

In other 2020 RAV4 news, some equipment has been shuffled among the trims, and the Weather Package gets wider availability. In the XLE and XLE Hybrid models, a power driver’s seat is now standard. Heated front seats are moved from the Convenience Package to the Weather Package, which also includes a leather-wrapped heated steering wheel, rain-sensing windshield wipers and a windshield wiper de-icer. The Weather Package is now available on the FWD XLE model, not just the AWD version.

Additionally, the RAV4 Adventure trims gets a standard leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and now also offers the Convenience Package, which includes the power liftgate and power moonroof. Lastly, the Limited model gets the JBL Audio system as standard equipment for 2020.

The 2020 RAV4 competes against the likes of the Honda CR-V, Nissan Rogue, Ford Escape, Volkswagen Tiguan, Subaru Forester, Jeep Compass and Cherokee, Chevrolet Equinox and Mazda CX-5. It’s on sale now starting at $26,970 (all prices include destination) — $200 more than the model-year 2019 base LE model.

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