Toyota RAV4 Towing Capacity

Toyota RAV4

Delivering up to 184 lb-ft of torque managed via a Direct Shift 8-speed Automatic Transmission, the standard 2021 Toyota RAV4 provides a 1,500-pound max towing capacity. Drivers looking to blend brute strength with class-ranking efficiency can also opt for the Toyota RAV4 LE Hybrid that achieves a 1,750-pound max towing capacity when properly equipped.

It’s available at Faulkner Toyota Harrisburg, and drivers near Harrisburg, Mechanicsburg, and Carlisle, PA, looking for a compact SUV with large ambition are sure to be impressed by everything the 2021 RAV4 has in store! Learn about the Toyota RAV4 towing capacity, its performance specs, and more, below, before checking out our RAV4 inventory online!

2021 Toyota RAV4 Towing Performance Features

Towing Performance FeaturesStandard drive modes let RAV4 drivers prepare for any hauling adventure. There’s SPORT Mode for extra control, and ECO Mode for fuel conservation. Available Multi-terrain Select conquers even more of the world’s roads by adding modes for MUD & SAND, ROCK & DIRT, and SNOW.

Add in the standard ground clearance of 8.4 inches, and it becomes clear why the RAV4 sails over rough ground. Bumps and rubble aren’t enough to bother the rugged, standard, all-season mud-and-snow-rated tires.

Active Cornering Assist is another RAV4 performance feature that makes the vehicle’s handling stand out. As you’re towing around sharp corners, this applies strategic braking to inside wheels for a smooth and safer ride. Add in the turning circle diameter of 36.1 feet as well, and your SUV will handle extremely well.

From hauling a pair of jet skis up to the mountain lake to helping your eldest move into their first apartment, the 2021 RAV4 model’s 2.5L Dynamic Force 4-cylinder engine leads the pack with 203 HP. While this strength will prove reliable to help tackle your busy day, the RAV4 will also prove extremely fun to drive, too, with its standard sequential shift mode. This will allow you to take on more control behind the wheel, shifting semi-manually.

The interior is stocked with numerous other features that will make your excursions as comfortable on the interior as they are adventurous on the exterior. For example, the climate control system with a dust and pollen filter. This will help ensure particles from the dirt and gravel you tear up will not enter the cabin, or your airways.

It’s convenient to use, too—the engine’s available Smart Key System senses your presence. This feature will ensure you’ll never have to be concerned about searching for your keys in your pocket or purse again. You’ll be able to lock and unlock the RAV4, even start your engine, as long as the key is in close proximity.

Toyota RAV4 Towing and Safety Features

When the wind picks up or the path starts to twist and turn, the standard Trailer-Sway Control system is designed to keep you and your trailer on a straight and level plane. This will give you the peace of mind to tow that jet ski to the lake or 4-wheeler to the mountain. Throw in the included Hill Start Assist Control system, which will come in handy when ascending a steep hill from a stop, helping minimize backward rolling while lessening the burden placed on your engine.No matter where the road leads, you’ll venture with confidence, knowing the 2021 Toyota RAV4 considers the safety of you, your riders, and your gear as its number one priority.

Of course, you can’t avoid what you can’t see. That’s why each 2021 Toyota RAV4 also includes Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0 (TSS 2.0), a full suite of innovative features. Among these standard features, you’ll find the convenient Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control. It adjusts your chosen cruising speed if a slower vehicle is in front of you, and returns to your setting once you’ve found a safe chance to pass.

On those long drives with a trailer in tow, standard Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist keeps you and your load centered. It alerts you audibly if you begin to drift, and in urgent situations it can correct your lane placement.

For moments such as these, you’ll also be protected by the watchful sensors of the Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection. It can lessen or avoid impacts in fast-paced moments when human intervention doesn’t occur.

Some other impressive safety features included in this package include:

  • Road Sign Assist
  • Lane Tracing Assist
  • Automatic High Beams

In addition to the Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0 system, the RAV4 also comes with the Star Safety System™. This will further improve your safety and security behind the wheel with more active features.

For instance, the Stability Control and Traction Control will help you maintain proper grip on the roadways, mitigating the risk for slipping. These will prove tough in inclement conditions whether it’s a snowy commute or an off-road adventure.

The Brake Assist and Smart Stop Technology® are also impressive features included in this suite. These will help you apply the brakes in situations where an unanticipated obstruction could present itself.

Not forgotten were the automotive safety essentials like airbags and seatbelts. Combine all these safety features, which span the active, passive, and driver assistive categories, and you have a safety experience that matches the rest of the all-around versatility that the RAV4 has to offer.

Support RAV4 Towing with Interior Capacity

Interior CapacityFew people latch a trailer onto their vehicle while the cabin remains nearly empty. Your vehicle’s interior dimensions matter, too, and the 2021 Toyota RAV4 keeps going strong in this regard. Even without trailering, it offers a standard payload of 1,240 pounds.

Load up furniture or a ladder with ease—the SUV can handle cargo around three feet tallThree feet of width accessible means you’re in good shape for hauling wide items, too.

Altogether, the 2021 Toyota RAV4 permits a roomy 37.6 cubic feet of rear cargo capacity. Folding down the back row of seats with the 60/40 split reclining fold-flat rear seat nearly doubles that number to 69.8 cubic feet.

Packing the Toyota RAV4 full of gear still allows passengers the breathing room they’ll need for a comfortable trip. The passengers will enjoy up to 39.5 inches of rear headroom, and up to 37.8 inches of legroom in the rear.

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2021 Toyota RAV4 MPG and Hybrid Options

Once hitched up and on the road, its available Dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence system will keep you moving while making fewer stops at the pump:

Toyota RAV4 Trim Level

EPA-estimated MPG1


27 city/35 highway

RAV4 LE Hybrid

41 city/38 highway


28 city/35 highway

If the excellent fuel efficiency of the RAV4 Hybrid has caught your eye, know that this gas saver doesn’t lose an inch of towing ground. Hybrid drivers will also find the RAV4 LE Hybrid trim’s Electronically controlled Continuously Variable Transmission (ECVT), and Electronic On-Demand All-Wheel Drive, help maintain its serious giddy-up without any lapse in power delivery.

Throw in the automatic transmission cooler and your RAV4 will be ready to perform efficiently and effectively.

2021 Toyota RAV4 Adventure

2021 Toyota RAV4 AdventureProviding a space for those who enjoy trekking off the beaten path, the RAV4 Adventure is a special trim level outfitted with rugged engineering and design. One of the highlights of this trim is standard Dynamic Torque Vectoring All-Wheel Drive. This intelligent innovation aids responsiveness and stability by distributing extra power to the rear wheels when they need a boost.

This trim also includes center differential-lock drivetrain and 19-inch 5-spoke alloy wheels. Put these elements together and, when properly configured, the Toyota RAV4 Adventure supplies a 3,500-pound max towing capacity.

The Adventure also comes with an available Adventure Grade Weather Package that includes a heated steering wheel, perforated heated and ventilated front seats, and rain-sensing variable intermittent windshield wipers with de-icer. This trim will have you ready to tackle any upcoming adventure.

2021 Toyota RAV4 TRD Off-Road

The Toyota RAV4 TRD Off-Road is another trim option in the RAV4 lineup that’s built especially tough. Similar to the Adventure, this model boasts 3,500 pounds of towing capacity, which will give you increased versatility on the trails.

The added LED fog lights will also prove impressive, unleashing added visibility at night and in subpar driving conditions.

Like other RAV4 trims such as the LE and LE Hybrid, the TRD Off-Road comes with available tow prep equipment—namely the tow hitch receiver and wiring harness.

Test Drive the Toyota RAV4 Today!

Now that you know the Toyota RAV4 towing capacity and have a better idea of the types of adventures you and your family can enjoy, the team at Faulkner Toyota Harrisburg invites you to learn even more. It’s one thing to read about the performance of a vehicle, but it’s a whole new experience to feel the handling, power, and control with your own hands.

To take a test a drive near Harrisburg, Mechanicsburg, and Carlisle, Pennsylvania, simply stop by our convenient location, or go online to schedule a test drive today!

1 EPA-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 AWD and XLE Premium AWD; 25 city/33 highway/28 combined mpg for 2021 RAV4 Adventure and Limited AWD; 25 city/32 highway/28 combined mpg for 2021 RAV4 TRD Off-Road; and 41 city/38 highway/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 will vary for many reasons, including your vehicle’s condition and how/where you drive. See