2021 Toyota RAV4 Towing Capacity

November 8th, 2020 by

2021 Toyota RAV4 on City Highway
The 2021 Toyota RAV4 can tow as much as 3,500 pounds when properly equipped. That’s more than enough for most compact and popup RV trailers, or sports equipment like jet skis. Join the Mossy Toyota team for a detailed look at Toyota RAV4 towing capacity, towing performance features, and more as you decide on your next SUV in La Jolla.

How Much Can a Toyota RAV4 Tow?

At the base trim, the RAV4 towing capacity is 1,500 pounds. Drivers who need to tow larger trailers can upgrade to the Adventure or TRD Off Road trim to access the 3,500-pound maximum. The Limited trim boosts the standard 1,090-pound payload capacity to 1,125 pounds, and choosing the Premium trim gets you as much as 1,205 pounds. When it comes to the Toyota RAV4 towing capacity, here’s how it stacks up at each trim level:

  • LE, XLE, XLE Premium, Limited — 1,500 pounds
  • Adventure, TRD Off Road — 3,500 pounds

Looking for a balance of Toyota RAV4 towing capacity and fuel efficiency? The RAV4 Hybrid can tow up to 1,700 pounds and carry a payload weighing up to 1,210 pounds.

Toyota RAV4 Towing Performance Features

A powerful 2.5L dynamic force four-cylinder engine delivers 203 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque to your towing tasks around Chula Vista. Advanced towing features like torque vectoring AWD and selectable drive modes help you to reach the 3,500-pound Toyota RAV4 towing capacity — all while protecting your safety and keeping your cargo steady. Other towing safety and performance features include:

  • Active Cornering Assist
  • Power-assisted ventilated 12.0-inch front disc brakes
  • Ventilated 11.1-inch rear disc brakes with Star Safety System™
  • Direct Shift eight-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission
  • Independent MacPherson strut front suspension with stabilizer bar
  • Available Mud and Sand, Rock and Dirt, and Snow modes
  • Trailing wishbone-style multi-link rear suspension
  • 8.4 to 8.5 inches of ground clearance

What is an SAE J2807 Towing Rating?

The J2807 is a standardized test used to measure truck towing capacity accurately. Designed by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), it employs a series of rigorous tests, evaluating factors such as:

  • Cooling capability
  • Launch and acceleration performance
  • Understeer and trailer sway performance
  • Braking performance and stopping distance
  • Structural performance for the vehicle and hitch or hitch receiver

SAE J2807 ratings are useful to buyers because they take overall vehicle dynamics and hitch structure into consideration. The resulting scores accurately reflect a vehicle’s true gross combined weight rating (GCWR).

Lease or Finance a 2021 Toyota RAV4 in San Diego

Still deciding on your SUV that’s right for you in Carlsbad? For towing capacity up to 5,000 pounds, you may want to consider a new Toyota 4Runner lease. If you’re ready to move forward today with a new RAV4, you can get started online with our online financing application and monthly payment calculator. Get in touch with our team to learn more about this SUV such as what you can expect in the RAV4 interior! 

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