Toyota RAV4 Performance

Toyota RAV4 Performance

Although you may be interested in the interior space or the state-of-the-art technology of an SUV, its performance is always going to one of its most crucial elements. There are very few SUVs out there with the smooth, yet powerful performance of the Toyota RAV4.

A highly capable SUV can be a game changer on the streets of Trevose, Philadelphia, or Bensalem, PA, and especially so once you take it on the roads less traveled.

Read on for more information about the performance of the Toyota RAV4 in this guide from our team at Faulkner Toyota Trevose!

RAV4 Engine & Transmission

The performance of the Toyota RAV4 starts with two incredibly powerful engines. Which of those two engines you’ll find under the hood depends on the RAV4 trim level you choose.

2021 Toyota RAV4On most standard trims, you’ll find a 2.5L Dynamic Force 4-cylinder engine doing the heavy lifting. Capable of 203 horsepower and up to 184 lb-ft of torque, the power of this engine is undeniable.

If you decide to go with one of the RAV4’s hybrid models, you’ll find a hybrid version of the same engine with 219 combined net horsepower and 176 lb-ft of torque.

The gas and the hybrid trims also come with their own unique transmissions to help with the handling and efficiency of the RAV4. The gas engine is paired with an 8-speed Electronically Controlled automatic Transmission with intelligence and sequential shift mode. On the hybrid side, you’ll find an Electronically controlled Continuously Variable Transmission, also equipped with sequential shift mode.

RAV4 Fuel Efficiency

When it comes to the fuel economy of the Toyota RAV4, there are plenty of variables that create different outputs. In the standard Front-Wheel Drive configuration, you’ll see an EPA-estimated 27 city/35 highway MPG rating.*

Here’s a quick breakdown of how the EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings vary among the different trim levels.




City MPG*

Hwy MPG*

Combined MPG*

LE, Limited




XLE, XLE Premium








TRD Off-Road




All Hybrid Trims




While your fuel economy rating won’t differ from Front-Wheel Drive to All-Wheel Drive configurations, there are plenty of ways you can improve the efficiency of the RAV4.

RAV4 Drivetrain and Drive Modes

The Toyota RAV4 comes standard with a Front-Wheel Drive configuration, but you can opt for All-Wheel Drive.

2021 Toyota RAV4 PerformanceEach Toyota RAV4 trim also comes standard with multiple drive modes. Across all models, these selectable drive modes are designed to properly match the way you want to drive.

  • SPORT mode: Provides sharper acceleration
  • ECO mode: Helps maximize fuel efficiency
  • Normal mode: Blends fuel economy with performance

For drivers who opt for a hybrid model, the selectable drive modes will also include EV mode and TRAIL mode in addition to the standard three modes.

RAV4 Off-Road Performance

As impressive as the standard performance of the Toyota RAV4 is, its off-road capabilities will certainly turn heads as well.

Off-road performance in the RAV4 starts with its Multi-Terrain Select system, a standard feature on All-Wheel Drive gas models. It provides four unique modes—MUD & SAND, ROCK & DIRT, SNOW, and NORMAL—for enhanced traction when you take the RAV4 off the beaten path.

When activated, this system is designed to detect slippage and regulate wheelspin by automatically adjusting the engine throttle, brakes, and drive-force distribution. With it, you’ll have no problem tackling any surface ahead.

As much as it will help on the road, the RAV4’s multi-link rear suspension will also prove to be tremendously helpful off the road.

The available Dynamic Torque Vectoring All-Wheel Drive system is another key player in the RAV4’s off-road capability. Improving responsiveness and stability, this system sends up to 50% of the power to the rear wheels as necessary.

Finally, exceptional ground clearance is yet another element in helping handle those tricky off-road trails.

Experience Toyota RAV4 Performance Today

Clearly, the Toyota RAV4 is more than capable of tackling any challenge the roads of Trevose, Philadelphia, and Bensalem, PA, throw its way.

To experience the performance of the RAV4 for yourself, contact or visit us at Faulkner Toyota Trevose to schedule a test drive today!

* 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 FWD and XLE Premium FWD; 27 city/33 hwy/29 combined mpg for 2021 RAV4 XLE AWD and XLE Premium AWD; 25 city/33 hwy/28 combined mpg for 2021 RAV4 Adventure and Limited AWD; 25 city/32 hwy/28 combined mpg for 2021 RAV4 TRD Off-Road; and 41 city/38 hwy/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

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