Toyota RAV4 Towing Capacity

Toyota RAV4 Towing Capacity

If you need to hitch your utility trailer, camper, or boat to the back of your vehicle, the 2021 Toyota RAV4 boasts a maximum 3,500-pound towing capacity. With such an impressive figure, this SUV is strong enough to handle whatever you’re taking along on your trip.

At Faulkner Toyota Trevose, serving Trevose, Philadelphia, and Bensalem, PA, our team created this 2021 Toyota RAV4 towing capacity review to inform you about how much this SUV can safely tow, no matter which trim level you choose. Also on this page, you’ll learn how much each trim can tow, and the amenities and features that optimize its towability. Read on below!

What’s Under the Hood of the Toyota RAV4?

The 2021 Toyota RAV4 offers six trim levels to choose from, alongside five hybrid options you can opt for as well. Whether you choose a base model or a hybrid, each SUV equips the same 2.5-liter engine under the hood. However, depending on which trim you choose, there will be different power outputs and towing capacities.




Max. Towing Capacity

LE, XLE, XLE Premium, and Limited

203 HP

184 lb-ft

1,500 pounds

LE Hybrid, XLE Hybrid, XLE Premium Hybrid, XSE Hybrid, and Limited Hybrid

219 HP

176 lb-ft

1,750 pounds

Adventure, and TRD Off-Road

203 HP

184 lb-ft

3,500 pounds

As you’ll notice, the 2021 Toyota RAV4 can offer a minimum 1,500-pound towing capacity. With this capacity, you can tow these items with your SUV:

  • Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Towing CapacityA motorcycle
  • A snowmobile
  • A bundle of canoes
  • A light rowboat

However, if you choose the Toyota RAV4 Adventure or TRD Off-Road trims, you’ll have access to a 3,500-pound maximum towing capacity. If you wish to haul heavier items, like the ones listed below, these trims may best suit your adventuring needs:

  • Lightweight travel trailer
  • A pair of motorbikes
  • A couple of watercrafts

Toyota RAV4 Fuel Economy

When you’re hitting the road running, you need a vehicle built to keep you on the roads longer. Luckily, the 2021 Toyota RAV4 boasts an EPA-estimated 27 city/35 highway MPG.1 With such an impressive figure, you’ll be able to make fewer pitstops at gas stations on your long towing treks to the campground.

For enhanced gas longevity, the RAV4 hybrid trims can offer an even more impressive fuel economy. Not only will you be able to make fewer stops at the pump during road trips, but these hybrids provide two extra drive modes that can benefit you on your travels:

  • EV mode: Exclusive to the hybrid class, this mode lets your SUV operate solely on battery power at low speeds and short distances (like in a parking garage).
  • Trail mode: Similar to the slip differential on a sports car, this mode allows for more torque-vectoring on bumpy terrain. This can benefit you when towing cargo over uneven surfaces.

Which Toyota RAV4 Trims are the Best for Off-Roading?

As the powerhouse trims of the 2021 Toyota RAV4, the Adventure and TRD Off-Road models are the best for off-roading. Besides being able to tow 3,500 pounds, these vehicles also include many features that help them be off-roading beasts.

For starters, both utilize Dynamic Torque Vectoring All-Wheel Drive with Rear Driveline Disconnect. This drivetrain differs from standard all-wheel drive systems because it independently applies torque to the rear wheels depending on driving conditions. This can make passing over any terrain easier.

The Adventure and TRD Off-Road models also utilize these functions, which can make for easier towing and off-roading:

  • Toyota RAV4 Fuel EconomyTrailer Sway Control: This system will monitor and detect if whatever you have hitched up starts to sway. If it detects swaying, it’ll apply necessary brake pressure and dial back the engine’s torque output. Swaying can be caused by high winds, uneven roads, and more.
  • Hill Start Assist Control: This standard feature is designed to reduce backward rolling when starting from a stop on steep ascents. It can help keep your SUV and whatever you’re towing to stay in control on hilly rides.
  • Downhill Assist Control: Designed to help you maintain control and speed on steep descents, this system is necessary for those heavy loads you’re carrying, so you can keep control.
  • 8.6-inch Ground Clearance: With such a grand ground clearance, this allows your SUV to pass over more rocks and bumpy terrain without hitting the bottom of your vehicle.
  • Multi-Terrain Select: This dial system lets you toggle among four drive modes—MUD & SAND, ROCK & DIRT, SNOW, and NORMAL—so you can tailor your experience to current driving conditions.

Stay in Control While Towing

With passive and active safety features, the Toyota RAV4 use the latest technology to help you stay safe in the types of situations you may face while driving. Part of these safety features is Vehicle Stability Control, which helps keep the car from skidding on slippery roads or during sharper turns.

The 2021 Toyota RAV4 also equips the Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0, which features these standard safety features:

  • Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection
  • Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist
  • Lane Tracing Assist
  • Automatic High Beams
  • Full-Speed Range Dynamic Cruise Control

Learn More About the Toyota RAV4

Now that you know the Toyota RAV4 towing capacity, you can come chat with one of our sales representatives at Faulkner Toyota Trevose, and learn about all the other features you’ll enjoy as you drive around Trevose, Philadelphia, and Bensalem, Pennsylvania, in your 2021 Toyota RAV4!


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/25 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