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You can find 263 different trims/engines for the Toyota RAV4 and their corresponding recommended towing capacity.

The years available stretch from 2001 through to 2022 and to view the towing capacity you just click to expand.

The Toyota Rav4 is a compact crossover SUV sold originally in the European and Japanese markets in 1994, and then in the USA from 1996.

This new Rav4 model took advantage of the market demands for a larger vehicle with a lower running cost.

Its name ‘Rav’ is an acronym for ‘Recreational Active Vehicle’ and the ‘4’ refers to the 4-wheel drive fitted to it (although not all models had the 4-wheel drive capability).

The first generation (referred to as the XA10 Series) used a unique platform developed from the Carina and Corolla models at the time and initially had the option of either 3 or 5 doors.

A model created especially for the Northern American market had a 2-litre engine producing 119 hp with either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive and a choice of 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic. The early model won Automobile Magazine’s ‘automobile of the year.’

Toyota brought out the second generation in 2000, again with 3 or 5 door options but now with different trim levels, NRG, GX and VX (all fitted with permanent 4-wheel drive) and the NV trim as a front-wheel drive.

These trims had a number of different engines, including a 1.8-liter 123 hp, a 2-liter 150 hp, 2.4-liter 158 hp and a D-4D diesel engine.

Extra standard features included electronic stability control, air conditioning, 6 speakers, CD player, cruise control and a sports package with a roof rack.

2005 saw the third generation, this time the platform had changed and the new vehicle was displayed at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Two wheelbase options were available, short and long and the three-door option was completely retired.

The fourth-generation saw a complete redesign and debuted at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show. Toyota removed the spare from the back door and brought back only one wheelbase option.

Toyota introduced the new full hybrid vehicle which used a 2.5-liter petrol engine with an electric motor and a high volt generator. These were manufactured in Woodstock, Ontario and Canada using approximately 50% of Japanese-built parts.

The fifth-generation came out in 2018 and was showcased at the New York International Auto Show. Built on the GA-K platform, there were now 5 petrol variants for the USA and a number of trim levels, LE, XLE, Premium, Adventure and Limited.