With the proper SUV, you can link your smartphone to your vehicle, rely on sharp-thinking driver-assistance features to stay safe, and also access your model from remote locations. The Toyota RAV4 offers all of these technology features and then some. Because of how quickly systems improve from one model year to the next, our Toyota of Gastonia team thought a Toyota RAV4 technology review would be a good way to get you familiarized with the 2020 version.

A few of the technological systems we’ll be diving into for the Toyota RAV4 include safety, infotainment, and performance!


Toyota RAV4 Off-Road

Toyota RAV4 Performance Technology

Whether squeezing out a few more miles on a tank of gas or altering driving dynamics to match up to your current terrain, the Toyota RAV4 is always working to improve performance.

The Stop and Start Engine System (S&S) is a perfect example. As you come to a complete stop, the system will shut off your engine, preserving fuel. As long as you hold the brake pedal down, the engine remains off. As soon as you release the brake, your engine jumps to life and you can be on your way again.

The Toyota RAV4 also touts a Multi-terrain Select system which can be toggled through using a dial located within reach of the driver. Your available drive modes will vary depending on the trim you choose, yet a few options include MUD & SAND, ROCK & DIRT, SNOW, NORMAL, and ECO.

Toyota RAV4 Apple CarPlay® Technology

Multimedia Technology for the Toyota RAV4

Not only is the infotainment setup in the 2020 Toyota RAV4 loaded with intuitive features, it’s also easy to learn and begin using.

An available 8-inch touchscreen display will be your hub for all actions, yet the standard 7-inch screen is just as capable. With the inclusion of features such as hands-free phone capability, Apple CarPlay®, and Android Auto™, you’ll only need a simple voice command to bring up your favorite podcast or playlist.

Plus, the available JBL® sound system features a subwoofer and 11 speakers, providing crisp, clear audio no matter the speed at which you’re traveling.

Driving a Toyota RAV4

Driver-Assistance Safety Technology

Standard on the base trim level of the Toyota RAV4, the well-equipped Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0 (TSS 2.0) suite gives you access to some of the most cutting-edge safety technology in the segment.

For instance, the Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD) keeps an eye out for potential front-facing collisions. The SUV also monitors your position within your respective lane using Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist (LDA w/SA). If you unknowingly veer from your lane, the system will gently guide the steering wheel to get you back into position.

Other notable safety technologies in the Toyota RAV4 include:

  • Automatic High Beams (AHB)
  • Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC)
  • Road Sign Assist (RSA)


Test the Toyota RAV4 Technology in Person!

To see how the many technology systems in the 2020 Toyota RAV4 work together, why not go for a cruise in the SUV around Gastonia, Lincolnton, and Charlotte, NC? At Toyota of Gastonia, we’re happy to make this test drive a reality!

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