The Toyota Rav4 was introduced into Toyota’s lineup as a compact crossover SUV 1995 and is still made today. The Rav4 has many features consumers expect from today’s SUVs, including towing. But what is the towing capacity of a 2012 Toyota Rav4?
A 2012 Toyota Rav4 has a maximum towing capacity of 3,500 pounds.
The 2012 Toyota Rav4 tow capacity can vary based on a few different factors such as engine size, drivetrain, and others which we’ll cover in this guide.
How Much Can The 2012 Toyota Rav4 Tow?
The 2012 Toyota Rav4 has a towing capacity of 3,500 pounds.
The 2012 Toyota Rav4 tow capacity is affected by other factors like engine type, drivetrain, the weight of cargo and passengers, and whether your vehicle has a towing package equipped or not.
The 2012 Toyota RAV4 with 2.5L engine can tow 1,500 pounds.
The 2012 Toyota RAV4 with 3.5L engine without a towing package can tow 2,000 pounds.
The 2012 Toyota RAV4 with 3.5L engine with a towing package can tow 3,500 pounds.
You can always reach out to your local Toyota dealership for details to confirm how much your Rav4 can tow.
You can check out our guide to Toyota RAV4 towing capacity by year if you’re looking at a different model year’s max capacity or if you want to compare different years of this vehicle.
You can also read our guide on what makes a vehicle towing capacity to learn all the aspects that go into it.
2012 Rav4 Tow Capacity By Trim Level
There are several trim levels for the 2012 Rav4, and some engines and features are not available on certain trims, so they can each have different max towing limits.
Here’s the max tow capacity broken down for each trim level on the 2012 Toyota Rav4:
|2012 Toyota RAV4 Trim Level||Towing Capacity|
|2012 Toyota RAV4||3,500 pounds|
|2012 Toyota RAV4 Sport||3,500 pounds|
|2012 Toyota RAV4 Limited||3,500 pounds|
Towing Capacity By Engine Size & Drivetrain
2012 Toyota Rav4 Engine Towing Specs
There are two engine options for the 2012 Rav4, which are a gas 2.5L 4 cylinder engine that makes 179 horsepower and 172 pound-feet of torque, and a 3.5L V6 engine that makes 269 horsepower and 246 pound-feet of torque.
2012 Toyota Rav4 2.5L 4 Cylinder Engine Towing Capacity: 1,500 pounds
2012 Toyota Rav4 3.5L V6 Engine Towing Capacity: 3,500 pounds
2012 Toyota Rav4 Drivetrain Towing Specs
The 2012 Toyota Rav4 comes standard with two wheel drive, but four wheel drive is available as an option.
2012 Toyota Rav4 2WD Tow Capacity: 3,500 pounds
2012 Toyota Rav4 4WD Tow Capacity: 3,500 pounds
Note that these are the max towing limits for each 2012 Toyota Rav4 engine. Your Toyota Rav4 may have a lower towing capacity based on the drivetrain, axle ratio, and if your vehicle has a towing package installed.
2012 Toyota Rav4 Payload Capacity
The maximum payload capacity of the 2012 Toyota Rav4 is 1,071 pounds.
This means that the 2012 Rav4 can carry up to 1,071 pounds worth of passenger and cargo weight in the vehicle, which is quite a bit!
Note that the max payload capacity of your 2012 Rav4 will vary based on factors like the engine type, drivetrain and whether or not a towing package that includes other features like an engine oil cooler or transmission oil cooler is installed.
You can always contact your local dealership for extra details if you’re unsure of your vehicle’s payload capability.
2012 Toyota Rav4 Tow Package
Toyota offers an optional tow package on nearly all trim levels of the Rav4 which includes a trailer hitch, wiring harness and connector, and trailer ball.
We definitely recommend getting the tow package if you plan on towing anything with your 2012 Rav4.
2012 Toyota Rav4 Towing Capacity Vs Competitors
The 2012 Toyota Rav4 has a maximum tow capacity of 3,500 pounds, which makes it capable of doing some light duty trailer pulling.
The 2012 Rav4’s tow capability is similar to its main competitors which are the 2012 Honda CR-V and the 2012 Nissan Rogue.
Here are some similar vehicles to the 2012 Toyota Rav4 and their towing capacities below:
2012 Subaru Outback: 3,000 pounds
2012 Honda CR-V: 1,500 pounds
2012 Hyundai Tucson: 2,000 pounds
2012 Kia Sportage: 2,000 pounds
2012 Mitsubishi Outlander: 3,500 pounds
2012 Nissan Rogue: 1,500 pounds
2012 Toyota SUV Models Towing Capacity Chart
|2012 Toyota SUV Model||Towing Capacity|
|2012 Toyota Sequoia||7,400 pounds|
|2012 Toyota Highlander||5,000 pounds|
|2012 Toyota 4Runner||5,000 pounds|
|2012 Toyota Rav4||3,500 pounds|
We’ve gathered all data represented here from the official 2012 Toyota Rav4 Owner’s Manual on Toyota’s site and have checked all data thoroughly for accuracy.
Having said that, we still recommend you refer to your vehicle’s owner’s manual yourself before towing with a 2012 Toyota Rav4.