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December 6, 2019

The Toyota RAV4 is the Japan Car of the Year 2019-2020

The Japanese press has spoken and they have chosen the 2019 Toyota RAV4 as the Japan Car of the Year (JCOTY) 2019-2020.

The committee chose the RAV4 because they deemed it to be an “SUV of the new era.” They praised Toyota’s compact SUV for meeting all customer needs at a high level. The RAV4 received merit for its easy-to-use all-wheel drive system, a platform which is “both comfortable and enjoyable,” and having a luggage space that’s wide and user-friendly.

The 2019 RAV4 scored 436 points to beat out an impressive list of candidates including the Mazda3, BMW 3 Series, and even the Toyota Corolla.

2019-2020 Japan Car of the Year Results:
  • Car of the Year: Toyota RAV4 (436 points)
  • 2nd Place: Mazda3 (328 points)
  • 3rd Place: BMW 3 Series Sedan (290 points)
  • 4th Place: Toyota Corolla (118 points)
  • 5th Place: Jaguar I-PACE (109 points)
  • 6th Place: Jeep Wrangler (56 points)
  • 7th Place: Honda N-WGN (54 points)
  • 8th Place: Mercedes-Benz A-Class (53 points)
  • 9th Place: Nissan Days / Mitsubishi eK Cross (35 points)
  • 10th Place: Daihatsu Tanto (21 points)


  1. It's a shame, here it's gathering dust.

  2. can't comprehend why the CR-V is still preferred over the RAV4 in the US by motoring journalist whereas in Japan it won COTY


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