The RAV4 is credited for starting the crossover revolution. The model which is among Toyota’s best sellers in the world has gained a 5th generation that Toyota says is more capable, robust and smarter. For 2019 Toyota RAV4, Toyota listened to customer complaints and has improved the model’s design and enhanced its off-road capability as per those complaints.
2019 Toyota RAV4 Exterior
Toyota claims to have applied an “Adventure and Refined” philosophy in designing the new RAV4’s exterior which has enabled the automaker to hook up the crossover with polished a exterior and better off-road capabilities. The model adopts SUV-like proportions and exterior refinements such a chrome trim on several body panels. The model has better aerodynamics than the outgoing one. Due to the new TNGA architecture, the model has a lower stance, is wider and has an extended wheelbase.
From the front, the RAV4’s nose is more angular and defined. The headlights lean towards the fenders while the hexagonal-shaped center intake has black divider lines. The lower section of the bumper has black detailing and the chin is protected by a silver-finished skid plate.
The flanks look sharper; the creases and shoulder line make the fender flares look wider than they are. The lower edges have a black cladding to protect against bad elements. The side mirrors are mounted lower on the model’s doors to enhance the outward visibility. The model also has a lower beltline that enhances side-facing visibility. A larger rear-quarter glass, on the other hand, enhances rear-diagonal visibility.
19-inch wheels are standard.
SLE and higher trims feature projector LED headlamps.
The range-topping XSE trim sets itself apart with piano-black accenting on the front fascia, fenders, lower rocker panels and on the side-view mirrors. The model also has a two-tone paint exterior finish that features a black roof while lower body panels can be had in either Magnetic Gray Metallic, Silver Sky Metallic, Blizzard Pearl, and Blueprint (new for 2019).
Toyota offers a new “Adventure” trim for those who want an enhanced off-road feeling; the trim features taller roof rails and larger fender flares which give it a more rugged look. It also features a new grille, unique fog light surrounds as well as unique wheels. Buyers can also choose an” Ice Edge” paint finish for the roof; the body is available in Blue Flame, Midnight Black Metallic or Lunar Rock colors (all new for 2019).
Size-wide, the 2019 Toyota RAV4 measures 180.9 inches long, 73 inches wide. 66.9 inches tall and has a wheelbase of 105.9 inches.
Toyota has made the RAV4 cabin more modern. The model features more technologies and its console has been expanded to accommodate more items. In front of the front center armrest are side-by-side cupholders. Shoulder room and legroom at the rear have also been improved. The rear seats still have a 60/40 split-folding capability to expand cargo space when needed.
The Entune 3.0 infotainment system carries over as standard; the system supports Wi-Fi connectivity, Amazon Alexa and Apple CarPlay. The infotainment system also features a 7.0-inch touch-screen; in higher trims, buyers can upgrade to an 8.0-inch unit. There are 2 USB ports as standard but one can add 3 more. Qi wireless charging is also available on higher trims. Audiophiles will love the JBL sound system that features 11 speakers and 800 watts; the system is, however, available only on higher trims.
For safety, the 2019 Toyota RAV4 features the Safety Sense 2.0 as standard. The system bundles together various safety technologies including lane departure alert, pre-collision mitigation system that supports pedestrian detection, an adaptive cruise control that also supports stop-and-go operations as well as automatic high beams. Other safety technologies include Lane Tracing Assist and Road Sign Assist.
Engine and performance
The 2019 Toyota RAV4 gets several updates on its drive-train. The model will still be available in petrol and hybrid drive-trains. Both systems have been upgraded to offer more power and better fuel economy. They are also paired with a new transmission system. The conventional mill is the revised version of the current 2.5 L, 4-cylnder unit which has been tweaked for better combustion; it also features an enhanced valve control system that provides improved thermal efficiency (40% thermal efficiency rating). The engine mates to a new, 8-speed automatic gearbox. The models can be had in two AWD systems where the standard version is a full AWD system without the option of disconnecting the rear axle. A new AWD system dubbed Dynamic Torque Vectoring All-Wheel Drive features Rear Driveline Disconnect which can channel up to 50% of torque to the crossover’s rear axle and apportion it among the wheels as needed. The system can also disconnect the rear axle completely. The system will , however, be available only on Limited and Adventure trims.
The Hybrid version pairs the 2.5 L, petrol engine with an electric-powered rear drive system; a system the automaker has christened AWD-i. Compared to the similar system on the outgoing model, the new system has enhanced rear torque by 30%.
Power output, performance and fuel economy figures are not yet out; expect these details closer to the model’s release date.
Price and release date
Gasoline models will be the first to hit the market towards the end of this year while hybrid models will debut early in 2019. Official pricing is not yet out but prices will remain in the same range as the current model. Currently, the gasoline models have a base price of $24,510 while hybrids start at $27,235.
The Nissan X-Trail, MazdaCX-5 and Honda CR-V are the top rivals of the RAV4.