The newest 2019 Toyota RAV4 sits below the larger Highlander and above smaller sibling C-HR in Toyota’s lineup. For 2019, the styling changes are not drastic but the cabin gets laden with more amenities.
The Toyota has also revamped the safety features. It will also get a new trim and there is a hybrid version as well. The Japanese car giant Toyota is now busy revamping its entire portfolio.
2019 Toyota RAV4 – Bulbous Rear End and Chunky Tail Lamps
The exterior styling of 2019 Toyota RAV4 is not much different compared to the existing model- as it is. The front side grille and the bumper is a little revised but on first glance, you may not be able to see the difference. The bulbous rear end and chunky tail lamps may not be up to everyone’s taste though. It will be sold in 6 trims levels- LE, XLE, Limited SE, Platinum, and the Adventure. The exterior styling will vary a little from one trim to another. However, the Adventure trims look absolutely enticing.
The cabin of 2019 Toyota RAV4 is sleek but material quality varies a lot. The upper trims have less hard plastic but they still fall short of rivals like Mazda CX-3 and Honda CR-V. The cargo space is decent and will meet the need of target buyers. It is equipped with a low load floor. If you fold up the 2nd row, the cargo space becomes 73.4 cubic feet. There are some small item storage bins and cubicles in the cabin, as expected.
Safety Technologies and Trims
The Toyota is revamping safety technologies across its entire lineup- including the RAV4. So, the 2019 Toyota RAV4 gets TSS driver-assistance and collision-avoidance suite of technologies. You get features like dynamic radar cruise control, forward-collision warning, automatic high-beam, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking and lane-keeping assist. Barring the base trim, every trim gets equipped with blind-spot monitoring. Some trims can be fitted with a surround view camera system. Of course, you get quite a number of airbags in the cabin.
In the 2019 RAV4, the Toyota offers its Entune infotainment system. It has been updated and now offers better graphics and response to touch. However, it still has some way to go before rivaling Sync 3 setup of Ford.
The LE trim gets features like Bluetooth, USB port, 6.1-inch touchscreen setup. The XLE trim adds a moonroof, fog lights, and automatic 2-zone climate control. The new Adventure trim gets unique styling cues- both in the cabin and outside. It also adds a heated steering wheel, rubber floor mats, 120V power outlet, body-color trim. RAV4 SE gets LED headlights, 18-inch alloy wheels, black-accented interior, and leatherette seating material. The RAV4 Limited adds synthetic leather upholstery, 7.0-inch infotainment display, navigation and keyless ignition. RAV4 Platinum, the top notch trim gets body-color rocker panels, heated steering wheel, JBL premium sound setup and foot-controlled power liftgate.
The Cold Weather Package is available for some trims. Despite the variety and customization choices available across the lineup, the 2019 RAV4 lags behind some category rivals. For example, you cannot opt for real leather upholstery or cooling for front seats.
Engine and Gearbox of the 2019 Toyota RAV4
The majority of 2019 Toyota RAV4 trims are equipped with a 2.5-liter inline-4 engine which makes 176 horsepower. It is laden with a 6-speed automatic transmission gearbox.
The Hybrid model gets a 2.5-liter engine with a couple of electric motors. The mixed output is 194 HP. The AWD is there is an option. Its hybrid powertrain is a good one though the performance is not what you will call sporty. On electric-only mode, it can cover 20 mph. However, you should not push it too hard in electric mode.
2019 Toyota RAV4 – Availability and Cost
The 2019 Toyota RAV4 will be made available for sale in mid to late 2018. The adventure trim price may be close to $27.000 and Toyota will unveil entire lineup pricing soon.
Summing it up
The 2019 Toyota RAV4 is a nice compact crossover that gets minor styling update. The hybrid version adds some value to its position. The cabin is decent and overall cargo space is good. You get decent customization choices for almost all trims.
The Toyota has spruced up safety features and the new infotainment setup is good enough. However, it is not much sporty and some rivals get the edge in powertrain and amenities.