2019 New Cars

2019 Toyota RAV4 Redesign, Hybrid, Towing Capacity

Slotted between siblings the Highlander and C-HR, the new 2019 Toyota RAV4 comes with enhanced styling and decent amenities. For 2019, Toyota has also given safety features a boost. It comes in regular fuel based models along with hybrid variants.

The first ever compact crossover from Toyota lineup, the RAV4 has an impressive legacy and huge fan following. Ever since Toyota unveiled the first model in 1995, it has sold well and the various revamps has only helped the model strengthen its position in the market.

2019 Toyota RAV4 front

2019 Toyota RAV4 – Refreshed and Updated Design

To cope up with rivals including the popular Mazda CX-5, Toyota has revised the exterior styling of the 2019 RAV4 to an extent. As it is, this segment is replete with stylish models. It is a sleek looking model and the headlamp and bumper have been revamped. In US market- it is sold in the trims- LE, SE, XLE, Limited, Adventure and Platinum. Most of these are sold in hybrid variants as well. Exterior hue choices include Silver Sky Metallic, Super White, Ruby Flare Pearl and also a Magnetic Grey Metallic.

The cabin of 2019 RAV4 has been designed with utility and comfort of the users in mind. In LE trim, you may not find the material quality to be superior but in upper trims, things are better. The SUV gets 38.4 cubic feet cargo space by default- which is generous. The hybrid models get cargo space of 35.6 cubic feet. There are provisions for 5 persons in the cabin. Enough options are there to store bottles, gadgets and small accessories in the cabin.

The RAV4 Adventure trim gets unique exterior and interior styling elements. It gets a tow prep package to start with. It also gets special badges, black aluminum wheels, elevated ride height, black headlight bezels, fog light surrounds, larger fender flares, and blackened roof racks. The unique theme design continues in a cabin with the special floor and cargo mats.

Safety Features and Amenities of the 2019 Toyota RAV4

The 2019 RAV4 is also laden with good safety features and amenities. The entry-level LE trim gets features like Halogen DRL, Halogen projector-beam headlamps, 17-in steel wheels, rearview mirror, Privacy glass, Cruise control, Illuminated entry system, cup/bottle holders, Door panel storage pockets, 12V power outlets, Acoustic and UV reduction front windshield. There is also a 6.1-inch display, AM/FM/CD system with six speakers, Bluetooth connectivity and USB inputs to control your iPod.

The XLE trim adds variable intermittent windshield wipers, fog lights, air filter, 2 zones automated climate control, upgraded Entune with satellite and HD Radio, leather-trimmed steering wheel, Power tilt/slide moonroof, Power windows and Remote keyless entry. Furthermore, it comes with better front seats with French stitching.

The SE trim adds LED projector-beam headlights, LED DRL, Power heated outside mirrors, blind spot mirrors, heated front seats.

The Limited trim adds a Backup camera, 18-in alloy SuperChrome wheels, Auto-dimming rearview mirror, power liftgate, SofTex upholstery, Entune Premium audio with navigation, apps and more.

The Platinum trim gets Integrated Navigation, Premium JBL Audio setup, Entune infotainment, enhanced leather seating setup, ambient footwell lighting and heated steering wheel. The sports suspension, SofTex seating, 2-tone paint and rear cross-traffic alert is also included.

There are several safety features for all trims along with airbags. The new Safety Sense-P suite is included with all models. It brings in automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic high beams and lane departure alert. Furthermore, there are trim specific packages like Cold Area Package and Technology package etc.

2019 Toyota RAV4 interior

2019 Toyota RAV4 – Engine and Fuel Economy

All variants of the 2019 Toyota RAV4 will get a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine. The first one and the base engine is capable to make 176 horsepower at 6,000 rpm. However, the torque of the vehicle will be 172 lb-ft at 4,100 rpm. It comes with the standard front wheel system or optional all-wheel drive. The engine will get a 6-speed automatic gearbox. Furthermore, the road noise seeps into the cabin at high speeds and rides quality is decent. As per fuel economy, we expected the better numbers compared to previous model 23/29 mpg (FWD), 22/28 mpg (AWD).

2019 Toyota RAV4 – Hybrid Powertrain

The hybrid version of the 2019 Toyota RAV4 will get a 2.5-liter inline-4 engine that is paired with two electric motors and a CVT unit. With the combination of gasoline and electric combined this engine is capable to produce maximum 194 horsepower at 5,700 rpm and 206 lb-ft of torque at 4,100 rpm. The fuel economy in the city/highway is 34/30 mpg. Furthermore, the all-wheel-drive system is standard in this hybrid variant.

Towing Capacity

The standard or base version of the 2019 Toyota RAV4 configurations can tow only 1,500 pounds. But if you choose the RAV4 Adventure trim and add Dynamic Torque Control AWD you will be able to tow amazing 3500 pounds. If we look at the numbers this version can tow 2,000 pounds more than the standard model. Also, the models in this category like Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, Chevrolet Equinox and Mitsubishi Outlander has the same towing capacity of the 3500 pounds.

2019 Toyota RAV4 rear

2019 Toyota RAV4 – Price, Availability and Challengers

The 2019 Toyota RAV4 LE trim will have Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of $26,000, including the destination charge. The Platinum model with AWD system and top-of-the-line will be more than $37,000. The Hybrid XLE variant will reach $30,000.

The 2019 Toyota RAV4 will debut sometime in 2018. The 2019 Toyota RAV4 gets moderate styling updates and a boost in safety department. It is ideal for a variety of buyers seeking compact crossovers.

With this prices, the main challenges are Honda CR-V, Ford EscapeKia Sportage and Mazda CX-5.

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