2019 Toyota RAV4

For the all-new RAV4, designers kept in mind “Adventure” and “Refinement” to allow owners to get up and go in their RAV4. An emphasis is placed on maximizing the presence of a small SUV while maintaining high levels of finesse inside and out. The longer wheelbase and wider front and rear tracks provide a stable, confident driving platform. For off-road prowess, the shorter front and rear overhangs will aid in RAV4’s ability to overcome rugged terrain.

“The 2019 RAV4 will appeal especially to families with children for many reasons — it’s roomy, more functional and flexible, and more refined inside,” said Lisa Materazzo, vice president, vehicle marketing and communications, Toyota North America.

RAV4 has taken motorists on countless adventures for over two decades, earning the current rank of the best-selling Toyota in the country. For its fifth generation, the all-new RAV4 debuts more powerful, roomier, and fuel-efficient for 2019.

My favorite is the RAV4 Adventure grade, as it looks ready for the outdoors. Outside, it looks stronger and more rugged with some of the looks of the Tacoma, but doesn’t have an overly aggressive attitude. Inside is color-accented stitching and more attention to detail designed to attract car enthusiasts — I think its balance will appeal to many different buyers.

In addition to its two new powertrains promising more power and fuel economy, the compact utility vehicle boasts improvements and updates in nearly every major area, plenty of standard safety equipment, and a more refined interior boasting advanced connectivity.

Offered in premium Limited, stylish XSE HV hybrid, or rugged Adventure grades, the 2019 RAV4 is redesigned to more closely resemble the Tacoma midsize pickup truck, starting with a strong nose that leads into a more dynamic profile, with robust shoulders, and bold, chiseled lines.

Sideview mirrors have been relocated onto the doors for increased forward visibility around the A-pillar, side visibility is improved thanks to a lowered beltline, while the redesigned and enlarged rear-quarter glass assists with rear-diagonal visibility.

The standard powertrain is the a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine paired with an eight-speed Direct Shift automatic transmission. Promising enhanced power and acceleration as well as class-leading fuel efficiency, an optional hybrid version of the 2.5-liter engine mated to an electronically controlled continuously variable transmission powers four hybrid models expected in early 2019.

Toyota’s All-Wheel Drive with Intelligence is also offered. Because the system increases the total torque to the rear wheels by 30 percent depending on driving conditions, it promises excellent off-road performance, handling, and ability. Multi-Terrain Select, standard on all AWD-equipped gas RAV4 models, allows drivers to maximize traction when driving through snow, mud, sand, or rocks for true off-road capability.

The 2019 RAV4 possesses an entirely reimagined design and performance, thanks to the implementation of its new Toyota New Global Architecture platform and two new powertrains. With the platform comes a multi-link rear suspension, and an available Toyota-first Torque Vectoring all-wheel drive with driveshaft disconnect system giving drivers improved handling. Multi-Terrain Select is also available for guests who want to take their adventures off the pavement.

Standard across the lineup is Entune 3.0 multimedia with a 7-inch touchscreen as well as Wi-Fi Connect powered by Verizon, hands-free access to Amazon Alexa, and Apple CarPlay compatibility. Enhancing onboard multimedia access, RAV4 can be had with up to five USB ports and an optional Qi wireless charging tray at the front of the center console.

A perennial favorite since its launch in 1994, the Toyota RAV4 has consistently ranked at the top of the list for SUV sales, where it runs neck-and-neck with the Nissan Rogue, Honda CR-V, Chevrolet Equinox, and Ford Escape. Over the last five years, RAV4 sales volume has doubled, making it the number-one-selling vehicle in the Toyota lineup.

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