2019 Toyota Rav4
The long-awaited redesigned 2019 Toyota RAV4 has a lot of people excited. The always-popular compact crossover starts its fifth generation larger – longer, wider, and roomier inside – yet more fuel-efficient, boasting a more rigid body and about 15% higher horsepower over the 2018 version. Its improved appearance is more confident and modern, with a fascia that reminds you it’s related to those Toyota toughies, the 4Runner and Tacoma. A later-release hybrid version is also being offered, but we’ll just concentrate on the conventional gasoline burner here.
Trims and Standard Equipment
The five trim levels of the ’19 Toyota RAV4 are the LE, XLE, XLE Premium, Adventure, and Limited. Dynamic Torque Vectoring All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Adventure and available on the rest; AWD-equipped models also have a multi-terrain selection feature for specific surfaces (mud/sand, rock/dirt, and snow). The powertrain is the same across the lineup: a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder making 203 horsepower paired with an eight-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission with intelligence and sequential shift mode.
Some of the noteworthy features found on the base RAV4 are an integrated rearview camera with projected path feature, the Entune infotainment system, and the package of crash-mitigating technologies known as Toyota Safety Sense. The XLE adds automatic high beams, dual chrome-tipped exhaust, and multi-LED headlights with auto on/off. Those who choose the XLE Premium will enjoy dual-zone automatic climate control, integrated fog lights, and luxurious SofTex seating.
The name “RAV4” is the short form of Recreational Active Vehicle 4-Wheel Drive, and the Adventure model is made for those who want to take advantage of this special trim’s ramped-up ruggedness and leave the pavement. But it’s not the ‘90s anymore, and AWD – not 4WD – is standard on this trim, as are a blind spot monitor, aggressive-looking black fender flares, a unique grille, and a power liftgate with jam protection. Those seeking the ultimate in pampering should opt for the Limited, which brings with it heated front SofTex seats, a power driver’s seat with memory, a premium audio system with Dynamic Navigation, and Intelligence Clearance Sonar with Rear Cross-Traffic Braking.
As a notably safety-minded automaker, Toyota packs its products with the latest technology to keep occupants as safe as possible. Where the competitors tend to reserve these sophisticated features for their more expensive trim levels, Toyota puts its active safety package into the base model; Toyota Safety Sense encompasses lane departure alert with steering assist, a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, road edge detection, dynamic radar cruise control, road sign assist, and lane tracing assist. Every RAV4 also has trailer sway control and the Star Safety System (stability and traction control, brake assist, and more) and eight airbags. A blind spot monitor and intelligent clearance sonar with rear-cross traffic alert are available or standard, depending on trim level.
The Entune 3.0 audio/communication comes in various levels across the ’19 RAV4 lineup. The base version has a 7-inch touchscreen, six speakers, a USB data port (XLE and XLE Premium trims have four more charging ports), and compatibility with Scout GPS, Apple CarPlay, Siri Eyes Free, Bluetooth streaming audio, and Verizon Wi-Fi Connect. Available upgrades to the Entune system include a premium JBL audio system, additional speakers, voice recognition, and integrated navigation.