The 2019 Toyota RAV4 is an all-new model and rarely has”all-new” Been true. Its mechanical underpinnings replace a platform which had been in existence for 13 years. Its engine and transmission are somewhat fresh. Its design is a radical departure from its predecessor, signaling a change in overall doctrine: by more of a vehicle like layout, to something more akin to more rocky SUVs.
In that vein, the ground clearance is considerably greater, the accessible all-wheel-drive systems are more sophisticated and the Adventure trimming level is more capable of taking you on real adventures.
Ah, but what about the RAV4’s long-appreciated usefulness and family friendliness? Well, the freight area loses some maximum potential because of a decrease roof and a more sloped tailgate design — boxier items or a Golden Retriever might not match also.
That lower roof also might make headroom a little tight. On the other hand, the RAV4 still has one of the greatest, most comfortable cabins in its segment. It also gains an attractive new cottage layout with greatly improved substances, more functional small item storage along with the latest Toyota tech interface which includes Apple CarPlay. For most consumers, we think that equals a net win.
And indeed, the new RAV4 is much more commonly appealing than the vehicle it replaces. It’s definitely different, and possibly some will not enjoy the new leadership, but we are guessing it will bring even more.
What’s New for 2019?
The RAV4 has been completely redesigned for 2019.
Premium, Limited and Adventure. There is also a RAV4 Hybrid model, which we review individually, that provides a unique XSE Premium sport-oriented trim level.
Standard equipment on the LE ($25,500) includes 17-in steel wheels, LED Interior equipment includes a height-adjustable driver seat, cloth upholstery, a 60/40-split rear and folding rear seat, a 7-in touchscreen, one USB port, in-car Wi-Fi, Apple CarPlay, and a 6-speaker audio system with an auxiliary audio jack.
The XLE ($27,300) adds 17-in alloy wheels, automatic headlights, fog Lights, heated mirrors, blind spot monitoring, back cross-traffic assist, proximity entrance and push-button beginning, a sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, upgraded upholstery, a cargo cover and four extra USB ports (two front, 2 rear).
The XLE Premium ($29,500) includes 19-in wheels, extra ground clearance, a Optional about the XLE trims is the Entune 3.0 Audio Plus package adds an 8-in Touchscreen, satellite radio, and about the XLE Premium, an 11-speaker JBL audio system.
The Adventure ($32,900) features distinctive styling, taller roof rails, Orange-accented interior trim, hill-descent management and a complex AWD system as standard (described previously in the Fuel Economy segment ). It adds several tech updates including an upgraded backup camera, a 7-in all-digital device panel, the 8-in touchscreen and satellite radio. It reverts to the non-leather steering wheel and offers the sunroof as a separate alternative.
The XLE, XLE Premium and Adventure games Provide a Technology package that Includes parking sensors and rear cross-traffic automatic braking. The XLE also gains an auto-dimming rearview mirror, whereas the other two add a rearview camera mirror, wireless smartphone charging and a JBL audio system.
The Limited trim ($33,500) has its very own, ritzier styling and is available With the Adventure’s upgraded AWD system, but otherwise adds attributes to the XLE Premium. The JBL audio system is optional. The Limited’s Advanced Technology package adds a birds-eye parking system, wireless smartphone charging, a hands-free power liftgate and proximity entry points on all doorways.
Available on all trim levels is some version of the Weather Prep bundle That provides a heated leather-wrapped steering and automatic wipers using a de-icer function. The XLE Premium version also includes heated front seats and driver Memory functions.
The Adventure and Restricted variant farther adds heated and Ventilated front seats, while just the Limited adds heated rear seats.