2019 Toyota RAV4
The Toyota RAV4 comes redesigned for 2019 with a new muscular design, more space, and 15% higher horsepower. Both powertrain components – the 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder gasoline engine and eight-speed automatic transmission – are new. Interior highlights include a wider center console and a handy storage tray that runs along the dash. Available upgrades include a panoramic sunroof, eight-inch infotainment screen, digital rearview mirror, and wireless phone charging. The interior is spacious and comfortable, and drivers will feel extra secure knowing that the Toyota Safety Sense package of safety technology comes standard. There are five trim levels available: LE, XLE, XLE Premium, Adventure, and Limited.
Every trim level receives a slick touchscreen Entune infotainment system that recognizes voice commands and provides a central management point for music, communication, and apps use. Additional comfort and tech features are available on higher trims, such as a built-in navigation system, HD and satellite radio, wireless device charging, and a JBL sound system. Drivers who are looking for added performance will be pleased with the TRD Off-Road and TRD Pro models, as they feature enhancements such as multi-terrain select, hill-start assist, and high-performance shocks. Toyota makes safety a priority with a packed list of standard active and passive features.
Safety and Tech
Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 is standard on all trims and includes pre-collision assist, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, and lane-departure alert with steering assist, plus the system can even read street signs and transfer a corresponding action alert (stop, yield, etc.) to the driver’s screen. Other standard tech features include automatic LED headlights, push-button start, and a backup camera. The passive safety features consist of an advanced eight-airbag system and a trial subscription to Safety Connect, which includes emergency assistance, stolen vehicle locator, roadside assistance, and automatic collision notification. A blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alerts comes as an option on the base LE and standard on the XLE and higher. When the RAV4 is equipped with Remote Connect, drivers can utilize their smartphone or Amazon Alexa to remotely start their car or find out information, such as the fuel level.
As far as connectivity, all trims come with the Entune 3.0 infotainment system, which includes features such as Amazon Alexa, Apple CarPlay, Siri Eyes Free, Bluetooth phone capability and music streaming, a 7-inch touchscreen, and a 6-speaker audio system. This system gets upgraded as the trim levels rise, with the Limited getting an 11-speaker JBL audio system and dynamic navigation.
Performance and Utility
The 2.5-liter engine boasts 203 horsepower and is paired exclusively with an eight-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission. Fuel economy ratings are 26 mpg city and 35 mpg highway for front-wheel drive configurations and 25 mpg city and 33 mpg highway for AWD models. The all-wheel-drive setup that’s standard on the Adventure and available on the Limited now has rear driveline disconnect and a torque-vectoring system to help with handling and stability. All trims except for the base can be upgraded to include a trim-specific weather package that provides luxuries such as a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, rain-sensing variable windshield wipers, and heated front seats (in higher trims).
The Adventure model comes equipped with more off-road capability and a rugged look, plus a tad (.2 inches) more ground clearance. It has 19-inch wheels, dramatic fender flares, taller roof rails, an upgraded rearview camera with guidelines, all-weather floor mats, and an improved driver information display. The Adventure model comes only as AWD, and it can tow up to 3,500 pounds while the other models have a maximum towing capacity of 1,500 pounds. All powertrains have 37.6 cubic feet of cargo capacity that expands to 69.8 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down.