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2019 Toyota RAV4 review

Since its introduction to the US market in 1996, the Toyota RAV4 has been a success. Sales grew steadily for the first 10 years, then skyrocketed as the crossover and the SUV revolution really took hold. Toyota sold 427,170 examples of RAV4 in America last year, surpassing all other compact crossovers.

The reason for the popularity of the RAV4 is easy to identify. Toyota has delivered a crossover of high quality and full of value at an affordable price. When buyers changed their loyalty from compact cars to compact crossovers, they did not change their loyalty to the brand. The buyers of Camry and Corolla became buyers of RAV4.

The Toyota RAV4 2019 has been redesigned recently to meet a wide range of needs, and is based on Toyota’s advanced TNGA platform. The new fifth-generation RAV4 is available in five trim levels, ranging from entry-level entry level LE to upper-rank Limited. Toyota wisely retained the Adventure adornment that comes with a variety of off-road features. There is also a hybrid option later this year with four own equipment levels.

The price starts at $ 26,595 for the most basic version of RAV4 LE FWD with destination charges included. Gasoline RAV4 models can cost up to $ 35,995 before you choose any optional package. The hybrid model is more expensive, with a price between $ 28,795 and $ 36,795. As proven, our limited fit with a list of options had a sticker price of $ 39,536.

The buyers did not change their loyalty to the brand. The buyers of Camry and Corolla became buyers of RAV4.

INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR DESIGN

The RAV4 follows the prevailing design sensibilities of the current era, with sharp cutting lines, a somewhat blocked front end and a large grille. It seems more robust than most of its competitors. A short band on the C-pillar provides the floating roof effect that is popular in almost all SUV brands at this time. In short, the RAV4 offers updated looks that will not embarrass you in the parking lot of your workplace, your gym or your driveway. One point to keep in mind: the RAV4 comes with standard LED headlights and daytime running lights, so you get the benefit of great lighting and a totally modern look.

Inside, Toyota emphasized technology rather than traditional luxury, and maintained the same level of construction quality that RAV4 buyers expect. Depending on the level of finish, the RAV4 comes with fabric or SofTex synthetic leather seating surfaces. The real leather makes an optional appearance on the gear lever and on the steering wheel, but that’s it. However, unless you really care about real leather, the SofTex is pretty good. At the higher trim levels, the front seats warm up, and if it is thrown for the optional limited-grade climate package, the front seats are heated and ventilated, and the outer rear seats are heated. The RAV4 borrows its most exclusive SUV reclining rear seats. It is a feature that comes standard on all equipment levels.

On the rear, the RAV4 offers a generous 37.6 cubic feet behind the rear seat, and 69.8 cubic feet with the rear seat folded. The hybrid will probably have less space in the back because of the batteries. Either way, your trunk space is approximately average for the segment. To add context, the Honda CR-V (one of the closest competitors to the RAV4) has 39.2 buckets with five occupants on board and 75.8 buckets with the rear seats folded flat. The Mazda CX-5 registers at 30.9 and 59.6, respectively.

TECH FEATURES

In an intelligent move, Toyota turned technology into the focus of the redesigned RAV4. In all levels of equipment, the RAV4 is compatible with Amazon Alexa, Apple CarPlay, Siri Eyes Free, GPS Scout, Google Assistant and Bluetooth. However, you must buy from the competition dealers if you want Android Auto; Honda, Nissan and Mazda offer it.

The base embellishments offer a 7.0-inch Entune 3.0 touchscreen interface, and the Adventure and Limited premium embellishments get an 8.0-inch screen that is one inch larger than the one that conforms to the higher-specification CR-V. The infotainment system is well designed, with a set of real buttons on the sides for an instant response to common requests, such as audio or map view screens.

The screen also shows the image of the rear view camera. Base settings obtain a basic camera with projected route information, while higher settings obtain a panoramic view with dynamic patterns. If you buy the Limited-Tier Advanced Technology Package, you can upgrade it to a 360-degree camera with perimeter scanning and sidewalk view, which is good for parallel parking.

The driver information screen comes in two styles depending on your level of adjustment. The lower settings have a 4.2-inch screen nested between the analog indicators, while the higher settings use a 7.0-inch screen that you can program to your liking. A funny screen to mention is the AWD monitor, which gives you a real-time view of the power of the engine that goes to each of its four wheels. It lights up like a Christmas tree on snowy roads.

Toyota also offers many specialized options packages for different levels of equipment, including a new digital rearview mirror and a Qi-compatible wireless smartphone in the upper grades. In the Upper Limited grade, the Advanced Technology Package includes the 360-degree camera, the keyless entry on all doors, a foot-activated electric liftgate and Qi-compatible wireless charging in a small compartment where the console meets the board.

DRIVING IMPRESSIONS

There is a gasoline engine in the 2019 RAV4. It is a 2.5-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine with 203 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. Whether you select the front wheel drive or one of the two all-wheel drive systems, you get an eight-speed automatic transmission. The performance is good, but not noticeably higher than the SUVs of the competition.

The available AWD systems are broken down by adjustment. The LE and XLE models of the base obtain a standard system capable of sending up to 50% of the engine power to the rear axle when necessary. In the Adventure and Limited models, buyers get an improved system with dynamic torque vector that allows the RAV4 to send the power of the engine to any of the rear wheels. The enhanced AWD system also includes a rotary controller on the console to allow the driver to select Mud & Sand mode, Rock & Dirt mode. The separate buttons activate the snow mode and the hill descent control.

The biggest improvement in the 2019 RAV4 is in its driving behavior, and that is directly attributable to the new chassis platform. The old RAV4 had a tendency to bounce in the back. A heavy bump hit with a rear tire could give the rear seat passengers a serious kick. The new chassis feels more solid and smooth, as an SUV should feel. In a week of driving, even in winter conditions, the RAV4 did not show bad habits.

Equipped with AWD, the RAV4 Limited we tested has an EPA rating of 25 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway, with an average of approximately 28 mpg. That’s average for the segment, and it’s pretty much what we found. Without trying to drive in any particular way, we saw 28.2 mpg during the course of our week. Buyers who select a FWD RAV4 should see a slightly better fuel economy. The figures of fuel savings in the next hybrid have not yet been published.

PEACE OF MIND

Toyota supports each RAV4 with a standard warranty of 36 months or 36,000 miles. The powertrain, rust and restraint systems are covered for five years or 60,000 miles. In addition, Toyota offers a free three-year Safety Connect test, which automatically alerts emergency services in case of an accident, acts as a stolen vehicle locator and provides 24-hour assistance through a call center.

The most important development with the new generation of the RAV4 is that Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 is now standard on all models. From the LE base to the limited top, RAV4 buyers gain adaptive cruise control, pre-collision mitigation with pedestrian detection, lane departure control, automatic high beams, traffic signal recognition and tracking assistance. rail.

If you need an update course, the road sign recognition uses the forward facing cameras and places the most recent speed limit signal on the driver information screen. It will also show stop signs, yield and not enter, but how often do you see the meters with one of those indicators?

The lane layout uses smooth directional entries to keep the RAV4 in the center of its lane. You can activate track layout only when adaptive cruise control is active. The system works with the cameras, identifying the yellow and white lane marking lines, but is also able to follow the vehicle forward if there are no visible lane markings. This function works, but remember that it is far from being a self-driven vehicle. You still have to keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road.

RIVALS

The main rivals for the RAV4 are the Nissan Rogue 2019 and the Honda CR-V 2019. Although the RAV4 was sold more in recent years, in many years the Rogue outperforms the RAV4. The Honda is always a close third. The fourth place is the Jeep Cherokee, and it sells approximately half the volume of the RAV4.

Among rivals, the Nissan costs a little less, from $ 25,965 to $ 35,935. The Honda gains in base price to $ 25,395 in the lower limit of FWD, and can cost up to $ 35,195.

When it comes to features, you just have to decide what interests you. Nissan offers ProPILOT Assist, which helps guide the rogue in the corners, but the RAV4 offers track tracking assistance, which is similar but less developed. Honda offers the LaneWatch system, which gives you a view of the camera from the blind spot on the right when you activate the turn signal to the right. That is a good feature that nobody else has. However, apart from some specific technological characteristics, all the market leaders are comparable SUVs in price and performance.

HOW Get Into Blog WOULD CONFIGURE THIS CAR

Configuring the RAV4 will depend on your objectives. Do you need basic transportation? Then save your money and get the LE or XLE cuts. Are you looking for something with the most features of a premium SUV, but you are not aware of the badges? Then the Limited or Adventure settings may be the best option for you.

If we spent our own money, we would choose the XLE trim at $ 28,395. At this level, you get the SofTex seats, as well as blind spot monitoring and back traffic alerts and the smart key system. More importantly, the XLE provides access to a menu of options that are not available in the clipping of the base, so we could equip the RAV4 exactly to our liking for approximately $ 30,000.

However, we would be very tempted by the cut of the adventure at $ 33,995, because it seems very funny.

OUR TAKE

The 2019 Toyota RAV4 is without a doubt the best RAV4 that has been manufactured. By the list of functions or numbers, Toyota brings more content, more options and a better base vehicle. The new RAV4 does not cost more than the competition in the volume cuts that most buyers will choose, and provides a solid justification of value for its price.

The conclusion is that more than one million buyers each year choose the RAV4 or one of its closest competitors. You can not go wrong if you try the three and choose the one you like the most.

Should you get one?

Yes. There is a very good reason why the RAV4 is a popular vehicle, and the new generation offers even more value than before.

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