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2019 Toyota RAV4 OVERVIEW
The 2019 Toyota RAV4 is a compact crossover utility vehicle with room for five. This model has one powertrain choice and is available in standard front-wheel drive or with optional all-wheel drive. As an all-new model for 2019, Toyota presents the RAV4 in five trims with several package upgrades available.
What's New for 2019
The 2019 Toyota RAV4 is a complete redesign, which launches the fifth generation of this small crossover. The new model is slightly longer, features a more rigid body, and has an updated powertrain. Additional safety features and updated all-wheel-drive systems with a Multi-Terrain Select drive control round out the top changes for the year. Toyota markets a RAV4 Hybrid variant separately.
Choosing Your Toyota RAV4
The 2019 Toyota RAV4 is available in LE, XLE, XLE Premium, Adventure, and Limited trims. All models are powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with 203 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Models equipped with front-wheel drive achieve an EPA-estimated 26 miles per gallon city, 35 mpg highway, and 30 combined. Adding all-wheel drive, which is $1,005 on LE, XLE, Premium, and Limited trims and standard on the Adventure, drops fuel economy to 25/33/28 mpg (city/highway/combined).
Standard features include LED headlights, 17-inch steel wheels, roof rails, dual exhaust tips, and power side mirrors. All models come with full power accessories, a climate control system, an infotainment system, and driver-assist safety features.
The 2019 Toyota RAV4 makes the necessary improvements to remain one of the top sellers in its segment, competing with the Nissan Rogue, Honda CR-V, Ford Escape, Chevrolet Equinox, and others for customer attention. The standard Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 suite includes adaptive cruise control, lane departure alert, and a pre-collision system with rear cross-traffic alert. Start your search with the base trim and you’ll find a lot of value for the money.
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