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2019 Toyota RAV4: Redesign, Pricing, Release Date

, Automotive Editor - June 19, 2018
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Since its debut in 2013, the RAV4 went through a visual refresh in 2016 that also came with a new hybrid option. Since then, it’s seen a few more upgrades since then, like the new Adventure model. The 2019 RAV4, though, will usher in a huge change, as this whimsical crossover will undergo a significant redesign.

The 2019 RAV4 will hit showrooms boasting an all-new design. We’re not talking about just some mild reworking of its panels and platform, either. Every panel will get a new, more aggressive tone, as it appears Toyota’s looking to bring a little ruggedness back into the softening small-crossover segment.

In addition to its sharp new duds, the new RAV4 will also be 0.2 inches shorter in length and height, 0.4 inches wider, and will ride atop a 1.2-inch longer platform. Plus, it’ll have about an extra half inch of ground clearance. Toyota appears to be hoping that the new RAV4 will have a little more off-road cred.

Inside, the 2019 RAV4 will also be all-new with a brand-new design and technology, like the standard Entune 3.0 system with Wi-Fi, Amazon Alexa, and Apple CarPlay. This system will also use a 7-inch touchscreen. Opting for the Entune 3.0 Plus will add in an 8-inch touchscreen.

2019 Toyota RAV4

Other available tech upgrades will include optional Qi wireless charging, up to five USB ports, and an 850-watt JBL audio system. Buyers looking for a little more premium equipment, the 2019 RAV4 will comply with its new Limited trim, which adds 19-inch wheels, a moonroof, 8-way power front seats with memory, a 7-inch multi-display system, a rearview display mirror, and more.

Under its hood, the 2019 RAV4 will continue with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and an available hybrid powertrain that combines a 2.5-liter engine with an electric drive unit. There is no mention of output, but Toyota does say both powertrains will be more powerful and more fuel efficient than today’s RAV4 powertrains.

Front-wheel drive will remain standard, but a more advanced all-wheel-drive system will be available too. On gas-fueled Limited and Adventure models, the new Dynamic All-Wheel Drive system will feature torque vectoring to help in slippery conditions and rear-driveline disconnect that decouples the rear wheels to enhance fuel economy. This new system will transfer up to 50 percent of the power to the rear wheels, giving it what should be improved capabilities off the beaten path.

While it’ll be a bit before the IIHS gets its dummies behind the wheel of the 2019 RAV4, we do know it will have the new Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 system as a standard feature. This will include automatic braking with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning with lane-keep assist, lane-centering assist, automatic high beams, and road-sign assist. Given the new TGNA platform, which is 57 percent stronger than the previous RAV4’s platform, can hold up structurally, the 2019 RAV4 could be an IIHS Top Safety Pick+.

Pricing & Release Date

Official pricing is due to be released in November 2018. We currently anticipate an on-sale date sometime in December for the gas model and early 2019 for the hybrid.

For reference, the 2018 RAV4 ranges from $25,505 to $37,245 in its standard format and from $28,230 to $35,125 for the hybrid (destination fees included).

Competition will include the Honda CR-V, Nissan Rogue, and the Ford Escape.

Learn about the current RAV4 on sale now »

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2019 Toyota RAV4

2019 Toyota RAV4

2019 Toyota RAV4

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