Meet the 2019 Toyota RAV4
Toyota has done it again with the all-new line of 2019 Toyota RAV4 models! This highly popular crossover SUV is renowned for its versatility and handling in inclement road conditions, and the newest lineup of RAV4s lives up to that reputation. For the new model year, the RAV4 gets a sleeker front end, a Special Edition trim and an optional package with high-tech safety features. The most exciting news for fans of the RAV4 is Toyota has finally released a hybrid version of its beloved crossover. Are you thinking of buying a new 2019 Toyota RAV4? If so, read on to compare trim levels and learn more about Toyota’s top-rated crossover.
The most basic trim for the new RAV4, the LE edition, comes with all the options expected in a stock Toyota crossover. That means roof rails, air conditioning, cruise control and an adjustable driver’s seat and steering wheel to accommodate drivers of various shapes and sizes. Customers will be pleased to find that even the base RAV4 comes equipped with a rearview camera and a 6.1-inch touchscreen interface for managing the phone and audio systems. The base trim also gets a blind-spot mirror, rear privacy glass, a rear seat with reclining and 60/40 split capabilities and a six-speaker CD audio system with USB and auxiliary ports. The LE can be upgraded with satellite and HD radio, traffic updates and other options.
Higher-tech bells and whistles are aplenty in the upper trim packages of the new 2019 Toyota RAV4. The XLE trim boasts all features and options from the LE model in addition to larger alloy wheels, a sunroof, a power liftgate, fog lights, dual-zone climate control and interior style enhancements. The all-new SE trim adds a sport suspension to the XLE’s features along with 18-inch wheels, keyless ignition and entry, an eight-way power driver’s seat and synthetic leather upholstery. Drivers get heated seats and paddle shifters, and further exterior styling enhancements are topped off with LED lighting. The RAV4 Limited trim combines the XLE and SE trims and adds other bonuses such as chrome wheels, additional safety features, a larger touchscreen, navigation and adaptive cruise control. The SE and Limited trims can also be equipped with 11-speaker premium audio systems and 360-degree virtual birds-eye camera systems.
There’s only one engine option for the standard-combustion RAV4, and that’s a 2.5-liter 176-horsepower four-cylinder engine. Acceleration isn’t notable with this engine, but performance is about average when compared with competing crossovers. The EPA fuel ratings with this engine are 23 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway, which is slightly below competitors but not at all bad. Performance and handling is similar to the new Honda CR-V, though the sportier SE and XLE trims really shine with cornering. With a base MSRP of $24,350, it’s hard to go wrong with even the basic trim.
The hybrid version of the new RAV4 is currently the most fuel-efficient all-wheel drive crossover on the American auto market, delivering EPA ratings of a combined 33 mpg. Be prepared to pay more for the hybrid - not only is the tech more expensive, but Toyota has only made this RAV4 model available with the XLE and Limited trim packages. Like the other RAV4 models, this one gets the same four-cylinder engine along with front and rear electric motors and a nickel-metal hydride battery pack for 194 horsepower. Although the hybrid model doesn’t handle better than its standard-combustion counterparts, it does get more power off the line and the driving experience is more quiet and refined.