2019 Toyota RAV4 Specs and In-Depth Review

2019 Toyota RAV4 Specs and In-Depth Review
 
 
 
 
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The Toyota RAV4 competes in a compact SUV marketplace that has become rather crowded. Standing out in this crowded field is no mean feat, something which the 2019 model of Toyota’s best-selling family car yet manages to do. Thanks to its focus on economy and comfort, two often-conflicting goals, the 2019 Toyota RAV4 is among the best options for a hassle-free ride. You will appreciate the advantages of this car in day to day running and over the long run, when its savings begin to add up.

How the 2019 Toyota RAV4 Stands Out 

Since Toyota first launched the RAV4 in the late 1990s, the car carved out a niche as an SUV that broke boundaries. Where traditional SUVs emphasized size and ruggedness, the RAV4 has always considered fuel economy equally important. This practicality is evident in the 2019 Toyota RAV4. 

In recent years, the RAV4 became America’s best-selling SUV. It’s a vehicle that’s taken a unique road to get there. From its roots as a relatively low-powered tiny SUV, the RAV4 has now become roomier and more powerful. Its practicality is just as good as ever.

Interior

The interior of the 2019 Toyota RAV4 features a sleek-looking cabin with soft-touch materials. The dashboard sports a 7-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and Toyota’s Entune infotainment system. 

In addition to being well-designed, the interior of the car comes with generous room for both passengers and cargo. The RAV4 has seating for 5, while it can store up to 69.8 cb. ft. of cargo when rear seats are folded. With passengers in the rear seats, the car can still store up to 37.5 cb. ft. in cargo volume.

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Engine and Powertrain 

The RAV4 has seen a generous upgrade in its engine and power over time. The 2019 model features a 203 horsepower 2.5 Liter 4-cylinder engine. This is a 27 hp upgrade over the previous RAV4 model. Perhaps due to this, it can be occasionally loud, but the RAV4 delivers a generally quiet ride.

In the city, the RAV4 delivers a superb 26 mpg, whereas on the highway, its fuel efficiency comes to an impressive 35 mpg. The car’s drivetrain is front-wheel drive, and it comes with active cornering assist technology.

How Much the 2019 RAV4 Costs 

To accommodate different buyers’ preferences, from regular commuters to sport motoring fans, the Rav comes in nine different models. The base model, the 2019 RAV4 LE, also has the lowest price. Its FWD trim costs $25,650, while the AWD trim starts at $27,050.

Other models of the RAV4 cost between $25,000 and $35,000. The highest price goes to the 2019 Toyota RAV4 Limited Hybrid.

Competition for the Toyota RAV4 includes the Honda CR-V. While this is a vehicle with great fuel economy and price, the RAV4 arguably has better long term reliability. This will make it the best fit for drivers who want a safe bet.

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To Consider Before Your Purchase

The base model, Toyota RAV4 LE has good fuel economy, however, it is not a hybrid. It runs only on gas, not electric power. If you would like hybrid features at an affordable price, the Toyota RAV4 LE Hybrid is very similar to the base model and runs on a hybrid power system.

Our Notes

  • Transmission: 8-speed automatic
  • Safety features: Rear cross-traffic braking and intelligent clearance sonar are available on some trims
  • Dust and pollen filters: Climate control with dust and pollen filters available on some high-end trims

What Do They Say on Other Sites

“This car is very roomy, plenty of leg room and drives great. Oscar set up all the automatic electronic features. I absolutely love this vehicle.” (Ana on Cars.com)

“Purchased 2019 Adventure Rav 4 and after 1000 miles started heading grumbling moaning noise. At stop signs the car would lurch forward when accelerator applied. On freeway the noise from drivers window is distracting and radio needs to be turned up louder. On a hill the car decided to break itself! Many issues..and the kicker is that Toyota does not know how to fix the problems!!!” (Lissamcgraw on Cars.com)

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