2019 Toyota RAV4

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2019 Toyota RAV4 Overview

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Vehicle Overview

Toyota has some big news from the 2018 New York International Auto Show: the arrival of the all-new 2019 RAV4 SUV, one of America's most popular vehicles (next to pickup trucks) — and one that was more than ready for a redesign. The new model switches to a new platform: the Toyota New Global Architecture platform, which enabled the automaker to change a few key dimensions. But the most obvious surprise will be how it looks — almost exactly like the FT-AC concept that Toyota showed at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show.

It's been toned down a little bit, but not much — and who suspected when we saw the rugged baby 4Runner concept that this was going to become Toyota's mainstream model? Few, if any, among us at Cars.com.

Look for the new RAV4 to start hitting showrooms in late 2018, with a hybrid model to follow in early 2019.

 

Exterior
The styling is a complete departure from the soft lines of the current RAV4, instead adopting the rugged, chunky, fender-flared look of the bigger rear-wheel-drive 4Runner SUV. A much more angular front bumper, grille and headlights sweeps back into plastic-clad fender flares, culminating in a linear design to the taillights and rear hatch.

The roof is a separate floating affair, as is the style these days, and can be had in contrasting colors depending on the trim of the RAV4 you've selected and whether or not you've gone for the hybrid model. The new RAV4 is longer (in wheelbase, ...

Vehicle Overview

Toyota has some big news from the 2018 New York International Auto Show: the arrival of the all-new 2019 RAV4 SUV, one of America's most popular vehicles (next to pickup trucks) — and one that was more than ready for a redesign. The new model switches to a new platform: the Toyota New Global Architecture platform, which enabled the automaker to change a few key dimensions. But the most obvious surprise will be how it looks — almost exactly like the FT-AC concept that Toyota showed at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show.

It's been toned down a little bit, but not much — and who suspected when we saw the rugged baby 4Runner concept that this was going to become Toyota's mainstream model? Few, if any, among us at Cars.com.

Look for the new RAV4 to start hitting showrooms in late 2018, with a hybrid model to follow in early 2019.

 

Exterior
The styling is a complete departure from the soft lines of the current RAV4, instead adopting the rugged, chunky, fender-flared look of the bigger rear-wheel-drive 4Runner SUV. A much more angular front bumper, grille and headlights sweeps back into plastic-clad fender flares, culminating in a linear design to the taillights and rear hatch.

The roof is a separate floating affair, as is the style these days, and can be had in contrasting colors depending on the trim of the RAV4 you've selected and whether or not you've gone for the hybrid model. The new RAV4 is longer (in wheelbase, not overall), lower and wider than the outgoing one, but the overhangs have been reduced for the front and rear bumpers.

A new XSE Hybrid sporty model is added to the lineup, as well, with a greater emphasis on dynamics without sacrificing fuel economy — it comes with a retuned sport suspension that makes it the quickest, best-handling model in the RAV4 family, according to Toyota. It can be identified by its contrast-color roof and Softex faux leather interior with blue accents. For those wishing for a more off-road style, the RAV4 Adventure trim butches things up a bit with black trim pieces, a different grille and an interior in either black or mocha with orange trim.

Interior
Inside, a much more horizontal look is found in the cabin, with a multimedia system perched tablet-style on the center console. The console itself is wider and deeper, and can hold more stuff, according to Toyota. Front and backseat room has been improved, both in width between passengers and legroom.

The multimedia system is Toyota's latest Entune 3.0, with a standard 7-inch touchscreen display that includes Amazon Alexa connectivity and Apple CarPlay as standard (no mention of Android Auto). Upgrading to Entune 3.0 Audio Plus brings Sirius XM satellite radio and an 8-inch display, while Premium Audio adds satellite navigation.

Up to five USB ports can be had in the new RAV4, as well as a Qi wireless charging pad for those devices that support it. A new 11-speaker, 800-watt JBL premium audio system is also available.

Under the Hood
The standard powertrain in the RAV4 is a 2.5-liter "Dynamic Force" four-cylinder engine, for which Toyota neglected to provide any horsepower or torque numbers — merely saying it will be more powerful than the outgoing model. It is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission driving either the front or all four wheels.

A hybrid is also part of the plan, again with promised better efficiency and power, but without specifications. A new all-wheel-drive system joins the lineup, bringing the total up to three different setups. The optional all-wheel-drive system on gas-engine models is joined by one for hybrid systems — but the news is a new Dynamic Torque Vectoring all-wheel-drive system with Rear Driveline Disconnect, which you can get on the Limited and Adventure gas-engine models. Up to 50 percent of engine torque can be sent to the rear wheels, or conversely, those rear wheels can be disconnected completely when not needed for improved fuel economy and vibration performance.

Safety
The new RAV4 will include the Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 package as standard on all models, including a significant number of safety features that are still optional on even some premium luxury vehicles. The TSS 2.0 system includes a forward collision warning system with pedestrian detection and automatic emergency braking, full-speed dynamic radar cruise control, lane departure warning with steering assist, automatic high beams, lane detection and lane keep assist (what Toyota calls "Lane Tracing Assist"), and new road sign assist that identifies road signs and can warn the driver with alerts depending on sign type.

This equipment comes atop the Toyota Star Safety System, which includes the typical stability control, ABS and other basic technologies. Optional systems include blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, a 360-degree camera system, parking sensors and rear cross-traffic automatic braking. A backup camera and electronic parking brake are standard.
 


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The 2019 Toyota RAV4 gets a dramatic exterior styling makeover, revised interior design and a new engine, and we got to check it out after its debut at the 2018 New York auto show.

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OMG the exterior is down right ugly ugly ugly.

by ChadShephard from Shelby, KY on September 23, 2018

The ride feels peppier than '18. nbr of USB port and CarPlay is nice. Some of the safety feature still too aggressive, especially lane warning. It feels quieter than '18. shifting somewhat odd during ... Read full review

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Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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