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2019 Toyota RAV4

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$25,500 — $34,900 MSRP
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Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

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.

By Jennifer Geiger

The Toyota RAV4 has a lot of fans — more than 400,000 people in the U.S. bought one last year alone — but I've never been one of them, underwhelmed by its slow, loud road manners, clunky multimedia system and chintzy interior. A redesign for 2019, however, is bringing me closer to getting what all the fuss is about.

Related: The 2019 Toyota RAV4 Suddenly Becomes Appealing Again

Outside, the fifth generation of the compact SUV trades its previous crossover-like curves for the beefed-up face and aggressive shoulders of Toyota's larger, trucky SUVs, like the 4Runner. Inside, there's an updated multimedia system as well as upgraded materials and added tech and safety features that make it competitive against class darling the Honda CR-V and my favorites, the Nissan Rogue and Mazda CX-5. But with prices starting $840 more than the outgoing model, it's going to take more to win me over completely.      

At the press launch in Carmel, Calif., I drove three versions of the RAV4, including the new Adventure trim level, with gas and hybrid drivetrains, and I have a favorite (per Cars.com's ethics policy, we pay for our airfare and lodging at such automaker-sponsored events).

Driving Differences

The standout is the hybrid. It delivers utility, economy and the most comfortable driving experience. The hybrid pairs a 2.5-liter inline-four-cylinder engine with a continuously variable automatic transmission that's good ... Read More

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

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Exterior Styling
(2.0)
Performance
(4.0)
Interior Design
(4.0)
Comfort
(4.0)
Value For The Money
(5.0)
(3.0)

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

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2019 Toyota RAV4 currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2019 Toyota RAV4 has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Toyota

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    24 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    7 years/less than 85,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    12 months/12, 000 miles

  • Powertrain

    7 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    160- or 174-point inspections

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The RAV4 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

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.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker

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