Rugged good looks and packed with features.

2019 Toyota RAV4 Review | CarMax

The Toyota RAV4 first came on the scene in 1994 and was one of the first crossover SUVs to appear in the US, helping to create one of the most popular vehicle types today. The 2019 RAV4 has remained true to its roots, compact enough to provide well-mannered driving habits where it counts while also offering convenient cargo space. The Toyota RAV4 is a ruggedly designed SUV that has become a favorite among many. In this 2019 Toyota RAV4 review, we'll cover:

Key Specs & Features

  • Available all-wheel drive across all trim levels of the 2019 model year
  • Standard 2.5L four-cylinder engine producing 203 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque
  • The 2019 Toyota RAV4 is available as a hybrid
  • The 2019 Toyota RAV4 comes standard with Apple CarPlay®
  • There are nine available trim packages for the 2019 RAV4


5 Reasons to Buy

1. Fresh New Design for 2019

The Toyota RAV4 was redesigned for 2019. The fresh sheet metal and interior approach that the RAV4 has taken is easy on the eyes. The RAV4 stays true to its crossover SUV roots but its styling is more rugged than previous generations. From straight on, there is an unmistakable resemblance to the Tacoma and 4Runner with the RAV4 Adventure's grille showing the family ties. The muscular side profile and sculpted lines of the RAV4 certainly ensure that it looks at home off the beaten path.

2. All-Wheel Drive Choices

Not only is the RAV4 available with all-wheel drive (AWD) but it has three different ways that the AWD system is configured, depending on which trim package the RAV4 is equipped with. The 2019 base model LE comes standard with front-wheel drive but does have the option to be equipped with a traditional all-wheel-drive system that is also standard on the XLE models. The Adventure and Limited trims (optional on the Limited) have an AWD system that incorporates torque vectoring, giving them the ability to transfer power to specific axles or wheels to improve traction. The RAV4 Hybrid utilizes an electric motor that is mounted to the rear axle and powers the rear wheels.

3. Equipped with The Latest Tech

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Everyone loves all the new tech that has found its way into late-model vehicles and the 2019 Toyota RAV4 is no exception. All 2019 RAV4s, including the base LE, come standard with a lot of great cutting-edge technology, including adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning, and lane-keeping assist, as well as automatic emergency braking. Not standard but available across the board is blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and automatic cross-traffic emergency braking.

4. Ready for Adventure

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The 2019 Toyota RAV4 is the perfect companion for those that want a little bit more from life than just going from point a to point b. Sometimes an intentional detour to the mountain lake, trailhead, or braving the washed-out road to the family cabin is in order.

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All RAV4 models are ready to tackle the path ahead but there is a trim for the RAV4 especially designed for the task—appropriately named Adventure. The 2019 Toyota RAV4 Adventure comes standard with 19-inch wheels, black badging, a power liftgate, integrated fog lights, and dynamic torque-vectoring all-wheel drive.

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5. Available RAV4 Hybrid

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If you're looking for a RAV4 with great fuel mileage capabilities, be sure to check out the 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid. The hybrid models have an EPA-estimated 41 mpg highway, 38 mpg city, and 40 mpg combined.1 With the aid of the electric motor, the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is designed with a bit more horsepower than the other models, up from 203 horsepower to 219. The 2019 Toyota RAV4 is available in hybrid form on both XLE and XSE trims, with the XSE coming only as a hybrid and the XLE as an optional upgrade.

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What You Need to Know

2019 Toyota RAV4 Trim Configurations

2019 Toyota RAV4 configurations come in six trims, each with additional packages that can be added on as upgrades.

  • LE - The LE is the base model of the RAV4 but still comes well equipped with LED daytime running lights, automatic high beams, and an integrated back-up camera. Adaptive cruise control and emergency brake assist are also standard.
  • XLE - The XLE takes things up a notch, adding an on/off feature to the standard automatic high beams, 17-inch five-spoke alloy wheels, dual chrome exhaust tips, integrated fog lights, and a myriad of upgrade packages that aren't available on the LE. Adding the hybrid powertrain is an option on the XLE as is the addition of heated seats and a heated steering wheel, a power liftgate, and an upgraded audio system.
  • XLE Plus - The XLE Plus is trimmed out much like the XLE but with SofTex® trimmed front bucket seats that add a power-adjustment feature to the driver seat, 19-inch chrome-finished alloy wheels, and dual-zone automatic climate control.
  • Adventure - The Adventure model comes standard with a power liftgate, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert. Unique to the Adventure trim are 19-inch alloy wheels with matte-black accents and black badging on the exterior. Torque vectoring AWD is standard on the Adventure as well.
  • XSE Hybrid - The XSE Hybrid has its own unique set of 18-inch black-painted sport alloy wheels, the integrated fog lights get black-painted trim, standard two-tone exterior colors, adjustable all-wheel-drive management, and the upgraded Entune™ audio plus system. Driver assistance features are also standard on the XSE Hybrid which incorporates a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, and road sign assist.
  • Limited - The limited includes all the goodies from the XSE minus being a hybrid but adding a hands-free feature to the power liftgate, a memory function to the power driver seat, navigation, and standard blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert. The Limited is also standard with many driver assistance features such as rear cross-traffic emergency braking.

2019 Toyota RAV4 Available Colors

  • Blizzard Pearl with Midnight Black Metallic Roof
  • Blue Flame
  • Blue Flame with Ice Edge Roof
  • Blue Flame with Midnight Black Metallic Roof
  • Blueprint
  • Lunar Rock
  • Lunar Rock with Ice Edge Roof
  • Magnetic Gray Metallic
  • Magnetic Gray with Midnight Black Metallic Roof
  • Midnight Black Metallic
  • Midnight Black Metallic with Ice Edge Roof
  • Ruby Flare Pearl
  • Silver Sky Metallic
  • Silver Sky Metallic with Midnight Black Metallic Roof
  • Super White

Similar Vehicles

Honda CR-V

Similar to the Toyota RAV4, the Honda CR-V is one of the forefathers to the crossover SUV segment, first entering the scene in 1995. CR-Vs have a reputation for being robust and easy to drive. The current CR-V was introduced in 2016 and continues through 2019. 2016 and newer Honda CR-Vs are available in four trim levels, starting with the base LE and advancing as the EX, EX-L, and Touring. The LX is powered by a 2.4L naturally-aspirated four-cylinder engine while the other trim packages have a 1.5L turbocharged four-cylinder under the hood. The CR-V is definitely a vehicle that's worth a look if you're in the market for a crossover.

Mazda CX-5

The Mazda CX-5 is in its second generation (2017 to present), receiving a significant update in 2017. The CX-5 is Mazda's mid-size crossover, slotting in between the larger CX-8 and smaller CX-3. Available in Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring trims, the CX-5 comes well equipped across the board. 2018 CX-5s come standard with leather-wrapped steering wheels and shift knobs as well as blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert. Under the hood of the 2017 and up Mazda CX-5s is a 2.5L SKYACTIV-G® four-cylinder engine.

Honda HR-V

The Honda HR-V has been around overseas for quite some time but first arrived on sale in the United States in 2016. The HR-V is a compact crossover SUV that fits into the Honda lineup just under the Honda CR-V. Powered by a 1.8L four-cylinder engine, the 2019 HR-V produces 141 horsepower and 127 lb.-ft. of torque. AWD on the HR-V is optional across the board, except for on the Touring trim which gets it as a standard feature. Those looking for something nimble and easy to park like a compact car but with the versatility of an SUV should definitely check out the Honda HR-V.

The Bottom Line

The 2019 Toyota RAV4 is an excellent choice for those looking for a crossover SUV that is as attractive as it is capable. Loaded with standard features, the RAV4 is a capable companion both on and off road with its available AWD. Want to learn more about the 2019 Toyota RAV4 and similar vehicles? Check out these related articles:

1Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates when vehicles sold as new. Fuel economy may vary for reasons like driving conditions and vehicle history. Unless specified, figures are for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. See fueleconomy.gov for details.
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