Toyota reinvented the RAV4 for 2019, but don't worry—it might look a bit more radical now, but it's fundamentally the same. That means plenty of space for five passengers and a sizable, good-shaped trunk, decent EPA-estimated fuel economy, a smooth-riding suspension, and a simple lineup of trim levels each with decent levels of standard equipment. Toyota finally installed Apple CarPlay® on the 2019 RAV4 and admirably equips all trims with the advanced driver aids in Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0, which includes adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, and forward collision control with automatic braking.
The standard engine remains a 2.5-liter four-cylinder, and for 2019 it bumps up to 203 hp, which is just enough to power the RAV4 but doesn't supply any real pep. It's backed by a new eight-speed automatic transmission. Trim levels for the regular RAV4 are LE, XLE, XLE Premium, Adventure, and Limited. Front-wheel drive is standard, with all-wheel drive as an option on all but the Adventure, which comes with it. If you choose all-wheel drive on the Limited, it gets the more sophisticated system of the Adventure with torque vectoring to enhance traction. With the Hybrid, all-wheel drive is standard and the lineup is LE, XLE, XSE, and Limited. The Hybrid supplements the gasoline engine with a pair of electric motors that boost performance considerably yet return EPA estimates that are right at the top among rivals. This 2019 redesign is a substantial improvement over the already impressive previous RAV4 Hybrid model.