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The 2019 Toyota RAV4 is a small SUV that's ready for big adventures. Whether you're taking a trip to the city or heading into the wilderness, the RAV4 has you covered. Toyota's dedication to the thrill-seeker lifestyle is shown in its aptly named Adventure trim. This model features all-wheel drive, a sporty aesthetic, and an estimated towing capacity of 3,500 lbs. with the 2.5L engine, when properly equipped.
The LE and XLE trims of the 2019 Toyota RAV4 are available with a 2.5L four-cylinder hybrid engine that's good for 219 net hp. Hybrid models come standard with AWD and a drive-mode dial that lets you choose from Sport, ECO, and Normal modes. There are also Trail and EV Mode select buttons so you can truly tailor your drive.
On all 2.5L engine models of the 2019 RAV4 with AWD, you'll find Toyota's Multi-terrain Select system. This system allows you to choose from four modes—Mud and Sand, Rock and Dirt, Snow, and Normal—giving you improved traction for whatever terrain type you're tackling. The 2019 Toyota RAV4 is well equipped to handle inclement weather, beach cookouts, and so much more.
The sharp lines of the 2019 Toyota RAV4 make it stand out in a crowd. You'll love the aggressive stance, flared fenders, and muscular lines. Inside, the style continues with an available panoramic glass roof, available SofTex®-trimmed seats, and more high-end options. Available two-tone exterior paint colors also give you a chance to shine, with combinations like Blue Flame with an Ice Edge roof, and the classy Blueprint with Midnight Black Metallic roof.
Beyond the good-looking interior of the 2019 Toyota RAV4, you'll appreciate how the cabin feels as a whole. Premium materials throughout give a sense of luxury that only grows as you climb the trim levels. Look for the top-tier Limited trim for features like soft-touch door grips, an eight-inch touchscreen with Entune™ 3.0 premium audio, and a digital rearview mirror.
In this video, Ryan ZumMallen highlights all the details that make the 2019 RAV4 one of the best-selling vehicles on the market. From driving performance to interior features to its standing against competitors, we're here to give you all the information you need to decide if the Toyota RAV4 is the best choice for your lifestyle.
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The current, fifth-generation RAV4 is the newest version Toyota has produced. However, if you're looking for lower prices, the fourth-generation RAV4 that debuted in 2013 is also a great choice. Here's a breakdown of what kind of RAV4s you'll typically be able to find at CarMax:
- 2009-2012 RAV4: The third-generation RAV4 (it started in 2006) offers an optional third row of seats, plus an optional V6 engine in addition to its standard four-cylinder.
- 2013-2015 RAV4: These fourth-generation versions abandoned the V6 engine and rugged mounted spare tire of past models. They're more comfortable and quieter than the older RAV4s.
- 2016-2018 RAV4: Toyota revised the fourth-generation RAV4 for 2016, adding a bevy of upgraded features, such as a better infotainment system and a new SE trim with more refined handling. The RAV4 Hybrid also made its debut with the top estimated fuel economy for the class.
- 2019-2020 RAV4: The fifth-generation RAV4. This generation RAV4 has rugged-looking styling and more standard advanced driver safety aids. It also benefits from increased space for passengers and cargo, plus new, more off-road-oriented trim levels.
We'll focus on the fifth-generation RAV4, the most recent version, since you'll find many available at CarMax. The RAV4 comes in many trims. The base trim is known as the LE, while the XLE and the XLE Premium offer more standard features. The RAV4 Limited trim is top-of-the-line. Notable additions include a rugged-looking Adventure model and a more capable TRD Off-Road version (new for 2020).
Hybrid models also offer different versions for you to choose. In 2019, the hybrid lineup added the base LE and sporty XSE alongside the XLE and the fully-loaded Limited.
The base engine in 2019-2020 RAV4s is a four-cylinder that produces 203 horsepower. It comes paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is optional.
This engine gets an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 30 mpg in combined city/highway driving for front-wheel-drive models. With all-wheel drive, the EPA says to expect 27, 28, or 30 mpg combined depending on the specific RAV4 trim level.
Hybrid versions of the RAV4 also have a four-cylinder engine. But these vehicles add a battery pack and electric motor hybrid system to improve both power and estimated fuel economy. RAV4 Hybrids from 2019 and 2020 come with 219 horsepower and an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 40 mpg combined. All-wheel drive is standard on the RAV4 Hybrid.
The RAV4 has a low-loading cargo floor. This is important because it can make hoisting large or heavy items through the rear hatch easier. It also comes with a 60/40-split second row of seats that can fold down flat, creating more room for whatever you need to transport. With the second row folded, the 2019-2020 RAV4 has a maximum cargo capacity of 69.8 cubic feet. The space is plenty for most bicycles, electronics, and boxed furniture.
Planning to tow? The RAV4 has trailer sway control as a standard feature to improve its towing stability and increase your confidence on the road. Most 2019-2020 models are rated to tow up to 1,500 pounds when properly equipped. The one exception is the Adventure trim, which has a maximum towing capacity of 3,500 pounds.
Toyota improved the interior for the fifth-generation 2019-2020 models. Space for passengers and small items is plentiful. We also like the easy-to-use controls and the improved level of quiet and refinement on the road compared to earlier RAV4s. You'll also find many locations to store small items, including a handy tray for front-row passengers to use. The base LE and XLE trims come with cloth upholstery. XLE Premium and higher trim levels use simulated leather upholstery.
The RAV4's cabin is roomy. The back seat has plenty of headroom and legroom, and two adults seated in the rear will likely be comfortable. The expansive rear seat space also makes it pretty easy to install child safety seats and get little kids in and out. One downside, however, is the front passenger seat's lack of adjustment range. As a result, long-distance drives might be uncomfortable for that passenger.
The fifth-generation 2019-2020 RAV4 has a standard suite of driver aids. It includes forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking (can warn you of an impending collision and apply the brakes in certain scenarios), lane keeping assist (can make minor steering corrections to help keep the vehicle centered in its lane), and traffic-adaptive cruise control (can maintain a driver-set distance between the RAV4 and the car in front). Optional on the LE and standard on everything else is blind-spot monitoring (can alert you about a vehicle that's in the next lane over and possibly in your blind spot)
The standard touchscreen is a 7-inch unit with Apple CarPlay® compatibility. On 2020 models, there is Android Auto™ as well. These systems allow you to display and operate select apps — such as those for text messaging, maps, and music — from your smartphone and display them on the touchscreen. They can help reduce distraction since you don't need to hold your phone to use it. For the Adventure and higher trims, Toyota adds an 8-inch screen. Standard on the Limited and optional on the Adventure and TRD Off-Road is an integrated navigation system and a premium JBL audio system.
The four-cylinder engine used in 2019-2020 regular RAV4s provides enough power for you to merge onto freeways without too much trouble. But compared to some of the more powerful engines in rival crossover SUVs, it's not very exciting. The RAV4 Hybrid feels more lively and responds quicker to inputs.
The RAV4 is defined by its leisurely demeanor on the road; it has a pleasing balance between ride comfort and control. Wind and road noise is also kept out of the cabin, though the engine can sound coarse and not exactly pleasant when you mash the gas. Around turns, the steering and handling lack responsiveness, which creates a vague, foglike feeling when you're behind the wheel.
The RAV4 XLE Premium offers a lot of advantages. It's a middle-level trim and should be a solid pick for value. It has a few more standard features that you'll likely enjoy, such as a power liftgate, simulated leather upholstery, and a sunroof. You'll also find higher-quality materials inside the cabin, including a leather-wrapped steering wheel. A power-adjustable driver's seat adds to the upscale experience.
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