A crucial next-gen update for Toyota’s CUV icon

Originally arriving in 1994, the Toyota RAV4 is one of the Japanese brand’s older nameplates, especially within the crossover segment. In the quarter century since the debut of the original RAV4, demand for crossovers has grown substantially, and sales of the compact Toyota have grown with it, eventually becoming the Japanese brand’s number-one seller in the U.S. However, the RAV4 last got a redesign in 2013, so to keep it fresh, Toyota just pulled the sheets on a new fifth-generation at the 2018 New York International Auto Show, bringing updated exterior styling, a redesigned interior, the latest safety tech, and a new architecture under the skin.

Update 10/11/2019: Toyota has announced the all-new RAV4 PHEV that will debut at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show. Check out our new section below to learn more about it.

2021 Toyota RAV4 PHEV

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The fifth-gen RAV4 has been on the market for a little over a year now (introduced in 2018 as a 2019 model) and, in 2020, the all-new RAV4 PHEV will hit the lineup as a 2021 model. So far Toyota has said very little, but we know that Supersonic Red color is new to the lineup, and the PHEV is slated to be the most powerful RAV4 to date. This is a detail that other outlets aren’t telling you. With the PHEV, Toyota has to install a larger battery than in the standard hybrid, which means it can extract more power out of the electric motors. Even better, more powerful electric motors could come into play. Don’t’ expect huge increases in power output, of course, but where the RAV4 Hybrid has 219 horsepower the PHEV could hit 240 or even 250 horsepower. Furthermore, all-electric range will increase from around 20 miles at best to more like 50 miles. This will come at a price, though, as the bigger battery will likely take up some space in the cargo area, but it probably won’t be all that significant as we don’t expect the battery to go beyond 15 kWH, a major improvement over the Hybrid’s 1.6 kWh battery pack.

As for appearance, the PHEV won’t be very different from the regular hybrid. As you can see from the image above, there will be a few minor changes, including a slightly revised grille, chin spoiler, new accent lights, and –obviously – a new charger access door, most likely opposite the fuel filler door. The new RAV4 PHEV will debut at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show and will go on sale in early-to-mid 2020 as a 2021 model.

2019 Toyota RAV4 Exterior

  • Sharp lines, SUV-like proportions
  • Chrome trim
  • New exterior dimensions
  • Increased visibility
  • Optional 19-inch wheels
  • Two-tone paint options
  • Available LED headlights
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While still considered a compact, the stance is now lower and wider than before, while the wheelbase has been extended as well.

Toyota says it followed a philosophy of “Adventure and Refined” for the exterior design, bringing both off-roader cues and a bit of extra polish to the aesthetic. That includes more of an SUV-like appearance for the proportions, as well as high-end details like chrome trim. In terms of objective changes, the 2019 RAV4 brings improved aerodynamics, while the latest Toyota Next-Generation Architecture under the body panels gives it new exterior dimensions. While still considered a compact, the stance is now lower and wider than before, while the wheelbase has been extended as well.

Viewed head on, the RAV4 sports a more angular, defined nose, with tons of little details making up the fascia. The headlights are aimed towards the front fenders, while a hexagonal central intake is bisected by black divider lines. Further black detailing is found in the lower half of the bumper, while a silver skid plate protects the chin.

Moving to the sides, we find the profile is sharper as well, with a built-up shoulder line and creases that lead the eye towards wide fender flares. Additional black cladding can be found running along the lower edges of the vehicle.

The sideview mirrors were moved lower on the door, which is intended to increase outward visibility in front and around the A-pillar. A lower beltline helps with side-facing visibility, and there’s also larger rear-quarter glass for enhanced rear-diagonal visibility.

In the corners, you’ll find optional 19-inch wheels.

Toyota offers a plethora of trim levels for the RAV4, so let’s take a moment to examine what some of the more popular options bring in terms of exterior aesthetics.

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The XSE Hybrid breaks its way into the stable with piano-black accents added to the front end, side-view mirrors, fenders, and lower rocker panels.

For starters, the top-of-the-line sport model, dubbed XSE Hybrid, breaks its way into the stable with piano-black accents added to the front end, side-view mirrors, fenders, and lower rocker panels. The XSE Hybrid also gets a two-tone paint scheme, with a black roof up top, and lower body panels slathered in colors like Blizzard Pearl, Silver Sky Metallic, Magnetic Gray Metallic, and, new for 2019, Blueprint.

Meanwhile, models at the hybrid SLE grade and above get projector-type LED headlights for the nose.

Given Toyota frames the RAV4 as packed with potential off-roading capability, the brand is offering up a lifestyle-oriented trim called the Adventure model, which makes its presence known thanks to its taller roof rails and larger fender flares, giving it a more “rugged” appearance overall. The Adventure also gets a new grille, fog light surrounds, and unique wheels. Buyers can get theirs with a roof painted in a hue called Ice Edge, while the body is painted in either Midnight Black Metallic, Blue Flame, or Lunar Rock, all of which are new colors for the RAV4.

There’s also full-body colors like Ruby Flare Pearl and Super White on offer.

Toyota RAV4 Exterior Dimensions 2018 Model Year 2019 Model Year
Wheelbase 104.7 inches 105.9 inches (+1.2 inches)
Overall Length 181.1 inches 180.9 inches (-0.2 inches)
Overall Width 72.6 inches 73 inches (+0.4 inches)
Overall Height 67.1 inches 66.9 inches (-0.2 inches)

2019 Toyota RAV4 Interior

  • New, simplified design for the cabin layout
  • Wireless phone charger option
  • More room for those on the rear bench
  • Lots of optional equipment
  • Entune 3.0 infotainment platform
  • Standard 7.0-inch touchscreen, optional 8.0-incher
  • Unique colors and equipment for each trim level
  • Latest Toyota’s Safety Sense 2.0 tech suite
  • Available Digital Display Rearview Mirror
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In conjunction with the new layout, the cabin space also comes with new dimensions, with rear-seated passengers gaining extra room in the sides and more legroom as well.

To match the fresh aesthetic outside, Toyota also put in work revamping the interior of the RAV4, giving it a more streamlined and elegant appearance, replete with plenty of techy details to boot. The central tunnel is simplified thanks to a repositioned electronic parking brake, which was moved to provide easier access to its operation and a cleaner aesthetic without the bulky hand lever.

The console was also made larger, while side-by-side cup holders are mounted just ahead of the arm rest. Just ahead of the shifter is an open tray that can hold miscellaneous items. This spot can also come equipped with a Qi wireless phone charger. Higher up in the center stack there are horizontal controls for the HVAC system.

In conjunction with the new layout, the cabin space also comes with new dimensions. For example, in the rear, passengers get more room in the sides and more legroom as well.

Optional equipment includes ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and a panoramic moonroof.

On the practicality front, the 2019 Toyota RAV4 comes with hands-free power liftgate, which is opened by waving you foot under the rear bumper. There’s also a reversible liner for the rear cargo area and additional side nets that are useful for storing small items. The rear bench gets a 60/40 split to it, which helps to “accommodate essentials like surf boards, suitcases, or camping gear.”

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As you might imagine, the 2019 RAV4 is jam-packed with infotainment features. Running it all is the Entune 3.0 multimedia system as standard.

As you might imagine, the 2019 RAV4 is jam-packed with infotainment features. Running it all is the Entune 3.0 multimedia system as standard, which also comes with Wi-Fi Connect courtesy of Verizon, plus Amazon Alexa and Apple CarPlay as well.

The standard spec mounts a 7.0-inch touchscreen on top of the center stack, while Entune 3.0 Premium Audio offers embedded dynamic navigation. Go for the Entune 3.0 Audio Plus package, and you’ll get a larger 8.0-inch screen and SiriusXM radio.Up to five USB ports are available front to back.

Music lovers are encouraged to go for the upgraded JBL audio system, which gets new features like an updated speaker design and enhanced system architecture. The system offers 11 speakers, 8 channels, and 800 watts of power to provide your soundtrack.

Like the exterior bits, the 2019 RAV4 differentiates between the various trim levels with a variety of separate aesthetic changes and equipment inside as well. For example, the XSE hybrid model gets a cabin decked out in black Softex leatherette upholstery offset by blue accents, while inside the Adventure model, the upholstery gets an exclusive Mocha-colored Softex upholstery offset by orange stitching and dash accents.

At the top of the range is the Limited trim level, which comes standard with a front-row moonroof, 8-way power adjusting driver’s seat, and a new 7.0-inch Multi-Information Display. It also gets a Digital Display Rearview Mirror, which is a first for a Toyota model sold in the U.S. market.

“By default, the display is a conventional rearview mirror but with the flip of a switch, drivers have an increased field of vision coming through the rearview mirror display what is behind the vehicle thanks to a high-mounted, adjustable wide-angle, high-definition camera affixed on the rear of the vehicle,” Toyota explains.

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Safety technology is also a major focus with the RAV4, with the 2019 model year bringing Toyota’s next-gen (2.0) Safety Sense suite of features.

Safety technology is also a major focus with the RAV4, with the 2019 model year bringing Toyota’s next-gen (2.0) Safety Sense suite of features. These include a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Forward Collision Warning, Brake Assist, Automatic Emergency Braking, and Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control that operates between 0 and 110 mph, as well as Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Automatic High Beam headlights, Lane Tracing Assist, and Road Sign Assist. The crossover also comes equipped with the usual old-school safety gear, such as eight airbags, stability control, anti-lock brakes, and electronic brake-force distribution.

Optional safety equipment includes a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, a Bird’s Eye View Camera, Intelligent Clearance Sonar, and Rear Cross Traffic Braking.

2019 Toyota RAV4 Drivetrain

  • Next-generation architecture under the skin
  • Higher ground clearance
  • Several drivetrain packages to choose from
  • 2.5-liter four-cylinder, both hybrid and non-hybrid
  • Available AWD
  • Eight-speed automatic and a CVT
  • Multiple drive modes
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The 2019 Toyota RAV4 comes with wider front and rear tracks, as well as shorter overhangs in front and in back to underline the vehicle’s prowess off the beaten path.

The big changes under the skin start with some fresh underpinnings, namely Toyota’s TNGA platform, otherwise known as the Toyota Next-Generation Architecture.

Coinciding with the altered exterior dimensions, the 2019 Toyota RAV4 also come with wider front and rear tracks, as well as shorter overhangs in front and in back to underline the vehicle’s prowess off the beaten path. What’s more, the ground clearance gets a boost of more than half an inch.

The multi-link rear suspension was tuned for a balance between handling prowess, quieter cabin noises, and improved ride comfort, while the unibody chassis is now 57 percent more rigid, which also helps in each of those aspects mentioned above.

Toyota says the design approach included a group of highly-trained master craftsmen, also known as takumi, who assisted in creating a handling set-up that reacts as intended, no matter the conditions at play.

“Engineers worked for about four years to fine-tune every aspect of RAV4’s performance, handling stability and ride comfort. The end goal was simple: engineer a driving experience that is Confident and Natural,” says Toyota.

Buyers get two powertrains to choose from, starting with a Dynamic Force 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder. Equipped on the five individual gas-only models, this engine comes with standout features such as VVT-iE variable valve timing. The ‘four sends its output through an 8-speed Direct-Shift Automatic Transmission (more on that in a second).

Next up is a Dynamic Force 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder mated with the latest Toyota Hybrid System II (THS II) efficiency-booster, plus an Electronically Controlled Continuously Variable Transmission routing output towards the pavement. As standard outfit on hybrid models, THS II makes the most of the 2.5-liter gas-burner thanks to a high-spec electrical system to increase average fuel returns.

In both instances, the gas-burning engine utilizes high-speed combustion technology, as well as a variable control system that offers higher levels of thermal efficiency. This cuts into the amount of energy lost to the various exhaust and cooling systems and mechanical parts, and as a result, the ICE manages an incredible 40 percent thermal efficiency. On hybrid models, it’s up to 41 percent.

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The ICE manages an incredible 40 percent thermal efficiency. On hybrid models, it’s up to 41 percent.

The gearbox used for the non-hybrid models is a Direct Shift-8AT automatic with direct lock-up mechanisms between the second and eighth forward gears. These are used to smooth out shifting characteristics and reduce the parasitic loss of the torque converter.

In a first-ever for Toyota, there’s also Dynamic Torque Vectoring AWD with a Rear Driveline Disconnect feature. Basically, this set-up helps with grip, while the rear driveline disconnect reduces fuel consumption when the extra grip isn’t needed.

The AWD system is offered as standard on the Limited trim gas model and all Adventure trim models. It operates by sending half of the available engine torque to the rear wheels, distributing it in just the right amount between the left and right wheels for optimal grip and handling characteristics. A ratchet-type dog clutch is used for the front and rear wheel shafts. When cruising, the rear torque distribution is disconnected, improving efficiency by reducing parasitic loss even further. Keeping it FWD also reduces vibrations, smoothing out the ride even more.

This new AWD system is actually just one of three AWD systems Toyota is offering with the RAV4. There’s also the AWD-i system for hybrid models, and a non-Dynamic Torque Vectoring AWD system on the core gas-motivated models.

The hybrid-oriented AWD-i gets higher torque at the rear axle, increasing twist by as much as 30 percent compared to the outgoing model’s AWD-i.

There’s also Multi-Terrain Select offered on all AWD gas-powered models, with a variety of drive modes on the table to tackle terrain like snow, mud, sand, and rocks.

Those looking for the most smiles possible should consider the XSE model, which offers the most power and quickest acceleration of the bunch. The XSE also gets sporty suspension tuning, making it the best handling model in the lineup as well.

2019 Toyota RAV4 Prices

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The 2019 Toyota RAV4 will arrive in dealers towards the end of 2018 in gas-only form, while the hybrid model will drop in early 2019. Pricing is thus far unannounced, but it’ll likely slot in at the same spot as the current generation, which starts at $24,510. The current Hybrid model starts at $27,235.

2019 Toyota RAV4 Competition

Honda CR-V

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Honda’s answer to the Toyota RAV4 is the CR-V, which gets similar techy details and practical features for customers to enjoy. Making it go is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder for the base models making as much as 184 horsepower, while higher in the line you can get a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder producing upwards of 190 horsepower and 179 pound-feet of torque. Front-wheel drive is standard, while AWD is optional. Pricing starts at $24,150.

Read our full review of the 2017 Honda CR-V.

Mazda CX-5

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Known for instilling each of its models with a fun and zesty attitude, Mazda has a lot to offer with the latest CX-5. For starters, the exterior Kodo design language is quite attractive, with solid proportions and elegant lines running from tip to tail. Motivation is derived from as much as 190 horsepower, which, properly applied, sends the crossover to 60 mph in 8 seconds. Front-wheel drive is again standard spec, while AWD is optional. Pricing starts at $24,150.

Read our full review of the 2017 Mazda CX-5.


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This latest fifth generation RAV4 hits the mark as a jack-of-all-trades compact crossover for a variety of buyers.

Toyota claims the RAV4 “created the small sport utility vehicle (SUV) segment,” and while a statement like that is certainly up for debate, the incredible popularity of this model isn’t. Over the past five years, sales of the RAV4 have doubled, which is an indication of not only the segment’s red-hot demand, but also the high visibility and inherent desirability of the RAV4 nameplate.

All told, the RAV4 is Toyota’s top-selling non-pickup-truck nameplate for the U.S. market, appealing to a wide swath of buyers thanks to its jack-of-all-trades approach. This thing was created to tackle a variety of tasks, whether it be “city exploration, a weekend trip the countryside, or a jaunt on the trails.”

With all that in mind, this latest fifth generation hits the mark. It looks the part of popular crossover, especially when dealing with the higher-spec trim levels, while the interior gets decked out in all the latest technology and comfort features expected in the segment. Throw in cutting-edge safety stuff and the option for hybrid motivation, and we foresee this thing continuing its sales streak for some quite time into the future.

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All the stops have been pulled for the world debut of the all-new 2019 Toyota RAV4. The vehicle that created the small sport utility vehicle (SUV) segment makes its fifth-generation debut at the New York International Auto Show.

Over the years, Toyota has listened to owners and dealers and it has paid off. Over the last five years, RAV4 volume has doubled, which speaks profoundly to the segment’s attractiveness and growth, and ultimately, RAV4’s popularity. RAV4 currently ranks as the number-one-selling vehicle in the Toyota lineup, as well as the best-selling non-pickup-truck in the country.

No matter the grade, every RAV4 is a winning choice, whether it’s for a city exploration, a weekend trip to the countryside, or a jaunt on the trails. When it becomes available in the winter at the end of 2018 (with hybrid models right behind in early 2019), we predict that the all-new RAV4 will premiere, yet again, at the forefront—both for the Toyota brand and the segment.

Get Up and Go!

For the all-new RAV4, designers kept in mind design elements of Adventure and Refined to allow owners to get up and go in their RAV4, no matter the time or place. An emphasis was placed on maximizing the presence of a small SUV while maintaining high levels of finesse inside and out.

Each body panel has a sophisticated twist to it, with a chiseled appearance that is a perfect combination of athleticism and charisma. The stronger nose leads into a more dynamic profile, robust shoulders, and available 19-inch wheels, making for a powerful stance ready to tackle any road, any time.

The implementation of the TNGA platform allows RAV4 to adopt the charisma of a bolder and tougher SUV, but in a package that is lower and wider. The longer wheelbase and wider front and rear tracks provide a stable, confident driving platform. For off-road prowess, the shorter front and rear overhangs will aid in RAV4’s ability to overcome rugged terrain.

The unibody chassis is 57 percent more rigid than the outgoing version. RAV4 incorporates an optimally tuned multi-link rear suspension, providing ideal damping for handling, minimum interior cabin noise, and the utmost ride comfort. Ground clearance has been increased by more than half an inch, yet RAV4 is able to achieve improved aerodynamics.

The relocated side mirrors are now positioned lower on the door for increased forward visibility around the A-pillar. Side visibility is increased thanks to a lowered beltline and the redesigned and enlarged rear-quarter glass assists with rear-diagonal visibility.

Wheelbase 105.9 in. (104.7 in.) [+1.2 in.]
Overall Length 180.9 in. (181.1 in.) [-0.2 in.]
Overall Width 73 in. (72.6 in.) [+0.4 in.]
Overall Height 66.9 in. (67.1 in. *with roof rail) [-0.2 in.]

Unparalleled Driving Experience with More Power, MPG and Capabilities

Engineers worked for about four years to fine-tune every aspect of RAV4’s performance, handling stability and ride comfort. The end goal was simple: engineer a driving experience that is Confident and Natural.

This unmatched performance was realized thanks to a group of takumi—highly-trained master craftsmen—who strived to develop a vehicle that acts and reacts as the driver intends, even in extreme weather and road conditions. Including the takumi in the development process was just another layer of enhancement to the overall design approach led by the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) philosophy. These master craftsmen focused on working together to improve vehicle performance at various stages of the development process to deliver an ever-better RAV4.

The power source for RAV4’s driving abilities comes from one of two powertrains:

Dynamic Force 2.5-liter inline-four-cylinder engine with VVT-iE mated to an 8-speed Direct-Shift Automatic Transmission, which motivates the five gas models
Dynamic Force 2.5-liter inline-four-cylinder Toyota Hybrid System II (THS II) engine with Electronically-Controlled Continuously-Variable Transmission (ECVT), which activates the four hybrid models

The takumi were precise with the development of RAV4’s structure and configuration to achieve an increase in performance as a whole. The engine utilizes high-speed combustion technology and a variable control system for greater thermal efficiency output, which reduces energy losses associated with exhaust and cooling systems and the movement of mechanical parts, among other factors. With a 40-percent thermal efficiency (41 percent for hybrids), the 2.5-liter 4-cylinder Dynamic Force Engine is the ideal powerplant for the all-new RAV4 to meet the demand of providing a highly responsive, yet fuel efficient driving experience. The Direct Shift-8AT transmission provides direct lock-up from gears two through eight to eliminate power loss from the torque converter, executing ideal smooth shifts.

The Toyota-first, Dynamic Torque Vectoring All-Wheel Drive with Rear Driveline Disconnect, is nothing short of impressive, and enables drivers to steer the vehicle as intended, even atop the toughest of roads.

Standard on AWD-equipped Limited gas and Adventure grade models, Dynamic Torque Vectoring All-Wheel Drive with Rear Driveline Disconnect can send 50 percent of engine torque to the rear wheels, plus distribute it to the left or right rear wheel for improved handling. When AWD isn’t required (on long stretches of highway, for example), RAV4 can achieve better fuel economy thanks to the Rear Driveline Disconnect system. The disconnection features the world’s first ratchet-type dog clutches on both the front and rear wheel shafts. These clutches stop the driveshaft’s rotations, thus transmitting the driving force to the front wheels when AWD isn’t required, significantly reducing energy loss, improving fuel efficiency, and reducing rotational vibration making for a smoother ride.

This all-new AWD system is one of three available on the all-new RAV4; it joins the AWD-i system available on hybrid grades and the (non-Dynamic Torque Vectoring) AWD system available on core gas grades.

When paired with the new All-Wheel Drive with Intelligence (AWD-i), RAV4 Hybrid increases the total torque to the rear wheels—which is electronically driven—by 30 percent compared to the current generation AWD-i system. By adopting a new control system that optimally distributes torque to the rear wheels based on the driving conditions, the new AWD-i system offers high off-road performance, handling, and ability.

RAV4’s unparalleled driving experience is just one of the ways the all-new RAV4 exceeds expectations for owners, the segment, and the industry.

XSE Hybrid: The Sportiest RAV4

For those who prefer sportier driving dynamics, XSE Hybrid stays ready with the perfect conflation of sport and utility. XSE is an all-new addition to RAV4’s Hybrid family.

The piano-black accents across the front end, mirror caps, fender arches, and lower rockers set the stage for XSE Hybrid’s sporty appeal. Unique to RAV4 Hybrids, projector-beam LED headlamps flank each side of the grille (on XLE and above) for a brighter, sharper, and ideally angled light source.

Standard on all RAV4 Hybrid models, the Toyota Hybrid System II (THS II) works in sync with the 2.5-liter 4-cylinder Dynamic Force Engine for an impressive balance of energy efficiency and supreme power output. Performance-wise, XSE Hybrid is truly the “no compromise” grade thanks to its enhanced power and acceleration. When paired with its sport-tuned suspension having tauter shock absorbers and springs, RAV4 XSE Hybrid takes the throne as the quickest—and best-handling—RAV4 in the lineup.

While driving thrills behind XSE Hybrid’s steering wheel are standard, that’s not all guests get: In any RAV4 Hybrid, drivers can look forward to anticipated class-leading fuel efficiency and increases in horsepower and acceleration, respectively.

On- and Off-Road Fun

For explorers looking to satisfy their outdoorsy cravings, RAV4 Adventure has the capabilities for all types of off-road fun.

RAV4 Adventure is distinguishable among the other grades with its standard high-rise roof rails and large over-fenders. Inspired by Toyota’s off-road vehicle heritage, RAV4 Adventure grade has a more rugged exterior, thanks in part to its more aggressive grille, fog light surrounds, and unique wheel design. It answers the call designers had of Robust with its stout stance, standard Dynamic Torque Vectoring All-Wheel Drive with Rear Driveline Disconnect, and a reliable and tough functionality that’s apt for any road.

The fun ratchets up once pavement blends into dirt thanks to Multi-Terrain Select. Standard on all AWD-equipped gas RAV4 models, Multi-Terrain Select gives drivers the ability to maximize traction when driving through snow, mud, sand, or rocks. The system is easy to use thanks to a control dial (or buttons) positioned in the center console to the left of the shift knob.

Two-Tone Magnetism

RAV4 XSE Hybrid’s striking personality screams sporty, thanks to its standard two-tone exterior paint scheme. The black roof is paired with either Blizzard Pearl, Silver Sky Metallic, Magnetic Gray Metallic, or Blueprint (a new color to the palette). RAV4 XSE Hybrid’s exclusive interior comes mono-spec with black Softex material and blue accents throughout.

RAV4 Adventure grade can be had with an Ice Edge-colored roof that is paired with one of three exterior colors: Midnight Black Metallic or Blue Flame, both of which are new for RAV4; or Lunar Rock, an all-new color to the Toyota lineup that makes its first mission on RAV4. Inside, interior seat finishes come in either black or a grade-exclusive, Mocha-colored Softex, with the latter being a brand-new interior finish in the Toyota lineup. Orange stitching accents the interior with additional orange appointments placed throughout the dashboard.

RAV4 keeps admirers star-struck even when its fitted with additional full-body color options like Super White and Ruby Flare Pearl.

Premium Limited Style

Blissful weekend retreats are the ideal destination when behind the wheel of RAV4 Limited. As the top grade, drivers and passengers will enjoy amenities and features befitting its premium style. At first glance, RAV4 Limited’s 19-inch alloy wheels and chrome accents set it apart from the other grades. Once inside though, Limited’s essence truly takes the stage.

Standard features include a front-row moonroof and 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with memory and 2-way lumbar support. Tech-wise, RAV4 Limited comes standard with a newly-designed 7-inch Multi-Information Display (MID) and, for the first time in a Toyota vehicle in North America, a Digital Display Rearview Mirror. By default, the display is a conventional rearview mirror but with the flip of a switch, drivers have an increased field of vision coming through the rearview mirror, displaying what is behind the vehicle thanks to a high-mounted, adjustable wide-angle, high-definition camera affixed on the rear of vehicle.

Optional content that enhances the ambiance includes ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and a panoramic moonroof. When the weekend’s gear fills both hands, the available hands-free power liftgate helps considerably by opening with a wave of the foot below the rear bumper.

Elevated Cabin Atmospheres

Designers applied the theme of Refined to every detail of the interior cabin, resulting in an impressive arrangement that suits a wide variety of driving experiences and preferences. The interior atmosphere represents an elevated sophistication with a premium, modern design and uncomplicated layout.

Between front passengers sits a center console having a repositioned standard Electronic Parking Brake (EPB) for easier accessibility. Ergonomics have been further enhanced by an increase in the console’s volume, side-by-side cup holders, and an open tray capable of holding small items, with optional Qi wireless charger. The in-dash tray within arm’s reach of front passengers will see its share of electronics, sunglasses, and travel must-haves. A standard smooth boot adorns the top of the shifter, and the HVAC knobs in the center panel are redesigned for improved tactility.

Rear seat passengers will appreciate the spacious back cabin thanks to an increase in left and right couple distance, as well as legroom. The rear cargo area adopts a reversible liner as well as side nets for storing small items and the 60/40 folding rear seats are ready to accommodate essentials like surf boards, suitcases, or camping gear.

Advanced Media with Precise Harmony

Every RAV4 is equipped with Entune 3.0 multimedia including Wi-Fi Connect powered by Verizon, hands-free access to Amazon Alexa, and Apple CarPlay compatibility.

The standard Entune 3.0 audio system houses a 7-inch touchscreen that is perched atop the center stack. Entune 3.0 Audio Plus adds an eight-inch touchscreen and Sirius XM Radio. Entune 3.0 Premium Audio enhances the multimedia system with embedded dynamic navigation to help drivers chart their course.

Enhancing onboard multimedia features, RAV4 can be had with up to five USB ports between the front and rear rows and an optional Qi wireless charging tray positioned at the front of the center console.

RAV4’s multimedia setup is complemented by an all-new available JBL audio system. The next-generation premium audio setup incorporates an enhanced system architecture, new speaker design, and an improved tuning process. The result is an all-access pass to the most intimate music concert, all from inside a RAV4.

The available JBL audio system provides harmonious audio via 11 speakers across 8 channels at 800 watts:

Two Horn Tweeters
Located in the A-pillar for optimal high-frequency performance
HiD8 Amplifier
Next-generation amplifier powering the 800 watts
Two Wide Dispersion Instrument Panel Speakers
Providing greater sound and alert functionality
Two Wide Dispersion Front Door Speakers
Enhanced sound quality for front passengers
Ported Subwoofer with Enclosure
More powerful deep-bass response tucked away in the rear quarter
Two Full Range Rear Door Speakers
Enhanced sound quality for rear passengers
Clari-Fi Technology
Intelligently adjusts to every audio format to match source quality with the precise level of audio restoration necessary

Next Generation of Toyota Safety Sense (TSS)

Toyota continues to lead the pack when it comes to safety, and the all-new RAV4 provides drivers and passengers with standard safety technologies that help move Toyota one step closer to achieving the ultimate goal of zero casualties from traffic accidents.

RAV4 comes standard with TSS 2.0, the second generation of Toyota Safety Sense (TSS). The updated safety package adds new active-safety technologies and capabilities that enhance protection.

Breakdowns of each technology are as follows:

Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD):
Capability to detect a preceding vehicle or pedestrian in daytime or with better low-light recognition capabilities, or daytime bicyclist (new), and alert the driver (audible and visual warnings) and/or apply brakes to help mitigate or avoid the collision in certain cases (using Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Brake Assist (BA), and Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB)).
Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC):
For highways/freeways only – an adaptive cruise control that functions at speeds between 0 to 110 mph and enables low-speed speed matching, stopping, and acceleration/deceleration relative to a preceding vehicle traveling at a slower speed. Speed, cut-in, and distance control enhanced, as well as Turn Signal Linked control added, for a more natural response.
Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist (LDA w/SA):
Newly added to LDA w/SA is the capability, under some circumstances, to detect the road’s edge, in addition to the pre-existing capability to detect visible lane markers and the vehicle’s position in the lane. If unintentional lane deviation is detected, the system alerts the driver with audible and visual warnings. Steering Assist can provide small corrective steering inputs to help the driver prevent the vehicle from unintentionally leaving its lane.
Automatic High Beam (AHB):
Capability to automatically activate and deactivate high beams based on driving environment and preceding vehicle’s lights.
(NEW) Lane Tracing Assist (LTA):
For highways/freeways only and can be enabled when using DRCC – Capability to recognize white or yellow lane markings or the path of a preceding vehicle if lane markers are temporarily unavailable; to identify and actively track the center of the lane by providing steering assistance to the driver (hands-on, driver-assist system). Reduces driver burden and supports safe driving, especially in traffic congestion or long highway trips. The LTA system can be turned on/off.
(NEW) Road Sign Assist (RSA):
Capability to identify certain Stop, Yield, Do Not Enter and Speed Limit signs and display a warning (visual and audible alerts). Alerts vary based on sign type and are displayed on the Multi-Information Display.

Eight airbags come standard on the 2019 RAV4, and so does Toyota’s Star Safety System, which includes Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), and Smart Stop Technology (SST). Available safety technologies include Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), Bird’s Eye View Camera, Intelligent Clearance Sonar (ICS), and Rear Cross Traffic Braking (RCTB) system. RAV4 comes equipped with a standard backup camera and standard Electronic Parking Brake (EPB).

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