Toyota unveiled a revised version of its top-selling RAV4 small SUV at the 2018 New York International Auto Show.
The new RAV4 rides on a new platform with different dimensions intended to improve its off-road performance. There are updates to the powertrain, interior features and safety equipment. In 2017, the RAV4 was the top-selling vehicle that was not a pickup truck in the U.S.
Here are notable facts about the 2019 RAV4. Read our detailed analysis of the vehicle here.
- The new 2019 Toyota RAV4 will go on sale in winter 2018.
- Its look has been redesigned to more closely resemble the Tacoma midsize pickup truck.
- Available trims include the RAV4 Adventure, XSE Hybrid, Limited and others.
- The new RAV4 rides on Toyota’s TNGA K global platform shared with the Camry and Avalon sedans.
- The wheelbase of the new RAV4 is 1.2 inches longer than the current model. Its stance is about a half-inch wider. It has shorter front and rear overhangs for off-road driving.
- The standard powertrain is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine paired with the 8-speed Direct Shift-8AT automatic transmission.
- There is an optional hybrid version of the 2.5-liter engine mated to an electronically-controlled continuously variable transmission, or ECVT.
- There are five gas-powered models and four hybrid versions of the 2019 RAV4. The hybrid versions will go on sale in early 2019.
- Gas-powered Adventure and Limited models with all-wheel drive come equipped with new torque vectoring technology called Rear Driveline Disconnect. It can send up to 50 percent of power to the rear wheels when needed. When optimal fuel economy is preferred only the front wheels are powered.
- Hybrid models with all-wheel drive use AWD-i that sends up to 30 percent of power to the rear wheels. Lower trim gas-powered vehicles with all-wheel drive use a third system.
- All gas-powered models with all-wheel drive come standard with Multi-Terrain Select to maximize traction in snow, mud, sand or rocks.
- The RAV4 Limited trim features 19-inch wheels and chrome accents to set it apart from other models. A moonroof and 8-way power adjustable seats are standard. So is Digital Display Rearview Mirror, a first for Toyota, which displays live video coming from a rear-mounted camera on the rearview mirror display.
- The RAV4 XSE Hybrid has a sport-tuned suspension. It is the best handling version of the RAV4, according to Toyota.
- Toyota’s suite of advanced safety technology, known as TSS 2.0, comes standard on the 2019 RAV4. It includes features such as automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and lane departure alert with steering assist.
- The new RAV4 also comes with technology that reads yellow and white markings to keep the vehicle in the center of its lane as well as the ability to read road signs and issue warnings to the driver – both are new to TSS 2.0.
- The Entune 3.0 multimedia system is standard on all RAV4 models with a 7-inch touchscreen. It features Wi-Fi Connect powered by Verizon and compatibility with Amazon Alexa and Apple CarPlay.
- The starting price, or MSRP, of the 2019 Toyota RAV4 was not announced. However the average transaction price of a compact SUV in 2017 was $26,398, according to J.D. Power.
- The starting price of the current RAV4 is $24,510.