2019 Toyota RAV4 Review
A midsize SUV like the Toyota RAV4 is a great option for everyone from families to drivers who love going off-roading. What can the latest model of this beloved SUV offer drivers near Nashville, Gallatin, and Madison? Ron Hibbard Toyota looks at everything it’s capable of in this 2019 Toyota RAV4 review.
2019 Toyota RAV4 Performance Specs
The Toyota RAV4 runs on a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine that gets up to 203 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. It was designed with Dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i) to boost its production and help the engine run cleaner.
To manage the engine and gear shifting, you’ll have a Direct Shift 8-speed Electronically Controlled Automatic Transmission with intelligence. The combination of the VVT-i and smart-shifting transmission helps this SUV get up to an EPA-estimated 26 city / 35 highway MPG.[i]
While front-wheel drive is standard on the Toyota RAV4, all-wheel drive (AWD) is also available. This versatile drivetrain and strong engine can also help you bring extra cargo along with a 3,500-pound towing capacity.
2019 Toyota RAV4 Capability
To maintain traction on all kinds of surfaces, this 2019 SUV features a Multi-terrain Select system along with its AWD, letting you manually adjust the drivetrain to match the terrain you’re on. By simply turning a knob on your center console, you can quickly switch between three modes:
- Mud and Sand
- Rock and Dirt
2019 Toyota RAV4 Passenger & Cargo Room
The interior of the 2019 RAV4 is designed to comfortably seat up to five people and still carry all your cargo. There are two rows of seats and 98.9 cubic feet of passenger space. Whether you go with fabric or SofTex® upholstery, everyone can relax and enjoy the ride inside this open cabin.
An available panoramic glass moonroof with power-tilt capabilities will slightly affect your headroom: The driver and passenger will have 37.7 inches of front headroom, while the back headroom remains the same.
Behind the second-row seats, you’ll be able to store a lot of boxes, bags, and gear, with 37.6 cubic feet of space in the trunk. To help you load more, there are standard 60/40 fold-flat rear seats. With the seats dropped down, you’ll have a maximum of 69.8 cubic feet of cargo room.
Loading up your SUV will be simple, even when you’ve got your hands full. There’s an available rear power liftgate as well as a hands-free power liftgate, which can be opened by just waving your foot in front of a sensor on the rear bumper.
2019 Toyota RAV4 Exterior Dimensions
On top of offering enough space for all your cargo, the 2019 Toyota RAV4 has a compact, aerodynamic frame that can fit into tight spaces and deliver agile handling.
It stands 67 inches high and 73 inches wide. That aids both your maneuverability by giving it a low center of gravity, and helps you drive over tough terrain with an 8.4-inch ground clearance.
While a Traction Control System comes standard, the SUV’s 105.9-inch wheelbase also helps provide stability. It comes from a body that’s 180.9 inches long and easy to fit into small parking spots or your garage.
Another benefit to this design is how it benefits your fuel economy. The Toyota RAV4 has a 14.5-gallon fuel tank. In addition to its efficient powertrains, your gas mileage will be helped by its light curb weight of just 3,370 pounds.
2019 Toyota RAV4 Safety
During your drive, this new Toyota model offers peace of mind with a strong frame and eight standard airbags. The entire cabin will be protected between the front and side airbags for the driver and front passenger, and front and rear side-curtain airbags that cover both rows of seats.
To make sure all your drives are safe, the Star Safety System™ comes standard. It gives you reliable performance and control with built-in features like:
- Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control
- Traction Control
- Anti-lock Brake System
- Electronic Brake-force Distribution
- Brake Assist
- Smart Stop Technology
Even the seatbelts were built with intelligent safety technology in mind. Smaller passengers in the back seat can be strapped in securely with Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren (LATCH), while up front, both seatbelts can prevent whiplash during an accident with pretensioners and force limiters.
This SUV is also prepared to help you safely tow things along for the ride. For instance, Trailer-Sway Control monitors whatever you’re hauling and uses corrective braking to keep it in line with your SUV.
2019 Toyota RAV4 Driver Assistance Features
The 2019 Toyota RAV4 also uses technology to prevent accidents before they occur. The standard Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0 system provides you with tons of driver assistance features that will give you greater awareness. These technologies include:
- Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection
- Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist
- Automatic High Beams
- Road Sign Assist
- Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
- Lane Tracing Assist
On top of the features that come with Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0, you can add additional features like an Intelligent Clearance Sonar with Rear Cross-Traffic Braking, or a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert to cover every angle of your SUV. You’ll even be able to check behind you when you’re backing up; whenever you shift into reverse, your dashboard infotainment screen will switch its display to give you a look at what the integrated backup camera sees. It even features gridlines, so you can see what path you’re on.
2019 Toyota RAV4 Infotainment System
To keep you on the right path and make sure you stay connected during your drive, there’s a user-friendly infotainment system on top of your dashboard. This Entune™ 3.0 Audio system has a standard 7-inch touchscreen, but an 8-inch screen is also available. This sleek system is Bluetooth® compatible, so you can safely take hands-free phone calls and stream music from your smartphone. You’ll also be able to access your favorite smartphone apps through Apple CarPlay® and switch between them quickly with Siri® Eyes Free.
While the navigation system delivers turn-by-turn directions, Dynamic Voice Recognition lets you add or change destinations easily. Plus, wherever you go, you and your passengers can stay in touch with all your email, social media, and streaming services thanks to a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot. Everyone’s devices can stay charged, too, with a Qi-compatible wireless phone charger.
The convenient combination of Dynamic Voice Recognition and Siri® Eyes Free also helps you have a safer drive. By being able to enter a destination, make a phone call, switch between apps, and put on the music you want without taking your hands of the wheel, the 2019 Toyota RAV4 makes it easy to follow Tennessee’s “Hands Free” Law, Public Chapter No. 412.
Toyota RAV4 Style & Design
While the 2019 Toyota RAV4 offers a comfortable ride, convenient cargo room, impressive fuel economy, and lots of safety features, it’s also a great-looking SUV. The sleek, streamlined design starts with a wide chrome bumper, large air intake, and bold hexagon-patterned front grille. Much like your wheels, it’s available with either a chrome or black finish.
From there, the front uses a set of sleek, diagonal LED headlights to transition to raised accent lines that run down both sides of the hood and the doors. This all comes together in the back with a rear chrome bumper, sweeping brake lights, a shark fin antenna on the roof, and a sporty spoiler that extends over the rear window.
This stylish exterior is available in over a dozen colors, including 2-tone patterns that feature a black metallic roof for some contrast.
Meanwhile, inside you’ll have a choice between cloth and SofTex® seats in shades like light gray, black, and nutmeg. A classy leather-wrapped shifter and heated steering wheel are also available. An available power tilt/slide moonroof with one-touch open/close makes it easy to let some light in and give your passengers a view.
Toyota RAV4 Hybrid
If you’re focused on fuel economy, you’ll love the efficient Toyota RAV4 Hybrid. It runs on a combination of the same 2.5L 4-cylinder engine, a multi-electric motor, and a 244.8-volt Nickel-Metal Hydride traction battery. Together they can provide you with 219 total horsepower and get up to an EPA-estimated 41 MPG city and 30 MPG highway.i
Test Drive the Toyota RAV4
Visit Ron Hibbard Toyota to test drive the versatile and stylish Toyota RAV4. It provides families and drivers near Nashville, Gallatin, and Madison with peace of mind, not to mention tons of cargo room inside a safe, comfortable SUV.
To learn more about this 2019 Toyota RAV4 review, contact us or visit our dealership!
[i] 2019 EPA-estimated 26 city/35 hwy/30 combined mpg for RAV4 LE FWD, XLE FWD, XLE Premium FWD and Limited FWD; 27 city/34 hwy/30 combined for LE AWD; 25 city/ 33 hwy/28 combined mpg for XLE AWD, XLE Premium, Adventure and Limited AWD; and 41 city/38 hwy/40 combined for RAV4 LE Hybrid, XLE Hybrid, XSE Hybrid and Limited Hybrid. Actual mileage will vary.