Twenty-five decades back you can depend the amount of ‘soft-roaders’ on just one hand. Now the industry is crammed with more than two dozen choices.
Without a doubt, for that previous two yrs Australians have acquired far more SUVs than passenger cars and trucks – as well as the gap is widening.
Potential buyers favor the tall seating placement to better begin to see the street in advance. It’s also simpler to get the very little ones in and out from the back again seat of an SUV. And less difficult for mature-age motorists to obtain during the front seat if their hips are knackered.
The cargo locations are frequently bigger plus much more flexible than sedans and hatches. Additionally the macho appears to be of SUVs inform the neighbours you could escape the rat race each time you wish – even though you are caught from the identical traffic jam as every person else.
In lower than two decades we’ve absent from protests against SUVs about the streets of L. a. and Paris, to buying them in record quantities globally.
In opposition to this backdrop Toyota has turned out a different model of its RAV4, 1 from the pioneers from the segment when it released the original in 1994.
Immediately after dominating with the to start with decade it has confronted stiff competition in recent times, and now ranks 3rd in reputation Down Less than regardless of posting history product sales.
When car companies launch a completely new model they to begin with market on appears to be like by itself then meter out extra characteristics around the following five or six several years because the car or truck ages.
But these times are absent and many primary models now come out swinging which has a absolutely loaded car with the get-go.
Which happens to be why the Toyota RAV4 is well-equipped even in its most elementary guise. Toyota’s total suite of superior safety technologies is typical on all grades.
It incorporates autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise management that maintains a spot to your car or truck forward, blind-spot warning, rear cross-traffic warn for browsing centre car parks, speed-sign recognition plus a rear-view camera.
The protection listing goes on – and a five-star ranking is predicted – although it lacks rear autonomous braking obtainable over the Mazda CX-5 and Nissan X-Trail.
With the initially time, the RAV4 has the option of hybrid ability. Indeed, 6 from the 11 styles during the line-up are petrol-electric versions with much better financial state compared to the now-discontinued diesel.
The brand new RAV4 is usually the first Toyota in Australia with Apple CarPlay and Android Automobile smartphone integration, despite the fact that regrettably it’s not readily available until late 2019. Vehicles delivered before then will have the technological innovation “retro-fitted” free of charge.
For all those with young families there are 2 ISOFIX kid seat points and three top rated tether latches throughout the back seat.
The boot is amongst the largest in its course (580L), and cabin roominess has improved while it is a little bit shorter bumper-to-bumper than right before.
All models – petrol or hybrid – can run on 91 frequent unleaded, a rarity among the new cars and trucks today.
For all its advantage, nonetheless, it is value noting the RRP has absent up by $1200 on sure models – and marketed drive-away charges have shot up by $3000 on some of the hottest variants.
As a fast recap, the bottom design Toyota RAV4 GX two.0-litre petrol with automatic transmission continues to be $32,990 drive-away for the earlier twelve months. Although the very same variant within the new era RAV4 variety is priced from $32,640 moreover on-road prices, which equates to roughly $35,990 drive-away.
The cheapest ticket into a RAV4 hybrid will be the front-drive GX hybrid at $35,one hundred forty moreover on-roads, or roughly $38,000 drive-away.
The all-wheel-drive RAV4 GX hybrid (working with two electrical motors to assist front and rear wheels) starts from $38,a hundred and forty in addition on-roads, or around $41,000 drive-away.
The sole petrol all-wheel-drive petrol is the top-of-the-range Edge – with a 2.5-litre four-cylinder paired to an eight-speed car – priced from $47,one hundred forty furthermore on-road fees, or maybe a snip about $50,000 drive-away.
Support intervals are fifteen,000km/12 months, whichever comes initially, up from 10,000km/six thirty day period intervals previously. The very first five routine company visits cost $210 every single, amongst the most affordable in the class.
Warranty coverage is five years/unlimited kilometres, field typical.
On the highway
We expended a lot of our time about the media preview push while in the a few principal design grades: GX, GXL and Cruiser, offered being a 2.0-litre petrol front-drive, a 2.5-litre hybrid front-drive, and also a 2.5-litre hybrid all-wheel-drive.
The selection is so large I retested them the next working day just after feeling lukewarm about some types and pleasantly surprised by many others.
To start with impressions? The extra cabin room and cargo area is apparent – compared to its predecessors and friends. The Subaru Forester, Mazda CX-5, Ford Escape and Holden Equinox come near.
Toyota has also produced a good effort to present the cabin a carry. The dials to the infotainment display screen and air-conditioning controls now possess a rubber grip. For those who ended up unkind you could say they remind you from the tyres from the design auto, nevertheless they have got a top quality experience.
Oddment storage in the doorways, centre console and glovebox is sweet.
Visibility all around is excellent thanks to significant windows, bucking the craze of sleeker models.
The instrument cluster has the choice of the electronic speedometer display, when you understand how to search out it.
The base design instrument cluster provides a easy possibility but obtaining the digital readout within the larger grade products demands a flick in the owner’s guide until finally you can learn it.
Unlike the Mazda CX-5, a head-up display screen that demonstrates velocity together with other essential information in to the windscreen from the driver’s line of sight will not be accessible.
Nevertheless, the velocity indicator warning procedure performs off a digicam instead of navigation facts, so it might detect roadworks and school zones. Inside our testing it seldom misses an indication, although, as with identical methods on other makes, in addition it often catches the 40 image around the back of buses.
While you could possibly expect, with its major cushioned tyres, comfort and ease above bumps is previously mentioned ordinary and still it still steers with precision. It is not generally possible to receive the best of each worlds.
The exception to this observation based upon our preview travel could be the base product hybrid which felt much too agency.
In my opinion the sweet places within the range are classified as the two.0-litre petrol base product GX and middle-of-the-range GXL, the two most inexpensive models.
They’re reasonably effectively geared up and will suit the needs of most buyers, while the flagship Cruiser is usually a sleek operator irrespective of remaining fitted with lower-profile tyres.
Just one caveat: inside the related car or truck age the bottom model GX is short-changed by using a solitary USB port (all other RAV4 versions have five). Along with the GX cabin will be given a lift if it obtained the leather-based steering wheel equipped to other versions.
If these look like picky criticisms, it is because for most regards the brand new RAV4 suits the short.
These vehicles are not speculated to be race automobiles however the two.0-litre petrol motor is perky plenty of for the each day commute, suburban operates, as well as the occasional weekend getaway.
The hybrid drivetrain is more rapidly and feels far more refined since it moves silently from relaxation mainly because it offers the petrol motor an electric strengthen during the thirstiest a part of commuter driving.
Just like other Toyota hybrids, the RAV4 tops up its battery pack when coasting or braking, so there is no want for any electricity stage till a plug-in hybrid is inevitably offered (it’s obtainable abroad while in the Prius Prime but Toyota is not saying when or if it will eventually be sold domestically).
Fuel misers may well prefer the hybrid possibility, but they’ll spend a $3000 top quality to the petrol-electric tech. And that is why Toyota predicts about 7 outside of ten prospective buyers will originally decide for that standard two.0-litre automobile.
The sporty flagship Edge, essentially the most impressive petrol-only solution from the RAV4 assortment, will appeal to those who crave a bit more functionality but it is noisier than the other variants, equally in terms of a more raucous engine plus more roar from your tyres.
For now, the $50,000 Edge is the only petrol all-wheel-drive but Toyota may well incorporate a cheaper variant at a afterwards day.
The 2019 Toyota RAV4Opens a brand new Window. is surely an all-new product and rarely has “all-new” been so accurate. Its mechanical underpinnings switch a platform that had been all over for 13 years. Its motor and transmission are new. Its styling is actually a radical departure from its predecessor, signaling a adjust in general philosophy: from extra of a car like layout, to some thing far more akin to extra rugged SUVs. In that vein, the ground clearance is considerably greater, the readily available all-wheel-drive methods tend to be more sophisticated as well as Journey trim stage is much more effective at taking you on precise adventures.
Ah, but what about the RAV4’sOpens a brand new Window. long-appreciated utility and spouse and children friendliness? Effectively, the cargo region loses some utmost capability as a consequence of a decrease roof and a additional sloped tailgate design and style — boxier items or even a Golden Retriever may not in good shape at the same time. That reduced roof also could possibly make headroom a little bit limited. However, the RAV4 still has just one with the greatest, most relaxed cabins in its section. Furthermore, it gains a beautiful new cabin structure with greatly enhanced supplies, extra useful modest item storage along with the newest ToyotaOpens a new Window. tech interface that includes Apple CarPlay. For the majority of consumers, we think that equals a web earn.
And certainly, the new RAV4 is a lot more typically appealing in comparison to the auto it replaces. It is definitely various, and perhaps some won’t just like the new way, but we’re guessing it will catch the attention of much more.
Just how much?
Gasoline Financial state
The 2019 RAV4 comes normal which has a two.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that generates 203 horsepower and 184 pound-feet. It’s paired to an 8-speed computerized transmission and typical front-wheel push.
There are two optional AWD programs out there. 1, offered on most trim amounts, is actually a usual AWD method that sends electrical power on the rear wheels when entrance wheel slippage is detected. The 2nd, extra complex AWD process (optional on Minimal, conventional on Experience) don’t just frequently sends electricity for the entrance and also the back again, but it surely differs electric power among the still left as well as proper rear wheels. This is often an advantage in terms of traction, but a disadvantage with regard to gasoline financial state.
FWD types return an excellent 26 miles for every gallon from the metropolis, 34 mpg over the highway and 29 mpg in combined driving. The fundamental AWD method is essentially the exact same. The more advanced AWD program nevertheless returns a very great 24 mpg city/32 mpg hwy/27 mpg put together.
The accessible hybrid powertrain we include separately in our 2019 RAV4 Hybrid Critique receives 39 mpg mixed.
Standard Functions & Options
The 2019 Toyota RAV4 is available in 5 trim concentrations: LE, XLE, XLE High quality, Journey and Confined. There can be a RAV4 Hybrid model, which we evaluation independently, that offers a unique XSE High quality sport-oriented trim stage.
Standard equipment about the LE ($25,500) consists of 17-in steel wheels, LED headlights, automatic high beams, roof rails, rear privacy glass, a backup digicam, forward-collision warning with pedestrian detection and automated emergency braking, lane-keeping support, adaptive cruise handle and keyless entry. Interior equipment consists of a height-adjustable driver seat, cloth upholstery, a 60/40-split reclining and folding back seat, a 7-in touchscreen, one USB port, in-car Wi-Fi, Apple CarPlay, plus a 6-speaker sound procedure with an auxiliary audio jack. The optional AWD program adds multiple traction settings (“Mud & Sand,” “Rock & Dirt,” and “Snow”)
The XLE ($27,300) adds 17-in alloy wheels, automatic headlights, fog lights, heated mirrors, blind place monitoring, rear cross-traffic guide, proximity entry and push-button start, a sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate regulate, upgraded upholstery, a cargo go over and four additional USB ports (two front, two rear). The XLE Convenience package adds an 8-way energy driver seat, heated entrance seats in addition to a height-adjustable electricity liftgate.
The XLE Premium ($29,500) adds 19-in wheels, further ground clearance, a power liftgate, the 8-way electrical power driver seat, SofTex simulated leather upholstery in addition to a leather-wrapped steering wheel.
Optional around the XLE trims would be the Entune 3.0 Audio In addition package adds an 8-in touchscreen, satellite radio, and to the XLE Quality, an 11-speaker JBL sound system.
The journey ($32,900) options distinctive styling, taller roof rails, orange-accented interior trim, hill-descent manage along with a sophisticated AWD procedure as conventional (described higher than from the Gasoline Financial state section). It further adds several tech upgrades including an upgraded backup camera, a 7-in all-digital instrument panel, the 8-in touchscreen and satellite radio. It reverts for the non-leather steering wheel and offers the sunroof being a separate selection.
The XLE, XLE Premium and Adventure trims offer a Engineering package that includes parking sensors and rear cross-traffic computerized braking. The XLE also gains an auto-dimming rearview mirror, while the opposite two insert a rearview digital camera mirror, wireless smartphone charging along with a JBL audio process.
The Constrained trim ($33,500) receives its own, ritzier styling and is obtainable with the Adventure’s upgraded AWD procedure, but otherwise adds features to your XLE Top quality. These include heated entrance seats, the rearview digital camera mirror, blue ambient lighting, the Adventure’s various tech upgrades and an integrated navigation method (optional on Experience). The JBL sound system is optional. The Limited’s Superior Technology package adds a birds-eye parking digicam technique, wireless smartphone charging, a hands-free power liftgate and proximity entry factors on all doorways.
Available on all trim ranges is some model on the Weather Prep package that adds a heated leather-wrapped steering and automated wipers having a de-icer function. The XLE Quality variation also contains heated front seats and driver memory functions. The adventure and Restricted version further adds heated and ventilated front seats, while only the Constrained adds heated rear seats.
Every 2019 RAV4 comes common with antilock brakes, stability and traction regulate, 8 airbags (entrance, front-side, full-length side curtain, driver knee, entrance passenger under-seat), a backup digital camera, forward-collision warning with pedestrian detection and computerized emergency braking along with a much more subtle lane-keeping support method than most. Blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic assist systems is optional over the LE and conventional on all many others. Parking sensors as well as a rear cross-traffic automated braking procedure are typical around the Minimal and optional on all many others although the LE).
The brand new RAV4 experienced not been crash tested by a third party at the time of this writing.
Behind The Wheel
The brand new RAV4’s stiffer body structure, redone suspension and enhanced steering result in a compact SUV that’s a lot more involving and responsive to generate. It is not fun like a Mazda CX-5Opens a fresh Window. can be, but most motorists should appreciate its poise all-around corners as well as the feedback from its steering wheel. The accessible torque-vectoring AWD method further enhances on-road handling, while also benefitting off-road or poor-weather traction.
The 4-cylinder motor offers essentially the most standard horsepower within the section, nonetheless it doesn’t experience overtly swift as being a result. “Sufficient” sums it up very best. The Hybrid is actually a smidge faster and specified its superior gas overall economy and reasonable price tag, we’d seriously consider it.
Inside, the RAV4 provides a cozy car-like driving position and an abundance of rear-seat legroom. The roof can be a little bit low, however, so you could uncover your head uncomfortably shut towards the headliner. There’s also much less greatest cargo space than much more utilitarian rivals similar to the Honda CR-VOpens a completely new Window. plus the Subaru ForesterOpens a fresh Window., however the cargo place is continue to plenty useful and benefits from the movable cargo floor that lowers to increase area or flips more than to reveal a more easily cleaned surface. Material top quality is superb throughout (especially the various new buttons and switches), and the touchscreen interfaces are pleasantly easy to use, see and reach.
New for 2019
The all-new 2019 Toyota RAV4 moves to the automaker’s TNGA platform and options two powertrain options including a more strong hybrid. The five-passenger crossover also options Toyota’s additional distinctive layout language, giving the RAV4 a look that’s extra in line with its rugged body-on-frame siblings.
Trim Ranges (Interior and Exterior Options)
Currently Toyota’s best-selling product, the 2019 RAV4 is often a compact crossover that slots below the three-row Highlander and higher than the subcompact C-HR. A hybrid returns and comes normal with all-wheel push and even more electric power than right before. Five trims are out there and a sixth one, the XSE, is exclusive towards the RAV4 Hybrid.
2019 RAV4 LE: The base LE quality arrives with 17-inch steel wheels, LED headlights, a rearview digital camera, cloth upholstery, keyless entry, Toyota’s Entune 3.0 interface with a 7.0-inch touchscreen, a USB port, Apple CarPlay, a six-speaker audio technique, a four.2-inch gauge cluster display screen, and Bluetooth.
2019 RAV4 XLE: Moving up into the XLE trim adds a moonroof, 17-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone climate management, keyless start, and four further USB ports.
2019 RAV4 XLE Quality: Mid-grade XLE Top quality types build to the XLE with 19-inch alloys wheels, an influence liftgate, SofTex leatherette upholstery, an eight-way power adjustable driver’s seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, fog lights along with a soft-touch dash.
2019 RAV4 Experience: Out there exclusively with all-wheel drive, the adventure trim adds unique matte black 19-inch alloy wheels, a 7.0-inch gauge cluster show, orange accents and interior stitching, active grille shutters, and an eight.0-inch touchscreen.
2019 RAV4 Restricted: Range-topping Restricted grade versions include puddle lights, heated front seats, dark brown interior accents and stitching, a rearview digicam mirror, blue interior ambient lighting, and navigation.
Options include a heated steering wheel, ventilated entrance seats, heated rear seats, a panoramic sunroof, and an 11-speaker JBL audio technique.
Effectiveness and Gasoline Economy
A fresh two.5-liter I-4 with 203 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque arrives normal within the 2019 RAV4 and is paired exclusively with an eight-speed automatic transmission. EPA gas economy ratings are 26/35 mpg city/highway for front-drive designs and 25/33 mpg with all-wheel push (27/34 mpg on LE AWD products).
Toyota Protection Sense 2.0 will come common on all 2019 Toyota RAV4s. The package bundles forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian and daytime cyclist detection, lane departure warning with steering support, automatic high beams, sway warning, adaptive cruise regulate, and lane tracing assist. Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert are common on all although the base LE trim where it’s optional.
Cargo capacity regardless of powertrain is generous at 37.6 cubic ft (37.5 cubic ft with the standard moonroof and 37.0 cubic ft with the panoramic moonroof) with the rear seats in place and 69.eight cubic feet with them folded. Max towing capability is 1,500 pounds.
What We expect
In a 2018 comparison test in opposition to the Honda CR-V, we were being impressed with the RAV4’s cool-looking cabin, especially the adventure trim with its orange accents. Build good quality is solid and also the seats are comfy and spacious even during the rear. Where the RAV4 begins to fall behind the CR-V is in practicality; it’s not as smartly packaged because the Honda. For example, the rear doorways don’t open to a near 90-degree angle and that detracts a little bit from its general usability. Although ability from your two.5-liter I-4 is good, it sounds gravelly as well as the eight-speed transmission likes to upshift early. Steering is additionally vague and body motions are substantial.
The 2019 RAV4 also took part in a Massive Test comparison with the Chevrolet Equinox, Nissan Rogue, Hyundai Tucson, Mazda CX-5, Subaru Forester, Jeep Cherokee and Honda CR-V. The Toyota finished in fourth place mainly because its ride tossed plenty of heads around, the cabin lacked the house of the comparison-winning CR-V, and we found the powertrain unrefined.