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Review: 2019 Toyota RAV4

Review: 2019 Toyota RAV4

The easy to drive and family-friendly Toyota RAV4 compact crossover has excellent gas mileage, provides cargo space of up to 69.8 cubic feet, and comes standard with many tech and driver assistance safety features. Visit Longo Toyota in El Monte for a test drive.

Design

The all-new 2019 RAV4 has been completely redesigned with a sportier feel, roomy interior with two rows of seating to comfortably fit up to five people, and a more rugged body style. The rear design consists of dual chrome exhaust tips and an optional rear spoiler. The base trim comes with 17-inch steel wheels with 18-inch and 19-inch alloy wheels available. The Adventure trim comes with unique matte black 19-inch alloy wheels, uniquely patterned seats with orange accents, distinctive roof rails, and is available with a contrasting roof color of either black or ice edge. The Limited trim adds puddle lights, integrated fog lights, and a dark-brown-accented interior.

Performance

A 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder direct injection engine mated to an 8-speed direct shift electronically controlled automatic transmission powers the LE, XLE, XLE Premium, Adventure, and Limited trims. The new RAV4 utilizes a front-wheel drivetrain, generates 203-hp and 184 lb-ft of torque, and earns an EPA-estimated 35 mpg highway and 26 mpg city. Standard driving modes include Normal, Sport, and ECO. The RAV4 base trims have a towing capacity of 1,500 pounds while the Adventure trim can tow up to 3,500 pounds. All-wheel drive is available to improve responsiveness and stability and comes with Multi-terrain Select with mud, sand, rock, dirt, and snow driving modes.

Technology

The 2019 RAV4 comes standard with the new Entune™ multimedia system, a 7-inch color touch-screen, Apple CarPlay® compatibility, Bluetooth® with voice recognition, Siri® Eyes Free, Scout® GPS Link, a USB port, and a 6-speaker audio system. Optional features include an upgraded Entune™ system with an 8-inch touch-screen, navigation, a total of five USB ports, Qi-compatible wireless charging pad, and an 11-speaker, 800-watt JBL® premium audio system with Clari-Fi technology.

Pricing

Starting at $25,500 MSRP*

* MSRP excludes the Delivery, Processing, and Handling Fee of $975 for cars (Yaris, Yaris iA, Yaris Liftback, 86, Corolla, Corolla iM, Corolla HB, Camry, Camry HV, Prius LB, Prius c, Prius Prime, Avalon HV), $1,095 for small/medium trucks, SUV’s and van (C-HR, RAV4, RAV4 HV, Highlander, Highlander HV, 4Runner, Sienna, Tacoma), $1,495 for large SUV’s (Sequoia, Land Cruiser), and $1,495 for large truck (Tundra). (Historically, vehicle manufacturers and distributors have charged a separate fee for processing, handling and delivering vehicles to dealerships. Toyota’s charge for these services is called a “Deliver, Processing and Handling Fee” and is based on the value of the processing, handling and delivery services Toyota provides as well as Toyota’s overall pricing structure. Toyota may make a profit on the Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee.) Excludes taxes, license, title and available or regionally required equipment. The Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee in AL, AR, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, OK, SC and TX will be higher. The published prices do not apply to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Actual dealer price will vary.

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