2019 Toyota RAV4 Gets Rugged Redesign
The fifth-generation version of the ridiculously popular RAV4 looks pretty good and Toyota’s mandate against making boring cars seems to be working. The chunky design, available contrast roof, available 19-inch wheels, and aggressive stance do a lot to make the crossover stand out. It’s legitimately attractive, something we haven’t said about a Toyota in a while, and we’re happy to see some influences from the excellent FT-AC Concept.
With shorter front and rear overhangs, a half-inch more ground clearance, longer wheelbase, wider track, and a 57 percent stiffer chassis, the new RAV4 should be more capable and better to drive than the outgoing model. Toyota also says visibility for the driver has been improved.
Two powertrains will be offered: a carryover 2.5-liter four-cylinder mated to an eight-speed transmission and a hybrid model with a CVT. Although the transmission gains two gears over the outgoing model, it’s a shame Toyota isn’t offering a turbo engine option. The AWD system gets important upgrades, however, and will now be able to send 50 percent of the torque to the rear wheels as well as split it from left to right via torque vectoring. The rear axle can also be disconnected for better fuel economy. Read more about the 2019 Toyota RAV4...