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Toyota RAV4

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Notable Features in 2019
Redesigned for 2019
Five-seat compact SUV
New eight-speed automatic transmission
Gas and hybrid versions available
AWD (All-Wheel Drive) optional across lineup
Rugged Adventure model available

Price Range     $25,650–$35,050
Consumer Rating     (4.5)291 reviews
Combined MPG (Miles Per Gallon)     28-30
Body Styles     SUV

The Good
Efficient four-cylinder
Fuel economy
Hybrid acceleration
Intuitive multimedia system
Standard safety features
Cabin materials on higher trims
Robust AWD upgrade

The Bad
Backseat no longer slides
Road and engine noise
Modest acceleration (non-hybrid)
Unpredictable eight-speed automatic transmission
Cargo room
No Android Auto

The verdict:
Toyota serves up adventure, efficiency and safety with the 2019 RAV4, but a side of rowdy road manners spoils the sauce.

Versus the competition:
Though it’s solidly improved and offers a near-class-leading list of standard safety goodies, the new RAV4 lacks the comfortable ride of some competitors and the spirited road manners of others.
The Toyota RAV4 has a lot of fans — more than 400,000 people in the U.S. bought one last year alone — but I’ve never been one of them; I’ve always been underwhelmed by its slow, loud road manners, clunky multimedia system and chintzy interior. A redesign for 2019, however, has brought me closer to understanding what all the fuss is about.
On the outside, the fifth generation of the compact SUV trades its previous crossover-like curves for the beefed-up face and aggressive shoulders of Toyota’s larger, trucky SUVs, like the 4Runner. Inside, there’s an updated multimedia system, upgraded materials, and added tech and safety features. Compare it with the 2018 model.

The compact SUV class is packed, and the RAV4 has some solid contenders, including the Honda CR-V and my favorites, the Nissan Rogue and Mazda CX-5. See them compared.

Driving Differences
The standout is the RAV4 Hybrid. It delivers utility, economy and the most comfortable driving experience. The hybrid pairs a 2.5-liter inline-four-cylinder engine with electric motors, a nickel-metal-hydride battery pack and a continuously variable automatic transmission that’s good for 219 horsepower total. Off the line, pep is brisk and linear, and the CVT does an adequate job of delivering more — though when pushed on hill climbs, the powertrain can get loud.

Warranty
New car and certified pre-owned programs by Toyota 

New Car Program Benefits
Bumper-to-Bumper     36 months / 36,000 miles
Powertrain     60 months / 60,000 miles
Roadside Assistance     24 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
Maximum Age/Mileage     7 years/less than 85,000 miles
Basic Warranty Terms     12 months/12, 000 miles
Powertrain     7 years/100,000 miles
Dealer Certification Required     160- or 174-point inspections
Roadside Assistance     Yes

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