2019 Toyota RAV4 Gets A Tough New Look And Looks Like A Truck
The Toyota RAV4 was the best-selling passenger vehicle (a vehicle that is not a pickup truck) in America. If you include pickup trucks, the RAV4 was the fourth best-selling vehicle in the United States in 2017, only to be outsold by Ram, Silverado, and Ford F-Series pickups. So there is no reason to change the winning recipe on a vehicle that sold 407,594 models last year, but Toyota did just that. Toyota wants to continue the success of their ultra-popular compact crossover SUV, so the Japanese automaker gave the 2019 RAV4 a brand new redesign.
Toyota unveiled the all-new, fifth-generation RAV4 at the 2018 New York International Auto Show on Wednesday. The 2019 RAV4 looks a lot more like a truck, but Toyota kept enough car-like aspects that made the SUV a top-seller. But it isn’t just a new appearance that makes it look more like a truck, the new RAV4 will actually have more off-road capabilities than previous generations.
The standard powertrain for the 2019 Toyota RAV4 is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive, but an all-wheel-drive model is available for more. AWD models have the option of Dynamic Torque Vectoring All-Wheel Drive with Rear Driveline Disconnect, which sends 50% of engine torque to the rear wheels. When traveling on smooth driving surfaces, the power goes to the front wheels for enhanced fuel economy. For those looking for even better fuel economy, Toyota will also release a Hybrid XSE model that is expected to be the most powerful of the range and also have a sport-tuned suspension.