2019 Toyota RAV4 Builds on its US Best Seller Status
The newest 5th generation Toyota RAV4 steps up to fill its own shoes as America’s best-selling non-pickup truck vehicle. Compared to a first test drive in 1994 of the awkward little 2-door coupe Japanese market RAV4 first sent to the US, the new 2019 is now full grown in consumer pleasing Toyota grade comfort, convenience and reliability.
Borrowing the brawny Toyota truck styled front grill, headlamp treatments, chunky profile and the high-riding 8.6 inch clearance, the new RAV4 aims to continue to dominate the compact SUV which it created.
Offering five gas powered trim levels with a 2.5 liter inline 4 cylinder engine producing the 304 horsepower, the new RAV4 is not an off the line performer. But sharp cornering and agile riding on a new global architecture platform and, in the Adventure and Limited models, a torque vectoring all-wheel drive system seem to more directly address the RAV4 mission. With 3 hybrid editions the new Toyota pushes output to 219 horsepower.
Tech loaded with communications, navigation and entertainment interfaces all channeled by a crisp 7 inch center stack topping screen, the RAV4 rolls in at $25,000 – $35,000.