2019 Toyota RAV4 Review


If you’re a fan of powerful yet fuel-efficient compact SUVs, then you may be interested in the 2019 Toyota RAV4. However, you’ll need to learn all about it first before you can decide if it’s the vehicle for you.

Luckily, our team at Ira Toyota of Danvers created this in-depth review. Here, we’ll break down what specs, design elements, and features you’ll find within this automobile. Continue reading to discover what this SUV has to offer drivers like you around Danvers, Peabody, and Salem. Then, contact us when you’re ready to see the RAV4 in person

2019 Toyota RAV4 Overview

  • 2.5L 4-cylinder engine
  • 3,500-pound towing capacity
  • 37.6 cubic feet of cargo room
  • Toyota Remote Connect
  • 7 or 8 inch display screen
  • Lane Tracing Assist

Performance Specs

2019 Toyota RAV4 Performance

The 2019 Toyota RAV4 has lots of performance features that give you an effortless ride both on- and off-road. It comes with a Dynamic Force 2.5L 4-cylinder engine that’s mated to an 8-speed direct-shift automatic transmission for ideal shifting on the road.

The RAV4 also offers a Dynamic Torque Vectoring All-Wheel Drive (AWD) with Rear Driveline Disconnect. This system will send 50% of engine torque to the rear wheels for optimum traction on slippery surfaces. When AWD isn’t needed, the Rear Driveline Disconnect system will transmit the driving force to the front wheels.

This disconnect system features the world’s first ratchet-type dog clutches on the front and rear wheel shafts. The clutches stop the driveshaft’s rotations, which is how the driving force gets transmitted to the front wheels. This results in a significant reduction in energy loss along with an improved miles per gallon rating.

Towing Capacity & Drive Modes

Since its powerful performance under the hood, the Toyota RAV4 has a max 3,500-pound towing capacity. This towing capacity is ideal for whatever equipment you need to hitch along for work or leisure, providing you the best of both worlds.

To make matters even better, you can elevate your commute further with enhanced driving modes. Whether you’re towing a trailer behind you or want to increase your efficiency, they have you covered.

  • Sport Mode – This feature provides enhanced acceleration for a thrilling drive no matter where you’re heading.
  • ECO Mode – Elevate your fuel efficiency for the most economical ride with this mode.
  • Normal Mode – Perfect for everyday driving, this mode features an ideal blend of high fuel efficiency and powerful performance.

Exterior Dimensions

2019 Toyota RAV4 Exterior

The latest Toyota RAV4 model shows other SUVs who’s boss through its brawny new look. It has a large, trapezoidal grille that’s similar to the Tacoma. Plus, each body panel has a sophisticated twist, with a chiseled appearance that’s a perfect blend of athleticism and charisma.

A longer wheelbase and wider front and rear tracks provide a stable and confident driving platform. With the stronger front end comes a more dynamic profile, robust shoulders, and optional 19-inch wheels, all of which make for a powerful stance that’s ready to tackle any road.

It also has a compact body with the following dimensions:

  • Wheelbase: 105.9 inches
  • Overall Length: 180.9 inches
  • Overall Width: 73 inches
  • Overall Height: 67 inches

The side mirrors are lower on the doors for increased forward visibility around the A-pillar. Side visibility is increased, too, thanks to a lower beltline. Also, rear-diagonal visibility is improved with a redesigned and enlarged rear-quarter glass.

Furthermore, the RAV4 offers a two-tone exterior paint scheme with plenty of eye-catching color options. The black roof can be paired with stunning colors, such as Blizzard Pearl, Silver Sky Metallic, or Blueprint, for a look that’ll certainly turn heads.

Interior Features

The 2019 RAV4 also has a premium, modern-looking cabin with high-quality materials. Whether you’re off-roading in search of adventure or making a statement on city streets, these luxurious additions will have you feeling like road royalty.

There are various seating options that are available, such as Black or Mocha SofTex® seats with orange stitching. There’s an available panoramic glass roof, as well, that’ll open up the cabin and let in fresh air and natural sunlight.

For premium comfort, opt for the 8-way power-adjustable driver seat. It not only provides you with multiple seat arrangements, but it also comes with a memory function, as well. This way, you’ll have no problem finding your specific setting, even if someone else has been in the driver’s seat.

Heated and ventilated front seats are available, as well, along with heated rear seats. So, if you need to quickly warm up or cool down, you can do so with just the touch of a button no matter where you are seated.

Cargo Room

2019 Toyota RAV4 Cargo

Cargo room is plentiful in the 2019 RAV4. With the 60/40 rear seats, you can fit items of various shapes and sizes while still leaving room for a backseat passenger. Simply fold the rear seats down for the most space possible behind the front row. By doing so, you’ll expand the 37.6 cubic feet of cargo behind the back rows into an impressive 69.8 cubic feet.

Plus, an available hands-free power liftgate makes it easy to access the cargo area, even when your hands are full. With a simple push of a button, the rear gate opens and closes automatically. Also, you can easily wave your foot under the rear bumper when the fob is nearby, and you don’t have you worry about using your hands at all.

Once inside, you’ll also have space for the items you’ll want to keep you close, which includes a handy shelf between the upper and lower dash-perfect for small items, like your phone.

Want to enhance your cargo area even more? With a slew of accessories, you can! Keep things clean and tidy in the back with the available cargo liner, cargo tote, carpet mat, and even a spider cargo net. These neat features keep everything in its place without shifting during the drive.

Convenience Features

Toyota makes sure that your RAV4 is ready when you are with a suite of advanced features engineered to make your commutes a breeze. With the Smart Key System, there’s no reason to search for your keys in your purse or pocket. This feature allows you to lock and unlock the doors when your fob is near by placing your hands on the handle to your door. Once you’re inside, keep those keys tucked away, as the RAV4 features a push-button start.

You can also easily keep connected to your vehicle even when you’re not inside. With Toyota Remote Connect, all you need to do is download an app on your smartphone, tablet, watch, and more, and access a great amount of tech when away from your RAV4.

You can locate your vehicle if you have forgotten where you have parked, lock your doors from inside your home, and even start the engine.

Cutting-Edge Technology

2019 Toyota RAV4 Interior Technology

At the center of the dash in the 2019 Toyota RAV4 is a new floating touchscreen, available in seven or eight inches, for easy visibility of all your media options.

This advanced touchscreen houses the Entune™ 3.0 infotainment system. It comes with Apple CarPlay™ smartphone integration, which allows you to listen to podcasts, send text messages, and more without messing around with your phone.

You can also get a trial subscription to SiriusXM® Satellite Radio. With over 100 music, news, and sports channels to choose from, you’ll always find something new to listen to.

In addition, there’s the available Wi-Fi Connect along with hands-free access to Amazon Alexa. With this feature, you can stay connected to the internet while still keeping your focus on the road ahead.

Driver-Assisting Technologies

The tech found in the RAV4 can help keep you safe, too, with Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0. This updated suite includes the driver-assisting technologies from the previous generation, such as:

  • Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection
  • Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
  • Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist

However, this time, you’ll get additional features, such as Road Sign Assist. It’ll identify road signs, such as Stop, Yield, and Speed Limit. You’ll then get visual and audible alerts, so you can act accordingly.

It’ll also come with Lane Tracing Assist, a safety system for highway use that works in tandem with the Dynamic Radar Cruise Control system. It recognizes markings on the road to actively track the center of your lane. If you start to drift from your lane, the system will steer you back, even if your hands aren’t on the steering wheel.

Test Drive a 2019 Toyota RAV4

As you can see from this detailed review, the 2019 Toyota RAV4 is quite an impressive SUV. However, if you’re still not sure if it’s right for you, then you’ll need to get behind the wheel and check it out for yourself.

If you live near Danvers, Peabody, or Salem and want to experience this compact SUV, then don’t wait. Schedule a test drive at Ira Toyota of Danvers today!

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