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2019 Toyota RAV4 hybrid SUV Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


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Abhinandan Banerjee Senior Correspondent Updated on: November 8, 2019


The RAV4 stands for Recreational Activity Vehicle: 4-wheel drive and the “RAV4” name has been around for a very long time now. Even though the name says “4-wheel drive”, every RAV4 is not actually 4WD. The first generation came out in 1994 and it has been in everybody’s heart ever since. There have been various versions of the RAV4- from a 3-door version to an EV version which was only sold for seven months, that too just in California (it was available for lease from 1997 to 2003).

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Pros

Premium Build quality of the Cabin

Plethora of Standard Safety Features

Ginormous Cargo Space w.r.t Rivals

Segment topping MPG Figures

Peppy Engine and Performance

Cons

Higher Starting Price w.r.t Rivals

Brakes Pedals feel more artificial in application

No Android Auto and Apple Car Play in this day and age

What's New?

The 2019 RAV4 Hybrid has been designed from scratch for 2019 as it has been based on the new TNGA architecture.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$27850

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

152 cu.in.

horsepower

176 hp @ 5700 rpm

torque

163 lbs.-ft @ 3600 rpm

transmission

continuously variable-speed automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear double wishbone suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

63/63.7

dimensions

wheelbase

105.9 in.

length

180.9 in.

width

73 in.

height

67 in.

curb weight

3710 lbs.

ground clearance

8.1 in.

capacity

passenger volume

98.9 cu ft.

cargo volume

69.8 cu ft.

towing capacity

1750 lbs.

payload capacity

1210 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.5 sec.

standing ¼-mile

16.6 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

41/39/37 mpg

highway range

536.5 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr. / 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr. / 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

60 months. / 60000

corrosion warranty

5 yr. / unlimited

roadside assistance

2 yr. / Unlimited


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Styles

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Ratings

Features

8.0

Interior

8.0

7.6

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Toyota RAV4 hybrid SUV LE

LE

power
176 hp @ 5700 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
39 combined

$27,850


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
LE 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) Starting at $27,850 MSRP (41/39/37) 176 hp @ 5700 rpm, 2.5 L, I-4, regular unleaded
continuously variable-speed automatic all wheel drive 5

 2019 Toyota RAV4 hybrid SUV XLE

XLE

power
176 hp @ 5700 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
39 combined

$29,650


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
XLE 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) Starting at $29,650 MSRP (41/39/37) 176 hp @ 5700 rpm, 2.5 L, I-4, regular unleaded
continuously variable-speed automatic all wheel drive 5

 2019 Toyota RAV4 hybrid SUV XSE

XSE

power
176 hp @ 5700 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
39 combined

$33,850


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
XSE 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) Starting at $33,850 MSRP (41/39/37) 176 hp @ 5700 rpm, 2.5 L, I-4, regular unleaded
continuously variable-speed automatic all wheel drive 5

 2019 Toyota RAV4 hybrid SUV Limited

Limited

power
176 hp @ 5700 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
39 combined

$35,850


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Limited 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) Starting at $35,850 MSRP (41/39/37) 176 hp @ 5700 rpm, 2.5 L, I-4, regular unleaded
continuously variable-speed automatic all wheel drive 5

Expert Review

7.6

Overall Rating


The New RAV 4 Hybrid comes in a total of 4 Trims namely LE, XLE, XSE, Limited and all these trims come with AWD as standard. Prices start from $27,700 for the base LE trim and goes over $35,700 for the top of the line Limited Trim. The combined output from the Electric motor and the Gas Motor is rated as 291hp and this is a bump over the last year model. Mileage figures see an improvement as well, with the overall figures going to 39MPG. Primary rivals to the 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid includes the Nissan Rogue, the Kia Soul EV and the Lexus NX 300h.

The RAV4 has been the 'Goose that lays Golden Eggs' for Toyota for several years running now. The RAV4 has been a favorite among both celebrities and the masses alike for its practicality, frugality and performance. For 2019, Toyota has completely redesigned the RAV4 and has given it the TNGA-k treatment, seen previously on Cars like the Avalon and the Camry.

2019 Toyota RAV4 hybrid red front three quarter
2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid front three quarter
2019 Toyota RAV4 hybrid red rear three quarter
2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid rear three quarter

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8.0/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

2019 Toyota RAV4 hybrid SUV Features

8.0/10

The 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid comes in a total of 4 trims and all the 4, come with standard AWD system fitted to them.

Trims

LE

XLE

XSE

Limited

Prices

$27,700

$29,500

$33,700

$35,700

Features

Multi LED Headlights, Taillights

Adds/Upgrades to 'cLE'

Adds/Upgrades to 'cXLE'

Adds/Upgrades to 'cXSE'

 

Colored Door Handles

17' Alloy Wheel

18' Alloy Wheel

19' Alloy Wheel

 

Low Profile Roof Rails

Auto On/Off Headlights, Fog Lights

Sportier Tuned Suspension, Tauter Spring and Shock Absorber Tune

8' Touchscreen Infotainment System with Entune Audio, 6 Speakers

 

4.2' Multi Info Display

Push Button Start, 4 Extra USB Ports

Projector Beam LED Headlights with Signature LED DRL

Heated and Ventilated Perforated front Seating

 

Auto Up/Down Power Windows an all doors

Power Tilt/Slide moon Roof

Digital Rearview Mirrors

Power Lift Gate

 

12V Power Outlet in 1st and 2nd Row

Heated, Powered ORVM with LED Turn Signals and Blind Spot Warning Indicators

Black SofTex material trim and blue accents in the interiors

8 Way Power adjusted driver's seat with 2 way Lumbar Support and Memory

 

Cargo Area Light

Dual Zone Climate Control with Rear AC

Dual Tone Exteriors with black roof

Heated Perforated Rear Outboard Seats

 

Privacy Glass on Side, Quarter, Lift Gate

Remote Keyless illuminated Entry

Piano Black accents on Mirror caps, Fender Arches, Lower Rockers

7' MID that shows Turn by Turn Navigation and acts as Digital Speedo

 

Soft Touch Dash

Smart Key Entry on Front Doors, Lift gate

   

In terms of the Features on offer, the Toyota doesn't feel lacking in the same in all trims except for the base, which we feel could have had some more features.

We Recommend

The XLE offers the best value for money proposition for the kind of pricing it is being offered at and the features associated with the same.

2019 Toyota RAV4 hybrid SUV Engine and Performance

The standard 2.5-liter four is significantly more powerful and torquier than before'-Caranddriver.com

Engine and Transmission

The 2019 Toyota RAV 4 comes powered by a 2.5L Inline 4 Cylinder Motor(176hp,163 lb-ft.) that does duty in the Gas only RAV 4 and an Electric Motor(118hp, 149lb-ft.), which has been rear mounted and powers the rear wheels. The combined output from both of these motors comes out to be 219hp. Changes to this model includes a new transaxle mount for the Electric Motor and improvements to the variable cooling system as well. The Engine is the most powerful in its class and relatively fuel efficient considering the same. Batteries continue to be made up of Nickel-Metal Hydride while the Li-Ion units are under development for now.

Models

Toyota RAV 4 Hybrid LE

Nissan Rogue Hybrid

Kia Niro PHEV

Lexus NX 300h

MSRP

$27,700

$28,595

$29,495

$39,860

Engine

2.5L i4

1.6L I4

2.0L I4

2.5L i4

Transmission

CVT

CVT

6 AMT

CVT

Horsepower

219

176

201

194

Torque

N/A

262

291

N/A

The e-CVT Transmission, devised by Toyota specifically for the RAV 4 Hybrid is one of the smoothest transmissions available in the market for today. The loud growl from the engine is evident at the higher RPM and the CVT can't do away with same. However, when it comes to switching the drivetrain from Electric to Gas or the Vice-Versa, the e-CVT does exceed everyone's expectations and provides smooth transitions.

Acceleration

With the increase in performance and reduction in weight as compared to the previous Gen model, the 2019 RAV 4 Hybrid manages to lead the segment and better its rivals by a big margin. With an under 8 second time for the 0-60 dash, the RAV 4 hybrid betters its own record by over half a second, when compared to the 2018 model. Toyota say that this has been made possible by the change in platform and by increasing the torque output from the electric motors by 30% to the rear axle.

Models

Toyota RAV 4 Hybrid

Nissan Rogue Hybrid

Kia Niro PHEV

Lexus NX 300h

0-60 MPH

7.5

9.1

N/A

8.3

Quarter mile

15.6

17

N/A

16.3

Engine

2.5L i4

1.6L I4

2.0L I4

2.5L i4

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

NA

NA

NA

NA

The same story continues in the quarter mile dash as the 2019 RAV 4 Hybrid, continues to better itself and demolish the rivals with ease. In terms of the rivals, it's the Toyota's own sibling, the Lexus NX 300h comes close to the Toyota while the others take more than second longer to do the same distances.

Ride and Handling

The underpinnings of the 2019 Toyota RAV 4 Hybrid comes from the TNGA architecture based platform. What it has done is added 57% stiffness to the car and allowing the drivetrain to be mounted lower hence improving the Center of Gravity. This makes the new RAV 4 handles far better than the previous model and that's a big feat considering the Toyota's 3800lbs weight. The handling however isn't similar to other sporty SUV's but it's good for the class it sits in.

The standard 18' wheels on the base trims and the Dunlop tires offer a comfortable ride and will satisfy the majority of people, looking forward to buying this SUV. The suspension is potent enough to gulp in potholes and bad conditioned roads with utmost authority. The chassis however isn't free from body roll and you can see the electronic stability control working hard to maintain stability.

Braking

While the 2019 RAV 4 has been mostly ticking all the boxes until now, we feel that the braking department is something that puts it down. Blame the Regenerative Braking Apparatus or the additional weight of the Electric Motor and its batteries, the RAV 4 is the slowest to come to a halt from 60MPH in this comparison.

Model

Toyota RAV 4 Hybrid

Nissan Rogue Hybrid

Kia Niro PHEV

Lexus NX 300h

Brake Front (in.)

12

11.84

N/A

N/A

Brake Rear (in.)

11.1

11.68

N/A

N/A

Curb weight (lbs.)

3710

3666

3161

4180

60-0 MPH (ft.)

143

125

134

118

On the upside, Regenerative brake tuning is likewise on point, offering solid halting muscle and regulation capacities. More established Toyota had brake pedals that felt like on/off switches when transitioning between regenerative and mechanical braking, and this is one territory where the RAV 4 has truly made considerable progress.

2019 Toyota RAV4 hybrid SUV Fuel Economy

After a rather disappointing braking part, the RAV 4 Hybrid manages to redeem itself in the Fuel Economy department. The MPG figures are a big improvement over the 2018 model and the RAV 4, despite offering a higher power output, doesn't compromise on the MPG figures. Toyota claims a massive 39MPG combined average for the RAV 4 and couple that with the 14.5 gallon fuel tank and you get a driving range of at least 537 miles.

Model

Toyota RAV 4 Hybrid

Nissan Rogue Hybrid

Kia Niro PHEV

Lexus NX 300h

MPG (city)

41

33

48

33

MPG (highway)

37

35

44

30

MPG (combined)

39

34

28

31

Range (city/highway)

(miles)

595/537

479 /508

542/ 497

488 / 444

Tank Capacity (gal)

14.5

14.9

11.3

14.8

In terms of the competition, the Kia Niro PHEV seems to be the closest on paper to the RAV 4 Hybrid while Toyota's cousin, the Lexus and the Nissan are at dead heat in terms of MPG figures.

2019 Toyota RAV4 hybrid SUV Interior

8.0/10

The RAV4's busy dashboard has nice materials on most trims and either 7.0- or 8.0-inch touchscreens for infotainment with Apple CarPlay compatibility'-TheCarConnection.com

Seating and Comfort

The RAV4 has the ability to seat 5 people on board. In terms of the comfort on offer, most people sitting in the back or front won't complain about the lack of space even if they may not be the class leading. We say most because the Heads of People over 5'11' may brush the Roofline of the RAV4 but the Moon Roof adds to the overall roominess of the Cabin.

Model

Toyota RAV 4 Hybrid

Nissan Rogue Hybrid

Kia Niro PHEV

Lexus NX 300h

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

41/57.8/39.5

41.6/56.6/43

40.1/56/41.7

38.2/57.3/42.8

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.5/56.4/37.8

39.7/55.9/37.9

39.1/55.2/37.4

38.1/55.3/36.1

The Seats offer good amount of comfort and have a lot of bolstering and support for passengers sitting in the front and back. The Seats gets Heating and cooling functionality and they can be powered adjusted for the front passengers as well.

Infotainment

The 2019 Toyota RAV 4 Hybrid comes loaded with a plethora of features, when it comes to the infotainment system. You get features like

  • 8' Infotainment system with Toyota Entune 3 system
  • Apple car play and Amazon Alexa Integration
  • Turn by turn Navigation and digital Speedometer
  • Optional Bose Audio System
  • 7' Multi information Display
  • Voice Recognition
  • Digital Rearview Mirror
  • 5 USB Ports and AUX Connectivity

Interior Features

Like the Infotainment system, the Interiors of the RAV 4 Hybrid is also loaded with a lot of features. Some of these features include

  • 8 way power adjust seats with memory setting
  • 2 way lumbar support for the driver's seat
  • Power Moon roof
  • Heated and Ventilated perforated Front Seating
  • Heated Perforated Rear Outboard Seating
  • 12V Power outlet in the 1st and 2nd rows
  • Dual Zone Auto Climate Control with Rear Air Vents
  • Remote Illuminated Entry
  • Cargo Area and front reading lights

Cargo Capacity

The 2019 Toyota RAV4 has a lower Cargo Space as compared to the outgoing model but this is still bigger than what most rivals offer. The 37.6cu.ft.Storage Space can gobble up most of the Luggage that people would mostly want it to carry without much fuss.

Model

Toyota RAV 4 Hybrid

Nissan Rogue Hybrid

Kia Niro PHEV

Lexus NX 300h

Cargo Volume (cu. Ft.3)

37.6

27.3

19.4

16.8

The RAV4's cargo capacity can be further extended as the rear seats can be folded in a 60/40 configuration. This adds a lot of space in the back and makes room for even more cargo. It's in fact so big, that you can even fit stuff, the size of a normal adult inside it with the seats folded down.

2019 Toyota RAV4 hybrid SUV Exterior

If style is at the top of your priority list for a new crossover SUV, the 2019 Toyota RAV4 gets the mini-off-roader look right'-TheCarConnection.com

Design and Dimensions

When it comes to exterior design, the new RAV4 looks the part when we compare it to its rivals. The Exteriors of the RAV4 gives it a 'cBIG SUV' feel as the Exteriors seem to have taken inspiration from the Tacoma/4Runner.

The Roof is low as compared to SUV standards but it doesn't make the RAV4 look small because of its design. The RAV4's dimensions are smaller when compared to the competition but it doesn't make the Compact SUV look compact.

The Small Dimensions gives the RAV 4 advantage when it comes to parking in tight spaces or moving through crowded areas.

Model

Toyota RAV 4 Hybrid

Nissan Rogue Hybrid

Kia Niro PHEV

Lexus NX 300h

Curb weight (lbs.)

3710

3666

3161

4180

Length(in)

180.9

184.5

171.5

182.7

Width(in)

73

72.4

71.1

73.6

Height(in)

67

67.8

60.8

64.8

Ground clearance

8.1inch

7.4inch

6.3inch

6.7inch

Wheelbase (in)

105.9

106.5

106.3

104.7

With a massive ground clearance of 8.1 inches, the RAV4 Hybrid ranks among the best Vehicles to be taken for off-road. The other SUV's in the segment offer lower ground clearances and are heavier than the Toyota as well.

Exterior Features

The New Generation of the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is both stylish and functional from the outside. Some of the Features found on the include

  • 19' Alloy Wheels
  • Power Lift gate
  • Chrome Accents on the outside
  • Power moon Roof
  • Multi LED Headlights and Taillights
  • LED Daytime Running Lamps
  • Remote Keyless Entry
  • Fog Lamps
  • Body Colored Exterior RVM with Heating, Memory, Blind Spot Warning and Turn Indicators

2019 Toyota RAV4 hybrid SUV Safety

The 2019 Toyota RAV 4 Hybrid has to be one of the most equipped car in terms of the standard safety features on offer. The Safety Sense 2.0 comes as a part of the package in the 2019 RAV 4 that includes features like multiple airbags, ABS and others.

The IIHS and NHTSA are yet to test the 2019 RAV4 but we can give you the list of Safety Features that come bundled with the RAV4.

These Safety features include

  • Panorama/Bird's Eye View Camera with dynamic grid lines
  • Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control and Traction Control
  • Electronic brake Force Distribution with Brake Assist
  • Smart Stop Technology
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Cross Traffic braking
  • Intelligent Clearance SONAR
  • Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD) Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC)
  • Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist (LDA w/SA)
  • Automatic High Beam (AHB)
  • Lane Tracing Assist (LTA)
  • Road Sign Assist (RSA)

2019 Toyota RAV4 hybrid SUV Competition

Toyota RAV4 Hybrid vs Nissan Rogue Hybrid

The Nissan Rogue is the Arch Nemesis or the Natural Rival to the Toyota RAV 4 Hybrid. The Nissan Rogue is in a desperate need of a divine intervention as the Rogue lacks the panache, styling and the performance that the new gen Toyota offers. What supports the Toyota's cause is the amazing Gas Mileage and the immense practicality on offer. So, if a compact hybrid SUV is what you are looking for, the Toyota will do the job well.

Toyota RAV4 Hybrid vs Kia Niro Hybrid

The Kia Niro isn't in the same segment as the Toyota but we have pitted them together as they are both very similarly priced. The Kia Niro is a smaller SUV in comparison to the RAV 4 and this gives it an advantage in terms of City commutes and features on offer. The RAV 4 on the other hand is a far better performer and delivers big on the Gas efficiency front as well.

Toyota RAV4 Hybrid vs Lexus NX 300h

The Lexus 300h is the car on which the 2019 Toyota RAV 4 hybrid is mostly based on. Both share same engines but the Lexus generates lesser power than the Toyota. The Toyota is lot more efficient in terms of Gas consumption. In terms of Handling and Styling is concerned, it's the Lexus that clearly steals it from the Toyota and the better braking performance of the Lexus adds to its dynamic driving experience.

2019 Toyota RAV4 hybrid SUV Final Verdict

The new TNGA based 2019 Toyota RAV 4 Hybrid manages to offer everything or more what its previous generation model offered. The New RAV 4 Hybrid has a powerful motor which doesn't compromise on efficiency, a well-tuned suspension that absorbs everything that comes in front of it and a well loaded interior. All in all, if you are looking for a Compact Crossover Hybrid SUV that does everything well and looks the part, the 2019 Toyota RAV 4 Hybrid is the Best that you can get.