2019 Toyota RAV4 debuts at NY Intl. Auto Show | Steve Landers Auto Group



The fifth-gen 2019 Toyota RAV4 debuted at the New York International Auto Show on Wednesday, March 28, with Toyota promising that the latest advancement of the car that literally created the booming small SUV market way back in 1994 will be more powerful, more capable and more customizable than any previous iteration. Currently, the RAV4 is the best-selling non-truck automobile in America, and RAV4 production volume has doubled in the past five years to meet a demand that hovers between 30,000 and 40,000 new RAV4s per month. Full of innovative design and safety features, the redesigned 2019 RAV4 seems determined to continue that sales boom. It will be available in dealer showrooms in late 2018, with a hybrid model reportedly debuting in early 2019. Steve Landers Auto Group will have a full selection of the 2019 Toyota RAV4 as soon as they are released to dealers, so keep reading for everything we know about the upcoming release and a few of the special edition RAV4 models.


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Capability and refinement

Designing a small SUV for the modern buyer is always about finding a middle ground between truck-like capability and sedan-like interior comfort. With that in mind, Toyota engineers kept the ideas of Adventure and Refinement in mind as they worked on the 2019 RAV4. A longer nose and wider profile, featuring shorter front and rear overhangs and perched on 19-inch alloy wheels, makes an aggressive statement about the new RAV4’s design and capabilities. Toyota’s brand-wide Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) philosophy -- with its five goals of increasing driving quality, comfort, user-friendliness, pride of ownership, and safety on every model -- is readily apparent in every feature of the redesigned RAV4. The unibody chassis is 57 percent more rigid than the gen-four RAV4, while the tuned, multi-link rear suspension helps carve corners, reduce cabin noise and smooth out the humps and bumps. Ground clearance increases a half-inch over the previous model. To help cut down on blind spots, the side mirrors on the new 2019 RAV4 have been moved to a lower position on the door, with visibility further improved by enlarged rear-quarter windows and a lower centerline.  


More powerful, more efficient, more reliable

A project four years in the making, the 2019 RAV4 is an SUV designed to take on anything the road can throw at you. There will reportedly be two powertrain options available: a Dynamic Force 2.5 liter four cylinder mated to an 8-speed auto, and a similar 2.5 liter inline four cylinder integrated with the maker’s Toyota Hybrid System II, with an electronically-controlled, continuously variable transmission. The Direct Shift 8-speed transmission eliminates power loss from the torque converter by directly locking up gears two through eight to execute smooth shifts. Standard on all-wheel drive models is the Dynamic Torque Vectoring AWD system, which can sense wheel slippage on the fly and respond by sending 50 percent of engine torque to the rear wheels, distributing it to the left or right, improving handling. When enhanced traction isn’t needed (on the highway, for example) the AWD 2019 RAV4 can achieve better fuel economy and a smoother ride through a unique-in-the-market Rear Driveline Disconnect system that uses clutches on the front and rear wheel shafts to allow the system to send power to only the rear wheels.



Safer than ever, thanks to high tech features

The 2019 RAV4 will come standard with eight airbags, a backup camera, electronic parking brake, and Toyota’s Star Safety System, which includes stability control, traction control, electronic brake-force distribution, brake assist, anti-lock braking and smart stop technology. Optional safety systems will include a blind spot monitor, rear cross-traffic alert, a bird’s eye view camera, an Intelligent Clearance sonar system. More Buck Rogers-grade safety systems are available on the new RAV4 via Toyota Safety Sense 2.0. Included in TSS 2.0 are a pre-collision system with pedestrian protection that can detect pedestrians or bicyclists day or night, deploy and audio and visual driver alert, and apply the brakes to avoid a collision in certain circumstances. Other safety features include radar-assisted dynamic cruise control that can match the speed of other vehicles on the highway, a lane departure alert with steering assist that helps a drive maintain their lane, automatic high beam headlines, an all-new lane tracing assist that recognize white or yellow lane markers to keep the RAV4 in the center of the lane, and a first-of-its-kind road sign assist system that can visually “read” Stop, Yield, Do Not Enter and speed limit signs and issue visual and audible alerts via the in-dash information display.  

The call of the wild: the 2019 RAV4 Adventure

While many small SUVs have lost or shelved the off-road prowess of their ancestors, the 2019 RAV4 is designed to be equally capable in town or out past where the pavement ends. The RAV4 Adventure model features tall roof-rails for hauling up top, plus large fender flares inspired by Toyota’s storied heritage of building four-wheel-drive vehicles. A more pronounced grille and fog lights help lead the way. Underneath, Toyota’s revolutionary Dynamic Torque Vectoring All-Wheel Drive system with Rear Driveline Disconnect comes standard, while the Multi-Terrain Select system allows drivers to compensate for snow, mud, sand or rocks via a control dial in the center console next to the shift knob.

Pure class: the 2019 RAV4 Limited

Every model has a flagship, and for the 2019 Toyota RAV4, that is their top of the line RAV4 Limited model. The all-new RAV4 Limited will announce its presence via special 19-inch alloy wheels and model-specific chrome accents. Inside, an eight-way power driver’s seat with two-way lumbar support comes standard, as does a front-row moonroof. Also standard on the Limited is a 7-inch Multi-Information Display, and -- for the first time in a Toyota -- a digital display in place of the standard rearview mirror, with video fed to the display by an adjustable high-definition camera mounted high on the rear of the vehicle. Options for the Limited include heated rear seats, panoramic moonroof, and a hands-free rear liftgate that can be operated by waving a foot under the rear bumper when you have your hands full.

Toyota reliability and peace of mind

Toyota makes some of the longest lasting vehicles on the planet, and the 2019 RAV4 will back up that promise with Toyota’s three-year/36,000 mile basic new-vehicle warranty that applies to all components other than maintenance items like tires and oil filters. An additional five-year/60,000 mile warranty covers the powertrain. For hybrids, the battery, battery control module, hybrid control module and inverter are all covered for eight years or 100,000 miles. Two years of free roadside assistance is also provided with every new model.

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