The Toyota RAV4 has been due for a makeover. It last got a next-gen upgrade in 2013, and since then, the compact crossover segment has only gotten more popular and competitive. Its top rival, the Honda CR-V, got a remake in 2017. That means the timing was just right for the all-new 2019 Toyota RAV4’s debut at this year’s New York International Auto Show.
The 2019 RAV4 sports a chiseled, athletic new look atop a platform that increases rigidity by 57 percent and provides even more room inside. The RAV4’s new powertrain options include a 2.5-liter Dynamic Force four-cylinder engine mated to an eight-speed automatic or a second-generation hybrid system with a continuously variable transmission. Higher trims will include Toyota-first Dynamic Torque All-Wheel Drive systems. The 2019 RAV4 will also come with a new Entune 3.0 multimedia system with Verizon Wi-Fi, Amazon Alexa, and Apple CarPlay™ integration.
The RAV4 had its best-ever sales year in 2017, with 400,000 units sold in the U.S. alone, and the 2019 model’s makeover should make this vehicle even more popular. Here at Bill Walsh Toyota, we’re excited to welcome the 2019 RAV4. Gas models will arrive at dealerships by late 2018, and hybrids will follow in early 2019.
The 2017 Toyota RAV4 continues to be a top-selling crossover among drivers of all ages. Its sporty yet unique styling and impressive array of features make it a hard model to top. We here at Bill Walsh Toyota are happy to talk about the crossover all day, but here are a few reviews from some of the industry’s utmost experts!
U.S. News & World Report noted the expansion of the Toyota Safety Sense suite’s availability in the 2017 RAV4. Reviewers were also impressed by the easy-to-understand infotainment system. An urban crossover designed for adventure, the Toyota RAV4 features plenty of space within the cabin. A long list of standard features doesn’t hurt either.
The Car Connection also noted the expansive array of standard and available safety features in the 2017 Toyota RAV4. The wide range of models, each available with different wheels, means that there’s a model for everyone. The available RAV4 Hybrid is certainly a talking point as well.
Edmunds.com called attention to the quiet, comfortable ride, a necessity for those making daily commutes. A spacious cabin leaves plenty of room for cargo of all shapes and sizes. There’s also an abundance of high-tech safety features as well. The 2017 Toyota RAV4’s fuel economy is certainly something to be proud of, too.
Toyota’s been leading the gas-electric hybrid market since 2000 with over 3.5 million hybrids sold globally. The result has been unanimous as other automakers have created hybrid versions of their popular vehicles in order to compete. Now Toyota is adding an eighth hybrid to its lineup.
The 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid has made its debut and runs on a full hybrid powertrain. Available in both front- and all-wheel drive, the RAV4 Hybrid is both powerful and fuel efficient.
The front wheel drive model runs on a 2.0-liter engine capable of 143 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque. The all-wheel drive model runs on a 2.0-liter gasoline engine capable of pumping out 151 hp and 143 lb-ft of torque.
The RAV4 Hybrid also boasts better performance than non-hybrid models in addition to best-in-class fuel economy. The hybrid model hits 60 mph in 8.1 seconds while non-hybrid models take up to nine seconds.
The Toyota RAV4 Hybrid’s ad campaign shows how extreme the model is. One ad depicts the RAV4 Hybrid thrown in with lumberjacks. Two other ads will feature a pack of wolves and Amazon tribe.
Toyota has always been a leader in the hybrid segment. Now, the Japanese carmaker has become a leader in the safety category, as well. During the 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid debut, Toyota not only introduced the first hybrid in the crossover segment—it also introduced a new, affordable suite of safety technologies that is sure to make a big impact on the industry.
The RAV4 Hybrid showed off its innovative powertrain, which combined a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with two motors, while also showcasing Toyota’s brand-new Toyota Safety Sense program. This new program is a suite of safety features that will keep both you and your passengers safe. It includes a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert, Automatic Hi-Beams, and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control all for the extraordinarily low price of just $500.
Along with its innovative powertrain and safety system, the RAV4 Hybrid also offers an All-Wheel-Drive system for those who plan on going off road while being eco-friendly. If you are interested in learning more about the innovative Toyota Safety Sense program or the 2016 RAV4 Hybrid crossover, contact Bill Walsh Toyota today.