Buying a compact crossover is not an easy task, given the plethora of models in the market. In fact, the number of such vehicles with hybrid powertrain has also gone up over the years. The Toyota RAV4 faces steep competition from the likes of Mazda CX-5 and Honda CR-V. However, its hybrid sibling fares much better. For 2019, the company has given the 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid a nice makeover.
Apart from styling changes and enhanced safety features, it scores brownie points owing to exceptional fuel economy. A reasonable price tag also works in its favor.
2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Exterior and Colors
The 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is a compact crossover SUV with decent exterior styling. It is sold in 4 trims XLE, SE, LE and Limited. It does not get Platinum and Adventure trims like the regular RAV4 though.
The new model is coming in several exterior colors like Black Sand Pearl, Blizzard Pearl, Electric Storm Blue, Galactic Aqua Mica, Magnetic Gray Metallic, Ruby Flare Pearl, Silver Sky Metallic and Super White. Overall, the design is a bit more aggressive and more aerodynamic too.
2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Interior and Cargo Space
The cabin looks sleek and ergonomic- though not lavish. There are enough soft-touch materials and Limited trim comes with enhanced materials. While real leather seats are not available, Toyota offers Softex- a material that simulates leather in look and feels to a large extent.
The cargo space is also decent and Toyota ensures you can store gadgets and beverage bottles without problems. The interior colors offers are Ash, Black, Cinnamon and Nutmeg.
Safety Features and Amenities of the trims
The 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is well equipped with amenities and safety features, both. The LE trim gets 17-inch alloy wheels, rear privacy glass, automatic headlights, automatic climate control, keyless ignition, roof rails, rearview camera and heated mirrors. It also gets the company’s Safety Sense P suite.
The XLE trim adds a sunroof, fog lights, upgraded rearview camera, Entune Audio Plus, leather-wrapped steering wheel, HD radio, navigation. Heated front seats are optional.
The SE trim also adds 18-inch wheels, automatic LED headlights, SofTex vinyl upholstery, special exterior styling, heated front seats etc. In Limited trim, you get rear parking sensors, Entune Premium Audio, chrome exterior trim, Toyota navigation system with HDD. Optional is a JBL audio setup. You can opt for the Advanced Technology package too.
2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Engine Specifications and Range
The USP of 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is definitely the engine. It has a 2.5-liter four-cylinder unit with 3 motor generators. The unit generates 203 HP and has a CVT setup. The car’s nickel-metal hydride battery ensures you can drive electric-only for just 1 km.
It works mostly as a booster for the main engine. Despite the fact, the hybrid RAV4 is heavier than the regular variant it accelerates a bit faster. The ride is very good and the cabin remains quiet.
2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Price and Availability
The 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is going to reach showrooms in late 2018. The base trim price is approx $ 29.000.
Summing it up
2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is an interesting compact crossover, beyond any doubt. It gets good scores in fuel economy front and safety features are pretty good too. Furthermore, the infotainment has been enhanced and pricing is spot on. Still, it faces competition from the likes of Subaru Forester, Jeep Cherokee and Honda CR-V.