Toyota RAV4 Getting an Overhaul for 2019, and the Experts Are Already Cheering

The compact SUV appears for its latest model year all-new, and, to paraphrase authorities like Roadshow by CNET and Autotrader.com with some license, it might just upend the segment.

The former, one of the premier news and media sources in the automotive world today, took a first drive in the 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid before the big reveal. Their conclusion: it "improved on its predecessor in nearly every way" and was a "noticeable step forward."

The CNET Roadshow reviewer chalked up those assertions, for one, to a new TNGA-K platform -- the same as in flagship sedans like Toyota Camry and Avalon -- which delivered a pleasant, car-like handling and road feel, with drive from "among the most powerful engines in the class." Styling, they continued, was almost "4Runner-like," with a more aggressive grille and fascia and fender openings that square off muscularly -- a promise of just how capable the new RAV4 is meant to be.

Factor in higher ground clearance, an upgraded interior both more refined for comfort and technologically smarter than ever, and the exceptional safety credentials of standard Toyota Safety Sense 2.0, and it was plain to see how far out automaker's small crossover had come. 7- and 8-inch touchscreen Entune infotainment options, an available JBL sound system, and standards like Apple CarPlay, Wi-Fi hotspot support, and Amazon Alexa integration seem the ideal finishing touches.

The Autotrader take read similarly. The SUV research, rankings, comparison, and valuation pros praised 2019 RAV4 for all that captured attention: bold aesthetics outside, a premium feel and cutting-edge equipment inside, and added space where it counts, for one. Secondly, they appreciated an engine more powerful than before and with enhanced fuel economy to boot -- one with an energetic 219 net horsepower, incorporating standard all-wheel drive, and what may be a class-topping estimated 41 city mpg, 37 highway mpg, and 39 combined mpg.

Needless to say, the enthusiasts here at Modesto Toyota are excited about its appearance sometime in spring 2019. (Don't even get us started on the prospective performance model, 2019 RAV4 XSE Hybrid, offering a sport-tuned suspension, stiffer springs, tuned shock absorbers, and rugged 18-inch sport alloy wheels, not to mention black SofTex-trimmed seats with blue sport stitching and more.)

Eager to experience the RAV4 difference firsthand before the new model drops? Visit us here on McHenry Ave in Modesto, and we'll schedule you for a test drive in a current 2018 RAV4 model we think you'll remember!
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