2019 Toyota RAV4 XLE HV Blueprint – Review and Impressions

Hoje, a algum tempo foi divulgado através do canal do Youtbe: AUTO TV, o vídeo 2019 Toyota RAV4 XLE HV Blueprint – Review and Impressions

Segundo o que foi publicado pelo canal AUTO TV: Toyota says that, excluding pickup trucks, the RAV4 is the best-selling vehicle in America. Not the Camry sedan, as has been true for years. The RAV4. And now that the completely redesigned 2019 Toyota RAV4 is going on sale in December of 2018, the consumer migration to crossover SUVs shall soon be complete.

It’s not hard to figure out why SUVs are popular. They’re big boxes on wheels that offer all-wheel-drive for winter weather, they hold four or more people with ease, they’re easy to get into and out of, and the tall driving position provides better forward visibility. An SUV’s practicality is irresistible, and there are really only two downsides to owning something like a RAV4: it is more expensive and less efficient than, say, a Camry.

Having spent the majority of a day driving the new 2019 RAV4, which is improved in nearly every way, I’d say Toyota is narrowing the value gap between a car and an SUV, if not completely closing it. My two different RAV4 Adventure test vehicles were identically equipped except for paint color, and came to an estimated $36,000.

Granted, you can get a loaded-up Camry XLE or XSE for that kind of cash, but it won’t be nearly as versatile as a RAV4 Adventure.

When it came to the RAV4’s styling, Toyota took design inspiration from its truck lineup. Bolder forms, chiseled flanks, and a more aggressive appearance represent a clear departure from the previous model. In Adventure trim, which has extra rugged cues and bigger wheels, the RAV4 is particularly appealing.

Inside, the RAV4’s interior retains its utility and user-friendly layout, but adds a dash of design. Adventure trim includes orange highlights throughout, helping to underscore its mission as the off-road-capable RAV4.

Driver’s seat comfort is good, and versions with SofTex leatherette can be fitted with heated and ventilated cushions. A heated steering wheel is available, too, along with rain-sensing wipers with a de-icer system. You can even get an oversized sunroof with the new RAV4. Clearly, this SUV is ready for any kind of weather.

The front passenger’s seat lacks a height adjuster, but because the seat sits high off of the floor, this isn’t an issue. Rear seat passengers will enjoy adequate rather than ample room, but new air conditioning vents are helpful.

Cargo space behind the rear seat is about the same as it was before, offering a minimum of 37 cubic feet of volume.

Standard equipment for all versions of the 2019 RAV4, Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 equips the SUV with important driver assistance and collision avoidance systems. They include new functions like low-light pedestrian detection, cyclist detection, road sign recognition, and Lane Tracing Assist.

When the adaptive cruise control is on, Lane Tracing Assist centers the RAV4 in the lane of travel, and can even get the SUV around bends with little in the way of driver effort. It works well, and the adaptive cruise is a smooth operator.

Equipped with a 203-horsepower, 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine, an 8-speed automatic transmission, and Toyota’s new Dynamic Torque Vectoring all-wheel-drive system, the RAV4 Adventure is a little pudgy at 3,615 pounds. That means acceleration to 60 mph takes about 8.5 seconds, and is unaccompanied by the swell of torque that a turbocharged powerplant would deliver.

Turbos, though, tend to guzzle gas when you actually use them. Toyota says a RAV4 Adventure should get 27 mpg in combined driving, and during my half-day behind the wheel the test vehicle returned 26.4 mpg.

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