All Grown Up: The Maturation Of 2019 Toyota RAV4

When I used to think of Toyota RAV4, I used to think of a small SUV that was a high school kid’s first car or a college kid’s come home on the weekend whip.

But apparently I didn’t get the memo that the Toyota RAV4 had completely matured and the 2019 Toyota RAV4 XLE that I tested was, for a lack of better term, a grown ass vehicle. Seriously, this is a car with a mortgage, a family, maybe even a dog and a white picket fence!

It’s always great when an automotive manufacturer’s intentional upgrade to a model catches by surprise and impresses you. And see the 2019 Toyota RAV4 XLE from being a boy to a man—or a girl to a woman to not appear sexist—was a great thing!

This is a solid SUV. It has a traditional SUV design. It’s actually quite attractive.

It’s not too big, not too small. It’s like the perfect evergreen SUV.

The interior cabin has been upgraded. The seats are comfortable and the materials seem to be of a greater quality than I remember from before.

From a tech aspect, the Rav4 has a tablet-shaped 8-inch infotainment screen and its Apple CarPlay compatibility. There are plenty of USB and auxiliary connect ports as well, in addition to traditional power plug sockets.

The drive was solid. The SUV picks up, as the engineers found an additional 27-horsepower in the RAV4’s 2.5-liter four. It’s not the fastest thing you’ll ever drive, but it’s punchy enough!

The drive is sturdy, you’ll feel safe and it handles the road well. I drove this vehicle over a few really rainy days and never was I anxious about my safety in its handling on city streets or the highway. It also had semi-sporty steering.

The cabin was very quiet – always a plus! And you get great cargo space as well for whatever your needs may be.

Fuel economy will offer you up to 26 city miles per gallon, and then 35 highway mpg.

Favorite Feature: Cover overlay for the trunk to high your things

Least Favorite Feature: Don’t have one

Spin Control: With a starting price tag of $27,450 (my model was quoted around $38,000), this is a truck that will last you a long time and is worth the buy.

Status: B LIST

VIDEO: So check out my inside look into the 2019 Toyota RAV4 XLE and determine whether it’s an automobile that meets your needs.


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