2019 Toyota RAV4 debuts at NY International Auto Show on Tuesday. It seems like Toyota is trying to maintain the top position of the RAV4 with a redesign.


The fifth-generation RAV4 comes with a fresh look and you will find a new Toyota Next-Generation Architecture platform (TNGA) which is some 57 percent stiffer than before.

The 2019 RAV4 is actually shorter and wider than its predecessor. The shorter front and rear makes the new RAV4 racier and sportier. The front end packs angular LED headlights, squared-off octagon wheel arches, and new grilles and at back there’s LED taillamps, dual exhaust, and a spoiler.  The switch gives the 2019 RAV4 a 1.2-inch longer wheelbase, at 105.9 inches.

Powered by a 2.5-liter “Dynamic Force” four-cylinder engine, the RAV4 is expected to keep the same 203 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque as the Camry. An eight-speed automatic transmission system replaces the six-speed.

Inside the new RAV4, the interior packs Toyota’s latest Entune 3.0 multimedia system with a standard 7-inch touchscreen display that supports Amazon Alexa connectivity and Apple CarPlay standard.  There is Sirius XM satellite radio, satellite navigation, and an 8-inch display. You will also find a Qi wireless charging pad, up to five USB ports, a new 11-speaker, and 800-watt JBL premium audio system.

The Toyota Safety Sense system includes automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane detection and lane keep assist, pedestrian detection, full-speed dynamic radar cruise control, automatic high beams, and new road sign assist.

It also features blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, parking sensors, rear cross-traffic automatic braking system, a 360-degree bird’s-eye camera system, and typical stability control.