Time definitely flies fast these days. Case in point is the current-generation Toyota RAV4 which has been on sale for around 5 years now. And you know what that means for the automotive industry—it’s time for a model change. Enter the all-new, 2019 RAV4.
Yes, Toyota’s hot-selling (in markets like the USA, at least) compact crossover enters its fifth iteration with a new platform underneath—the vaunted Toyota New Global Architecture. This makes it a tad shorter, a bit wider, and a smidgen shorter than the model it replaces. Wheelbase, however, has ben increased, to improve interior room and overall driving stability.
Beyond the stats, it’s obvious that this new model is, well, all new. We refer to the exterior which now sports a more macho look—an evolution of sorts from the toy-like beginnings to what was described as a mainstream look for the last generation. It now also getss the en vogue two-tone body/roof color scheme that seems to be a fad among SUVs these days.
Inside, the changes continue with a new dashboard dominated by a standard 7-inch floating touchscreen atop the minimalist-look center stack. There is also the option to fit that stack with an 8-inch unit that adds more infotainment and connectivity options. One gets a slew of USB ports, wireless phone charging, and of course, navigation. Another cool feature is the wider rearview mirror display. This offers a more extensive view of what’s behind, thanks to a high-mount camera.