The all-new Toyota RAV4 was one of the bigger car launches from earlier this year. With an aggressive new look, more features, and improved driving dynamics, the crossover’s most recent iteration attracted a decent amount of hype—but it wasn’t one without question marks.
Toyota Motor Philippines brought in the all-new RAV4 minus the option of a 4x4 drivetrain. In a segment as competitive as the one this nameplate finds itself in (one that includes the likes of the Honda CR-V and the Mazda CX-5), the decision raised a few eyebrows.
It was a risk the company was more than willing to make. And, if we’re going by the numbers, TMP likely made the right call as, based on sale figures from the previous generations, only 1% of total RAV4 sales was from 4x4 units. Business-wise, the move made sense.
Let’s take a look back at the RAV4 now that the vehicle has settled into the market. Here’s everything you need to know.
If you like bold lines and edges, you’re going to fall in love with the 2019 Toyota RAV4. The crossover’s covered in them and, combined with the vehicle’s aggressive styling cues, it makes for a very intimidating road warrior with an aesthetic similar to that of the Tacoma.
The RAV4 has a very sporty vibe to it, too, thanks to a sleek spoiler out back and nicely angled C-pillars. There’s a fair bit of plastic covering the crossover’s exterior, but none of it feels shoddy and they endow the car with just the right amount of ruggedness.
Depending on the variant you choose, the RAV4 will run on either 17- or 18-inch aluminum wheels. Both are attractive, though the smaller option looks noticeably chunkier, and their designs give the impression that the RAV4 rides higher than its 176mm of ground clearance. All units get LED headlights with automatic leveling, too.
Available colors include White Pearl Crystal Shine, Silver Metallic, Gray Metallic, and Red Mica. For special color options, you have Super White, Attitude Black Mica, Urban Khaki, Cyan Metallic (the unit you see in these images), and Dark Blue Mica.
The 2019 RAV4’s cabin features a good amount of room and a practical vibe. The dashboard design, which gives off the impression that it’s been pushed forward, has an ergonomic layout. It also emphasizes tactile feel with plenty of physical buttons and dials.
Plenty of soft-touch materials are scattered inside the top-spec RAV4, including on the steering wheel, the shifter, and the door panels. Colors are dominantly dark, which should bode well for those of you who appreciate easy-to-maintain interiors.
Seats feel supportive, and the 60:40 second row folds down to increase the RAV4’s already impressive rear cargo area. The high-end RAV4 LTD also gets a panoramic sunroof, while manual tilt and telescopic steering adjustment come standard on all units.
Engine and specs
As we’ve said, the RAV4 does not come available with a 4x4 drivetrain in the Philippines. The front-wheel-drive crossover gets just one engine option: a 2.5-liter DOHC four-cylinder gasoline engine capable of 203hp at 6,600rpm and 243Nm of torque at 4,000-5,000rpm. The mill comes paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission with manual mode.
The vehicle rides on a MacPherson-strut/double-wishbone suspension setup, and braking duties are handled by 16-inch ventilated discs up front and 16-inch solid discs at the rear. On the outside, the RAV4 measures 4,600mm long, 1,855mm wide, and 1,685mm tall, with a 2,690mm wheelbase and a 5,500mm turning radius.
Top-spec RAV4 LTD units get the works: automatic wipers, push-to-start-ignition, power adjustment for the driver’s seat, leather seats with heaters, front and rear sonar sensors, a reversing camera, an automatic dual zone A/C system, cruise control, and a neat seven-inch display in the instrument cluster (lower variants settle for a 4.2-inch unit).
Features that come standard across all three variants include steering-wheel controls, seven airbags (driver and front passenger, driver knee, curtain shield, and side), and a touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth connectivity coursing sound through a six-speaker setup.
Prices and variants
You can have the 2019 Toyota RAV4 in just three variants: The top-of-the-line LTD, the midlevel XLE, and the base LE. Again, all are front-wheel-drive units packing a 2.5-liter DOHC gasoline engine. Below are the prices:
2019 Toyota RAV4
- Toyota RAV4 2.5 4x2 LE – P1,653,000
- Toyota RAV4 2.5 4x2 XLE – P1,885,000
- Toyota RAV4 2.5 4x2 LTD – P2,203,000
Let us know what you think of the RAV4 units TMP has brought in via the comments. Would you choose this or a different Japanese crossover?