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2019 Toyota RAV4 vs 2018 Toyota RAV4

Split screen images of the 2019 Toyota RAV4 and 2018 Toyota RAv4

Crossover shoppers interested in a new Toyota RAV4 may run into a few model year options at their local Toyota dealership. While the outgoing 2018 Toyota RAV4 and incoming 2019 Toyota RAV4 models are priced fairly close together, the models are actually very different. For 2019, the Toyota RAV4 got a full refresh with new performance equipment, an upgraded active safety system, a fresh exterior design, and additional standard and available features.

Drivers looking for a new and upgraded model may be better off spending a bit more upfront to get into the 2019 Toyota RAV4 lineup. Of course, the 2018 Toyota RAV4 models are also still a solid choice for drivers whose first priority is budget and who are willing to forgo the additional amenities and connectivity.

2019 Toyota RAV4


2018 Toyota RAV4

$25,500 Starting MSRP $24,660
26/35 Fuel Economy 23/30
Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 Standard Active Safety Toyota Safety Sense
LE, XLE, XLE Premium, Adventure, Limited Trim Levels LE, XLE, Adventure, SE, Limited, Platinum

Toyota RAV4 Off-Road Capability

Adventure enthusiasts who like to take their travel off the beaten path will be happy to know that in addition to a variety of amenity and tech additions to the 2019 Toyota RAV4 lineup additional performance equipment and a higher ground height have also found their way to the newest model.

A new TNGA-K platform and changes to the exterior design have resulted in some favorable changes for trail blazers. The ground height of the 2019 Toyota RAV4 has been increased by over half an inch compared to the outgoing 2018 RAV4 model making rocky or uneven terrain a little easier to handle. Front and rear overhangs have also been shortened adding to off-road capabilities.

Depending on the configuration, the 2019 Toyota RAV4 will also have an available Dynamic Torque Vectoring All-Wheel Drive feature with Rear Driveline Disconnect. It’s a first for the Toyota lineup and its making its debut on the 2019 RAV4. In addition to the brand-new AWD system, Multi-Terrain Select, Hill Start Assist Control, and Downhill Assist Control will also be available helping give 2019 RAV4 drivers control when and where they need it most. If you plan to do any off-roading in your new Toyota RAV4, the 2019 RAV4’s available feature set will be quite an asset.

Crossover shoppers can find current 2018 and 2019 Toyota RAV4 inventory available for test drive and purchase at the Serra Toyota dealership in Birmingham, AL.

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