2019 Toyota RAV4 XLE FWD

Summary

Fuel Economy

L/100 km

Highway

6.7

City

8.8

Vehicle Dimensions

mm

4595
1855
1701
2690

2019 Toyota RAV4 XLE FWD

Fuel City 8.8 L/100 km
Fuel Highway 6.7 L/100 km
Transmission Transmission: Direct Shift Gearbox 8-speed automatic w/manual mode ; incl. shifter on floor
Max Power Power: 203 hp @ 6,600 rpm; 184 ft lb of torque @ 5,000 rpm
Body Type SUV
Number of Doors 5
Engine 2.5 L
Drive Wheels Front Wheel Drive

Features

Exterior

Roof spoiler Chrome/bright trim around side windows
Doors: driver, rear driver, passenger and rear passenger : front hinged Windshield wipers with automatic intermittent wipe and rain sensor
Power glass sunroof ; includes tilting function, sliding function, sunshade and one-touch opening Front fog lights
Driver and passenger door mirror: heated, body colour, power adjustable with indicator lights Automatic door closing: rear trunk/hatch only
Metallic paint Underbody protection for engine
Spare wheel: spacesaver with steel rim Roof rails black

Interior

Rear seat centre armrest Driver and passenger vanity mirror
6 speakers Front and rear power windows with 2 express
Fuel consumption(L/100km) : city= 8.8 ; highway= 6.7 ; combined= 7.9 ; Heated leather multi-function steering wheel ; includes height adjustment and telescopic adjustment
1 12V in front and rear Floor mats
Passenger seat secondary ventilation controls Audio Connectivity: AUX jack front and USB front
Remote audio controls: steering wheel mounted Rear seats: split-folding split bench with seating for three ; details: manual recline
Seat upholstery: upgraded cloth Audio system with AM/FM radio, digital radio touch screen and colour screen
Vehicle speed proportional power steering electric Dashboard console with open storage, full floor console with covered storage, partial overhead console
Front driver seat : heated, sports with 5 power adjustments ; details: power height, power lumbar and power tilt, front passenger seat : heated, sports Instrument panel
Rear view mirror Rear side windows: wind-up on driver side and passenger side
Air conditioning with automatic control, dual-zone Load restraint: hooks
Seating: 5 passengers Internet navigation system: voice info with traffic info ; includes 7.0-in.
Front seat centre armrest Front reading lights
Trip computer: includes avg speed, avg fuel econ, current fuel econ and fuel range Cruise control with adaptive cruise control stop/go function and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
Luxury trim: carbon fiber look on center floor console, synthetic leather on doors, alloy look on dashboard and none Cupholders in front row and rear seats
Rear window with defroster and intermittent wiper Driver and passenger fixed 3rd row windows
Cargo area light Privacy glass on rear and rear side
Cargo area cover External temperature
Floor covering: carpet in passenger compartment, carpet in load area and none Ventilation system with cabin filter combustion

Mechanical

Hill holder Hill Start Assist Control (HAC) Power liftgate
Remote control trunk/hatch release Emissions data: CO2: 3,616 kg/yr
Fuel system: gasoline direct injection & multi-point Axle ratio :1
Electronic traction control Powertrain type : combustion
Fuel: unleaded ( 87 octane) Vehicle start button
Front-wheel drive Transmission: Direct Shift Gearbox 8-speed automatic w/manual mode ; incl. shifter on floor

Safety

Intelligent driver and passenger front airbag Painted front and rear bumpers
Rear seat belts for driver, rear seat belts for passenger, 3-point rear seat belts for centre Card key power locks ; automatic locking
Headlight control with dusk sensor and auto highbeam Electronic brake distribution
ABS Lane departure warning activates steering
Daytime running lights Smart Key System smart key: ; includes keyless entry and keyless start
Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) stability control Parking assistance: guidance display for rear parking
Front side airbags Rear camera parking distance sensors
Height adjustable front seat belts with pre-tensioners for driver and passenger Headlights: LED with projector beam lens LED
4 disc brakes (2 ventilated) Pre-Collision System (PCS) collision warning systemfeatures: brake assist, pedestrian avoidance system and visual/acoustic warning
Driver knee airbags Front to rear curtain airbags
Anti-theft protection Brake assist system
Blind Spot Monitor blind spot monitor 2 active height adjustable head restraints for front seats, 3 height adjustable head restraints for rear seats

Specifications

Power: 203 hp @ 6,600 rpm; 184 ft lb of torque @ 5,000 rpm Front and rear alloy wheels: 17"x 7.0"
Engine: 2.5L in-line four-cylinder VVT-i with VVT 13.0 Cargo capacity(in litres): all seats in place: 1,059
Internal dimensions: front headroom (mm): 1,003, rear headroom (mm): 1,003, front hip room (mm): 1,379, rear hip room (mm): 1,211, front leg room (mm): 1,041, rear leg room (mm): 960, front shoulder room (mm): 1,468 and rear shoulder room (mm): 1,433 Weights: gross vehicle weight (kg): 2,091, published curb weight (kg): 1,533, gross trailer weight braked (kg): 680, payload allowance (kg): 558, Manufacturer’s own, 2,091 and 680
Fuel tank: 55 litre capacity External dimensions: overall length (mm): 4,595, overall width (mm): 1,855, overall height (mm): 1,701, ground clearance (mm): 213, wheelbase (mm): 2,690, front track (mm): 1,600, rear track (mm): 1,619 and curb to curb turning circle (mm): 11,000

Suspension

Independent front strut suspension with stabilizer bar and coil springs, independent rear wishbone suspension with stabilizer bar and coil springs

Tires

Front and rear all-season tires 225/65/H

Miscellaneous

Warranty powertrain - Total: 60 months/ 100,000 km Voice activating system; includes radio and phone
Charges: Air Conditioning Tax $ 100.00 Roadside assistance warranty: 36 months/ 60,000 km
Bluetooth ; includes phone connection and includes music streaming Warranty whole vehicle - Total: 36 months/ 60,000 km
4X4 specifics: approach angle (degrees): 19.0 and departure angle (degrees): 21.0 Anti-corrosion warranty: 60 months/ Unlimited km
Delivery/freight charge: $ 1,815.00

Road Test & Review

2015 Toyota RAV4 XLE AWD 50th Anniversary Special Edition Road Test Review

I was only two years old when Toyota launched its first car in Canada, and while 50 years sounds like a long time it certainly
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goes by quickly. That car wasn’t a RAV4, the popular crossover SUV having only come to market 21 years ago in 1994, but rather a number of JDM cars including the Corona, Crown, 700 UP10 (Publica) and the now legendary Land Cruiser, some of which didn’t necessarily fit our market—the Corolla, created for other markets in 1966, didn’t show up here until 1969.

The challenges Toyota and its fledgling dealers faced in 1965 were immense (my best friend’s dad bought a yellow Corona Mark II with gold vinyl seats in the late ‘60s and we thought this was very unusual), but the rest, as the saying goes, is history. Now, with sales of Toyota branded vehicles at 179,324 units in Canada last year, a number that signifies steady growth towards its pre-market crash highs of 209,157 deliveries in 2008, not to mention an all-time high of 17,565 Lexus vehicles in 2014 and Scion sales of 3,962 units, Toyota Canada’s overall success
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is worthy of considerable celebration. Hence the introduction of two very special models: the 2015 Toyota Corolla 50th Anniversary Special Edition and this 2015 RAV4 50th Anniversary Special Edition.

I’m not usually a big fan of red paint on SUVs, but the sleek lines of the RAV4 seem to accept the racy colour much better than most rivals, especially when the wheel cutouts are filled with such nice, large 18-inch machine finished alloys with sporty black painted pockets on meaty 235/55/R18 Bridgestone Dueler H/T 687 tires. The appropriately named “Absolutely Red” hue helps the CUV’s chrome embellishments and rugged matte black body cladding visually pop, this model even including silver roof rails that tie in nicely with a thin strip of chrome on the bottom edge of the greenhouse, and those aforementioned wheels. LED turn signals
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on the nicely styled side mirror housings further accentuate the XLE AWD model’s upscale mission, while the rear of the CUV makes due with a clear CHIMSL hidden under the rooftop spoiler plus clear backup lenses in taillights, the red portions almost invisible next to the red paintwork.

Along with the standard Absolutely Red paint (other colours are available just in case you don’t want to go too far with your patriotism) and 18-inch alloys it’s important to note that all RAV4 50th Anniversary Special Edition models are finished in well equipped XLE AWD trim, while some unique details include a leather-wrapped
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steering wheel with red stitching and a leather and metallic shift knob, plus a unique black interior with yet more red stitching across the leather-like padded dash bolster, around the cloth upholstered seats and down each side of the centre armrest. Even the primary gauge cluster gets the red treatment around it’s outer rim, and embroidered RAV4 emblems on the floor mats are done out in red, making this family hauler seem more like a sporty Scion FR-S inside than anything so domestic.

Domestic is a good word for the RAV4, but not merely because it makes such a good family vehicle. Toyota’s compact CUV has been produced in Woodstock, Ontario since 2008, making it more domestic than the Toluca, Mexico-built Dodge Journey, Louisville, Kentucky-produced Ford Escape, and Toledo, Ohio-made Jeep Cherokee, the RAV4 plant employing more than 8,000 Canadians. I literally drove over
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the site in a third-generation 2006 RAV4 as part of the light-duty 4x4 portion of that model’s official Canadian launch program, and while that model was a significant step up in size and civility over the previous version, this fourth-generation RAV4 is a decidedly different kind of crossover SUV.

Other than styling, which became sportier and less truck-like, the most obvious change was the elimination of its powerful V6 and removal of its side-swinging rear door. Instead, the spare tire was repositioned under the cargo floor and the rear door morphed into a liftgate, becoming much more user-friendly in the process.

While
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the more aerodynamic exterior certainly appealed to a new breed of crossover enthusiast, the RAV4’s interior moved up a solid notch in design and materials quality. A soft-touch synthetic dash pad was added to the left of the driver and ahead of the front passenger, covered in stitched leatherette in XLE and Limited trims, while high-quality woven fabric was added to the one-piece door panel insert/armrests and cool carbon-like patterned surfacing dressed up the surrounding window switch surfacing and lower console. Thanks to a creatively drawn metallic finished door pull, each door panel was transformed into a particularly impressive piece of modern art, whereas the rest of the interior became something a compact CUV driver could be truly proud of.

My tester’s red-stitched black cloth seats follow this newfound Toyota design trend,
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their inserts nicely detailed in a subtly stylish black striping, and fortunately they don’t deviate one iota from the longstanding Toyota tradition of comfort and support, all the better to enjoy the RAV4 on the road.

Unlike its predecessor the RAV4 is less about blistering straight-line performance and more about balancing acceleration with fuel economy. This said the powerful V6 offered in the old model was optional, with the majority of RAV4 buyers opting for the standard inline-four, so therefore most fourth-generation RAV4 buyers are enjoying a better performing and much more efficient upgraded four-cylinder. That 16-valve, DOHC 2.5-litre four-cylinder, complete with dual variable valve timing with intelligence (VVT-i), makes 176 horsepower and 172 lb-ft of torque, which,
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thanks in part to a manual-mode infused six-speed automatic transmission that delivers quick, smooth shifts, results in more than adequate performance off the line as well as generous passing power on the highway.

At higher speeds on loose road surfaces like gravel or slippery stretches of pavement the RAV’s AWD system employs an electronically controlled coupling mounted ahead of the rear differential that apportions torque rearward when the coupling in back starts to slip, and while this is similar to how the old RAV4 sent torque back and forth between its axles, the new AWD system’s transfer-rate is much faster and also takes into account additional information sent by the engine, transaxle, and electronic power steering system, making it more intelligent overall. Additionally, the AWD system’s standard Sport mode, activated via a button
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on the centre stack, presets the Dynamic Torque Control parameters for quicker response and yet better handling by transferring 10-percent of available torque to the rear as the CUV turns into a corner, and furthermore sends up to 50-percent of available twist to the back axle to help rotate the RAV through the corner while mitigating understeer (when the front end tries to break traction and push outward). Sport mode also reduces steering assist, sharpens throttle response, and makes the stability control system slightly less intrusive. The end result is an AWD compact CUV that handles better than the already agile front-drive version, not to mention many of its competitors, while adding a new level of confidence to its owner. All of this is augmented by standard traction control and vehicle stability control, as well as ABS-enhanced four-wheel disc brakes with electronic brake-force distribution (EBD) and emergency brake assist (BA).

Even
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without AWD the latest RAV4 is a better handler, whether sneaking it into a tight parking spot, stealthily negotiating congested city traffic, traveling at high speeds on the freeway or slotting it into fast-paced twisting turns on a curving back road it’s by far more capable, and the 18s on my tester only improved its overall athleticism. Then again, while I have yet to take it off-road I’m willing to guess it won’t quite be up to the level of soft-road activity the old RAV was capable of due to a 31-mm (1.2-inch) reduction in ground clearance from 190 mm (7.5 inches) to 159 mm (6.2 inches).

Measurements in mind, the fourth-gen RAV was made 50 mm (1.9 inches) shorter than
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the old one, now measuring 4,570 mm (180.0 inches) from nose to tail, although in most other ways it’s larger. While its wheelbase is an identical 2,660 mm (104.7 inches) and its 1,845 mm (72.6 inches) width is up 30 mm (1.2 inches) when compared to the old base model (although down 10 mm (0.4 inches) compared to the Sport model), its height was dramatically reduced by 155 mm (6.1 inches) in base trim to 1,660 mm (65.3 inches), and by 40 mm (1.6 inches) to 1,705 mm (67.1 inches) in all other trims, much to do with the ground clearance reduction I just mentioned.

Its mostly larger dimensions make for a roomier interior, both in the passenger compartment that’s amply accommodating for five adults, and in cargo space that’s now good for 1,090 litres (38.5 cubic feet) behind its 60/40-split rear seatbacks and 2,080 litres (73.4 cubic feet) when dropped flat into the floor. This last
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number might only result in a mere 6.0 litres (0.2 cubic feet) of added maximum cargo volume over the old RAV4, but more importantly the new model is 75 litres (2.6 cubic feet) more useful when the rear seats are in use.

The rear seats are easy to lower too, first requiring the headrests to be flipped downward, and then the simple process of tugging on a seat-side lever to lay them flat. Toyota smartly provides a couple of carpeted floor extensions to cover the gap that would otherwise be left for small items to fall into, while just behind is a shallow, narrow storage bin under the cargo floor.
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Along with the RAV4’s excellent functionality comes a generous helping of standard and optional features. As mentioned, my tester was suited up in XLE AWD trim, which means that it included most of the features offered in the $24,365 base LE model such as tilt and telescopic steering, air conditioning, steering wheel controls for Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity, cruise control, a trip computer, and redundant control of the AM/FM/CD/MP3/WMA audio system with auxiliary and USB inputs, plus dual power-adjustable and heated side mirrors
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with integrated turn signals, powered windows, power door locks with keyless entry, a handy assortment of secondary instruments such as an eco drive monitor and an exterior temperature gauge, as well as map and cargo lamps and a fold-down centre armrest with storage for the rear seat. 

Additionally the XLE gets everything from the LE’s $1,700 Upgrade package including a six-speaker enhanced audio system featuring a 6.1-inch full-colour touchscreen infotainment interface, plus voice recognition and an integrated backup camera, as well as heated front seats, a tonneau cover, rear privacy glass and silver-coloured roof rails.

Features specific to the
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XLE, which starts at $28,700 with FWD and $30,900 with AWD (all models require $1,690 for freight and pre-delivery prep, by the way), include 17-inch alloy wheels, fog lamps, satellite radio, dual-zone automatic climate control, special sport seats, doorsill scuff plates, chrome interior door handles, automatic headlamps, variable intermittent wipers, a powered tilt and slide moonroof, the aforementioned plusher leather-like dash pad, and more, not to mention the availability of an $800 navigation system.

Standard RAV4 safety features not already mentioned include Smart Stop Technology (SST), which cuts power to the engine during panic braking, and a class-leading
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assortment of standard airbags including one for the driver’s knees.

At least as important to the RAV4’s target demographic is an excellent five-cycle EnerGuide fuel economy rating of 8.7 L/100km city, 6.4 highway and 7.7 combined in FWD guise or 9.1, 6.8 and 8.1 with as-tested AWD. As good as these numbers are Toyota will introduce a RAV4 Hybrid for 2016 that’s sure to make the compact SUV even more appealing to those looking to pocket more pump savings while reducing their carbon footprint.

Back to 2015, the RAV4 50th Anniversary Special Edition is a very nicely packaged version of what has become one of Canada’s most popular compact crossover SUVs, and certainly a worthy partner to the best-selling Corolla for celebrating Toyota’s momentous 50-year milestone.

* Disclaimer: Pricing is subject to change without notice, installed options may also vary by dealer. Price is plus applicable taxes. See dealership for final pricing and availability.

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