Taking a Closer Look at the 2019 Toyota RAV4

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Fast Lane Car drives the new RAV4 and offers up a carefully-considered preview of the next-gen model.

Earlier this week, the Texas Auto Writers Association held its annual Texas Truck Rodeo. It’s typically two days full of journalists driving crossovers, SUVs, and trucks off-road and on-road so they can vote on the winners in categories like “SUV of Texas” and “Truck of Texas.” Heavy rains forced the event from being an off-road test to moving out to area surface streets. That’s where The Fast Lane Car got a chance to review the all-new 2019 Toyota RAV4 Adventure. Sort of…

Toyota put a media embargo in place that forbids journalists from sharing their driving impressions until November. That means The Fast Lane Car had to be careful about how it evaluated the most off-road-focused model in the new RAV4 lineup. What they could share was mostly positive. The reviewers liked the RAV4 Adventure’s bold and aggressive new exterior styling, which features 19-inch wheels, a roof rack, and black wheel arch trim. The Fast Lane Car says the new Rav4 “looks like the baby version of the 4Runner.”

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The Fast Lane Car is also a fan of the RAV4 Adventure interior’s use of bright orange accents and large, chunky knobs. “Here’s a first for Toyota in America and that’s this optional rear-view mirror camera,” says The Fast Lane Car. “You can use it like… any mirror, but you can flip a button and the camera comes on, which is mounted high in the back window.”

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As for the RAV4 Adventure’s specs, The Fast Lane Car hinted at what they could be. It will be available with a gas-only 2.5-liter I4 and a hybrid power plant. The review points out that the 2.5 in the 2019 Camry generates 203 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. The more capable RAV4 Adventure model should be able to tow about 3,500 pounds. If prices don’t radically change from those of the outgoing model, the RAV4 should have a base price of approximately $25,000.

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Derek Shiekhi contributes to a variety of Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including J-K Forum , Jaguar Forums, and 5 Series. He's also a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association.

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