2019 Toyota RAV4 Walk Around

The RAV looks like an off-road SUV, like a little brother trying to be like its tough big brother the 4Runner. The fender flares go without paint on most models. The twin-tiered trapezoidal grille, low roofline, high beltline and thick rear pillars give it a substantial look. It’s more SUV than crossover, and a welcome departure from the RAV4’s recent past.

The Adventure wears a simulated skid plate in front, and can have its roof painted white.

The Hybrid has slightly different front-end styling, and the XSE uses shiny black trim in place of unpainted plastic in some spots.

The LE looks like the bargain it is, with its small steel wheels and hubcaps, while other models roll with handsome 17- and 19-inch alloy wheels.

Interior

The lines of the cabin are also angular, with a wide and busy dash and tablet-like touchscreen (either 7.0 or 8.0 inches) perched over climate vents. There’s a wide pocket for small things like phones and notebooks on the passenger side of the dash. The car-like center console is high and has lots of storage space.

The doors of the higher models are covered in soft synthetic leather with contrasting stitching, but the lower LE and XLE have hard plastic door panels. The Adventure and Hybrid use color-coordinated panels, stitching, and upholstery. The Adventure’s orange trim looks like an REI jacket, while the shiny black in the Hybrid XSE looks like it’s dressed for a night on the town.

The RAV4 used to be smaller, and is still called a compact though it seems huge when it’s parked beside a first-generation model. It has somewhat less interior space than rivals such as the Subaru Forester and Honda CR-V.

The front seats are comfortable and supportive, with available synthetic leather that feels totally real. A power driver’s seat doesn’t come on the LE, but is available. The passenger seat isn’t available with height adjustment, and offers less head room than rivals.

In the rear, the bench seat sits lower for better space, but the RAV4’s doors need to swing open more widely to make it easier for loading passengers and items such as car seats.

Cargo-wise, the RAV4 isn’t far behind rivals. There’s 37 cubic feet behind the rear seats, and 57 cubic feet behind the front. A power liftgate is standard on most models.

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