The RAV4 has undergone assorted transformations aback its addition in the 1990s, but it’s afire a accomplished new aisle for 2019 with the Adventure. This one wants to comedy asperous — in the dirt, mud, beach and rocks.
No one is adage it’s accessible to action roughnecks from Jeep or Subaru, but it does accept torque vectoring all-wheel-drive, terrain-selection options and alike hill-descent control. Plus, it can tow 3,500 pounds, abundant for baby boats, baptize scooters and the like.
Toyota says the absolutely redesigned, fifth-generation RAV4 marks a revolution, rather than an evolution, and it’s adamantine to altercate at aboriginal look. The RAV4 now has a added able-bodied body with adamant edges and geometric designs, including a bulging trapezoid grille adopted from its kin, the Tacoma pickup. It additionally assets an added half-inch of arena clearance, up to 8.5 inches.
And it gets a dosage of attitude with two-tone exoteric blush (a aces $500 option), adventurous orange bond inside, atramentous fender cladding, bifold exhausts with chrome tips, and 19-inch 5-spoke auto with atramentous accents.
In the backcountry, the RAV4 Chance claws through beach and mud with the advice of its brake-based torque vectoring, which makes abiding auto with the best absorption are accepting the best power. The disciplinarian can alike adviser the ability administration on a air-conditioned activating display. Rotary-knob settings accomplish burke and abeyance adjustments for mud/sand, rock/dirt and snow.
On the alley is area best will be active and, well, that’s area RAV4 comes up a little short. To its credit, Toyota bumped up application by 27, but the 2.5-liter inline-4 butt agent still alone racks up 203 hp and 184 pound-feet of torque. It’ll get to 60 mph in about 8.5 abnormal — beneath boilerplate for the articulation — and it’ll beef like an old mule all the way there.
A turbo would do wonders here. The agent is OK beneath accustomed altitude but sounds and feels like it is abrupt aback the burke is pushed adamantine during on-ramp dispatch and passing. An 8-speed automated transmission, which replaces the old 6-speed, apparently additional analeptic but not enough. Shifts are bulky at low speeds but bland out during acceleration.
Steering offers little acknowledgment and the new suspension, aggregate with Camry, offers basal alley feel. Body angular is about boilerplate for the segment; action mode, as against to Eco or Normal, does little to advance it.
Fuel abridgement is a plus, however, with absolute breadth appropriate in band with EPA estimates: 25 mpg city, 33 highway, for a 28 combined.
Front seats are accurately bolstered and akin in a faux covering that’s appealing believable. They’re acrimonious and cooled and accessible in two blush schemes. On the dash, the tester additionally had an orange wireless buzz charger additional orange shelves for being — all rubberized so things don’t accelerate off on the trails.
A 7-inch blush barometer array has a reconfigurable advice awning and speedometer captivated about it. Perched aloft the dashboard is an 8-inch infotainment touchscreen, which appearance Toyota’s Entune 3.0 system. It has been bigger for this year and offers Apple CarPlay affiliation but not so Android Auto.
An Chance Weather options amalgamation ($1,185) adds leather-wrapped wheel, heated/ventilated seats and rain-sensing wipers. Other account accommodate sunroof ($850) and upgraded aeronautics and JBL complete arrangement ($1,620).
When it comes to stashing being for your “adventure,” RAV4 has the burden amplitude for advantage and best weekenders but lags abaft accepted foes. It has 37.6 cubic anxiety in the rear and 69.8 cubes with the rear seats bankrupt down. To its credit, there’s a acceptable bung and 12-volt aperture aback there to bung in a fan, carriageable stove or coffeemaker.
All RAVs get Toyota’s Safety Sense 2.0, which includes adaptive cruise, lane-keep council assist, and auto braking with banal warning. A tech amalgamation ($1,265) adds blind-spot adviser and parking sensors with automated braking, and rear-view mirror/camera set-up.
The RAV4 Adventure, admitting some shortcomings, brings a new and asperous personality to the lineup. Not asperous enough, you say? Toyota goes one bigger this fall: The 2020 RAV4 TRD Off Alley promises a retuned abeyance with twin-tube shocks, failing aluminum auto and appropriate Falken aisle tires.
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