2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Release Date

2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Release Date

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The All-New 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Available in March 2019, Rav4 Hybrid Will Come in Four Grades With Standard AWD.

RAV4 Hybrid arrives spring 2019 and makes no compromise. Thanks to its enhanced power, standard All-Wheel Drive (AWD) and expected class-leading MPG, RAV4 Hybrid leads the charge. For those who prefer sportier driving dynamics, XSE Hybrid offers sport-tuned suspension, stiffer springs, and shock absorber tuning, and 18-inch black-painted sport alloy wheels—it will get you hungry for corners.

Since introducing the first mass-production gas/electric hybrid vehicle, the Prius, 22 years ago, Toyota has continually refined and upgraded the technology. The new-generation Toyota Hybrid system in the RAV4 HV is more compact, more efficient and quieter than in the previous model.

Big changes in the geartrain yield significant efficiency improvements. The new transaxle mounts the electric motors (MG1 and MG2) coaxially rather than in-line, and the resulting smaller and lighter package reduces frictional losses.

The reduction gear is now a parallel shaft gear, rather than a planetary, and a new multi-function gear integrates the power-split planetary ring gear, parking gear, and counter-drive gear. The changes add up to an approximately 25-percent reduction in transmission losses compared to the previous model. ?

Further efficiency improvements come from a variable cooling system (electric water pump, electric thermostat) and a fully variable oil pump. Energy transmission losses are reduced by new computer integration and a smaller, lighter power stack installed directly above the transaxle.

The new Ni-MH battery pack is smaller and more efficient than in the previous RAV4 HV, reducing HV battery charging time and frequency and contributing to enhanced fuel efficiency. The pack is small enough to be installed under the rear seats, rather than taking up space under the cargo area.

2019 Rav4 Panoramic Glass Roof

2019 Rav4 Panoramic Glass Roof (Available on Limited Gas, XSE and Limited Hybrid)

Hybrids Have Fun, Too. 

The RAV4 HV driver will notice a more linear acceleration feel, thanks to the way the system optimizes the level of electric motor assistance and engine rpm without the engine running at high revs. Engine speed is synchronized with vehicle speed. Differential pre-load yields better standing-start performance and straight-line stability.

What Does Sport Mode Do In RAV4?

Sport mode optimizes drive torque to prioritize acceleration performance, making RAV4 HV feel more responsive. A sequential shifting feature delivers responsive engine braking force in steps, like a manual transmission. The driver can “downshift” the vehicle for more engine braking using auto-manual shifting or the “S” position on the shift lever.

The 2019 RAV4 HV can even coach the driver toward achieving higher fuel economy. An accelerator guide function suggests an acceleration amount to the driver according to the driving conditions, and a scoring function adds a measure of fun to eco-driving.

Predictive Efficient Drive 

What if a vehicle could teach itself to operate more efficiently? That’s the concept behind the RAV4 HV’s Predictive Efficient Drive. With navigation system operation, it analyzes driving habits and the expected road and traffic conditions to optimize hybrid battery charging and discharging. The more the RAV4 Hybrid is driven, the more data is gathered to help optimize fuel consumption. (The system can be turned off.)

Predictive Deceleration Support technology uses accumulated knowledge about a driver’s behavior to predict when and where the vehicle is likely to slow down or stop, reducing energy consumption through optimum accelerator pedal release timing guidance. The system can predict deceleration behavior up to approximately two-tenths of a mile ahead of the target zone. ?

Predictive State of Charge (SOC) predicts if there are any downhill roads or traffic jams ahead while the navigation system is providing route guidance, contributing to improved actual fuel efficiency by increasing the hybrid battery charging when appropriate. For example, it could draw more from the battery before a downhill section, thereby maximizing the benefit of regeneration on the downhill section. If traffic congestion is shown to be ahead, the system will actively charge the battery beforehand, so that the vehicle can rely more on battery power when it reaches that congestion.

The RAV4 Hybrid will go on sale a few months later in early 2019 or March 2019.

2019 Rav4 Digital Rearview Mirror

2019 Rav4 Digital Rearview Mirror (Standard on Limited Gas, XSE and Limited Hybrid / Available on XLE Premium and Adventure)


With 219 combined net total system horsepower, the fastest RAV4 is a Hybrid.
Exclusive to RAV4 XSE Hybrid are Black SofTex®-trimmed seats 27with sporty blue stitching and fabric seat inserts that highlight the interior’s modern design.
RAV4 Hybrid models are the efficiency leaders of the lineup with an estimated mpg of 41/37/39 (city/hwy./combined).

2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Maximum Towing Capacity
1,750 lbs.

1,210 lbs. (LE HV)
1,165 lbs. (XLE HV and XSE HV)
1,120 lbs. (Limited HV)

Maximum Tongue Weight
(10% of Tow Rating) 175 lbs.

2019 Toyota RAV4 LE Hybrid 

Starting Price: $27,700 (plus $1,045 destination charge)

17-inch alloy wheels
LED headlights and taillights
Automatic high beams
Power mirrors, windows, door locks
Grille shutters
Rearview camera
Analog gauges
4.2-inch driver multi-information display
Fabric seats, manual driver- and passenger-set adjustment
Tilt/telescoping steering wheels with stereo controls
Remote keyless entry
Dual-zone climate control
USB jack

Entune 3.0
-Apple CarPlay
-6-speaker audio
-7-inch touchscreen
-Siri Eyes Free
-Bluetooth hands-free phone capability, music streaming

Toyota Safety Sense 2.0
-Adaptive cruise control
-Pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, plus daytime cyclist detection
-Lane departure warning with steering assist
-Road sign assist
-Lane tracing assist

Star Safety System
-Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control
-Traction control
-Electronic brake-force distribution with brake assist
-Eight airbags

2019 Toyota RAV4 XLE Hybrid 

Starting Price: $29,500 (plus $1,045 destination charge)
Auto on/off headlights
LED projector headlights
Fog lights
Heated side mirrors
Tilt and slide moonroof
Intermittent windshield wipers
Dual-zone climate control
Rear-seat vents
Smart Key system, pushbutton start
Sliding extensions for sun visors
Five USB ports
Blind spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert

2019 Toyota RAV4 XSE Hybrid 

Starting Price: $33,700 (plus $1,045 destination charge)
Adds 18-inch 5-spoke black sport alloy wheels
Two-tone body color
Height-adjustable power liftgate
Dual-zone climate control with dust and pollen filter
Rearview camera with dynamic guidelines
Digital speedometer
SofTex seats with blue stitching
Heated front seats
Leather steering wheel, shift lever
Blue accented interior
Digital rearview mirror (Standard on Limited Gas, XSE and Limited Hybrid / Available on XLE Premium and Adventure)
Cargo area storage net
Entune 3.0 Audio Plus (Remote Connect)

2019 Toyota RAV4 Limited Hybrid 

Starting Price: $35,700 (plus $1,045 destination charge)
Adds 18-inch 5-spoke chrome wheels
Puddle lights
Chrome door handles
Memory seats
Blue ambient lighting
Entune 3.0 Premium Audio with Dynamic Navigation (Remote Connect)

Quick answers to a few common questions:

When does the 2019 Toyota RAV4 go on sale?

The 2019 Toyota RAV4 LE and XLE is available (Contact us!) The RAV4 Hybrid will go on sale a few months later in early 2019.

How much will the 2019 Toyota RAV4 cost?

The regular gas RAV4 starts at $25,500, plus a $1,045 destination charge. The top trim level starts at $33,500, plus the same destination charge. For reference, the 2018 model starts at $24,660, and the rival 2019 Honda CR-V starts at $24,350 plus a $995 destination charge.

On the hybrid side, the Toyota RAV4 LE hybrid starts at $27,700 and the top-of-the-line Limited Hybrid starts at $35,700. The only other compact SUV that currently offers a hybrid option is the Nissan Rogue, and that hybrid isn’t available in all 50 states.

Where is the 2019 Toyota RAV4 made?

Like the outgoing RAV4, 2019 Toyota RAV4 models destined for the U.S. will be built in Canada, at factories in Woodstock and Cambridge, Ontario. The RAV4 Hybrid, previously built in Japan, will also be built in Canada.

Should I wait for the 2019 RAV4 or buy a 2018 model?

For most buyers, we’d recommend waiting for the 2019 RAV4. While automakers often offer attractive deals to help move outgoing models, the new RAV4 offers an expansive list of safety, tech and convenience features that weren’t available in the 2018 model and is significantly more fuel efficient. While the price of the new RAV4 is slightly higher than that of the outgoing model, you get a lot for your money.
Source: Toyota / KBB

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