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With running ground clearance of up to 8.6 inches, the RAV4 has some off-road chops to match its chunky, 4Runner-lite looks. All-wheel-drive models have a trail mode for their traction control system, while the Adventure trim level has additional, terrain-specific modes. The RAV4 does not have a two-speed transfer case with a low range like traditional SUVs, even if it now kind of looks like one.
Additionally, the all-wheel-drive system mandatory on Adventure and optional on non-hybrid Limited RAV4s is a sophisticated setup that features brake-based torque-vectoring for better on-road handling and improved dirt road tenacity. The simpler system on RAV4 LE and XLE models is suitable for lousy weather but not as oriented toward spirited driving.
The RAV4’s rakish looks dictate some surprising compromises inside. Its roofline is low, and while that doesn’t hinder forward or side vision, it makes climbing into the front and rear seats a challenge for taller passengers. Rear-seat riders will find a bench that sits low to the ground to allow for more head room and doors that don’t open as wide as in some rivals.
The RAV4’s interior space deficit relative to its competitors shows doesn’t carry over to its cargo area. At around 37 cubic feet with the rear seats upright, it has plenty of space for gear and a power liftgate is included on most trim levels.
The RAV4 channels its Tacoma and 4Runner truck and SUV big brothers with two tiers of trapezoidal grilles for an illusion of toughness. From the side, its roof sits low, although a relatively modest belt line doesn’t give it the gun-slit window look of a show vehicle. The chunky unpainted fender flares on most RAV4s signal an off-roady look that works well. Bulky rearmost roof pillars add heft and, unfortunately, are hazardous to over-the-shoulder rearward vision. At the tail, Toyota finally has a crossover SUV with a clean, stylish look. The high-mounted taillights are connected by a panel painted in a contrasting shade on some trim levels.
The Toyota RAV4 has impressive official crash-test scores and standard automatic emergency braking on every model.
Federal testers gave it a five-star overall rating, and the IIHS called the 2019 version a Top Safety Pick.
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