2019 Toyota RAV4 black SUV

2019 Toyota RAV4

2018 Toyota RAV4 silver SUV

2018 Toyota RAV4

2019 Toyota RAV4 vs 2018 Toyota RAV4

2019 Toyota RAV4


2018 Toyota RAV4
Toyota Safety Sense™ P

Standard Driver Assistance

Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0
203 hp

Base Engine Horsepower

176 hp
26 mpg City / 35 mpg Highway*

Base Fuel Economy

23 mpg City / 30 mpg Highway
8-Speed Automatic

Standard Transmission

6-Speed Automatic

Apple CarPlay™

Entune™ 3.0

Infotainment System


Compare the 2019 RAV4 vs 2018 to see how the model has improved year over year. The 2018 Toyota RAV4 had little trouble holding its own against the 2018 Honda CR-V, but how well does it compare to the newest RAV4 you’ll find on the streets near Lawrence and Methuen? We’ve pitted the 2019 Toyota RAV4 vs. 2018 RAV4, so you can take an in-depth look at what each is bringing to the table.

Performance: 2019 RAV4 vs. 2018 RAV4

  • Although both the 2019 and the 2018 RAV4 come equipped with a 2.5L inline four-cylinder engine, the 2019 version is more powerful, with 203 hp compared to 176 hp.
  • Even with more power, the newer RAV4 is significantly more fuel efficient. The standard transmission now offers eight speeds, rather than six, and the results are dramatic. Where the outgoing model got 23 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway, the newer model gets 26 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway*.
  • Toyota has also made many improvements to the RAV4 Hybrid! These models are now more fuel-efficient, with 41 mpg city compared to 34 mpg in the outgoing model. They’re also more powerful, with a combined system output of 219 hp, compared to 194 hp last year. One point of continuity: all-wheel drive is still standard on hybrid trims.
  • Dynamic Torque Vectoring all-wheel drive and a rear-driveline disconnect are both newly available this year. These all-wheel drive systems help to improve the sporty RAV4 handling and maximize fuel efficiency, respectively.
2019 Toyota RAV4 near forest

What’s more, the 2019 Toyota RAV4 will offer a new and improved Adventure trim. In 2018, this upgrade was primarily aesthetic. For the new year, it features powerful features like Multi-Terrain Select, which lets you switch between mud, sand, snow, and rock modes on the fly.

Features and Design: Interior and Exterior Upgrades

  • The Toyota RAV4 has always been popular, but this year, it’s certain to appeal to more drivers than ever before. New models feature a more prominent grille, a more sculpted exterior, and a frame that’s 57% stiffer, according to experts at Toyota.
  • The RAV4 loses Entune™ and gains Entune™ 3.0, which includes Apple CarPlay™, Amazon Alexa, and Wi-Fi Connect. The new version of Toyota Safety Sense™, standard on the newer model, adds Road Sign Assist and Lane Keeping Assist. These make for an even more convenient and enjoyable drive, especially when Dynamic Radar Cruise Control is engaged.
  • The new RAV4 has been designed to look and feel more like a premium crossover. New upscale finishing touches make every ride more enjoyable, and since there’s a greater degree of difference between trims, it’s easier than ever to find a RAV4 that matches your personality.
2019 Toyota RAV4 interior with steering wheel

Compare Toyota SUVs in Salem

One year has made a big difference for the Toyota RAV4. Although the outgoing model has a lot to offer, major aesthetic and mechanical improvements have made the 2019 model an even more compelling choice, if you don’t mind the slightly higher starting price. Comparing the 2019 Toyota RAV4 vs. 2018 RAV4, we’d say that the new model is definitely worth the upgrade. Of course, the new RAV4 also wins out against top competitors like the Honda CR-V! How does it compare against our own Toyota Highlander? Visit our showroom to find out!

Learn more by browsing our RAV4 lase specials, finding a new RAV4 for sale in Salem today, or by starting a conversation with one of our experts.


*Based on 2019 EPA mileage estimates

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