It’s no secret that the Toyota RAV4 carved out the compact crossover SUV segment when it arrived in Canada 22 years ago. But now, the 2019 Toyota RAV4, heralding in the fifth generation, seeks to revolutionize the segment with some major updates to improve versatility, handling, fuel economy, and comfort.
For starters, the new powertrains offered on the 2019 RAV4
boost performance while simultaneously improving fuel economy. The new
powertrains include the Dynamic Force 2.5-liter engine the Toyota Hybrid System
In addition, second-generation Toyota Safety Sense (TSS 2.0)
is standard across the RAV4 lineup. This includes a Pre-Collision System with
Pedestrian Detection, Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane
Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Automatic High Beam, and Lane Tracing
Assist (new). In addition, Toyota has added even more features and
functionality to the standard Entune™ 3.0 system, which now boasts Apple
Toyota has “refined” and “re-defined” the 2019 RAV4 with an
updated interior that feels more upscale and “premium” than ever before. The
interior boasts user-friendly multimedia technology, sophisticated interior
materials, and comfort and convenience features such as standard two-zone front
heated seats and a wider centre console. The RAV4 is even available with a
wireless charging pad for smartphones.
What makes the 2019 Toyota Highlander perfect for road
trips? For starters, it can seat up to seven or eight passengers (depending on
whether you go with the bench seat or captain’s chairs for the second row).
Either way, you will have lots of space for luggage — especially if you fold
down the rear seats during a solo or two-person road trip.
The 2019 Highlander also has three hybrid models in the
lineup for incredible fuel savings on long distances. Even the non-hybrid
models get incredible fuel economy, however. In fact, the gas-powered
Highlander can achieve up to 32 miles per gallon on the highway — that’s 8.7 L/100km.*
Technology is also an important piece of the road trip puzzle,
and the Highlander has plenty of it. The backup camera makes reversing in
unfamiliar territory much safer while the 6.1-inch touch screen audio system
makes connectivity on the go a piece of cake. Three zone independent climate
control and available heated seats keep passengers comfortable on long trips.
“Canadians know the Toyota Highlander is the perfect choice
to create family adventures and memories to last a lifetime,” explained Cyril
Dimitris, Vice President, Toyota Canada Inc. “Ready for weekend getaways, and
comfortable enough for daily driving, the Toyota Highlander has the safety,
driving fun and features that let Canadians focus on the journey — wherever
life takes them.”
*Fuel efficiency estimates were determined using approved Government of Canada/Transport Canada Test Methods. Actual fuel consumption will vary based on driving habits and other factors. Learn more about Fuel Consumption Ratings.