Jalopnik Reviews All of our test drives in one convenient place. Few things are more ubiquitous and common on American roads than power lines, gas stations and the Toyota RAV4. In fact, Toyota managed to sell just shy of half a million of them last year. Obviously, the car is doing something right. I wanted to find out what that was. Maybe it’s America’s obsession with crossover-ish looks and ground clearance. Maybe it’s the space these bigger cars offer. Maybe it’s being able to see over the traffic. Maybe it’s that the RAV4 is legitimately a good car. Speed, fun and excitement aren’t on the menu here at all, is the only thing. But after spending a week with the RAV4, I think I get it now. (Full Disclosure: We wanted to drive the 2019 RAV4 so badly that we asked Toyota and it loaned us one and provided a full tank of gas.) What Is It? The 2019 Toyota RAV4 has been redesigned to look more aggressive than ever before, borrowing straight lines from its truck-like 4Runner cousin. Personally, I think it looks great—I particularly enjoy the geometric-shaped grille and the attractive two-tone paint that my loaner came with. It only infuriates me slightly (just slightly!) that the cladding around the wheel arches don’t connect with the cladding along the bottom of the car. Impressively, the Toyota RAV4 was Toyota’s most popular car last year. Behind trucks from the Big Three, the RAV4 was America’s fourth best-selling vehicle… [Read full story]
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