Toyota is on a hot streak. Already known for its incredible reputation for long-term quality and reliability, the giant auto manufacturing machine is adding many key updates and upgrades to its most popular models this fall.
Recently I wrote about changes to the 2020 Tacoma, 2020 Tundra, 2020 Sequoia and 2020 4Runner that will help drivers and passengers in the areas of safety, convenience and multimedia excellence.
Now it is 2020 RAV4’s turn.
Android Auto – welcome to 2020 RAV4
The 2020 Toyota RAV4 is expected to begin retail shipments sometime in October. That is at least a month away. However, it is not too soon to begin thinking about your next purchase of the country’s best-selling SUV.
Android Auto will make its way into all trim levels of the 2020 RAV4, which should delight the many owners of Android cell phones. This follows on the back of the announcement I wrote about in Torque News last month that all 2020 Camry models will include Android Auto as well.
Other Toyota models, including 2020 Tundra, will feature Android Auto
Toyota is working very hard to establish itself as a leader in multimedia excellence, as this has been a very important criteria to many potential vehicle purchasers in the past few years. People want to know it will be simple to make and receive phone calls and texts, to operate navigation functions, and to find and play their music.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto help passengers with these capabilities extremely well.
An aggressive campaign was started this year to incorporate Android Auto into most of Toyota’s most popular vehicles. This month buyers have already begun seeing Android Auto in the 2020 Tundra and 2020 Sequoia, and they will get a taste of it in the 2020 4Runner and 2020 Tacoma later this month.
The 2019 RAV4 is special for many reasons
It was a full redesign year for 2019 Toyota RAV4. Engineers gave this already-popular SUV a more rugged, sporty exterior appearance, along with fresh and modern interior styling. Add in state-of-the-art safety packages like Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 and all-new technology and you have an even more appealing option to purchase.
This redesign is proving successful already. August sales for the 2019 RAV4 were up 17.2 percent over last August, marking the best-ever August for RAV4. Oh, and by the way, sales for 2019 RAV4 Hybrid were up 174.4 percent. Wow.
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Speaking of the RAV4 Hybrid
The entire nation is embracing the 2019 RAV4 Hybrid and giving it an overwhelming popularity not often enjoyed ever by many brands and models. The benefits of buying a RAV4 Hybrid are many.
Drivers pay less at the pump with the RAV4 Hybrid, due to getting 40 mpg combined fuel economy. Also, the 2.5-liter engine, when combined with its electric motors, produces 219 net Hybrid horsepower, compared with 203 horsepower in its gasoline RAV4 version. Plus it is a very good value, costing under $1000 more than the 2019 RAV4 AWD gas equivalent.
Compare all 2019 RAV4 Hybrid trim levels in my video review
Time for your thoughts on the Toyota RAV4
I am wondering if you own a Toyota RAV4, or if you plan on researching one soon. What features appeal to you most about RAV4? If you own one, especially the RAV4 Hybrid, how is your mpg and what are you seeing at the pump?
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