This is the moment of the compact crossover vehicle, and one of the leading examples is all new for 2019. The Toyota RAV4 is not only one of the best-selling crossovers on the market, but it is also one of the best-selling vehicles overall. With 407,594 sales in 2017, and on the way to exceeding that milepost in 2018, RAV4 is by far Toyota’s best-selling model, so a major makeover is a very important landmark.
The first-generation RAV4 (Recreational Active Vehicle with 4WD) hit the US as a 1996 model, followed by the second gen in 2001, the third in 2006, and the fourth in 2013. The compact crossover has grown and matured over the years, shedding its “cute-ute” look with body cladding and a side-hinged tailgate with an exterior-mounted full-size spare tire, and replacing it with a more mature look with a top-hinged liftgate and compact spare hidden beneath the cargo floor.