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2018 rav4 awd vs 2019 rav4

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2018 rav4 awd vs 2019 rav4

tough to decide which one? for 2018 the finance rate it is 0% versus 2019 5%. Plus the msrp it is 500 dollars more ? And also the style is different.. well if it is bang for the buck. Then it is 2018 right.. and if it is money no object. Then which one is better ? Please advise
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I'd never buy a RAV4, but 2019 is a huge upgrade.. exterior is always going to be subjective, but nobody can hate on the interior upgrades.

MSRP is meaningless. At this time, if you do go for the 2018, you should negotiate at least 4k discount before further incentives.
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2019 is like a whole different car. It rides on the TNGA-K platform, and has a new 2.5L engine, transmission, AWD system as well as a better interior and much nicer exterior. If money is no object, then the 2019 is better. But 5% finance is bad, I'd wait a year until the hype dies down and the finance rate drops down to something more sane like 2%. I wouldn't touch the 2018 unless it was stupidly cheap, it's completely obsolete compared to the 2019.
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Elusivellama wrote:
Dec 5th, 2018 7:43 pm
2019 is like a whole different car. It rides on the TNGA-K platform, and has a new 2.5L engine, transmission, AWD system as well as a better interior and much nicer exterior. If money is no object, then the 2019 is better. But 5% finance is bad, I'd wait a year until the hype dies down and the finance rate drops down to something more sane like 2%. I wouldn't touch the 2018 unless it was stupidly cheap, it's completely obsolete compared to the 2019.
Of course 2018 is obsolete, its being replaced...
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2019 is a no brainer since you don't want AWD for the 2019 but want it for the 2018 so the gap is significantly reduced.

Wow, didn't know Toyota can charge 5% and consumers will bite.
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Test drive both and see which one you like more. It's not always about the newest features and/or design.
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I agree 2018 is obsolete, also in worst way. The 2019 has double wishbone suspension and chassis is lighter and stronger. The hybrid system is also next gen. If not at least 7k off, not worth it.

Also 2019 will be built in Canada, so the hybrid not longer exclusive MIJ.
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EP32k2 wrote:
Dec 5th, 2018 7:52 pm
Of course 2018 is obsolete, its being replaced...
You'd be surprised at how few people understand why the difference of one model year can be so significant beyond just the sheet metal and interior.
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Alex360 wrote:
Dec 6th, 2018 8:02 am
I agree 2018 is obsolete, also in worst way. The 2019 has double wishbone suspension and chassis is lighter and stronger. The hybrid system is also next gen. If not at least 7k off, not worth it.

Also 2019 will be built in Canada, so the hybrid not longer exclusive MIJ.
The 2019 Camry Hybrid, what generation is the hybrid system? Same as the rav4?
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Hellfire wrote:
Dec 7th, 2018 11:15 am
The 2019 Camry Hybrid, what generation is the hybrid system? Same as the rav4?
The latest, similar to the latest Prius. 2019 RAV4 is the same. It's a new ICE engine and electrical components are revised since the previous 2018 RAV4.
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As Ciuvak said, the new models all are on the new TNGA architecture and new engines and drivetrains.
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er34er34 wrote:
Dec 5th, 2018 7:31 pm
I'd never buy a RAV4, but 2019 is a huge upgrade.. exterior is always going to be subjective, but nobody can hate on the interior upgrades.

MSRP is meaningless. At this time, if you do go for the 2018, you should negotiate at least 4k discount before further incentives.
Haha come on man, really?

Don't give this guy such clearly misinformed advice... You're only setting him/her up to go in and waste their time & energy.

OP if you're searching for a 2018 LE AWD it has $2233 mark up and inventory is becoming sparse daily. There is a RAV4 shortage in Ontario so dealers are hardly eager to give away the cars as well.

If you can stomach the payments OP or afford to pay cash, I would recommend you wait another few days to check out / test drive the 2019 before making a decision. If you drive it and think it's worth the premium, then get a 2019. If you don't think it's worth the price difference, then you will still be able to get certain trim level 2018 RAV4.

At this point you'll have a tough / impossible time finding 2018 RAV4 XLE FWD, SE AWD, Limited & Platinum. FWD LE / AWD LE / AWD XLE are still around in somewhat decent numbers. Once the 2019 lands, the 2018 inventory will be wiped out in a short time - I can almost guarantee it. You'll have hundreds and hundreds of people who were sitting on the fence that will lean one way or the other... A lot of them will decide on the 2018 after weighing it against the 2019, and poof goes the inventory.

Good luck OP - the 2019 RAV4 was supposed to be on the ground today, but it looks like Monday at this point. Every dealer will have it on the same day next week unless something goes wrong.
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ppc0311 wrote:
Dec 5th, 2018 5:44 pm
and if it is money no object. Then which one is better ? Please advise
Mercedes G Wagon.

Really, 2019 and 2018 are different cars. You want 6 year old RAV4, buy 2018. You want 2 months old RAV4, buy 2019.

We all can only do bench racing because it's so new. You go to dealer to test drive both and see if it's worth the cost differential to you. Redline has both 2019 and 2018 reviewed in the recent months so I think that's almost the best side by side review you can get.





Everyone's expectation is different. Some prefer better things and pay for it. Some prefer to save a buck regardless how shitty the product is.

Personally, if I'm buying a RAV4 that meant I really don't care about cars any more, it's just some dumb appliance that can bit more cargo than a Corolla. I would save a buck and get the old one.

Also, I think the old one's style will be more welcome with the females if one is part of your decision process.
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xjester if you work for Toyota, im looking forward
to your thoughts after you drive one. Thanks.

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