Toyota RAV4 and the Corolla Hatchback
What’s most important about Toyota’s debuts at the NY Auto show is the evolution of the brand’s designs. Both the the next RAV4 and the new Corolla Hatchback feature less angular styles than more recent Toyotas. The RAV4 inherits bones from the iconic Toyota 4Runner, looking stockier and more muscular. You can order a hybrid AWD edition (in early 2019), or a gas four-cylinder AWD. There’s also torque vectoring, which has the effect of narrowing the turning radius of the RAV4, so it feels sharper in corners. In gas editions the driveline completely disconnects the front and rear axles, so you still get the benefits of AWD, but none of the drag when you don’t need traction, saving 3-4 mpg on the highway. The hatchback goes on sale this summer, and Toyota has promised a chassis that’s stiffer, with a quicker drivetrain that features sportier features, like rev-matched downshifts on the six-speed manual. There’s no pricing on either model yet, but we’ll have more details within the next few months.
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