Toyota RAV4 wins 2019 CarsGuide Family Car of the Year

Toyota’s new RAV4 has been named 2019 CarsGuide Family Car of the Year.

According to CarsGuide’s FamilyGuide segment expert Nedahl Stelio, “The new RAV4 was hard to beat,”

“It brings leading safety, everyday practicality and comfort, and a variety of models including a variety of variants with near-seamless hybrid integration in either two or all-wheel drive, all for good value that Australian families are looking for,” she said. 

Toyota’s RAV4 beat out competition over other SUVs and hatchbacks with new models on sale between September 1, 2018 and September 1, 2019.

Ms Stelio added, “The new RAV4 is a big improvement on the last model, but not only that, it feels good to drive, has all-important the boot space that’s so vital when you have a family and is cost efficient.

“It’s an all-around package that also delivers a stylish finish for families who may have been used to compromising on style for practicality and value,”. 

The RAV4 came out on top over close competition from Volkswagen’s third-gen Touareg and the Mazda’s ever-popular CX-5

Volkswagen’s Touareg was recognised for superb dynamics, safety and performance. 

“The Touareg really brought everything to the table for families, with a sophisticated interior design and leading edge technology,” Ms Stelio said.

Toyota’s RAV4 beat out competition over other SUVs and hatchbacks with new models on sale between September 1, 2018 and September 1, 2019. Toyota’s RAV4 beat out competition over other SUVs and hatchbacks with new models on sale between September 1, 2018 and September 1, 2019.

The Mazda CX-5 entered the top three thanks to the everyday driveability of the new 2.5-litre turbo petrol variants, relative interior space (highly valued by families), and practical yet stylish design. 

The Family Car of the Year Award considers all aspects of a car’s features and how they apply to real life for families across Australia, using the car for everyday driving. 

It’s judged by CarsGuide’s family reviewer, Nedahl Stelio with critical evaluation input from CarsGuide senior journalists including Mr Flynn, Matt Campbell and others.

CarsGuide reaches more Australians than any other editorial automotive site, according to Nielsen* digital content ratings (monthly) with more than 1.29 million unique users per month. 

*Nielsen Digital Content Ratings (Monthly) Tagged, August 2019, text, P18+, PC, Smartphones & Tablet

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September 23, 2019 9:03 am Published by