Well, enthusiasts and returning buyers will certainly be wooed by the new 2018 Toyota Rav4. Frankly though, the new model isn’t returning with any revolutionary changes over the previous year but the few changes it has afforded to come with are a welcome boost for the Rav4. Just like the existing iteration, the new model will continue to offer a spacious interior, a boatload of standard safety features, plenty of cargo space, and a smooth driving demeanor.
New features for 2018 include a new special edition model dubbed the Rav4 Adventure. According to Toyota, the new Toyota Rav4 is active lifestyle-inspired and will be available in FWD configuration with Dynamic Torque Control AWD or an Automatic Limited Slip Differential.
Regardless of whichever you choose, you’re poised to get a standard Tow Prep Package that comes bundled with features such as a tuned suspension system with better ride height, supplemental engine oil and fluid coolers for the transmission, and an upgraded radiator. Just like all the Rav4s, the new 2018 Toyota Rav4 Adventure will come with Hill-Start Assist Control, Trailer Sway Control, and TSS-P.
Exclusive only for the Rav4 Adventure model are the following exterior styling features: lower body guards, eighteen-inch five-spoke black alloy wheels, black fog lamp surround, black headlight bezels, and large over-fender flares.
Again, the exterior of the new 2018 Adventure will also be graced by five exterior colors that include – Silver Sky Metallic, Black, Super White, Magnetic Gray Metallic, and Ruby Flare Pearl. But the fun doesn’t stop there, the sporty exterior features mentioned above plus the color palette are matched by exclusive interior features such as all-weather mats, adventure door sill protectors, leather wrapped shift knob, unique interior trim panels, and a 120V/100W power outlet.
Other features you’ll spot on the 2018 Toyota Rav4 include a heated steering wheel, wiper de-icer, and an optional power/heat fabric front row seats. Save for the new Adventure model, the regular Rav4 is set to return unchanged. Safety specs, engine output, and interior/exterior designs are all set to return the same way as the previous iteration.
For starters, the 2018 Toyota Rav4 comes with a 176-horsepower capable 2.5L four-cylinder engine that is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission system. The Rav4 Hybrid makes use of the same base engine and mates it with three electric motors. This synergy should be able to make a combined output of around 194 horsepower and the Continuously Variable Transmission system takes all the power to the wheels.
When properly equipped, the 2018 Toyota Rav4 should be able to tow a maximum of 1,500 pounds and 1,750 pounds by the Rav4 Hybrid. Around back, the Rav4 should be able to achieve a maximum cargo space of 73.4 cubic feet when the rear seats are folded. As for the Rav4 Hybrid, expect a maximum cargo space of 70.6 cubic feet. The slight reduction in cargo space is as a result of the additional powertrain components the Hybrid tags along.
How Does Safety Compare?
Frankly speaking, the 2018 Toyota Rav4 is yet to undergo any safety at least as at the time of this review writing. The 2017 model however earned top marks for both the NHTSA and the IIHS. The Rav4 earned a five star rating for overall safety rating and got a Top Safety Pick+ from the IIHS. Beginning from the previous model year, the Rav4 will now come standard with features such as automatic high beams, lane departure alert, adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, and forward collision warning.
Our Final Thoughts
Our wise words for anyone seriously looking to buy the Rav4 should probably go for the XLE or the new Adventure model. And since the latter one is still a newbie, we’d advice you to stick with the Rav4 XLE model until more data is gathered on the Adventure model. The XLE offers lots of values to its users such as a nice set of infotainment system, better seat materials, and upgraded climate control system. Additionally, the 17-inch wheels make driving smooth relative to the 18-inch wheelers offered by the up-level Limited trim model.
Do We Recommend 2018 Toyota Rav4?
See, the Rav4 finds itself in a very unforgiveable situation thanks to the stiff competition offered by some of the equally good, industry top-dogs such as the Nissan Rogue, Mazda CX-5, Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, and Hyundai Tucson. But even in such adversity, the Rav4 has proven to be a solid pick for buyers of this segment so much so that it ranks best as top seller in this category. So if you love it, go for it!
Exterior Features & Interior Upgrades That Make The 2018 Toyota Rav4 A Winner
When it comes to the exterior and interior features of the new model, Toyota provides a boatload of them. The Rav4 Adventure trim model for instance comes with features such as large overfender flares, black headlight bezels, lower body styles, 18-inch five-spoke black alloy wheels, black fog lamp surround, Adventure badging, and roof racks.
The exterior color palette is also going to get an update bringing the total colors to five. The palette includes Ruby Flare Pearl, Super White, Black, Silver Sky Metallic, and Magnetic Gray Metallic.
Inside wise, not only should you expect a voluptuous interior but you should also expect exclusive interior features such as Adventure door sill protectors, unique interior trim panels, all-weather mats floor and cargo mats, 120V/100W power outlet in the cargo space, and a leather-wrapped shift knob.
Just How Much Output Should You Expect From The New 2018 Toyota Rav4
Available under the hood is a 176-horsepower capable 2.5L four-cylinder engine that is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission system. The Rav4 Hybrid makes use of the same base engine and mates it with three electric motors. This synergy should be able to make a combined output of around 194 horsepower and the Continuously Variable Transmission system takes all the power to the wheels.
How Much Should 2018 Toyota Rav4 Cost
Pricing detail for the 2018 Toyota Rav4 Adventure is yet to be offered as of the writing of this review. As for the price, expect to be set back by around $29K for the most basic version of the Rav4.
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