Toyota Rav4 2018 Review

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The 2018 Toyota RAV4 gets a new special-edition model called the RAV4 Adventure, which comes with the Tow Prep package, a higher ride height, 18-inch alloy wheels, lower body guards, black headlight bezels and fog light surrounds, a 120V power outlet in the cargo area, all-weather floor mats, special interior trim panels, and a leather-wrapped shift knob.

Additional new features for the 2018 RAV4 include a heated steering wheel, and optional heated and power operated front seats on lower-trim models with cloth upholstery.

Rav4 2018 Overview

Vehicle Summary

The 2018 Toyota RAV4 is a compact crossover that slots below the larger, three-row Highlander and the above the new subcompact C-HR. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is optional. In addition to the gas-only model, the RAV4 is also available as a hybrid with all-wheel drive as standard.


Rav4 2018 Review and Specs

A 2.5-liter I-4 rated at 176 hp and 172 lb-ft of torque is the base engine in the 2018 RAV4 and it’s paired exclusively to a six-speed automatic transmission. The RAV4 Hybrid takes the 2.5-liter I-4 and pairs it to three electric motors for a total output of 194 hp and swaps the six-speed automatic in favor of a CVT. EPA fuel economy ratings for the 2018 RAV4 haven’t been released but the 2017 model was rated at 23/30 mpg city/highway for the front-drive LE and XLE, or 23/29 for the SE and Limited grades. Opting for all-wheel drive drops those numbers down to 22/28 mpg. The RAV4 Hybrid is the most fuel efficient at 34/30 mpg despite having the most power and all-wheel drive.

When properly equipped, the 2018 RAV4 can tow up to 1,500 pounds while the RAV4 Hybrid can haul 1,750 pounds. Cargo space is massive inside the RAV4 with 38.4 cubic feet behind the split-folding rear seats and 73.4 cubic feet behind the front seats. The RAV4 Hybrid has 2.8 cubic feet less cargo space across the board due to the additional powertrain components, checking in at 35.6 cubic feet behind the rear seats and 70.6 cubic feet behind the front seats.

Standard and available features include Bluetooth connectivity, a rearview camera, Toyota’s Entune infotainment system with a 6.1- or 7.0-inch touchscreen, a sunroof, 60/40 split-folding rear seats, a programmable power tailgate, LED headlights, 18-inch alloy wheels, a 360-degree view camera system, a 4.2-inch multi-information display in between the gauges, and leatherette upholstery. Unique to the SE trim is a sport-tuned suspension that slightly improves the RAV4’s handling.


The NHTSA and IIHS haven’t crash tested the 2018 RAV4 but the outgoing 2017 model earned high marks. It received a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars) and the Top Safety Pick+ award from the IIHS after it scored Good on all crash tests, Superior on the front crash prevention test for avoiding a 12- and 25-mph collision, and an Acceptable in the new headlight safety test (Good is the highest possible score).

Starting from the 2017 model year, the Toyota RAV4 comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense-P, a suite of active safety and driver assistance features that include automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, lane departure alert, and automatic high beams.

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