The new 2018 Toyota RAV4 offers impressive everyday utility, features, and passenger space. Other highlights include superb ride comfort, well-sorted tech interface, and lots of interior technologies even for the basic trim model. Its release date should be expected sometime in early 2018.
What stands out among RAV4’s list of highlights is its seamless combination of comfortable and well-equipped interior, versatility, and interior space. And as one sports fan will attest, you might have a well-rounded team, an award winning coach and pack the stands, but still fail to find glory. Well, the newest Toyota RAV4 might just be the perfect the best metaphor here. Even with such amazing traits, it still comes a bit short in terms of segment rankings. Trouble is, there is a plethora of similarly or better equipped options in its category.
To its credit, though, the automobile giant has tinkered with the model this year in hopes of rejuvenating it. The interior design, of example, comes with more pronounced lines and angles that provide a modern-looking and streamlined dash. The cupholder count is adequate, but a few of the climate and audio controls feel slightly flimsy. However, if you’re looking for a premium upholstery such as leather, you’re outta lack as the model only offers leatherette and cloth upholstery.
The RAV4 SE boasts of sporty suspension and sporty styling. Toyota added it to the RAV4 trim lineup because it hoped it would follow in the footsteps of Sienna SE and Camry both of which offer sport-tuned suspension and improved handling and steering. You’d be right to say the RAV4 continues with its polished resume for 2018 model year, but what you might not realize is how much its rivals have grown both in character and in performance.
These rivals include the Mazda CX-5, the Subaru Forester, and the Honda CR-V. They boast of a more versatile cabin, better fuel economy, best-in-class acceleration, and carlike driving demeanor. But even so, the RAV4 boasts of several ample features that the rest of its competition will find hard to beat. At the end of the day, your choice will solely be dependent on what you consider your most appealing attribute.
2018 Toyota RAV4 – Available Trims
The 5-seat 2018 Toyota RAV4 compact Sport Utility Vehicle is offered in limited, SE, XLE, and LE trim models. The 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid review is separately covered.
Exterior Changes & 2018 Toyota RAV4 Interior Redesign
The base RAV4 LE accessories and features include Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, a height-adjustable driver seat, a driver-integrated blind-spot mirror, an auxiliary audio jack, a 6-speaker audio system, a reclining and folding 60/40-split seat, a rear privacy glass, 17” steel wheels, a CD player, a USB port, a 6.1” touchscreen interface, cruise control, air-conditioning, and a media player interface.
Options offered for the RAV4 LE include smartphone integration app, iPhone-integrated Siri Eyes Free, satellite and HD radio, and weather and traffic information.
Picking the RAV4 XLE offers you a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, heated mirrors, automatic dual-zone climate control, bolstered front seats, a power height-adjustable liftgate, a sunroof, 17” alloy wheels, and foglights.
Opting for the newest RAV4 SE will get you keyless ignition and entry, LED outside lighting, rear-cross traffic alert, a blind-spot warning system, driver memory settings, an eight-way power driver seat, different exterior lighting, a sport-tuned suspension system, front heated seats, leatherrette upholstery, a warning blind-spot system, a power eight-way driver seat, and different exterior styling.
Expect its packages and exterior colors on its release date
The top-of-the-line RAV4 Limited at the zenith of the trim pole offers a navigation system, the Toyota Safety Sense package, a rearview auto-diming mirror, 18” wheels, a higher resolution 7” touchscreen, and an adaptive cruise control.
2018 Toyota RAV4 Engine Specs
Inspiring the 2018 Toyota RAV4 is a 176 hp- and 172 lbs. ft. of torque – generating four-cylinder 2.5L engine. An automatic six-speed transmission is standard, as is the AWD system. Zipping from 0-60 mph is achieved in only 9.2 seconds with the AWD as the testing version.
EPA stats indicate you should expect 23 city, 30 highway, and 26 mpg combined with the FWD, and 22/29/25 mpg with the all-wheel-drive. Although solid, there are a bit short in comparison to what its competition offers, notably the Mazda CX-5 and the Honda CR-V.
2018 Toyota RAV4 Release Date & Price
The RAV4 Price should be expected to start from an MSRP of $24,350. When will it be available? Rumors allege it will probably be offered for sale sometime in early 2018.