2018 Toyota RAV4 Redesign

There is no denying the fact that Toyota RAV4 is one of the popular compact SUVs in the market. It ticks nearly all the boxes one can expect from a car belonging to this segment including family transportation, enough cargo space, good fuel economy, reliability and a decent set of safety features. For 2018, Toyota is giving the RAV4 a thorough makeover.

2018 Toyota RAV4 front

2018 Toyota RAV4 – Objectives of Facelift:

The SUV’s exterior looks stylish and enticing. New wheel designs are nice and taillights look a tad unusual. The boxiness of the design is still there but it has become sportier. The SE trim can be equipped with optional dual tone treatment. The 2018 Toyota RAV4 has a nice and classy looking interior though the base trim lacks superior materials inside. Compared to the predecessor, the cabin is made with better materials. The focus however on practical usage than luxury, though. Space is quite decent though rear seat passengers may find leg space just average. Cargo capacity is good with default storage space of 38.4 cubic feet. You also get few storage options to keep bottles and small gadgets inside the cabin.

Trims:

The 2018 Toyota RAV4 comes in 4 trims- in LE, XLE, Limited and top-end Platinum. Then there is the RAV4 Hybrid though its details are not clear. In base LE trim, you get 17-inch steel wheels, cargo roof rails, automatic headlights, keyless remote entry, cruise control, cloth upholstery, Bluetooth, 6.1-inch touch screen, Entune infotainment system, 6 speakers audio system and the rearview camera. The good thing is that it also comes with Toyota Safety Sense suite. This includes forward collision warning, lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, and automatic high beams. The 2018 Toyota RAV4 gets high scores in standard crash tests.

In XLE trim, there are fog lights, alloy wheels, heated mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, sunroof, leather-wrapped steering wheel, HD radio, and Smartphone compatibility. As for limited trim, you get larger 18-inch wheels, rear parking sensors, LED headlights, blind-spot monitoring, synthetic leather upholstery, heated front seats, 7-inch touch screen display, Entune mobile apps. In the top-end Platinum trim, there are power-operated liftgate, surround-view exterior camera, JBL premium audio system with 11 speakers. The Entune infotainment system is a joy to use and in highest trim, you also get access to the excellent Entune apps which make remote operating car functions smooth.

2018 Toyota RAV4 interior

2018 Toyota RAV4 – Engine Details:

All trims of 2018 Toyota RAV4 get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder unit which generates 176 hp. This is coupled with a six-speed automatic transmission gearbox. FWD is standard and AWD is optional. The engine is quite decent if your primary driving routes are on urban roads. On the highway and with a full load, its limitations become a little more prominent. However, the redeeming aspect is ride is pretty quiet and road and engine noise is well insulated even at high speeds. For smoother ride experience choosing the 17-inch wheel is better. The RAV4 Hybrid has a gasoline engine making 154-hp and the motor generating 40 HP more. While it offers good fuel economy, this is clearly not a car for acceleration lovers.

2018 Toyota RAV4 side

2018 Toyota RAV4 – Release Expectations and Price:

The 2018 Toyota RAV4 will hit the roads in late 2017. The LE trim starts from $26,395 and XLE costs $30,750. For Limited the price tag is $38,410 and Platinum costs over $40,000. The Hybrid pricing is yet to be declared.

Verdict:

Toyota RAV4 2018 is a decent compact SUV that will cater to buyers who want usage benefits over sheer luxury or raw driving power. The hybrid model may appeal to the environment loving lots but it does come with limitations. The safety features included even in base trim deserve accolades and here the RAV4 surely outshines most category rivals. The drawbacks, however, are too obvious. Even the top trim gets synthetic leather and not real leather inside. Its single engine option may deter some car buyers too. In ride experience, it lags behind Subaru Forester and Mazda CX-5. The pricing, however, is the sweet spot for the RAV4 and there is a choice for various types of buyers.

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