Generally speaking, the new 2018 Toyota RAV4 isn’t much of a standout in any specific area, but a closer look reveals an intricate balance of passenger space, features, and everyday utility. And if your priorities include a spacious cargo and passenger room, a well-sorted tech interface, a good balance between secure handling and ride comfort, you may eventually find yourself heading to the dealership to get one for yourself. Its release date should be expected in the latter end of next year.
As any sports fan will attest, sometimes you can have a competitive level, a well-rounded team, an awesome coach, and still find glory to be an elusive aspect. Well, you guessed it right! It is a metaphor to what the RAV4 is capable of. It offers a descent drive, its well-equipped and comfortable, and versatile, and to its credit, still holds the benchmark for reliability.
But its trouble lies in the solid competition in its category which is hard to beat on certain areas. But for 2018, Toyota seems to have mastered the ingredients to success in this fiercely fought over segment through its myriad of updates. For one, Toyota has tinkered with its overall appeal such as the subtly massaged exterior and the well-appointed interior. The former is hoped to make the RAV4 to achieve a more streamlined look that contemporizes its mien.
Needless to say, the RAV4 is spacious and versatile and well-suited for most utility tasks such as carrying a box for a Little Tikes playhouse or lugging around a vivacious Weimaraner. Combine this with its dependability and spacious interior, and you get yourself an excellent crossover.
In light of the above, the 2018 Toyota RAV4 isn’t the only vehicle in the segment that offers bells and whistles. Others with a polished resume include the 2018 Honda CR-V, the rugged 2018 Subaru Forester, and the 2018 Mazda CX-5.
Offered Trims – Toyota RAV4
The compact SUV which seats five is offered in base LE, XLE, SE, and Limited Trims. Also reviewed elsewhere on the blog is the RAV4 Hybrid.
2018 Toyota RAV4 Exterior Colors & Interior Changes
The base LE model offers the following features as standard; adaptive cruise control, a CD player, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, air-conditioning, a rear privacy glass, an integrated driver blind-spot monitoring, 17-inch steel wheels, a six-speaker sound system, a 6.1” touchscreen interface, a height-adjustable driver seat, an auxiliary audio jack, and a 60/40-split reclining and folding rear seat.
The Entune Audio Plus package is optional for the LE and adds smartphone app integration, HD and satellite radio, the Scout GPS Link navigation, and Siri Eyes Free for iPhones.
Next up is the XLE trim model which further adds automatic dual-zone climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a height-adjustable power liftgate, 17” alloy wheels, bolstered front seats, a sunroof, heated mirrors, and foglights.
Upgrading to the SE allows your access to LED exterior lighting, keyless entry and ignition, different exterior and interior styling, a sport-tuned suspension system, synthetic leather, rear cross-traffic alert, a blind-spot monitoring system, leather upholstery, front heated seats, and 18-inch wheels.
On top of what the RAV4 SE offers, the RAV4 Limited adds smartphone app integration, a navigation system, adaptive cruise control, a 7-inch display, 18-inch wheels, a rearview auto-dimming mirror, and chrome clad exterior trim.
The interior design features pronounced lines and angles that result in a modern-looking and streamlined dash. However, some might find the climate and audio controls slightly flimsy.
2018 Toyota RAV4 Engine Specification
Motivating the 2018 Toyota RAV4 is a four-cylinder 2.5L engine. The power generated – 176 hp and 172 lbs. ft. of torque is routed to either the FWD or the optional AWD via the six-speed automatic transmission system.
With an AWD system, it only takes about 9.2 seconds to get past 60 mph. Fuel consumption according to EPA estimates is 30/23/26 mpg on the highway/city/combined with the FWD RAV4, and 29/22/25 mpg with the 4WD.
Price Estimate & 2018 Toyota RAV4 Release Date
Various sources allege the 2018 Toyota RAV4’s release date should be expected in the latter half of 2018. When we come to the price estimate, expect to be set back by a base MSRP of $24,350.