Automotive review: Toyota's 2018 RAV4

the 2018 Toyota RAV4

With a starting MSRP of $24,660, the Toyota RAV4 offers seating for five, fuel-efficiency and a stylish design. For 2018, the RAV4 is available in six grades: LE, XLE, Adventure, SE, Limited and Platinum. Additionally, the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid (our press vehicle of the week), has a starting MSRP of $27,385, and is available in four grades for the 2018 model year: LE, XLE, SE, and Limited.

Under the hood

Non-hybrid Toyota RAV4 models are powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 176 horsepower and 172 foot-pounds of torque. This engine is paired with an automatic transmission and produces fuel economy averages of 23 mpg in the city, 30 mpg on the highway and 26 mpg combined for LE, XLE and Adventure (FWD models). SE, Limited and Platinum (FWD models) average 23 mpg in the city, 29 mpg on the on the highway, and 25 mpg combined. AWD Models have estimates of 22 mpg in the city, 28 mpg highway, and 25 mpg combined (LE, XLE, and Adventure) and 22 mpg in the city, 28 mpg highway, and 24 mpg combined (SE, Limited, and Platinum).

The 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid delivers a combined 194 system horsepower and has an average fuel economy rating of 34 mpg in the city, 30 mpg on the highway, and 32 mpg combined.

RAV4 style

For 2018, the RAV4 features an attractive front fascia. Ten exterior colors are available (eight exterior colors for the hybrid model).

Inside, the RAV4’s cabin has a comfortable feel with its soft-touch accents and several interior color schemes that are paired with various trim levels, including hues such as Black, Cinnamon and Nutmeg.

Rear seat dimensions for the RAV4 are listed as 37.2 inches of rear legroom, 55.4 inches of rear shoulder room and 48.9 inches of rear hip room.

Interior amenities include available dual-zone automatic climate control, fabric-trimmed seating, available SofTex-trimmed seating, remote keyless entry, available smart key system with push button start, and much more.


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