2018 Toyota RAV4 SUV

#31
in Compact SUVs
2018 MODEL

$24,410 - $36,150

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Overview

The U.S. automobile market has been witnessing an increased demand for compact crossover SUVs. The all-new 2018 Toyota RAV4 is claimed to offer amazing driving experience and comfort. The 2018 RAV4 slots below the subcompact SUV Honda C-HR. The RAV4 is now available in a hybrid as well as gasoline-powered trims which come assembled with all-wheel drive configuration as standard.

The base model of the Toyota RAV4 is powered by a 2.5-liter I-4 rated four-cylinder engine. The engine is paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. The EPA fuel economy ratings for the RAV4 has been rated at 22 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. Also, a RAV4 hybrid with all-wheel drive configuration is claimed to be more fuel efficient delivering 34/30 mpg.

The interior is spacious and provides decent space to all the occupants. The Japanese carmaker has provided a massive cargo space of 38.4 cubic feet with the new RAV4. The sport-tuned SE trim gets improved handling.

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Pros

Standard safety features

Spacious cabin

Fuel-efficient hybrid model

Good handling

Cons

Basic interiors

Less packaged with SE trim

Average fuel economy

What's New?

New Adventure trim

Towing capacity increased from 1,500 to 3,500 pounds

Heated steering wheel

Optional heated and power-operated front seats

All-weather floor mats

Special interior panels

18-inch alloy wheels

120V power outlet in the cargo area (Hybrid trim)

Fog light surrounds

Higher ride height


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$24410

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

120 mph

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

152 cu. in.

horsepower

176 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

172 lb.-ft. @ 4100 rpm

transmission

6-speed automatic

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

11.2 in. ventilated front disc/10.8 in. solid disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

104.7 in.

length

183.5 in.

width

72.6 in.

height

67.1 in.

curb weight

3455 lbs.

ground clearance

6.1 in.

capacity

passenger volume

101.9 cu ft.

cargo volume

38.4 cu ft.

towing capacity

4000 lbs.

payload capacity

900 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.7 sec.

standing ¼-mile

15.7 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

23/26/30 mpg

highway range

477 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 years/36000 miles

drivetrain warranty

5 years/60000 miles

corrosion warranty

5 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

No



Styles

 2018 Toyota RAV4 SUV in Super White color  2018 Toyota RAV4 SUV in Silver Sky Metallic color  2018 Toyota RAV4 SUV in Ruby Flare Pearl color  2018 Toyota RAV4 SUV in Magnetic Gray Metallic color  2018 Toyota RAV4 SUV in Galactic Aqua Mica color  2018 Toyota RAV4 SUV in Electric Storm Blue color  2018 Toyota RAV4 SUV in Black color  2018 Toyota RAV4 SUV in Black Currant Metallic color
Super White

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Ratings

Features

6.2

Engine

5.9

Fuel Economy

7.0

Interior

6.1

Exterior

5.9

Safety

9.0

Driving

7.0

6.7

OVERALL RATING

Variant Name

MSRP


 2018 Toyota RAV4 SUV LE

LE

Fuel: Regular unleaded, Transmission: Automatic, Seats: 5

$24,410 - $25,810

Configurations
LE 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A)
Engine: I-4 Transmission: 6A
Drivetrain: FWD MPG: (23/26/29)
Torque: 172 lbs.-ft. @ 4,100 rpm
LE 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A)
Engine: I-4 Transmission: 6A
Drivetrain: AWD MPG: (22/25/28)
Torque: 172 lbs.-ft. @ 4,100 rpm

 2018 Toyota RAV4 SUV XLE

XLE

Fuel: Regular unleaded, Transmission: Automatic, Seats: 5

$25,500 - $26,900

Configurations
XLE 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A)
Engine: I-4 Transmission: 6A
Drivetrain: FWD MPG: (23/26/29)
Torque: 172 lbs.-ft. @ 4,100 rpm
XLE 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A)
Engine: I-4 Transmission: 6A
Drivetrain: AWD MPG: (22/25/28)
Torque: 172 lbs.-ft. @ 4,100 rpm

 2018 Toyota RAV4 SUV Adventure

Adventure

Fuel: Regular unleaded, Transmission: Automatic, Seats: 5

$27,700 - $28,400

Configurations
Adventure 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A)
Engine: I-4 Transmission: 6A
Drivetrain: FWD MPG: (23/26/29)
Torque: 172 lbs.-ft. @ 4,100 rpm
Adventure 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A)
Engine: I-4 Transmission: 6A
Drivetrain: AWD MPG: (22/25/28)
Torque: 172 lbs.-ft. @ 4,100 rpm

 2018 Toyota RAV4 SUV SE

SE

Fuel: Regular unleaded, Transmission: Automatic, Seats: 5

$28,790 - $30,190

Configurations
SE 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A)
Engine: I-4 Transmission: 6A
Drivetrain: FWD MPG: (23/25/29)
Torque: 172 lbs.-ft. @ 4,100 rpm
SE 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A)
Engine: I-4 Transmission: 6A
Drivetrain: AWD MPG: (22/24/28)
Torque: 172 lbs.-ft. @ 4,100 rpm

 2018 Toyota RAV4 SUV Limited

Limited

Fuel: Regular unleaded, Transmission: Automatic, Seats: 5

$30,905 - $32,305

Configurations
Limited 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A)
Engine: I-4 Transmission: 6A
Drivetrain: FWD MPG: (23/25/29)
Torque: 172 lbs.-ft. @ 4,100 rpm
Limited 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A)
Engine: I-4 Transmission: 6A
Drivetrain: AWD MPG: (22/24/28)
Torque: 172 lbs.-ft. @ 4,100 rpm

 2018 Toyota RAV4 SUV Platinum

Platinum

Fuel: Regular unleaded, Transmission: Automatic, Seats: 5

$34,750 - $36,150

Configurations
Platinum 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A)
Engine: I-4 Transmission: 6A
Drivetrain: FWD MPG: (23/25/29)
Torque: 172 lbs.-ft. @ 4,100 rpm
Platinum 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A)
Engine: I-4 Transmission: 6A
Drivetrain: AWD MPG: (22/24/28)
Torque: 172 lbs.-ft. @ 4,100 rpm

Expert Review


carhp editor October 6, 2018

6.7

Overall Rating


6.2/10
Features

 

5.9/10
Engine

 

7.0/10
Fuel Economy

 

6.1/10
Interior

 

5.9/10
Exterior

 

9.0/10
Safety

 
 
 

The base model of 2018 RAV4 comes powered by a 2.5-liter I-4 rated four-cylinder engine. The engine is paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. The EPA fuel economy ratings for 2018 RAV4 has been rated at 22 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. Also, a RAV4 hybrid with all-wheel drive configuration is claimed to be most fuel efficient delivering 34/30 mpg.

Features

6.2/10

The 2018 RAV4 is available with five trim levels which are considered to be one of the stretched lineups in the segment. The hybrid trims are also available in five levels, from the LE hybrid to Limited hybrid. The base models are fitted with standard equipment and there are some few surprises in the upper variants as well. Let’s take a quick glance at the variant-wise prices:

Trims LE XLE Adventure SE Limited Platinum
MSRP $24,510 $25,600 $27,800 $28,890 $31,005 $34,850
Features
  • Toyota Safety Sens (TSS-P)
  • Entune Audio with integrated backup camera
  • display
  • Soft-touch interior accents
  • Available AWD with Dynamic Torque Control
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control with air filter
  • Available Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA)
  • Available height-adjustable power liftgate with jam protection
  • Premium Audio with Navigation and App suite
  • 18-inch  5-spoke Black alloy wheels
  • Adventure grade shift lever
  • Black roof rails and unique Adventure grade mudguards
  • Sport-tuned suspension
  • Steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters
  • Sport shift lever. Floor mats and door sill protectors
  • 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with memory function
  • JBL Audio with Navigation and App suite
  • Hands-free foot-activated power  liftgate
  • Full-body color exterior
  • Platinum doorsill protectors
  • Bird’s Eye View Camera

The features that we found missing across all the variants include Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Cooled front seats, and premium leather upholstery. However, Toyota has managed to offer an app-based navigation system that works with a connected phone’s data plan.

Trim We Recommend

We Would recommend Toyota RAV4’s Adventure trim as its extra ground clearance has been appreciated comparatively. The upper trims are not much luxurious along with the RAV4’s competitors. Upgrading the 2018 RAV4’s with the Cold Weather package adds extra fitments.

Engine

5.9/10

Most drivers will find that the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine delivers power that’s adequate for moving people and cargo around town. Throttle response isn’t as immediate as we’d prefer, and the transmission has a tendency to indecisively hunt for the correct gear on inclines. Unlike other compact SUVs, the RAV4 does not offer a more powerful engine in an upgraded model.” — Edmunds (2017)

 Engine and Transmission

The 2018 RAV4 engine doesn’t seem like delivering as per expectation but maintains the ride quality and transmission. The non-hybrid variants are paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission that makes it go smoothly on uneven roads as well. The gasoline-powered RAV4s are available in both front wheel drive and all-wheel drive configuration.

2018 Toyota RAV4 2018 Honda CR-V Ford Escape
MSRP $24,410 $24,150 $23,850
Engine 2.5L Regular Unleaded I-4 2.4L Regular Unleaded I-4 2.5L Regular Unleaded I-4
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Transmission 6-speed shiftable automatic CVT 6-speed shiftable automatic
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The hybrid variant of 2018 RAV4 has been claimed to sprint 20 mph on solely electric power. It is a high tech two motor setup that combines with the 2.5-liter gasoline engine and offers 67hp electric power to the rear wheels whenever needed. The acceleration goes 0-60 mph in 8.1 seconds that makes it the fastest RAV4 among other variants.

However, with 6.5 inches of ground clearance, the new RAV4 Adventure is certainly not suitable for off-roading. Both of the rivals has been giving a close completion to the 2018 RAV4. With the power figures, we can easily see that 2018 Honda CR-V turns out to be a head turner.

Acceleration

The six transmission configured 2018 RAV4 manages to pump out 176 hp in any situation. You can get better acceleration by switching from Eco mode to Sport mode.

Model 2018 Toyota RAV4 2018 Honda CR-V 2018 Ford Escape
0-60 MPH 8.3 seconds 7.6 seconds 7.1 seconds
Quarter Mile 17seconds 16 seconds 15.6 seconds
Engine Displacement 2.5L 2.4 2.4L 2.5L
Fuel System Sequential MPI Direct Injection Sequential MPI

Here, Ford Escape has managed to score well in acceleration ratings. The car manages to sprint 0-60 MPH in 7.1 seconds which is quite impressive. The turbocharged four-cylinder allows Escape to deliver a quick acceleration. The transmission is also smooth compared to the competitors. Meanwhile, the quarter mile acceleration figures of 2018 Honda CR-V is decent comparatively.

Towing Capacity

The standard trim level of 2018 RAV4 can tow up to 1500 lbs, but surprisingly the adventure trim is able to tow up to 3500 lbs. While the maxing towing capacity of the other two competitors remains 1500 lbs.

Model Maximum Towing Capacity
2018 Toyota RAV4 Adventure 3500 lbs, 1500 lbs (STD)
2018 Honda CR-V 1500 lbs
2018 Ford Escape 1500 lbs

“Both of the Escape’s turbocharged engines come with new stop-start technology for 2018, a fuel-saving measure that even luxury cars struggle to perfect.” – Cars.com

Braking and Handling

2018 Toyota RAV4 comes powered by front wheel drive and an optional all-wheel-drive setup. The crossover offers a stable ride. The class has too many rivals in the segment that also promise better handling and ride quality. With 6.1 inches of ground clearance, 2018 RAV4 is also capable of going through uneven terrains.

  2018 Toyota RAV4 2018 Honda CR-V 2018 Ford Escape
Front Brake Rotor Diameter 10.8 11.1 12.8
Rear Brake Rotor Diameter 11.2 10.2 12
Disc Front/Rear Yes Yes Yes
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Base Curb Weight 3455 3307 3542

Here, Honda Escape has got bigger front and rear brake rotors, which is meant to enhance the braking system of the crossover. However, 2018 Honda CR-V and 2018 RAV4 are not much different in terms of rotor diameters. We can find disc brakes across all the models.

Fuel Economy

7.0/10

2018 RAV4 delivers decent fuel economy and doesn’t seem compromising. The car is claimed to offer better mileage when driven by selected driving modes. The Eco mode proves to be the main mode that that help you cope up with the fuel efficiency in city terrain.  On the other hand, the CR-V delivers an exceptional fuel efficiency and leads the segment. Meanwhile, Escape seems like sharing similar figures with the RAV4.

Model 2018 Toyota RAV4 2018 Honda CR-V 2018 Ford Escape
EPA Fuel Economy Est- City (MPG) 23 26 21
EPA Fuel Economy Est- Hwy (MPG) 29 32 29
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 25 28 25

Interior

6.1/10

Unfortunately, its cabin materials consist of disappointing black plastic, and the SofTex vinyl upholstery found on most trims won’t fool anyone into thinking it’s leather (which isn’t available at all). The overall appearance and vibe also feel a bit Spartan compared to those of the surprisingly upmarket new CR-V and CX-5. These competitors quite simply seem more grown-up than the RAV4.” — Autotrader (2017)

Seating and Comfort

The 2018 RAV4 offers room for five people. The heated front and rear seats with adjustable height make the ride more comfortable. The second-row seats offer decent space to the passengers. The new generation RAV4 lacks the third-row seats while the previous version offered the same that was suitable for children. Looking into the competition, we can find that 2018 Honda CR-V offers a more spacious cabin. On the other, RAV4 and Escape offer close similarity in terms of interior dimensions.

Model 2018 Toyota RAV4 2018 Honda CR-V 2018 Ford Escape
Passenger Volume (ft3) 101.9 105.9 98.1
Passenger Capacity 5 5 5
Front Head Room (in) 39.8 40.1 39.9
Front Shoulder Room (in) 57.3 57.9 56
Front Leg Room (in) 42.6 41.3 43.1
Front Hip Room (in) 54.3 55.1 54.8
Second Hip Room (in) 48.9 49.5 52.4
Second Head Room (in) 38.9 39.2 39
Second Leg Room (in) 37.2 40.4 36.8
Second Shoulder Room (in) 55.4 55.6 55.3

Infotainment

The cabin comes fitted with a standard infotainment system that comes integrated with a 6.1-inch touch-screen infotainment display, Bluetooth, voice recognition, six speakers, and a USB port. Toyota’s Entune infotainment interface is easy to use. While Apple CarPlay is missing but the infotainment offers some great smartphone integration tools.

Cargo Volume

2018 RAV4 offers boot space of 38.4 cubic feet in the rear. The second-row seats can be easily folded (standard 60/40 split seatback), making a total cargo space of 73.4 cubic feet. The power liftgate with adjustable height makes many things easier.

Model 2018 Toyota RAV4 2018 Honda CR-V 2018 Ford Escape
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (cubic ft) 73.4 75.8 67.8
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (cubic ft) 38.4 39.2 34.3
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (cubic ft) 38.4 39.2 34.3

The Honda CR-V meanwhile offers cargo area of 39.2 cubic feet in the rear. 2018 Ford Escape offers 34.3 cubic feet cargo space and 67.8 cubic feet in total.

Exterior

5.9/10

The 2018 Toyota RAV4’s confused styling isn’t its biggest selling point.” – carconnection

Design and Styling

The RAV4 comes dressed with 17-inch alloy wheels, but the SE and Platinum trims are available in a monochromatic look. The 2018 RAV belongs to the fourth generation styling. The introduction of new “Ruby Flare Perl” paint can be witnessed as a $395 option across all trims. Otherwise, the adventure versions account for the styling changes.  It has received 18-inch black alloy wheels, black headlight bezels, flared fenders, and fog light surrounds.

Model 2018 Toyota RAV4 2018 Honda CR-V 2018 Ford Escape
Curb Weight (lbs) 3455 lb. 3307 lb. 3552 lb.
Length  (in) 183.5 180.6 178.1
Width (in) 72 .6 73 72.4
Height (in) 67.1 66.1 66.3
Wheelbase (in) 104.7 104.7 105.9
Min Ground Clearance (in) 6.1 8.2 7.9

The rest of the trim line retains the similar look introduced in 2016. Dimensions remained unchanged but Toyota made 2018 RAV4’s front fascia more aggressive and sharp.

Safety

9.0/10

The 2018 RAV4 has received five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The SUV has scored four stars in the frontal collision test and five stars in the side crash test. The additional safety equipment alongside the standard features includes blind spot monitoring, bird’s eye view 360-degree camera, and rear cross-traffic alert. The 2018 RAV4 is offered with 3 year/36,000-mile warranty and 5 year/60,000-mile on the engine.

NHSTA Safety Ratings

NHSTA Safety Ratings
Overall Rating 4 stars
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating 5 stars
Side Barrier Crash Rating 5 stars
Rollover 4 stars
Side Crash Rating 5 stars
Combined Side Barrier and Pole Ratings 5 stars

IIHS

Crashworthiness
Small overlap front driver side Good
Rear Crash Protection Good
Moderate overlap front Good
Side Good
Roof strength Good
Head restraints & seats Good

Safety Features

Here’s the complete list of safety features offered by 2018 Toyota RAV4:

2018 Toyota RAV4 Safety Features
Passenger Air Bag
Driver Air Bag
Front, Rear, and Side  Air Bags
4-Wheel Disc Brakes and ABS
Electronic Stability Control
Child Safety Lock
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Keeping Control
Daytime Running Light

Competition

2018 Toyota RAV4  VS 2018 Honda CR-V

In a very short time, this compact crossover has become a household name. The 2018 Honda CR-V is quiet, spacious, comfortable, fuel efficient, and holds hefty of safety equipment. It will be a smart choice for consumers looking for a compact crossover with latest safety accessories.

2018 Toyota RAV4  VS 2018 Ford Escape

The 2018 Escape looks taut and firm. The next generation model is appealing and handsome. It gives you outstanding ride comfort with paddle controls controlling its 6-speed automatic. The car has scored poorly in the crash test results and the carmaker has tried to compensate it with some interior updates.

Final Verdict

You can literally fulfill all your traveling goals with the 2018 Toyota RAV4. The 2018 RAV4 offers some latest features that give it an edge over its close rivals like Honda CR-V and Ford Escape. The compact crossover had also done well in the NHTSA and IIHS crash tests, making it one of the most reliable cars. The cargo space is spacious and appears a class apart. Toyota has slightly disappointed us by keeping the interior basic and bringing in minor changes that don’t make any difference.

It can be clearly seen that how 2018 Toyota RAV4 has remained in the popular choice of compact SUV segment. It delivers the complete package, including strong fuel economy, plenty of cargo space, and an array of safety features, and good reliability scores. The SUV has got everything that you ideally looking for.

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