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2018 Toyota RAV4

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2018 Toyota RAV4

Toyota RAV4 highlights

Customer reviews

4.7 out of 5

RepairPal reliability rating

4.5 out of 5

Pros

  • One of the largest, most versatile trunks in its class
  • Advanced driver aids come standard

Cons

  • No Apple CarPlay® or Android Auto™ connectivity
  • Interior finish feels more utilitarian than in newer rivals

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Toyota RAV4 gains sharp-looking Adventure trim for 2018

There are plenty of compact crossover SUVs out there to pick from, but Toyota's RAV4 is a strong seller and for good reason. While the 2018 RAV4 doesn't shine brightly in any particular area, its well-rounded ability appeals especially to those looking for a family vehicle. The regular RAV4 offers comfort and space to rival the top contenders. It drives well enough to engage without wowing behind the wheel, and the standard 2.5-liter engine and six-speed automatic work well together. It also provides respectable EPA-estimated fuel economy. But if you want headline-grabbing fuel economy, seek out the RAV4 Hybrid. It combines the same 2.5-liter gasoline engine with a pair of motors driving each axle—making it the only RAV4 that comes with all-wheel drive as standard—to produce significant fuel savings and improve performance, too.

A new Adventure trim that offers slightly more ground clearance and a sharper style joins the 2018 lineup, which stands at LE, XLE, Adventure, SE, Limited, and Platinum. The Hybrid does without the Adventure and the Platinum trim. The XLE is our preferred starting point, not because the LE is too lightly equipped but because the XLE adds alloy wheels, foglights, and a more attractive exterior trim. All RAV4s come with Toyota Safety Sense™, a suite of active driver aids that includes forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, and adaptive cruise control. The RAV4 is a strong all-arounder that should be on your shopping list, and likely near the top.

All Toyota RAV4 years

New this year

  • The RAV4 is available in a new trim called the Adventure.
  • Tow Hitch features are now available as options on select trims.
  • The XLE trim now comes with 4WD/AWD and CD Audio as standard equipment.

Explore Toyota RAV4 details

LE 2WD 4D Sport Utility

5 reasons to buy the 2018 Toyota RAV4

1. Great for road trips

2018 Toyota RAV4: Reviews, Photos, and More: Reasons to Buy #1 | CarMax

One of the most notable features of the 2018 Toyota RAV4 is its roominess. Featuring 73.4 cu ft of cargo space with the rear seats folded, this SUV is an ideal choice for weekends away, carpool duty, and golf outings. The RAV4 stands out as a particularly spacious vehicle—a real plus for families and taller passengers.

2. Comfort is a priority

2018 Toyota RAV4: Reviews, Photos, and More: Reasons to Buy #2 | CarMax

In addition to being spacious, the 2018 Toyota RAV4 is also comfortable to drive. The suspension is designed to create a smooth, stable ride, and 6.5 inches of ground clearance ensure that AWD models can tackle tough terrain. The SE model is a little less smooth, but that's because it's sport-tuned and better suited to speed-seekers.

3. User-friendly features

2018 Toyota RAV4: Reviews, Photos, and More: Reasons to Buy #3 | CarMax

The last thing you want to do while driving is fiddle with a difficult-to-navigate touchscreen and infotainment system. Fortunately, the infotainment system in the 2018 Toyota RAV4 is incredibly user-friendly, with a 6.1-inch screen and simple controls, making it straightforward for you and your passengers to work with.

4. Lots of driver aids

2018 Toyota RAV4: Reviews, Photos, and More: Reasons to Buy #4 | CarMax

For peace of mind, the 2018 Toyota RAV4 offers a variety of driver-assistance features as standard, including forward collision warning with brake assist, rearview camera, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control. Even on long journeys or uneven terrain, this vehicle has your comfort in mind. The highway never looked so welcoming.

5. Adventure trim

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New for the 2018 RAV4 is the Adventure trim, which adds some great features for camping and outdoor enthusiasts. These additions include heavy-duty all-weather floor liners and cargo mats, a 120V/100W power outlet near the cargo area, halogen projector-beam headlights, lower valance panels and rocker panel guards, and more. This trim also boosts the estimated towing capacity to 3,500 lbs with the Tow Prep Package, when properly equipped.

Similar vehicles

If you're interested in the 2018 Toyota RAV4, you should also check out these similar vehicles from previous model years.

Comfortable and spacious, the Kia Sportage balances a plush, quiet ride with sporty handling and agility. This compact SUV has 60.1 cu ft of cargo space with the rear seats folded, plus additional storage beneath the cargo floor, creating even more space for luggage, shopping, or sports gear. 2017-present models of the Sportage come with a 2.4L four-cylinder engine and automatic transmission as standard, as well as a premium interior and intuitive infotainment system.

  • Backup camera

  • Keyless entry

  • Brake assist

Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

Based on customer reviews, the 2018 Toyota RAV4 is a reliable, economical, and comfortable car. Customers like the spacious interior, the driver assistance features, and the gas mileage.
5 Stars43
4 Stars10
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RepairPal reliability rating

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RepairPal gave the Toyota RAV4 an overall reliability rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Excellent. This rating ranks Toyota RAV4 2nd out of 26 among Compact SUVs.

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2018 Toyota RAV4 trims

LE:

XLE:

Adventure:

SE:

Limited:

Platinum:

2018 Toyota RAV4 FAQ

More about 2018 Toyota RAV4

2018 Toyota RAV4: Reviews, Photos, and More: Color Options | CarMax

Exterior

  • Black

  • Black Currant Metallic

  • Blizzard Pearl

  • Electric Storm Blue

  • Galactic Aqua Mica

  • Magnetic Gray Metallic

  • Ruby Flare Pearl

  • Silver Sky Metallic

Interior

  • Ash (XLE, Adventure, Limited, Platinum)

  • Black

  • Cinnamon (SE, Limited, Platinum)

  • Nutmeg (XLE, Limited)

Interior details

The 2018 Toyota RAV4 has cloth seats as standard, though the SE, Limited, and Platinum trims have the option of SofTex® synthetic leather seating. In addition to 73.4 cu ft of cargo space with the rear seats down, the 2018 RAV4 also has 39.8 inches of front headroom, 42.6 inches of front legroom, 38.9 inches of headroom in the rear seats, and 37.2 inches of legroom in the rear seats. The Adventure trim comes with heavy-duty floor matting cargo liners, and the Platinum trim adds a heated steering wheel.

Child seat details

The 2018 Toyota RAV4 offers seating for five and can fit up to two car seats in the second row. All trims include LATCH lower anchors and tether anchors on outboard second-row seats as standard.

Safety ratings

The 2018 Toyota RAV4 received overall 5/5 by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Certain vehicles may have unrepaired safety recalls. Click here to look up a specific vehicle.

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Test: A head-on collision between two similar vehicles traveling at 35 mph.

Overall: 4/5

Side Barrier Crash Rating Test: A vehicle standing in an intersection sustains driver side impact from a vehicle moving at 38.5 mph.

Overall: 5/5

Side Pole Crash Rating Test: A vehicle slides sideways at 20 mph and impacts a tree or telephone pole.

Overall: 5/5

Performance

The 2018 Toyota RAV4 is powered by a 2.5L four-cylinder engine that produces 176 hp and 172 lb-ft of torque through a six-speed automatic transmission. FWD and AWD base models get an EPA-estimated 25 mpg combined. The towing capacity of the 2018 Toyota RAV4, when properly equipped, starts at an estimated 1,500 lbs.

Emissions

According to EPA estimates, the FWD 2018 Toyota RAV4's tailpipe greenhouse gas emissions are 349 grams per mile.

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