The 2018 Toyota RAV4 is one of those cars that is ever-rising on the popularity chart. The car comes with few different trims namely LE, XLE, SE, Limited, Platinum and the all-new Adventure.
The completely separate model known as a RAV4 hybrid is also there available and up for grabs. All RAV4 hybrids possess all-wheel drive. All the models of RAV4 ride rather well. The driving experience offered by the Toyota RAV4 is a relaxed one providing a confident and composed handling.
2018 Toyota RAV4 – Trims and Safety
The 2018 Toyota RAV4 is a special-edition model and it comes with 18-inch alloy wheel, Tow Prep package, black headlight bezels, a higher ride height, fog light surrounds, special interior trim panels, all-weather floor mats, a 120V power outlet in the cargo area, a leather-wrapped shift knob and special interior trim panels. The heated steering wheel has been included as an added feature in the 2018 Toyota RAV4. Front-wheel drive is standard while all-wheel drive is optional.
Although the car is not altogether cohesive, it is certainly distinctive nonetheless. With an upright dashboard it puts climate and audio controls at the top of the center stack, however, secondary switches are placed low and are thereby hard to reach.
High-end Safety Equipment
There is high-end safety equipment in every trim level. It includes airbags, automatic emergency braking, forward-collision warnings, rear-view camera, adaptive cruise control and automatic high-beam headlights. On certain trim levels, even rear cross-traffic alerts and blind-spot monitors are on the options list as well.
The base models RAV4 LE is equipped with Bluetooth integration, power windows, and locks, a USB port, a 6.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system, etc.
Some additional niceties are added in the RAV4 XLE trim like automatic climate control, a moonroof and fog lights. The XLE trim level is at present available with power-adjustable and heated front seats. Also, it comes in a package combining blind-spot monitors, a power liftgate, keyless ignition, parking sensors, navigation and rear cross-traffic alerts.
The RAV4 SE is a tad different and is endowed with LED headlights, paddle shifters, a black-accented interior, a power driver’s seat, 18-inch alloy wheels instead of other models’ 17s. Optional with it is a JBL audio system and Monochromatic paint.
Next, is the RAV4 limited featuring a power tailgate, keyless ignition, a 7.0-inch screen infotainment system, synthetic leather upholstery with a surround-view camera and JBL speakers being on the options list. Topping the chart, however, is the RAV4 Platinum. Apart from its body-color rocker panels, it possesses a foot-activated power liftgate, a heated steering wheel, and a surround-view camera system.
2018 Toyota RAV4 – Engine Variants and Transmission
The most RAV4s have a 2.5-liter inline-4 rated at 176 horsepower. However, a 194-hp hybrid is available as well. It is on regular unleaded gasoline that all versions of the 2018 Toyota RAV4 run. The hybrid model of Toyota RAV4 is generally as refined as that of its standard model. The first model engine will be mated to a standard 6-speed automatic transmission. The second one will use CVT automatic transmission.
Price and Availability of the 2018 Toyota RAV4
The MSRP (Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price) of the LE, XLE and XLE Hybrid trims are roughly $24,410, $25,500 and $29,030 respectively. It is available in various showrooms for sale from the latter part of the year 2017.
Toyota always strives to come up with vehicles that match the customer interest to an optimum level and are mostly built with popular option packages. The 2018 Toyota RAV4 is no different either with many new upgrades. The new model is indeed the ideal fit for an adventurous ride. It will compete with Nissan Qashqai, Mazda CX-3, and Kia Sportage.