2018 Toyota RAV4 SUV

City mpg:
23
Highway mpg:
29

Actual rating will vary with options, driving conditions, habits and vehicle condition.

2018 Toyota RAV4 SUV Overview

The standard features of the Toyota RAV4 LE include 2.5L I-4 176hp engine, 6-speed automatic transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), side seat mounted airbags, curtain 1st and 2nd row overhead airbags, driver knee airbag, airbag occupancy sensor, air conditioning, 17" steel wheels, cruise control, distance pacing, ABS and driveline traction control, electronic stability.

2018 Toyota
RAV4 SUV

Starting at: $24,410

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    Financing Offer : 0.9% APR for 60 months on select Toyota RAV4 models

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    $500 offer on select Toyota RAV4 models

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Specifications

  • Air conditioning
  • Speed control
  • Distance pacing cruise control
  • Power windows
  • 1-touch down
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Illuminated entry
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Telescoping steering wheel
  • Driver vanity mirror
  • Passenger vanity mirror
  • Front beverage holders
  • Rear beverage holders
  • Overhead console
  • Driver door bin
  • Passenger door bin
  • Approach angle - 28 deg
  • Departure angle - 21 deg
  • Ground clearance (min) - 155mm (6.1")
  • AM/FM radio
  • CD player
  • MP3 decoder
  • Radio data system
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Speakers - 6
  • Wireless phone connectivity - Bluetooth
  • 1st row LCD monitors - 2
  • Primary LCD size - 6.1"
  • Basic warranty - 36 months/36,000miles
  • Powertrain warranty - 60 months/60,000miles
  • Corrosion perforation warranty - 60 months/ unlimited distance
  • Roadside assistance coverage - 24 months/ unlimited distance
  • Maintenance warranty - 24 months/25,000miles
  • Max seating capacity - 5
  • Front seats - bucket
  • Front center armrest
  • Rear seats - split-bench
  • Split folding rear seat
  • Rear seat center armrest
  • Engine displacement - 2.5 L
  • Engine horsepower - 176hp @ 6,000RPM
  • Engine torque - 172 lb.-ft. @ 4,100RPM
  • Engine bore x stroke - 89.9mm x 98.0mm (3.54" x 3.86")
  • Compression ratio - 10.40 to 1
  • Payload - 408kg (900lbs)
  • Curb weight - 1,567kg (3,455lbs)
  • GVWR - 2,053kg (4,525lbs)
  • Towing capacity - 680kg (1,500lbs)
  • Exterior length - 4,661mm (183.5")
  • Exterior body width - 1,844mm (72.6")
  • Exterior height - 1,704mm (67.1")
  • Wheelbase - 2,659mm (104.7")
  • Turning radius - 5.3m (17.4')
  • Front legroom - 1,082mm (42.6")
  • Rear legroom - 945mm (37.2")
  • Front headroom - 1,011mm (39.8")
  • Rear headroom - 988mm (38.9")
  • Front hiproom - 1,379mm (54.3")
  • Rear hiproom - 1,242mm (48.9")
  • Front shoulder room - 1,455mm (57.3")
  • Rear shoulder room - 1,407mm (55.4")
  • Passenger volume - 2,885L (101.9 cu.ft.)
  • Interior cargo volume - 1,087 L (38 cu.ft.)
  • Interior maximum cargo volume - 2,078 L (73 cu.ft.)
  • Rear cargo - liftgate
  • Power door mirrors
  • Spoiler
  • Bumpers - body-color
  • Trailer sway control
  • Engine liters - 2.5
  • Cylinder configuration - I-4
  • Horsepower - 176hp @ 6,000RPM
  • Torque - 172 lb.-ft. @ 4,100RPM
  • Number of valves - 16
  • Variable valve control
  • Sequential multi-point fuel injection
  • Engine location - front
  • Recommended fuel - Regular Unleaded
  • Transmission - 6 speed automatic
  • Mode select transmission
  • Manual-shift auto
  • Drive type - front-wheel
  • Limited slip differential
  • Fuel economy combined - 25mpg
  • Fuel tank capacity - 15.9gal.
  • Fuel economy city - 23mpg
  • Fuel economy highway - 29mpg
  • 4 wheel disc brakes
  • ABS brakes
  • Brake assist
  • Dual front impact airbags
  • Dual front side impact airbags
  • Overhead airbag
  • Knee airbag
  • Occupant sensing airbag
  • Panic alarm
  • Ignition disable
  • Electronic stability
  • Traction control
  • Four wheel independent suspension
  • Front anti-roll bar
  • Rear anti-roll bar
  • Power steering
  • Speed-sensing steering
  • Front tires - 225/65HR17.0
  • Rear tires - 225/65HR17.0
  • Wheel size - 17"
  • Fully automatic headlights
  • Auto high-beam headlights
  • Rear window wiper
  • Rear window defroster
  • Front reading lights
  • Display - analog
  • Tachometer
  • Outside temperature display
  • Low tire pressure warning
  • Trip computer
  • Lane departure - active
  • Forward collision - mitigation
  • Exterior parking camera rear

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  MSRP Engine Transmission City/Hwy mpg
LE 2018 Toyota RAV4 SUV LE Search New $24,410   176-hp 2.5L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  23 / 29  
XLE 2018 Toyota RAV4 SUV XLE Search New $25,500   176-hp 2.5L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  23 / 29  
LE 2018 Toyota RAV4 SUV LE Search New $25,810   176-hp 2.5L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  22 / 28  
XLE 2018 Toyota RAV4 SUV XLE Search New $26,900   176-hp 2.5L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  22 / 28  
Adventure
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$27,700   176-hp 2.5L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  23 / 29  
Adventure
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$28,400   176-hp 2.5L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  22 / 28  
SE 2018 Toyota RAV4 SUV SE Search New $28,790   176-hp 2.5L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  23 / 29  
SE 2018 Toyota RAV4 SUV SE Search New $30,190   176-hp 2.5L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  22 / 28  
Limited 2018 Toyota RAV4 SUV Limited Search New $30,905   176-hp 2.5L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  23 / 29  
Limited 2018 Toyota RAV4 SUV Limited Search New $32,305   176-hp 2.5L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  22 / 28  
Platinum
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$34,750   176-hp 2.5L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  23 / 29  
Platinum
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$36,150   176-hp 2.5L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  22 / 28  

Reviews

Driving Impression

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The RAV4 delivers a quiet cabin, comfortable ride, composed handling, and tepid acceleration. It’s relaxed, not thrilling.

The acceleration is flat, far from breathtaking. Don’t hold your breath waiting to get there. The 2.5-liter engine is smooth and refined until it’s pressed. It lacks the speed (and price) of a turbocharged four-cylinder like in the Ford Escape and Subaru Forester.

The Hybrid’s two-motor Synergy Drive system combines a 2.5-liter gas engine with a 50-kw (67-hp) electric motor that powers the rear wheels when needed for traction. It helps the 194-hp Hybrid scoot to 60 mph in 8.1 seconds, although its engine emits a tortured howl. The howl vanishes with a light-footed driver on his leisurely way to 20 mph on all-electric power, although not for long.

The all-wheel-drive system on the RAV4 splits power between the front and rear axles at the press of a button, at speeds below 25 mph.

The ride isn’t as smooth as that of the Honda CR-V or Hyundai Tucson. The LE and XLE models, with their 17-inch wheels, actually ride better than the upscale Limited and Platinum that have bigger wheels (and therefore shorter sidewalls). The SE has firmer damping in the shock absorbers, but you can barely feel it, the ride is still good.

The thick three-spoke steering wheel suggest suggests tight cornering, but it’s a big fib. The steering is nicely weighted but light on center, and delivers little road feel. The RAV4 is responsive enough, but far less sporty than a Mazda CX-5 or Ford Escape. Sport mode tightens the steering.

The transmission upshifts early at city speeds, programmed that way to save fuel. Sport mode sharpens the upshift response, and brings a throttle blip to soften hard downshifts. The paddleshifters in the SE are a bit of a fib too, because the engine can’t bring much sport to them.

Walk Around

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The RAV4 avoids chrome and reaps the benefits. The SE model with all black trim and black spoked wheels, in a dark maroon color, looks striking. The nose with a wide slot for a grille came in 2016, and it’s clean and sleek, with a high bumper like a bridge over a river of black fascia.

The RAV4 rides low for a compact crossover, with 6.3 inches of ground clearance. So the new Adventure with its lifted half-inch isn’t a big deal. But from the side view it’s conspicuous, widening the gap in the wheelwell over the tire. It looks awkward.

Interior Overview

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The RAV4 cabin is well organized. There’s good interior room, good build quality, and good materials in most models, with lots of soft-touch surfaces, while the entry-level LE uses dreary, hard plastics. We like both the base fabric (optionally heated on the XLE) and the SofTex synthetic leather. The instrument panel holds a digital display, and a 7-inch touchscreen is available.

The driver gets a carlike position on a comfortable seat, though the LE manual seats aren’t as supportive or bolstered as the power seats in the XLE. There more seating space than in the Ford Escape, and about the same as the Honda CR-V. There’s contrast stitching on the fabric seats of the LE, while upper trims use SofTex faux leather.

The rear seats are flat, hard, and unsupportive. The good news is it’s easy for tall people to suffer, as the large rear doors make it easy for them to climb in and out. And the seatbacks recline for them, or fold for cargo space.

Cargo space is cavernous: 38.4 cubic feet with the seats up, and 73.4 cubic feet with them down. And a low floor makes loading cargo easy. There used to be a third row in the RAV4, in the previous generation, but not now.

Four levels of Entune touchscreen audio are available. The top two include a comprehensive app suite, but there’s no provision for Android Auto or Apple CarPlay.

A lot more sound-deadening materials were added in 2016, and the RAV4 remains very quiet inside. But the doors deliver a tinny thud as they close, despite those materials.

Summary

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RAV4 is slow and gets below-average fuel mileage. But it’s roomy, comfortable and good-looking, easy to live with. The fabric upholstery in the base LE is good and it has a rearview camera. A well-equipped all-wheel-drive 33-mpg Hybrid retails for less than $30,000.

Sam Moses contributed to this review, with staff reports.

Model Lineup

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The 2018 Toyota RAV4 is available in 16 models. RAV4 LE ($24,410) comes with front-wheel drive, air conditioning, fabric seats, 17-inch steel wheels, and AM/FM/CD audio with a 6.1-inch touchscreen.

All-wheel-drive ($1400) is an option on any model. (All prices are MSRP and do not include destination charge.

RAV4 SE AWD ($32,185) upgrades with SofTex seats, paddle shifters, firmer suspension, 18-inch alloy wheels, cleaner grille and bumper, black headliner, heated front seats, power driver’s seat, pushbutton start, LED headlamps and taillamps, and a blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert.

RAV4 Limited adds Entune Premium Audio with navigation and app suite, a 7-inch touchscreen, driver’s memory, and also Forward Collision Warning with automatic braking, Lane Departure Alert, adaptive cruise control, a pedestrian pre-collision system, and automatic high beams. A new four-camera Bird’s Eye View Monitor gives a 360-degree view surrounding the car.

Also available: RAV4 AWD Adventure ($28,400); RAV4 XLE Hybrid AWD ($29,030); Hybrid Limited ($34,030); Platinum AWD ($36,150).

Eight airbags and a rearview camera are standard.

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