The Toyota RAV4 continues to soldier on as one of the most reasonable choices in the hotly contested compact SUV segment. The current model faces a growing number of capable rivals. Still it manages to retain its prestigious position on various world markets. Now, the company intends to refresh its most popular SUV for the 2018 model year by giving it new trim levels, fresh body paints and several technological enhancements. As for the 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, it will remain the only SUV powered by a gas-electric system currently available on the U.S. market.
Next Generation Toyota RAV4
The 2018 Toyota RAV4 will sport a dynamic and aggressive sheet metal that sets it apart from most if its rivals. Compared to the previous generation, the next RAV4 redesign features more sharp lines and creases which give it an exciting appearance. When it comes to interior design, expect this capable SUV to offer a plethora of soft-touch surfaces. There also be a genuinely comfortable and pleasant cabin space. Even the lower trims include upscale materials and contrasting colors resulting in a more upscale look than you would normally expect in this price range.
Also, the base RAV4 LE trim includes the Entune infotainment system. It comprising a 6.1-inch touchscreen, AM/FM/CD system with six speakers, Bluetooth connectivity and USB inputs to control your iPod. The upcoming RAV4 will be richly appointed with driver assist and safety features as well. Some of the optional features include blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert as well as Bird’s Eye Parking System.
There will be no substantial changes when it comes to the RAV4’s mechanical department. The entry-level version of the 2018 Toyota RAV4 will get a 2.5-liter gasoline four-cylinder that punches out 176 horsepower and 172 pound-feet of torque. Mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox, this engine will take the RAV4 SUV from 0 to 60 mph in less than ten seconds. Front-wheel drive will come standard. An all-wheel drive system will be available as an option. Now, the 2018 RAV4 Hybrid will use the familiar gas-electric system. That’s system pairs the same four-cylinder with two small electric motors. The system’s output is rated at 194 horsepower and 206 lb-ft of torque. The hybrid-powered models get AWD and continuously variable transmission (CVT) as standard.
2018 Toyota RAV4 Competition
It’s no secret that the 2018 Toyota RAV4 will be up against a number of formidable rivals. To name just a few of the renowned names, we’ll mention the Ford Escape, Jeep Cherokee, Honda CR-V and Nissan Rogue.