Toyota fans already know for this model which has been sold in a number of pieces past years, but 2018 Toyota RAV4 is a new specialized model, with the special trim version called Adventure, because it offers many novelties in term of the cargo and cabin space. There are practically no main changes from the last models, despite the better fuel economy, new hybrid engine and active safety package now available in the base model. If we look its size, we can put this new RAV4 between the Toyota CR-H and massive and large Highlander. For buyers who are looking for the special comfort of the cabin, there are things like heated steering wheel and two color schemes for the exterior.
The new 2018 Toyota RAV4 has no many changes from the last model in term of the exterior design, but there are some things which are worthy of mentioning. Standing on the large 18-inch wheels, the new RAV4 is bigger, mostly in cargo space. The massive front end has a recognizable grille with very thin air intake below the rhomboidal LED front lights, connected with the thin chromatic line just below the hood line, following the recognizable rounded shape. The rear end has also recognizable rear lights with the many curved lines and bulges.
The cabin in 2018 Toyota RAV4 is as modern as on last models, with the optional leather seats and high-quality fabric in cabin parts. However, Toyota has always been popular thanks to the high-tech devices used in there, which are not lacking now either. Together with the 6.1-inch or 7.0-inch touchscreen with all commands and buttons collected in Toyota Entune infotainment system, there are things like rearview camera, 60/40 split seats in the second row, Bluetooth, and sunroof, which are put to make the driving more comfortable and safe. In term of safety is important to mention that base model has equipment marked with high marks on crash tests.
The engine in the base model of 2018 Toyota RAV4 is 2.5-liter 4-cylinder petrol engine with 175 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque. Higher trims will be equipped with the slightly stronger engine which produces 195 horsepower. There is a separated model with a hybrid engine. All engines are paired with six-speed automatic transmission, proved to be the best with this engine strength. Drivers on test driving said that the final version of this RAV4 is smoother than first ones, shown in previous years.
2018 Toyota RAV4 Release Date and Price
The expected releasing date is in the fourth quarter of 2017 – late fall 2017 (Toyota official info) and the first model will be offered for the price of around $30,000.
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