Overall Score: B

The 2018 Toyota RAV4 isn’t much different from the last couple of years, but it’s still a mainstay in the compact crossover market. The RAV4 is due for a full redesign for 2019, so Toyota added a new “Adventure” trim level to keep the 2018 model year relevant.

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The 2018 RAV4’s strong looks remain a reason for its popularity and Toyota’s expected metrics of value orientation and well-rounded versatility keep the RAV4 on the radar. The new Adventure trim adds some aggressive aspects to the crossover, aiding its appeal to some buyers as well.

The 2018 Toyota RAV4 is a compelling offering with seating for five actual adults, generous cargo space and the best hybrid option on the market thus far. It’s offered in five trim levels with either front-wheel or all-wheel drive.

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What We Love About the 2018 Toyota RAV4:

  • Great exterior look, especially in the new Adventure trim
  • Excellent safety ratings
  • Interior experience and infotainment are very well done
  • Segment-leading hybrid option

 

What We Don’t Love About the 2018 Toyota RAV4:

  • Fuel economy isn’t always as good as estimates in the real world
  • Performance is sluggish and lackluster
  • Lower trims can feel cheap

 

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Competitive Comparison

The 2018 Toyota RAV4 comes in with a good overall score. There are a lot of high-scoring competitors to consider and we’d suggest checking all of them.

The Mazda CX-5 is sporty and much more ergonomic the RAV4, but lacks a hybrid option. Similarly, the Hyundai Tucson offers a more sporty drive and better on-road feel, along with a segment-leading warranty. The Ford Escape is worth noting for its family friendliness and fuel economy to go with its turbocharged engine options. The new Nissan Rogue Sport is also worth considering for its well-rounded appeal and Euro-style fun.

With those in mind, the 2018 RAV4 does offer a lot for the money spent. Its high reliability expectation, great safety items and fun exterior are just the start.

 

Now check out the FULL REVIEW for more expert tips on the 2018 RAV4’s:

  • Performance
  • Technology
  • Safety and quality ratings
  • Predicted reliability
  • Interior, comfort and ergonomics
  • Pricing and more

 

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