The Toyota RAV4 is five-passenger compact crossover SUV that is very popular in its class among rivals like the Mazda CX-5, Honda CR-V, Ford Escape, etc. This model can be had with either conventional or hybrid powertrain and also comes with plenty of standard features. Toyota updated this vehicle for the 2016 model year when the Camry-based hybrid powertrain joined alongside with the new SE trim, upgraded interior, etc. It added the range-topping Platinum model and made the Safety Sense page standard for the 2017 models. Toyota will also update the upcoming version with some features but the 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid won’t benefit from any significant change.
New for 2018:
Toyota hasn’t disclosed all details about the new RAV4 despite the new Adventure version debuted in Chicago alongside with Tundra and Sequoia TRD Sport models. The changes on the RAV4 Adventure are mostly of cosmetic nature including also lifted suspension, unique bodyguards, protected fender flares, 18-inch wheels, etc. The changes which apply to all models are new features in the Cold Weather package and they include heated steering wheel, windshield de-icer and heated and power seats. Other aspects including powertrains will likely carry over in the same form.
2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid: Design, Interior
When it comes to the exterior design, the 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid won’t differ from the current version in any significant form. The new Adventure trim features more rugged character when seen from outside but it will not be available with the hybrid powertrain. This model has 18-inch black wheels and raised suspension alongside with some unique interior features.
However, we again expect the Hybrid version in XLE, SE and Limited trims. The mode will be available with the LED headlights and taillights which should not change its look for the new model year. The standard on this model will be 17-inch alloys with an option for the 18-inch wheels.
The base models will also have a 6.1-inch touchscreen interface, fog lights, keyless entry and ignition, a sunroof, dual-zone climate control, etc. The buyers will also be offered with the power and heated front seats, upgraded 7-inch screen and interface, navigation, premium JBL sound system and more.
What also we should mention, is very quiet interior and comfortable seats. Interior also feel refined and storage capacity is also among the best in class. Th hybrid version doesn’t lose much of its cargo space because of the battery. Instead of 38.4 cu ft on the conventional version it will offer 35.6 cu ft.
Important is also, that all models will come with lane departure warning and intervention, and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking. Available will also be blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert as well as surround view system.
2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid: Powertrain
Toyota hasn’t announced upgrades in either powertrain. The conventional models will continue with the 2.5-liter inline-4 engine which can produce 176 hp. It will come with the six-speed automatic transmission. Both the front- and all-wheel drive will also be available.
The 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid also continues exploiting the combination of the 2.5-liter inline-4 engine and two-motor Synergy Drive system. The Hybrid version is the all-wheel drive only. The 67 hp electric motor powers the rear axle when the system detects that it needs power. The 2.5-liter engine, on the other hand provides 154 hp and total output is 194 hp. The hybrid system uses the continuously variable transmission and this powertrain is quicker that the conventional version.
As for the EPA ratings, the numbers should be unchanged from this year. The model should return 34 mpg city, 30 mpg highway and 32 mpg combined.
2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid: Arrival, Price
The arrival of the 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid should be in September. The price should be just under $30k.