The 2018 Toyota RAV4 is one of the best-selling models in the Toyota line up, and one of the most popular crossovers on the market, even when compared to the competition from Honda, Audi, BMW, Ford and Mercedes-Benz.
This is mainly thanks to the styling, off road performance and fuel economy; thee key things to think about when looking to buy an SUV crossover.
2018 Toyota RAV4 Release date
Toyota haven’t officially confirmed the release date for the new Toyota RAV4 2018, but it’s expected to arrive toward the later part of 2017, this would fit with the usual production cycle that Toyota employ.
Toyota RAV4 2018 release date: late 2017
2018 Toyota RAV4 Price
Again, pinpointing the definitive price is difficult, there is much speculation, but we think the base model should start in the region of $25,000, although other rumors put it at closer to $30,000.
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2018 RAV4 Video
2018 RAV4 Redesign
There isn’t a great deal of change with the new RAV4, but Toyota have upgraded the important bits and carried out a small amount of restyling.
First up, the new RAV4 has grown nearly 9”, which should lead to greater legroom and comfort, there will be other updates in the cabin; upgraded materials and small design changes, just mainly to bring the RAV4 up to date, rather than to radically change it.
2018 Toyota RAV4 XLE
XLE is an intermediate trim level for the RAV4 which is currently consist of sunroof, 17-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, rearview camera, 4.2″ infontainment display. The 2018 model year model is likely to keep this features, plus add something new – probably the bigger display and some advanced safety features.
2018 Toyota RAV4 Limited
The current Limited trim level of the RAV4 has keyless entry system, 18-inch chrome plated rims, power driver seat, LED headlights, power liftgate, premium audio system with integrated navigatiion. It is likely that 2018 RAV4 would have exactly the same equipment level.
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2018 Toyota RAV4 Specs
Under the hood, we think there will be at least two engine choices; a 2.5 liter 4-cylinder 176 BHP & 172 lb/ft gas engine and a 1.5 liter 4-cylinder gas engine that has been developed in conjunction with BMW.
It seems that Toyota have taken the well-used path of updating the front end; the bumpers, grille and headlamps will all be updated, given a fresh new look to the vehicle – it’s a relatively easy and cost-effective way of updating the vehicle.
Thanks to ever tightening emission legislation, it goes without saying that Toyota will have to reduce the overall curb weight of the new RAV4 – it helps significantly with economy (along with the auto transmission, efficient engines and the like).
Finally, we believe that the new RAV4 will have completely updated suspension and componentry all round, whether that is tuned for better off-road performance remains to be seen.
2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid
There are also rumors of a 2018 RAV4 hybrid, perhaps using the same set up that is used in the Prius, we could see a 2.5 liter 194 BHP hybrid system. The conventional engines will drive a 6-speed auto transmission, if the hybrid happens, we think it will use a CVT style transmission.