2018 Toyota RAV4 is the king of mid-size crossovers


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 2018 Toyota RAV4, but it’s expected to arrive toward the later part of 2017, this would fit with the usual production cycle that Toyota employ.

2018 Toyota RAV4 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 Toyota RAV4 Redesign and changes

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.

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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.

There are also rumors of a 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.

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.

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2018 Toyota RAV4 is not going to have a drastic changes, however there will be some regarding weight loss and new equipment.

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