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
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.