2018 Toyota RAV4 Review
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The great thing about an SUV is that they’re capable of getting you through any kind of drive. A solid vehicle can take on storms and off-roading just as well as your daily errands. If you’ve been searching high and low for the perfect crossover SUV for driving around Gallatin, Madison, and Nashville, your search is at an end thanks to the newest Toyota RAV4.
A leader in the crossover SUV segment year after year, the RAV4 has returned to secure its title atop the best vehicles of its kind, and if you’ve been considering investing in a new vehicle, you should check out some of the best features provided by this ride.
So, what does the current version of this trusted SUV have to offer? Ron Hibbard Toyota put together this 2018 Toyota RAV4 review so you can get the information you need to decide if you should make it your own.
2018 Toyota RAV4 Performance
The 2018 RAV4 was designed to give you an efficient performance that can carry you for a long drive both on road and off.
Under the hood it has a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine with Dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i). This feature helps the engine get a more efficient performance and maximize its output. The engine gets up to 176 horsepower and 172 lb-ft of torque. It can utilize this power to tow up to 3,500 pounds, perfect for a couple dirt bikes or a small trailer.
The transmission working alongside this powertrain is a 6-speed Electronically Controlled automatic Transmission with intelligence (ECT-i). The smart shifting transmission plus the technology of the VVT-i help the 2018 Toyota RAV4 get up to an EPA-estimated 30 MPG highway, making it an Ultra Low Emission Vehicle II (ULEV-II).
With its excellent fuel economy and 15.9-gallon fuel tank, you’ll make fewer stops along the way during your next road trip or commute.
2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Performance
While the RAV4 has long been one of the most fuel-efficient SUVs, the newest Toyota crossover SUV offers better performance than ever before thanks to an available hybrid system.
For starters, if you choose a hybrid version of the RAV4, you’ll get a vehicle that provides exhilarating acceleration and 194 net horsepower. The hybrid is also one of the most fuel-efficient vehicles you could drive with EPA-estimated ratings of 34 MPG in the city and 30 MPG on the highway.
Lastly, the available Hybrid Electric On-Demand All-Wheel Drive system helps you stay confident when faced with difficult driving situations.
2018 Toyota RAV4 Passenger Space & Cargo Room
The interior of this 2018 Toyota can comfortably seat five people and accommodate lots of your cargo.
Inside the driver and front passenger each get 39.8 inches of front headroom and 42.6 inches of front legroom. In the back there’s an identical amount of headroom and a spacious 37.2 inches of rear legroom.
There’s also 48.9 inches of rear hip room and 55.4 inches of rear shoulder room to allow for a comfortable ride when you’ve got three passengers in the back seat. Behind that, there’s 38.4 cubic feet of cargo room in the trunk. If you need more space you can fold down the 60/40 split, reclining, fold-flat second-row seat to create up to 73.4 cubic feet of cargo room.
2018 Toyota RAV4 Utility Features
If you’re the type of driver who wants to be able to use their vehicle for an unplanned adventure, you’ll positively love driving the new RAV4. It’s loaded with convenient utility features, making it the perfect vehicle to take on a spur of the moment road trip.
When you need to quickly load cargo into your vehicle, you’ll appreciate the RAV4’s convenient foot-activated, hands-free liftgate that is activated when your Smart Key fob is nearby. It’s also available as a height-adjustable power liftgate too.
If you want to go camping while having access to some of your favorite creature comforts, you can use the available 120-volt power outlet to run your equipment. There’s also available roof rails if you ever want to strap some kayaks or bikes up top.
2018 Toyota RAV4 Safety Features
During your drive you can feel secure knowing that the 2018 Toyota RAV4 is protecting you and your passengers. It features Toyota Safety Sense™ P (TSS-P), an advanced driver assistance system designed to prevent accidents with intelligent features, such as:
- Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection – Using radar and cameras, this technology can detect and incoming object, warn you that it’s approaching, and then apply the brakes for you to prevent a collision.
- Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist – If you’ve drifted out of your lane it can both alert you with audio and visual warnings and even steer you back into your lane.
- Automatic High Beams – Your high beams are automatically dimmed when this feature detects approaching headlights or taillights, then flips them back on when there are no other cars in your path
- Dynamic Radar Cruise Control – This maintains a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you and can slow you down when traffic gets heavier and even bring your car to a complete stop.
With this active safety suite on your side, you’ll be able to decrease your chances of an accident and drive your vehicle with confidence.
On top of that, there’s a Rear Cross-Traffic Alert and Bird’s Eye View Camera for help while backing up, plus a Blind Spot Monitor to help you safely change lanes.
If there is an accident, you’ll be protected by eight standard airbags including front and second row Roll-sensing Side Curtain Airbags. All of this has helped the Toyota RAV4 earn a 5-Star Overall Safety Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Hop Inside the 2018 Toyota RAV4
Crossover SUV aficionados know that a great model in this class is the Toyota RAV4, an automobile that provides incredible performance and some of the most useful features you’ve ever been able to use. Our team at Ron Hibbard Toyota hopes the drivers of Madison, Gallatin, and Nashville learned all about the impressive characteristics showcased in this 2018 RAV4 review.
To check it out for yourself, schedule a test drive today!
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