2018 Toyota RAV4

Pros: Outstanding cargo room for the class; rear seats fold flat and level; good fuel economy; available hybrid version; smooth, balanced ride

Cons: Base prices are higher than most rivals; so-so cabin materials

CG Says: For 2018, Toyota RAV4 gains a new Adventure model with unique interior and exterior trim that slots between XLE and SE. RAV4 is a compact crossover SUV with large-for-the-class dimensions that give it great passenger and cargo room, plus fuel economy is quite respectable as well. Standard on all RAV4s is Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P) that includes: pre-collision system with pedestrian detection; automatic high beams; lane-departure warning with steering assist; and adaptive cruise control. Other available features include navigation, keyless access and starting, surround-view camera, blind-spot alert, dual-zone automatic climate controls, and heated steering wheel. Starting prices seem a bit steep, but they’re somewhat justified by the high levels of equipment and Toyota’s strong brand reputation. Particularly if you’re torn between a compact SUV and a midsize one, RAV4 is well worth a look.

The Facts
Class Compact SUV
Body Style(s) 4-door wagon
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Toyota
Nation of Manufacture Japan
Base Prices LE: $25,405
AWD LE: $25,810
XLE: $26,495
AWD XLE: $27,895
Adventure: $28,695
AWD Adventure: $30,005
SE: $29,785
AWD SE: $31,185
Limited: $31,900
AWD Limited: $33,300
Platinum: $35,745
AWD Platinum: $37,145
AWD Hybrid XLE: $30,025
AWD Hybrid SE: $33,180
AWD Hybrid Limited: $35,025

Base Engine
2.5-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
176
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
22-23
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
28-30

Optional Engine
2.5-liter 4-cylinder/electric
Horsepower
194
Std. Transmission
CVT
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
34
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
30