RAV4 Adventure pricing added September 8, 2017.
The Toyota RAV4 received a substantial refresh for 2016, which included the release of a new hybrid version offering better fuel economy. With its look still relatively fresh, we expect the 2018 model to be a carryover. The most notable change will be a new off-road themed variant called the RAV4 Adventure.
As a carryover, the 2018 RAV4 will have the same overall look as the current model. Given its refresh brought in some attitude, the popular crossover should be able to hold its own in an increasingly crowded field of competitors. The interior will also likely carry on without changes. Standard features currently include 17-inch steel wheels, power mirrors, a noise-reducing windshield, roof rails, air conditioning, a rearview camera, Entune audio with a 6.1-inch touchscreen, and more.
The new RAV4 Adventure adds a higher ride height, beefy fender flares, 18-inch black alloy wheels, black headlight bezels and special underbody cladding. It also gets a unique interior, "Adventure" badging on door sills, floor mats and the vehicle rear, and more. The Adventure also offers an automatic limited-slip differential on front-wheel drive versions or dynamic torque control when paired with all-wheel drive. It also comes with a standard tow prep package with upgraded engine oil and transmission fluid coolers.
In terms of power, all RAV4 models are expected to see no changes from the current engine, a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 176 horsepower. This engine pairs with a six-speed automatic transmission that sends power to the front wheels, although all-wheel drive is an option. Barring any changes from the EPA, we expect the RAV4’s fuel economy to continue to reach as high as 23 mpg city, 29 highway, and 23 mpg combined when equipped with front-wheel drive.
Safety is a strong selling point on the current RAV4, as it is an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ vehicle. Unlike many vehicles in its class, the RAV4 offers automatic emergency braking as standard equipment. Competitors often require pricey option packages or only offer the feature on the most expensive trims.
Expect a full review closer to launch.
Pricing & Release Date
The 2018 Toyota RAV4 is due to arrive in September at dealers nationwide.
Official MSRP pricing will start from $25,405 including destination charge for the entry-level LE and will top out at $37,145 for the RAV4 Platinum with all-wheel drive. These prices are identical to the previous year.
Pricing for the new RAV4 Adventure will start at $28,695, positioning it $1,090 less than the SE model but $2,200 above the XLE. Opting for all-wheel drive adds $700 for an MSRP of $29,395
Pictured: 2017 RAV4, 2018 RAV4 Adventure