2018 Toyota RAV4 – Facelift, Changes Review

 In the realm of SUVs, Toyota RAV4 is definitely an excellent choice as it has budget pricing despite its powerful performance and top notch luxury. Initially debuted as a lightweight automobile, RAV4 has evolved over the years to be a mid-sized crossover SUV. The 2017 RAV4 features great improvements and is already out in the market.

Meanwhile, several reports are coming up that 2018 Toyota RAV4 will be another significant generational change. One of the selling factors of this vehicle is fuel economy, and the company will not stop making improvements on it.

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2018 Toyota RAV4 Exterior Redesign

Toyota RAV4’s exterior design has grown to be dynamic with each generational change. Although there is no official information regarding the changes to be incorporated in this upcoming 2018 Toyota RAV4, car experts have made certain assumptions.

Visual refinements could be characterized by a reworked grille. The front fenders could get a new angular approach. Experts have assumed that more focus could be laid on improving aerodynamics. Shedding down overall weight would be a vast improvement.

2018 Toyota RAV4 - interior

Interior Changes

Toyota certainly doesn’t compromise on the build quality of their vehicle’s interior cabin. This has been reflected in 2017 RAV4. One of the best features of the interior cabin of any Toyota vehicle is utility and ergonomics. Every part of RAV4’s interior cabin has been designed to be functional.

As to comfort and luxury, there’s not much to say. Although the feature in interior varies with trims, the base model comes with Entune ™ Audio and Multimedia. This will be seen in 2018 Toyota RAV4 as well. Apart from this, air conditioning with air filter will be standard and backup camera also.

Engine Options

The automaker is likely to retain the engine in this upcoming 2018 Toyota RAV4. The 2.5-liter diesel mill unlike in 2017 variant is likely to be tuned for higher outputs. The current model holds 172 lb-ft torque at 4100 RPM and 176 HP oh power. This figure could improve to 205 lb-ft and 194 HP respectively.

A hybrid variant of the same 2.5-liter engine is speculated to be used. Or it is even highly possible that an entirely new hybrid powertrain will be utilized given that vast improvements will be made on fuel economy. A 6-speed automatic transmission system is suspected to be used for both of these engines.

2018 Toyota RAV4 - side

Color Options

Just like the current model, 2018 Toyota RAV4 will be presented with several body color options. Some of them include Electric Storm Blue, Barcelona Red Metallic, S-Code Black, Magnetic Grey Metallic, Black, Super White, Blizzard Pearl and several others.

Emission Tests

The current RAV4 ranks standard and passes both Super Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (SULEV) and Ultra Low Emission Vehicle II (ULEV-II) tests. Toyota not just focuses on bringing out the best of performance in their vehicles, but the company is also concerned with environmental factors.

Price and Release Date

It is evident that 2018 Toyota RAV4 will be priced a little higher than the current model. 2017 RAV4 starts at $24,910, expect this upcoming model to bear a starting price of $26,500. This 2018 RAV4 will be launched during the last quarters of 2017.   

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