There are plenty of options if you’re looking for a crossover SUV (CUV). All automakers have at least one CUV option, and most have a few for you to choose from. The problem is, though, few CUVs live up to the promises they’re manufacturers hype and advertise. The 2018 Toyota Rav4, however, is one darn impressive CUV that meets and exceeds expectations.
Here is how the 2018 Toyota Rav4 stacks up against the competition:
Toyota has unveiled an entirely new trim level for 2018 called ‘Adventure’. This new trim brings the Rav4’s off road capability to a whole new level. The Rav4 Adventure rides on high 18 in. black alloy rims that give the CUV a higher stance and ground clearance than its competitors. Also included with the Adventure trim is a tow package that allows the all-wheel drive version to tow 3,500 lbs. (1,588 kg). The Hyundai Tuscon and Honda CR-V can’t come close to matching those numbers. With improved transmission and engine cooling, the Rav4 Adventure is a dream to drive in virtually any driving condition.
“The new RAV4 Adventure trim level adds a modest suspension lift to both front- and all-wheel-drive versions...the roughly half inch of extra clearance should help it tackle trails—and maybe curbs—a little better than before.” - The Car Connection
The Rav4 received top safety ratings by the IIHS and NHTSA in 2017, and for 2018 continues that trend and has even more safety features. The Toyota Safety Sense (TSS) Package is standard on all Rav4 models and gives you a range of impressive safety features that will make your driving life easier and much safer. Some of these features include Vehicle Stability Control, Brake Assist, Smart Stop Technology, just to name a few.
TSS is widely seen as one of the best safety packages available. Despite a respectable overall safety rating, the Rav4’s major competitor, the 2018 Honda CR-V lacks safety technology on some trim levels. Even The Car Connection made a note of this in a recent review. While the Rav4 has the ever important Lane Departure Alert (LDA) W/Steering Assist feature standard, it’s only optional on the CR-V and not available at all on the 2018 Subaru Forester.
The Rav4 had a major redesign in 2016 and has continued to keep its looks updated and fresh. Simply put, it’s a good looking crossover SUV and not all competitors can say the same. The 2018 Subaru Forester, as an example, has been panned for its old, boxy styling. And the Ford Escape? Well, it looks like every other CUV on the road. The Rav4 is a little more original and interesting to look at.