One of Toyota’s best-selling and most popular vehicles on the road is once again set to get a few changes in almost every segment. We are talking about the Toyota’s well-know RAV4 model which will now appear with a hybrid unit under its hood. It is the brand new 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid.
The Toyota RAV4 Hybrid belongs to compact SUV crossover segment and stands between larger Highlander and smaller new C-HR model. The standard model uses gasoline unit under its hood, but the new RAV4 will also offer a hybrid version.
What makes it so popular on the global market are its spacious cabin, plenty of modern technology and quality ride. Besides that, the new hybrid powertrain will show nice fuel efficiency which will make it even more appealing to the costumers. The new Toyota will be available in several trim levels. Those are: LE, SE, new Adventure, XLE, Limited and Platinum but here we will limit our story about the hybrid model which will not differ much aesthetically just under its hood.
After its release, the new RAV4 will compete against Mazda CX-5, Honda CR-V, Ford Escape and Kia Sportage.
2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid engine and performance
Under the hood of the most RAV4 models we will see a standard 2.5-liter inline-4 unit with the output of 176 horses. This unit will be mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. Front- and all-wheel drive configuration will be both available.
However, the 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid will use the hybrid engine under its hood. It will use the same 2.5-liter inline-4 unit combined with two motors and an electric motor with 67 horses which sends power only to the rear wheels when needed. All together they will be able to produce 194 horsepower. The Hybrid version will only come with all-wheel drive system.
As for the fuel economy, the RAV4 Hybrid is the most fuel efficient in the lineup. It is rated at 34 mpg in the city, 30 mpg on the highway and 32 mpg combined.
Design of exterior and interior
Speaking of the exterior design, 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid will keep with its familiar look from a couple of years ago when it was updated in 2015. The front end features well-known slim grille and a pair of narrow LED headlamps. The standard model will ride on 17-inch wheels while the higher trim levels will be available with 18-inch wheels.
Inside, the 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid offers spacious, comfortable and modern cabin. This crossover can welcome five passengers in cozy and very supportive seats. They will be available in fabric and synthetic leather upholstery. The dashboard gets a standard 6.1-inch touchscreen with infotainment system. However, a larger 7.0-inch display will be available too. All the RAV4 models are equipped with Bluetooth, USB, a rearview camera, a sunroof, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, lane departure warning and so on. The higher trims will add a moonroof, automatic climate control, blind spot monitors, navigation, parking sensors, JBL sound system etc.
Release date and price
The 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid should hit the market this fall. As for the price, it should start at roughly $30,000.