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Toyota RAV4 2018 4-door SUV
For years, the RAV4 has consistently been among the top-ranked small SUVs. The cabin is reasonably quiet, and the ride is compliant and controlled. It has a suite of advanced safety features and offers a frugal hybrid version. The energetic 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and smooth six-speed automatic transmission returned 24 mpg overall in our tests of an AWD version. The hybrid version gets a terrific 31 mpg overall. Handling is responsive and very secure. Inside, the controls are clear and intuitive. Though the XLE comes with automatic climate control and a sunroof, you must step up to the Limited trim to get adjustable lumbar support and the more comfortable faux-leather seats. Access is very easy, and the rear seat is roomy. Forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking are standard.

Road Test

Not only has it pioneered the genre, but the Toyota RAV4 has been one of the better compact SUVs, consistently among the top-ranked models in the class. But competition in the small-SUV class has never been stiffer, so to maintain its position the fr...


  • Among the most reliable small SUVs you can buy
  • Extremely practical, with plenty of rear seat and cargo space


  • Front seats' short on support in LE and XLE
  • More expensive than some rivals, lacks some expected equipment for its price

Best Version to Get

The XLE is the best overall value. It includes standard automatic climate control and a power sunroof and tailgate for around $30,000 with all-wheel drive. However, given the budget, we'd go for the top trim levels just to get a power driver's seat.  Note that many rivals, like the Hyund...


2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front
  • Basic: 3 year/36,000 miles
  • Powertrain: 5 year/60,000 miles
  • Rust through: 5 year/unlimited
  • Roadside aid: 2 year/unlimited
Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
  • CVT
Engines Available
  • 2.5-liter 4 hybrid (194 hp)
  • 2.5-liter 4 (176 hp)


Comfort / Convenience
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