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2018 Toyota RAV4 Review: Ready For An Off-Road Adventure

By James Yu , Feb 13, 2017 08:52 AM EST
The 2018 Toyota RAV4 will be available in “Adventure” model, which will be equipped with a whole lot of features that give it an off-road worthy capability. (Photo : Autogo/YouTube)

The 2018 Toyota RAV4 has finally made its debut at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show and it showed one vehicle that is ready to take on off-road challenges. Do not get carried away however, the 2018 Toyota RAV4 is an off-road SUV alright but it is designed only to go for light off-road adventures.

2018 Toyota RAV4: The Adventure Model

The 2018 Toyota RAV4 is not just any other SUV you will find on the road. According to Motor Trend, the 2018 Toyota RAV4 will be available in "Adventure" model, which will be equipped with a whole lot of features that give it an off-road worthy capability. You can choose between the front wheel drive (FWD) setting paired with a limited-slip differential or simply go for the all-wheel drive (AWD) configuration for its drivetrain. A tow prep package along with additional engine coolers, upgraded radiator and transmission fluid are also standard in the Adventure model. To make the deal sweeter, the 2018 Toyota RAV4 Adventure has better ground clearance, which allows you to tackle more rugged terrains.

Trailer sway control and hill-start assist control are also among the standard features in the 2018 Toyota RAV4. And as far as the looks go, the 2018 Toyota RAV4 Adventure distinguishes itself with a set of 18-inch black aluminum wheels, a few special badges along with lower body guards and fender flares that are significantly larger than the ones found in ordinary RAV4s. In addition, the 2018 Toyota RAV4 Adventure also sports fog light surrounds, black headlight bezels and a solid roof rack.

2018 Toyota RAV4: Adventure-Fitted Interior

Since the 2018 Toyota RAV4 Adventure is built to be taken into the wilds, it only makes sense that its interior is also dressed in the appropriate manner. According to CNET, the 2018 Toyota RAV4 Adventure has unique trim pieces in the cabin along with an all-weather cargo and floor mats. Its door sills also scream "adventure" and its shift knob looks awesome with its leather wrap. Here's another interesting thing about the it. Say, you are camping out somewhere in the woods, there is a 120-volt power outlet is available for you in the cargo area of the 2018 Toyota RAV4, if you or someone with you happen to have brought a couple of entertainment gadgets.

2018 Toyota RAV4: Just The Right Amount Of Power

Needless to say, you really won't be flooring any gas pedal when you are trying to cross a shallow river or crawl on bigger rocks to get to your off-road destination. That being said, the 2018 Toyota RAV4's powertrain may not appear quite impressive but it does get the job done. According to Car and Driver, the 2018 Toyota RAV4 Adventure is powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that puts out 176 horsepower and 172 pound-feet of torque. There's more than enough power there to take you to where you want to go.

2018 Toyota RAV4: Price And Arrival

Reports state that the 2018 Toyota RAV4 will be delivered to showrooms across America in September this year but price has not yet been announced. We are expecting however, that the automaker will reveal them as the launch draws closer. In any case, the 2018 Toyota RAV4 will be ready for adventure when it arrives and so should you.

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