• There’s more to the 2018 Toyota RAV4 Adventure than upgraded trim

    The 2018 Toyota RAV4 Adventure has suspension, interior, mechanical and trim upgrades which are meant to make it a more adventure-ready vehicle. Introduced at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show, the 2018 Toyota RAV4 Adventure took center stage at the Toyota pavilion. The focus of the debut was to emphasize outdoor adventure.

    Currently one of the best selling vehicles in its segment, the 2018 Toyota RAV4 Adventure is lifted about one inch, it has an limited-slip front differential (for front-wheel drive versions) or with Dynamic Torque Control all-wheel-drive (AWD). An upgraded cooling system is standard as part of the “Tow Prep Package” that includes an upgraded radiator and additional engine oil along with transmission-fluid coolers. This will allow for up to 3,500 lbs towing.

    Exterior styling features exclusive to the RAV4 Adventure includes:

    • Large overfender flares
    • 18-inch five-spoke black alloy wheels with 235/55R18 tires
    • Lower body guards
    • Black headlight bezels
    • Black fog lamp surround, roof racks and Adventure badging
    • The RAV4 Adventure will be available in five exterior colors including Black, Magnetic Gray
    • Metallic, Silver Sky Metallic, Super White, and one new color for RAV4 models, Ruby Flare Pearl.

    The interior features include:

    • Unique interior trim panels
    • Leather-wrapped shift knob
    • 120V/100W power outlet in the cargo area
    • Adventure door sill protectors
    • All-weather mats floor and cargo mats with Adventure logo

    “Additional features new for 2018 in select RAV4 models include optional heat/power fabric front row seats, heated steering wheel, and wiper de-icer as part of a new Cold Weather Package.” and
    “As with all RAV4 models, the Adventure grade will come standard with Trailer Sway Control (TSC), Hill-Start Assist Control (HAC), and TSS-P.” – – Toyota USA

    The 2018 RAV4 Adventure lands in dealer showrooms in September.

    Here’s the live debut video (along with the updated Toyota Sequoia and Toyota Tundra) captured on TFLnow on YouTube!

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    11 thoughts on “There’s more to the 2018 Toyota RAV4 Adventure than upgraded trim

    1. To me, this seems like a big deal for Toyota in this segment. It would seem to acknowledge the success of the Jeep Renegade and Subaru Crosstrek in particular, is based on a better AWD system and tougher appearance. The towing capacity is icing on the cake.

    2. Thought Toyota will give an all new Rav4 for 2018 as the current model is in market for 5 years with 2017 model.

    3. Nice to see the bump back up in towing capacity. Not sure how the 2.5 will do towing that much though? Would be nice if the package included some more aggressive tread tires. After all…this is the Adventure trim!!!!!

    4. Any details on the engine? Turbo-4 maybe, or dare I hope for a return of the V6 (still have my 2008 because of the V6).

      1. I still have my 2012 RAV4 (3rd generation) because of the V6 engine as well. I can’t even bring myself to *think* about getting a 4th gen, given that it lost so much for both power and utility.

        One would sure think trying to tow 3500 lbs with the 2.5L naturally aspirated I4 engine in the Adventure would be a joke. The same I4 engine was available in the 3rd gen (1500 lbs towing capacity), and I’m pretty sure the V6 version (3500 lbs towing capacity) had larger brakes than the I4 version. I didn’t see anything about the Adventure having larger brakes.

        One would also think if you’re taking it off the pavement you’d sure want a full-sized spare tire like the 3rd gen had, but I didn’t see anything about that for the Adventure either.

        At least the 1″ lift on the Adventure gets it back to almost the same ground clearance as the 3rd gen had. So there do appear to be some improvements on it, getting it somewhat closer to what the RAV4 used to have. So that’s good.

      2. I see caranddriver indicates the Adventure will have the same 2.5-L 4-cyl in the other RAV4’s. Is Toyota kidding? There’s NFW I would want to tow anything with that. My 2008 RAV4 V6 (270-hp) is a rocket and tows my 2000-lb boat with issues at all. But an I-4 with 93 less hp. That’s a deal breaker.

    5. Ok. So why would an adventure car want to tow. And why would you put such tin walled tires on a supposedly more off road car? You aren’t going to get decent all terrains with that aspect ratio.

    6. The latest RAV4 sells well for Toyota, and I’m happy for them that they have a successful car. But they will never see me replacing my 2010 V6 Limited for a new 2.5 or hybrid no matter how many features they try and put into it. For it’s flaws (chiefly the harsh ride) the performance of the 3.5 engine makes up for it. Thankfully Toyota’s are pretty reliable so I’ll run mine til it dies.

    7. What kind of adventure are you planning to have with a 4cylinder and no full size spare?

      An adventure shopping at the mall?

    8. What kind of adventure are you planning to have with a 4cylinder and no full size spare?

      An adventure shopping at the mall?

      Bring back the V6 and I might think about trading in my 2009 3.5 sport.

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