As the vehicle that started the compact-crossover-SUV segment, the 2018 Toyota RAV4 has consistently been a top seller, right alongside the Honda CR-V, Ford Escape and Subaru Forester. While not as off-road capable as a Jeep Cherokee, the RAV4 is far more reliable and holds exceptionally strong resale values.
You'll Like The 2018 Toyota RAV4 If...
Toyota's 2018 RAV4 is the perfect vehicle for those who want a worry-free ownership experience in a compact-crossover SUV that offers a roomy interior, excellent fuel economy and high resale values. Models range from basic to plush and all keep the price well within reason.
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If you're seeking a compact-crossover SUV with real off-road ability, a Subaru Forester or Jeep Cherokee makes a better choice. The 2018 Toyota RAV4 doesn't offer a V6 engine, so passing and towing abilities are somewhat limited, and unlike the VW Tiguan, there's no 3rd-row-seat option.
Do not like 2018 Toyota rav4. Lots of little issues.
I just leased the 2018 Toyota rav4 in august. There are a lot of little things that I did not notice when test driving. Windshield wipers only have 3 speeds. The lowest speed is not intermittent enough for a lot of the drizzly mornings we have here in upstate NY. All my previous cars in the last 10 years had multiple speeds on the windshield wipers. Driver seat is uncomfortable after you have been in for over a 1/2 hour. The accelerator pedal is very touchy which is really bad in the snowy weather we have here in upstate New York. Everything that pertains to the cup consoles, the holder/space in the door, etc. Is not functional at all. No led lights on any of the controls on the drivers door (like locking the door,) at all. So if it is dark you cannot see those controls at all. When you turn the headlights on, the first one it comes to is the full headlights instead of the parking lights. I live in an apt complex and where I have to park, my headlights shine directly into the windows of my neighbors apartment. I have to warm the car up every morning and I cannot just turn on the parking lights. I have to flip through the full headlights to get the parking lights. Never have I owned a car that the parking lights weren't the first thing that came on. So now I have to disturb my neighbors every day when I warm the car up. The cruise control is in a very weird place under the steering wheel. Hard to find when driving without taking eyes off of the road. At night, there are no led lights on the cruise control so you cannot see it at all. Again, all the cars I have previously owned the cruise control is part of the steering wheel and not underneath it. I also do not like the way the cruise control works. I am constantly having to shut it off and then turn it back on to make adjustments. The back up camera is angled at such a way that most of the time during the day all I get is a sun glare which then renders it useless. All the other back up cameras I have had on previous cars I did not get that kind of sun glare. Seat belt constantly locks in. I will try to lean forward to check to see if anything is coming and it locks me in and I cannot lean forward to check. Very dangerous! There is something that makes a "clattering" type sound when I go over bumps. I cannot figure out what it is and no one else can either. It drives me crazy. I feel that as far as driver "comforts" are concerned that I purchased a vehicle that is 30 years old. I will never buy this at the end of the lease and severely regret leasing this rav4. Never will I recommend this SUV to anyone. I traded in a 2014 Chevy Equinox and wish I still had that car instead. This is only the second Toyota I have ever leased/owned. The first one which was back in 1997 was awful and I had a lot of issues with it three months after I bought it and it was brand new. So this rav 4 will be the last Toyota I will ever lease or own. Do not like Toyota at all now. I love my 2007 Nissan Altima that I still own. I like driving it better than the brand new 2018 Toyota rav4.
Gas savings and intelligent all wheel drive.
The driver's seat sits too low in the car for my taste. The car is a hybrid, so I fill it up every two weeks or so, which helps save on gas. Coming out of a higher clearance vehicle, I feel it sits too low to the ground. Performance-wise, it is a great, quick little car. The safety features are great. Automatic braking and 4 cameras always watching out for you is great. There are knee airbags which are an added bonus in case there's ever a head-on collision. The hill-assist braking is great, you will not roll backwards into anyone on a hill, and it is automatic. . . No extra buttons to push. The suspension is stiffer than I would like, but better than my old car (Mazda SUV). The back-up camera is great. The side mirrors are a little hard to get used to, with the magnifiers placed where they are. The dashboard reflects in the sun, making it difficult to see through the windshield at high noon. The car is quick and has great pick-up when the a/c is on. The car corners nicely.
Love the overall features of this vehicle.
The car is easy to handle especially in heavy traffic. The features I like about it is it has the blind car view light in outside mirrors indicating when it is not safe to change lanes. When it is on cruise control the vehicle will slow down if a car is traveling to slow in front of you and resume speed when car in front has moved on. It had several speeds. One is eco where it will save you on gas and another speed when you are wanting to pass another car. The car gets great gas mileage too. I like it that I can lay the back seats down if I am hauling items and it has a cover in the back end where you can hide your purchases as to not being exposed to anyone. I like having the back door lift with the touch of a button. The beautiful sound of the radio. The heating of the front seats in cold weather. The adjustable front seat and can it to my comfort and anyone else driving can use the other setting and not have to readjust mine. It is set just like I love it to be.
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Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) is recalling certain 2017-2018 Toyota 4Runner and Tundra, 2018 Toyota Highlander, RAV4 and Lexus GX460 and 2017 Toyota Sienna and Tacoma vehicles. These vehicles may have incorrect load carrying capacity modification labels. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 110, "Tire Selection and Rims."
An incorrect load information label can result in the operator overloading the vehicle and increasing the risk of a crash.
Toyota will notify owners and provide them with corrected labels, free of charge. The recall began on January 23, 2018. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331. Toyota's numbers for this recall are H0Z for Toyota vehicles, and HLF for Lexus vehicles.
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