Review and Test Drive: 2018 Toyota Rav4 Adventure AWD

By Jonathan Spira on 14 October 2018
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One of the original compact crossovers, the Toyota RAV4 was introduced in Japan and Europe in 1994 and in North America the following year. Toyota had envisioned and subsequently designed and built a vehicle that had the advantages of larger SUVs, such as higher visibility and increased cargo capacity but also wanted the fuel economy and handling, to the extent possible, of a smaller vehicle.

The result was the RAV4, a Recreational Activity Vehicle: 4-wheel drive.

Now in its fourth generation, introduced in 2012, the RAV4 began to be offered in the United States in 2013 and is manufactured in Ontario, Canada.

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For 2018, Toyota is offering the Adventure series, which sports rugged design cues and added ground clearance, going from 6.1” (15.5 centimeters) to 6.5” (16.5 centimeters).

In addition, the Adventure comes standard with the Tow Prep package that includes improved cooling components including an upgraded radiator and supplemental engine-oil and transmission-fluid coolers, giving the all-wheel-drive model the capability of pulling 3,500 pounds (1,588 kilograms).

Our 2018 Magnetic Gray Metallic RAV4 arrived at our offices on a sunny August day, sporting a black hood stripe and 18” black alloy wheels, making it look ready for whatever adventure one could throw at it. The black headlight bezels and fog light surrounds adding to the good looks.

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