2018 Toyota RAV4 Platinum: An Old Favorite

Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 | 7:28 PM

2018toyotarav475Although it’s been six years since the last major redesign, the 2018 RAV4 is still a popular crossover. Because of its large interior and utility-inspired features the RAV4 remains a favorite among kid-toting, cargo-hauling, soccer-driving families.

A new Adventure trim level is new for 2018 and the ground clearance for all the RAV4s goes from 6.1 to 6.5 inches.

A five-passenger crossover SUV, the RAV4 comes in six trim levels: LE, XLE, Adventure, SE, Limited, and Platinum. This review will focus on the Platinum trim.

The top-of-the-line, Platinum comes with all the bells and whistles, notably front and rear parking sensors, a hands-free liftgate, fancier exterior trim, a 360-degree parking camera, a heated steering wheel, and the Entune Premium JBL Audio with Integrated Navigation and App Suite package that adds an 11-speaker JBL sound system to all the other items featured in the Entune packages.

2018toyotarav4seatPowering all RAV4s is a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine that produces 176 horses and 172 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed transmission is standard on all models. Expect to get 23/city, 29/highway, and 25/combined mpg.

On the inside the RAV4 looks dated with a pedestrian layout and lots of hard plastic surfaces. On the bright side its plenty big and will provide comfortable seating for five adults. Cargo space is plentiful too with 38.4 cubic feet of space with the backseats up and 73.4 cubic feet with the seats down.

Driving around town the RAV4 is plenty zippy but when getting on the freeway and asking for a quick burst of speed, there is a lag even in Sports mode. Steering is good and cornering is stable.

Need a crossover? Give the tried and true 2018 Toyota RAV4 Platinum a test drive.