2018 Toyota RAV4 Adventure new car reviews

How do we know that the new Toyota RAV4 Adventure is built for adventure. It’s right there in the name.

What exactly makes it so adventure-ready? How about a four-tenths additional ride height, tacked-on fender flares, larger 235/55R18 tires, roof rails, rocker panel guards, tow package and all-weather floor and trunk mats. Then add in the required badging plus black wheels and a matte-black hood accent.

A cold weather package can be added, too, while the Adventure model gets a power outlet in the cargo area.

The RAV4 Adventure comes in both front- ($27,700) and all-wheel-drive ($28,400) guises.

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David S. Wallens David S. Wallens
Editorial Director

I admit, we didn’t tackle too many adventures together. No canyons, no mountain tops. However, the RAV4 Adventure encountered zero problems in the Lowe’s parking lot. Same with Panera. Made it home safe and sound.

I saw one parked in D.C., too, while visiting last weekend. It also looked cool and composed.

It’s not the most thrilling vehicle to drive but, on the other hand, that can be said for every other vehicle in this segment. They’re not Miatas. They’re not Evos. At the end of the day, they’re still jacked-up station wagons–just now on heavier, tall-sidewall tires.

Is the RAV4 Adventure going to out-Subaru a Subaru? I don’t know. And I doubt that most owners will care.

But the package adds a little bit of toughness to the traditional crossover. And if I were going to buy a RAV4, this is the one that I’d get. I’m a fan of the blacked-out trim, while the standard towing package and extra dash of off-road capability would be welcome.

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