2018 Toyota RAV4 Adventure Review

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When it comes to compact sport utility vehicles, the Rav4 is definitely one of the standard bearers. But with so many Ravs out on the road, it might seem difficult to stand out from the crowd. Luckily, Toyota is offering a new specially upgraded Rav4 trim level called the Adventure. The Rav4 Adventure just debuted at the Chicago Auto Show alongside upgraded versions of the Sequoia full-size SUV and the Tundra full-size pickup truck, but unlike those other two models, the Rav4 Adventure doesn’t get speedy performance-themed bits and pieces from Toyota Racing Devel opment. Rather, the Rav4 Adventure is focused on utility, practicality, good looks, and all-weather rugged capability. It’s aimed at “young families looking for fun in out-of-the-way places, ” which means biking, kayaking, snowshoeing – you know, all the usual active lifestyle stuff.

Visually speaking, the Toyota Rav4 Adventure is decked out with unique exterior styling enhancements. For example, the rear fenders are flared out, sitting high above unique 18-inch alloy wheels with a five-spoke design and a black finish.

Wrapping the wheels are tires sized at 235/55R18, while along the outer edges of the vehicle, you’ll find lower body protection pieces. Up front are dark headlight bezels, plus dark surrounds for the fog lights. A long matte-black stripe is found on the hood, while roof racks are standard. There are also the requisite Adventure special edition badges, just in case there was any doubt as to what you were driving.

The body panels of the Rav4 Adventure can be had in one of five individual exterior colors, such as Black, Magnetic Gray Metallic, Silver Sky Metallic, and Super White. There’s also a new addition to the color lineup called Ruby Flare Pearl.

Inside, you’ll find more unique features added exclusively for the Adventure model. These include exclusive trim panels, a leather-clad shift knob, a 120-volt/100-watt power outlet located in the rear cargo area, Adventure-badged door sill kick plates, and sturdy all-weather mats for the foot well and cargo area, also completed with the same Adventure badging.

What Makes The Toyota Rav4 Adventure Special

Toyota RAV4 Gets New Adventure Trim in Chicago

Reading about the Rav4 Adventure, I can’t help but be reminded of the rally-spec Rav4that Toyota is currently championing. As a competitor in the Rally America series, the Rav4 rally car is looking to compete in events across the U.S. for the 2017 season. In fact, the TRD Rav4 Rally Team has been going at it for about a year now, and has placed remarkably well in its class throughout 2016. How well? How about this – during its inaugural season, the team racked up five wins and three second-place finishes in just ten races.

Toyota RAV4 Gets New Adventure Trim in Chicago

Further upgrades just added for the 2018 model year include optional heated and fabric-covered front row seating, a heated steering wheel, and a wiper de-icer feature, all of which are bundled with the new Cold Weather Package.

Not bad. But rally finishes might not matter if you’re looking for a family car, right? Maybe, but maybe not. These days, Mom and Dad might be paying attention to that kinda stuff, and the Adventure package is a nice complement to a little sporting pedigree. And while it’s not necessarily the first choice for getting sideways in the forest, the Rav4 might be looking a little more appealing now for a family looking to trade in the Subaru WRX for a crossover.

Either way, the Rav4 Adventure can be had with either FWD, which includes an Automatic Limited-Slip Differential, or alternatively, an AWD drivetrain with Dynamic Torque Control technology. Both the FWD and AWD version are available with the Tow Prep Package, which throws in an upgraded radiator, additional oil and transmission fluid coolers, and a higher ride height. There’s also standard Trailer Sway Control and Hill-Start Assist Control, plus the TSS-P (Toyota Safety Sense) safety technology suit, which adds stuff like automatic forward braking, pedestrian detection, brake assist, lane departure warning, steering assist, automatic high beams, and adaptive cruise control.

Toyota RAV4 Gets New Adventure Trim in Chicago

Further upgrades just added for the 2018 model year include optional heated and fabric-covered front row seating, a heated steering wheel, and a wiper de-icer feature, all of which are bundled with the new Cold Weather Package.

As a reminder, the Rav4 is equipped with a 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder engine, which produces 176 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 172 pound-feet of torque at 4,100 rpm. Routing the power is a six-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission with intelligence.

Toyota RAV4 Gets New Adventure Trim in Chicago

As a reminder, the Rav4 is equipped with a 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder engine, which produces 176 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 172 pound-feet of torque at 4,100 rpm.

While the exterior styling additions are nice, I think it would have been even better if Toyota threw in more features to enhance the Rav4’s capability and practicality. I’m not talking about a 15-inch lift and giant mudder tires, although something besides all-season rubber couldn’t’ hurt. But, for example, how about some stain and dirt resistant upholstery? Or, if you wanna combine outward styling with usability, an exterior-mounted gas can, or a roof-mounted light bar?

And yeah, those things are probably more expensive than badging and a dark finish for the wheels, but I’m just saying – it would be nice if something called the Adventure actually managed to live up to its name.

Press Release

Families on the go, TRD style! Toyota’s Tundra full-size pickup truck and Sequoia large SUV have long been ideal for adventuresome families in need of that unique combination of performance, utility, towing ability and comfort. For 2018, the experts at Toyota Racing Development (TRD) have developed the new TRD Sport grade for Tundra and Sequoia, offering active families an extra dose of sportier styling and performance for added fun and excitement on their next journey.

In addition to the new TRD Sport grades, Tundra and Sequoia will receive new styling, convenience and safety features for all 2018 models, including Toyota Safety Sense-P (TSS-P) as standard equipment.

Toyota RAV4 Gets New Adventure Trim in Chicago

Outdoor family fun isn’t exclusive to Toyota’s two largest truck and SUV models. For the 2018 model year, the popular RAV4 compact crossover adds a new Adventure grade for young families looking for fun in out-of-the-way places. Already a fun-to-drive crossover for young families with active lifestyles, the new RAV4 Adventure adds a sportier take-me-anywhere attitude for the weekend warrior.

Toyota RAV4 Gets New Adventure Trim in Chicago

The active lifestyle-inspired RAV4 Adventure will be available in front-wheel drive with an Automatic Limited-Slip Differential, or with Dynamic Torque Control all-wheel-drive. Both versions feature a standard Tow Prep Package that includes an upgraded radiator and supplemental engine oil and transmission fluid coolers, as well as a suspension system with a higher ride height. As with all RAV4 models, the Adventure grade will come standard with Trailer Sway Control (TSC), Hill-Start Assist Control (HAC), and TSS-P. 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.

Toyota RAV4 Gets New Adventure Trim in Chicago

The sporty exterior features of the RAV4 Adventure are mated to exclusive interior features that 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.

Toyota RAV4 Gets New Adventure Trim in Chicago

The 2018 RAV4 Adventure grade along with the Tundra and Sequoia TRD Sport grades will begin arriving in dealer showrooms in September.

(topspeed.com, https://goo.gl/Nqyrva)

 

 

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