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2018 Toyota RAV4 comparison

Toyota RAV4 for 2018

The 2018 Toyota RAV4 stands ready to serve all types of drivers: commuters, driving enthusiasts, tech geeks, fashionistas, and busy parents. The 176-horsepower engine gives you plenty of power for your daily drives and big adventures. With front-wheel drive, RAV4 models hold the road with an exclusive limited slip differential. All-Wheel Drive adds Dynamic Torque Control for road and off-road traction.

Every RAV4 has a five-star safety rating and a full suite of crash avoidance systems. Toyota Safety Sense™ includes a pedestrian watch, a forward collision watch, and an autobrake. A lane watch is paired with an assist. The adaptive cruise control regulates your ride for greater safety in busy traffic. Automatic high beams regulate the light, relieving driver stress at night.

The multimedia touchscreen lets you access HD radio and Bluetooth streaming audio choices. Entune™ apps expand the system. Siri Eyes Free adds extra voice controls for iPhone users. SofTex seats look like leather, but it’s actually a long-lasting moisture-resistant, stain-resistant upholstery.

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Toyota RAV4 vs. Honda CR-V

When you compare the RAV4 to the Honda CR-V, there are few differences on paper. They have good 5-year cost to own ratings, 5-star federal crash ratings, and reputations for excellence and reliability. At the curb, you are likely to notice that the RAV4 strikes a more athletic and personable stance compared to the boxier CR-V. Other RAV4 advantages include:

  • Toyota Safety Sense on every edition
  • Automatic Limited Slip Differential
  • Tighter Curb-to-Curb Turning Circle (34.8 vs. 37.4)
  • Paddle Shifters
  • 120V power outlet (available)
  • Homelink with frameless rearview mirror

Toyota RAV4 vs. Ford Escape

The Ford Escape has positioned itself to rival the RAV4. They have similar base edition packages, and both have a federal 5-star safety rating. However, the RAV4 offers these advantages:

  • Bigger cargo hold (38.4 vs. 34.3 cu.ft.)
  • Tighter turn circle (34.8 vs. 38.8 inches)
  • Bigger Interior Volume
  • Easier handling
  • Toyota Safety Sense

Toyota RAV4 vs. Mazda CX-5

The Mazda CX-5 emphasizes drivability and offers a manual transmission for enthusiasts. Similar price points make them seem comparable, although it is worth looking at how Toyota Safety Sense saves you thousands over similar equipment on the CX-5. RAV4 advantages include:

  • Cargo space (38.4 vs. 30.9 cu.ft.)
  • Lower projected 5-year cost to own
  • Tighter turn circle (34.8 vs. 36 inches)
  • Automatic Limited Slip Differential
  • Toyota Safety Sense

Toyota RAV4 vs. Nissan Rogue

When comparing these two, it’s hard to get past the fact the Rogue doesn’t have a five-star safety rating. Otherwise, there are many similarities in features. Only the RAV4 can claim:

  • More horsepower
  • Higher Towing Capacity
  • 5-star crash test safety rating
  • Better reliability ratings
  • Toyota Safety Sense

Toyota RAV4 vs. Kia Sportage

The Sportage seeks to undercut the RAV4 on price, but it generally falls short on standards and reliability. Both have a five-star safety rating. RAV4 advantages include:

  • More cargo space (38.4 vs. 30.7 cu.ft.)
  • More interior volume (101.9 vs. 98.6 cu.ft.)
  • Outside temperature gauge
  • Toyota Safety Sense
  • Entune™ Touchscreen with HD radio

Toyota RAV4 vs. Hyundai Tucson

While the two have much in common, the RAV4 pulls ahead with more cargo space, better performance, and a clear history of reliability. The RAV4 has these advantages:

  • Larger cargo space (38.4 vs. 31 cu.ft.)
  • Higher horsepower and torque
  • Long history of durability and reliability
  • Port installed roof rails
  • Toyota Safety Sense

Toyota RAV4 vs. Santa Fe

If you want to go bigger, the Hyundai Santa Fe can handle seven people. It has a more powerful engine, but it also weighs some 1,000 pounds more. The Santa Fe demands a much higher pricetag and cannot match the RAV4 advantages:

  • Fuel economy
  • Toyota Safety Sense
  • Superior cargo hold (38.4 vs. 13.5 cu.ft.)
  • Lower cost to own

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