A 2.5-liter I-4 rated at 176 hp and 172 lb-ft of torque is the base engine in the 2018 RAV4 and it’s paired exclusively to a six-speed automatic transmission. The RAV4 Hybrid takes the 2.5-liter I-4 and pairs it to three electric motors for a total output of 194 hp and swaps the six-speed automatic in favor of a CVT. EPA fuel economy ratings for the 2018 RAV4 haven’t been released but the 2017 model was rated at 23/30 mpg city/highway for the front-drive LE and XLE, or 23/29 for the SE and Limited grades. Opting for all-wheel drive drops those numbers down to 22/28 mpg. The RAV4 Hybrid is the most fuel efficient at 34/30 mpg despite having the most power and all-wheel drive.
When properly equipped, the 2018 RAV4 can tow up to 1,500 pounds while the RAV4 Hybrid can haul 1,750 pounds. Cargo space is massive inside the RAV4 with 38.4 cubic feet behind the split-folding rear seats and 73.4 cubic feet behind the front seats. The RAV4 Hybrid has 2.8 cubic feet less cargo space across the board due to the additional powertrain components, checking in at 35.6 cubic feet behind the rear seats and 70.6 cubic feet behind the front seats.
Standard and available features include Bluetooth connectivity, a rearview camera, Toyota’s Entune infotainment system with a 6.1- or 7.0-inch touchscreen, a sunroof, 60/40 split-folding rear seats, a programmable power tailgate, LED headlights, 18-inch alloy wheels, a 360-degree view camera system, a 4.2-inch multi-information display in between the gauges, and leatherette upholstery. Unique to the SE trim is a sport-tuned suspension that slightly improves the RAV4’s handling.