2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid SUV

2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid
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2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid
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Pros

  • Great fuel economy for a compact crossover
  • Small price premium over standard RAV4
  • One of the biggest, more useful cargo areas of any compact crossover
  • Advanced safety and driver aids come standard

Cons

  • Interior more utilitarian in look and feel than those of competitors
  • Less useful interior storage as well
  • Noticeable shudder when gas engine kicks in
  • Real leather seating is not available


Which RAV4 Hybrid does Edmunds recommend?

We would recommend a RAV4 Hybrid XLE. For about $2,000 over the LE, it provides enough desirable equipment that will actually make a difference to you on the daily drive. You really don't need the SE's sportier suspension, and its simulated upholstery is not as appealing as the XLE's fabric. We also like that you can opt separately for the heated front seats with eight-way driver-seat adjustment.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

7.2 / 10

If you're having trouble picking a compact crossover, we don't blame you. There's a ton of them. They're all pretty good, and they often even look alike. Among this group, the regular Toyota RAV4 doesn't stand out much. In general, we've found rivals such as the Honda CR-V and Mazda CX-5 to be more refined, engaging and even luxurious. But the 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid has something even those models lack: exceptional fuel economy.

The higher fuel economy of the RAV4 Hybrid allows it to exit the shadows and draw attention to itself. That would be, perhaps not surprisingly, its fuel economy of 32 mpg combined. None of its conventionally powered competitors can match that and it doesn't come with an overly prohibitive price premium.

When you consider that along with its standard safety tech, huge interior, surprising acceleration and, yes, Toyota's reliability reputation, the RAV4 Hybrid becomes one of the must-drive vehicles in the segment.

Notably, we picked the 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid as one of Edmunds' Best Hybrid SUVs for this year.

2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid configurations

The 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is a five-passenger compact crossover SUV powered by a gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain. It consists of a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and three motor generators — one that powers various vehicle systems, one that powers the front wheels and one that powers the rear wheels, effectively creating a standard all-wheel-drive system. Total system output is 194 horsepower. There are four trim levels: LE, XLE, SE and Limited. The regular RAV4's Adventure and Platinum trims are not available.

The new-for-2018 LE base trim comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, heated mirrors, integrated blind-spot mirrors, rear privacy glass, roof rails, keyless ignition and entry, a rearview camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, a height-adjustable driver seat, and a 60/40-split folding and reclining second-row seat.

Also standard is Toyota Safety Sense P (forward collision warning with pedestrian detection and automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control and automatic high beams), a 6.1-inch touchscreen interface, Bluetooth, one USB port, and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player, a media player interface and an auxiliary audio jack.

The XLE adds foglights, a sunroof, an upgraded rearview camera, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and the Entune Audio Plus with Connected Navigation package that includes satellite radio, HD radio, Siri Eyes Free and a Scout GPS smartphone-based navigation system. Heated front seats with eight-way power adjustment for the driver is optional.

The SE adds sportier suspension tuning, 18-inch wheels, special exterior styling, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert systems (optional on XLE), automatic LED headlights, LED running lights and taillights, a height-adjustable power liftgate, an eight-way power driver seat with lumbar adjustment, heated front seats and SofTex vinyl upholstery.

The Limited reverts to the XLE's styling and suspension tuning, but includes the SE's other upgrades. It further adds front and rear parking sensors, chrome exterior trim, driver-seat memory functions, an auto-dimming mirror, and the Entune Premium Audio with Integrated Navigation and App Suite (optional on the XLE and SE) that includes a 7-inch higher-resolution touchscreen, a variety of smartphone apps and an integrated hard-drive-based Toyota navigation system. A hands-free liftgate is a stand-alone option.

An 11-speaker JBL audio system can be added to the SE and Limited trim levels as either a stand-alone item or within an Advanced Technology package that also includes a bird's-eye view parking camera, and on the SE, the parking sensors and auto-dimming mirror. The XLE's Hybrid Convenience package adds blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, parking sensors, the power liftgate, and the Entune Premium Audio with Integrated Navigation and App suite.

Trim tested

Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions, although trim levels share many aspects. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the 2017 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid XLE (2.5L inline-4 hybrid | CVT automatic | AWD).

Driving

7.5
The RAV4 Hybrid offers sprightly accelerative performance, even beating the standard RAV4 in a drag race. It's also a decent handler, though it's a little wallowy in a set of switchbacks. The grabby mechanical brakes make it feel like you're just learning how to drive every time you use them.

Acceleration

9.0
The instant torque provided by the battery and dual electric motors help the Hybrid jump off the line quicker than the standard RAV4. Makes you wish that every compact crossover had a hybrid variant. Zero to 60 takes 8 seconds flat, quicker than any non-turbocharged rival.

Braking

6.0
The brake pedal is long and mushy with little resistance. The handoff from regenerative to mechanical brakes is noticeable, making it hard to brake smoothly. Braking to a stop from 60 mph took 123 feet, a few feet longer than average.

Steering

6.5
Steering effort is a little heavier than normal for this class. The wheel isn't difficult to turn, however, and it's easy to turn into a parking spot. Out on the road, rivals from Ford, Honda and Mazda provide more engaging and confidence-inspiring steering.

Handling

7.0
You wouldn't think a big, heavy crossover (it tips the scales at nearly 4,000 pounds) goes around corners well, but you'd be surprised. The RAV4 Hybrid is composed around sweeping corners at higher speeds. Tight corners and back-to-back transitions reveal ample body roll.

Drivability

8.0
The Hybrid pulls away from a stop under battery power, but there's a noticeable shudder and kick-in when the engine fires to life midacceleration. Avoid driving in Eco mode; it severely dulls throttle response. Sport mode keeps the engine revving higher, but responses are still sluggish at times.

Off-road

The RAV4 Hybrid is technically all-wheel-drive, but it relies on an electric motor for rear power and the system isn't a mechanical one like the regular RAV4's and lacks the locking center differential. It's not well-suited to adventures off the beaten path.

Comfort

7.5
The front seats are roomy and shaped well, but only the driver gets lumbar and height adjustment. The seats feel comfortable even on a long road trip, but road noise and wind noise are omnipresent. Ride quality is comfy but suffers when you opt for the SE trim.

Seat comfort

7.0
Front seats are comfy enough, but there's no lumbar adjustment unless you upgrade to the SE (though its imitation leather isn't as comfy as the XLE's cloth). Only the driver seat is height-adjustable. Three-person seating in the back is challenging due to an oddly placed middle seat-belt anchor.

Ride comfort

8.5
The SE's sporty suspension tuning improves handling but not enough to warrant the busier and harsher ride. Perhaps the extra suspension travel for 2018 will change this, but we'd probably stick with any of the other, more comfortable-riding trim levels.

Noise & vibration

6.5
There's not much engine noise at any speed unless you're really pushing the RAV4 Hybrid hard. There's a noticeable jolt when the gas engine kicks in after pulling away from a start under electric power. Wind and tire noise is overly intrusive while cruising on the highway. Others are much quieter.

Climate control

7.0
The dual-zone climate control adeptly cools the interior on a hot day. There are no rear air vents. Toggle switches for the heated seats are hidden depending on viewing angle, so you'll have to remember to switch them off. Even on the low setting, they get nice and toasty.

Interior

7.5
Entry and exit are easy, and most occupants will find the cabin quite roomy. The controls on the upper portion of the center console are easy to reach, but you might have difficulty finding some of the buttons and switches below. Outward visibility is excellent.

Ease of use

7.0
The infotainment system features a nice mix between physical buttons and easy-to-press virtual ones. Eco and Sport buttons are out of the way, as are toggle switches for the heated front seats. The door's vertical-oriented grab handles mean the rear armrests are really just elbow rests.

Getting in/getting out

7.5
A low step-in height and tall doors make for easy entry and exit in the front, except for drivers who like a raised seat. The steering wheel tilt is limited, and drivers may hit their knees on the column. Entering/exiting the rear is also easy due to the seats' lack of thigh padding and bolstering.

Driving position

7.5
The driver's seat offers enough range of height adjustment, and the seat bottom angles up nicely. As in many other Toyotas, the steering wheel doesn't offer enough tilt or telescoping adjustment.

Roominess

7.0
There's an abundance of head- and legroom throughout the cabin. Four 6-footers will have no problem on a long road trip. Even the middle seat position has enough headroom for an adult. Side bolsters make the front seats a bit narrow.

Visibility

9.0
The tall and wide windows allow for an expansive view out. There's a sizable window in the three-quarter view that compensates for the wide rear roof pillar. The rear window is also large. Overall, the RAV4 is impressively easy to see out of.

Quality

5.5
The RAV4 looks and feels cheap compared to its top competitors. There's a ton of hard plastic throughout, and the utilitarian design doesn't help. SofTex vinyl covers the seats in top four trims, but unlike other faux leathers, it's obviously vinyl and there's no option for real leather.

Utility

7.0
Not only does the RAV4 Hybrid offer one of the largest cargo areas in the class, its low liftover height means you won't strain your back while loading heavy items. The liftgate doesn't open very high, however. Small, haphazardly placed storage cubbies aren't very useful.

Small-item storage

6.5
Two different-size cupholders are separated by the shifter. There are a couple of small, oddly shaped storage areas on the center stack, including a shallow, low-grip smartphone holder that isn't very good at holding smartphones. Not great for this family-friendly segment.

Cargo space

9.0
The cargo area is wide and flat, with a low liftover height. The maximum cargo volume of 35.6 cubic feet with the rear seats in place and 70.6 cubes with them folded is slightly less than what the regular RAV4 offers. But it's still larger than the cargo areas of almost every other nonhybrid.

Child safety seat accommodation

6.0
The lower LATCH anchors are well-concealed and far from the seatback; you really have to reach in and fish around to find them. The three seatback tethers can be accessed with the cargo cover in place, but these are also hidden under a thin cloth cover.

Towing

Unlike the regular RAV4, which can be optioned to tow up to 3,500 pounds, the Hybrid is limited to 1,750 pounds. It's one of the few sacrifices for going battery-electric.

Technology

6.5
The infotainment system is easy to navigate and use, but the graphics look rather dated, and it's impossible to see the screen in direct sunlight. All RAV4 models receive standard safety tech. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and multiple USB ports are not available.

Audio & navigation

6.0
The standard touchscreen is easy to use. It has a relatively simple layout and menu structure, but it's not particularly attractive, the screen is small and resolution is fairly low. Optional 7-inch screen offers nominal improvement. Either washes out in direct sunlight.

Smartphone integration

6.5
There's a single USB port in front and none in the back. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are notably absent. Instead, Toyota uses a smartphone integration system of its own design called Entune. You'll have to download the app, create an account, and pair your phone before it's ready to be used.

Driver aids

7.0
Unique for the segment, the RAV4 comes standard with forward collision warning, automatic braking, lane keeping assist and adaptive cruise control. Blind-spot warning is available on all but LE. Adaptive cruise doesn't maintain speed downhill and the clarity of the standard rearview camera is poor.

Voice control

6.0
Hitting the voice control button displays a list of phrases, and the recognition software also recognizes natural speech. It's not the best, with a lot of garbled translations before it hits the mark. Best to use Siri Eyes Free if you have an iPhone (accessed by holding the phone disconnect button).

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid.

Overall Consumer Rating

Most helpful consumer reviews

Love This SUV!
Jenny,02/25/2018
An update to my original review (below). Now, 6 months later, I love this hybrid even more. As it has broken in, my city MPG has improved to 36 MPG! This is 2-3 MPG better than my former Camry Hybrid and this RAV4 hybrid weighs more and has a huge trunk. Two big improvements over the old Camry Hybrid that I forgot to mention are that the "hybrid" brakes are greatly improved, feel essentially the same as a non-hybrid, now. Second, the feel of the steering is also much improved, I don't think that I am driving a hybrid in either case. The built-in Nav system is wonderful, accurate and I use it all of the time. Believe it or not, the optional seat warmers are great for soothing my lower back and loosening it up on the way to the gym (as well as afterwards). I've come to like the synthetic leather seat fabric, it doesn't get as hot during the summer as real leather and I don't have to use a leather conditioner on it. Feel very secure with all of the Toyota Safety Sense gizmos, worth every penny. Still unhappy with the Premium JBL Audio, a good table radio (Bose or Tivoli) sounds 10X better. Despite this crappy sound system, I'd gladly buy another RAV4 Hybrid if I didn't own this one! This is our second Toyota hybrid. Gifted our 11 y.o. Camry Hybrid after many miles and zero trouble, so we were interested in another Toyota hybrid. Drove the RAV4-H and loved it, but thought that we should also give the highly acclaimed 2018 CRV a try (we also own a recent CRV). The CRV is an excellent SUV, but we were leery of the long term reliability of a turbo engine and our past Hondas (4) have not lived up to their mpg ratings. Bought a RAV4-H Limited w/Adv. Tech. Package. Very happy with this car, getting 30+ mpg around town, which is only about 10% less than our former Camry-H. Quiet, smooth, comfortable, feels very safe. One significant Con to be aware of is that the Premium JBL Audio is nothing to write home about, mediocre sound at best (the Honda CRV Touring's premium sound system is no better), not worth the extra money. Minor Con, there is only 1 USB, which is tethered to the Entune system, whereas the CRV has lots. Added two Amazon USB adapters, one to the front 12V jack, another to a rear console 12V jack (for rear seat occupants), and all is good. Another minor Con that none of the reviews we read mentioned, the dashboard casts a significant reflection upon the lower part of the windshield in strong sunlight (the CRV has this issue, too). Dashboard mat on order. Other than these minor issues, we love our RAV4-H, especially when driving past our neighbors filling up their SUVs at the local gas station!
great vehicle, very poor software implementation
Bob,01/10/2018
i was very impressed with this car. living in oregon, i was not expecting the car to reach it’s milage standard (ethanol blend gas) but so far we’re averaging about 34mpg combined. on a road trip to CA the milage was more towards 38mpg. the sound system, handling, styling are all great. the only negative, and it’s a big one, is their entune software system. it’s a “substitute” for apple/android carplay. it just doesn’t work. it doesn’t remember your phone or password and will randomly shut down. it’s time for toyota/lexus to support apple/android carplay and give up on this entune nonsense. reading reviews in the app store will give more than enough info on the subject.
My first Hybrid
Wayne,03/16/2018
Overall, I think the RAV4 is a great Hybrid SUV. The ride is smooth and acceleration adequate. I feel safe driving this car. The view of the road is probably the best I've had out of any car I've owned. Other pluses are the comfortable "fake" leather seats, roomy interior, and advance safety features that come standard. There are some cons I wish Toyota would fix. First is their crappy navigational system and Entune Infotainment system. The maps that come with the car are outdated and it costs over $200 to get new maps installed that are at least 1-2 years old. The infotainment system doesn't support Android Auto. Get with the program and update the software Toyota! The regenerative brakes feel squishy...you have to apply more foot pressure than normal to get the vehicle to slow and stop. Other than those two things, I would highly recommend this vehicle for its fuel economy, reliability, and comfortable/practical driving experience. The AWD comes in handy too in bad weather.
On the road again!
Alan VanTassel,12/27/2017
I have found this SUV to be the best auto I have ever driven. I don't say that from a small perspective. I have owned at least 22 cars and trucks of different makes and models. I now own this vehicle, my 2007 Mustang GT and my wife's 2005 Prius, our second Prius. We were sold on the idea of a Hybrid. I don't want to give up my pony car. So we shopped. One day we were getting the Prius serviced RAV 4 which I would not have recognized as a RAV 4. Toyota has completely redesigned this vehicle. The color (metallic blue) and the look of the vehicle sold me right there. My wife intervened to make sure I didn't give away the farm. The salesman, Jose, didn't miss a beat. I asked him about some of the features. He offered me a drive. Long story short, we bought it that day. I have found that the handling on the road, mountain roads, local roads, and freeways is exemplary. The steering system is very refined in all arenas. There is a line of sight issue that produces a blind spot. This issue is mitigated by two little square mirror in the corner of the very large review mirrors in on the front doors. My question was about power. I love my V8. I love the way it sounds, the way it picks up and the way it drives. Taking the step to drive a four cylinder from my V8 was a very large step, I thought, down. To my surprise, it was a step up. This vehicle is equipped with a tachometer. It isn't labelled as a tachometer, but it is. It also has a transmission that can be switched over from automatic 6 to standard 6. There is no clutch. You just move the shift lever over to begin moving the lever up and down based on moving from a lower gear to a higher one and visa versa. Watching the tachometer, I enjoy moving through the gears as a drive up and down hills and around curves. Road stability in these moves is outstanding. I have had more fun driving this car than I have had driving any car including the Mustangs I have owned. It is a very well-put-together vehicle. I have confidence that I will own it for many years. It has been a long time since my wife and I have planned and across-the-country road trip. We are planning to take our RAV 4 across country this summer. I am really looking forward to it.
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Features & Specs

MSRP
$34,280
MPG
34 city / 30 hwy
Seats 5
Continuously variable-speed automatic
Hybrid
194 hp @ 5700 rpm
MSRP
$29,280
MPG
34 city / 30 hwy
Seats 5
Continuously variable-speed automatic
Hybrid
194 hp @ 5700 rpm
MSRP
$27,385
MPG
34 city / 30 hwy
Seats 5
Continuously variable-speed automatic
Hybrid
194 hp @ 5700 rpm
MSRP
$32,435
MPG
34 city / 30 hwy
Seats 5
Continuously variable-speed automatic
Hybrid
194 hp @ 5700 rpm
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite RAV4 Hybrid safety features:

Pre-Collision System
Warns the driver of a possible impact with other cars or pedestrians. Can automatically apply the brakes if necessary.
Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
Matches the speed of vehicles ahead when cruise control is in use on the highway. Generically known as adaptive cruise control.
Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist
Warns you when drifting out of your lane and intervenes with steering input if needed. Generically known as lane keeping assist.

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    Overall4 / 5
    Driver4 / 5
    Passenger4 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    Overall5 / 5
  • Side Barrier Rating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front Seat5 / 5
    Back Seat5 / 5
  • Rollover
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover17.4%
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Good
  • Roof Strength Test
    Good
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Good
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Good
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid SUV for Sale

Toyota RAV4 Hybrid 2018 Limited 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
New 2018
Toyota RAV4 Hybrid
Limited
(3)
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MSRP$37,613
Est.Loan: $656/mo
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Dealer Notes
ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY PACKAGE,Sun/Moonroof,Navigation System,SPECIAL COLOR,ALL WEATHER LINER PACKAGE (DISCONTINUED),HANDS FREE POWER BACK DOOR,ALL-WEATHER FLOOR LINERS,TONNEAU COVER,Lane Keeping Assist,REAR BUMPER APPLIQUE,Keyless Start,Bluetooth Connection,Rear Spoiler,Chrome Wheels,All Wheel Drive,50 STATE EMISSIONS,BLIZZARD PEARL,NUTMEG; SOFTEX SEAT TRIM
Toyota RAV4 Hybrid 2018 XLE 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
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XLE
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MSRP$34,048
Est.Loan: $590/mo
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Dealer Notes
The 2018 Toyota RAV4 deliver more fun with a powerful 176hp 4-cylinder engine for off-the-line thrills. Coupled with the Dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence technology, the RAV4 is a smart, spirited choice. More room means more space for gear and friends. You can quickly reconfigure the rear seats into a 6040 split and fold the second-row seats down to create a wide, easily accessible load space with up to 73.4 cubic feet of capacity. RAV4 offers two available audio systems that incorporate navigations, so you can have the perfect soundtrack for all of your adventures. Travel safely with more peace of mind. RAV4 comes standard with a suite of six advanced safety features designed to help keep you out of harm's way.
Toyota RAV4 Hybrid 2018 Limited 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
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Check out this 2018! Providing great efficiency and utility! Top features include heated front seats, a power liftgate, lane departure warning, and seat memory. It features all-wheel drive versatility, an automatic transmission, and a 2.5 liter 4 cylinder engine. Our team is professional, and we offer a no-pressure environment. We'd be happy to answer any questions that you may have. Stop by our dealership or give us a call for more information.

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More about the 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

The 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid keeps up the model's tradition as a very practical choice for shoppers looking for a compact crossover SUV. As always, there is roomy seating for five, one of the largest cargo areas around and Toyota's reputation for reliability. However, the Hybrid goes one giant leap beyond the regular RAV4 by returning 32 mpg combined, giving it a leg up over other compact crossovers that its gas-only sibling just can't. In this way, the Hybrid is actually the more desirable RAV4.

Since it's the Hybrid, you get Toyota's familiar setup of a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine paired to a trio of electric motors — one powering vehicle systems, one motivating the front wheels, and one motivating the rear wheels and effectively creating a standard all-wheel-drive system. Total system output is 192 horsepower, and acceleration is actually stronger than in the regular RAV4 (another reason it's the stronger choice).

EPA-estimated fuel economy is 32 mpg combined (34 city/30 highway), which compares to the 24-26 mpg combined you can expect from the regular RAV4. That could equate to you saving at least $300 in fuel every year.

From there, the Hybrid's benefits and detriments are shared with every RAV4. All trim levels, including the new-for-2018 LE base trim, uniquely come standard with the Toyota Safety Sense P suite, which includes a host of advanced safety equipment such as lane departure warning and forward collision warning with automatic braking. You have to pay extra for this content on its rivals, and often it can't be added to every trim level.

Interior space is another boon. There's a generous amount of room for front passengers, and the cargo area — easily expandable and configurable with a 60/40-split rear seatback — makes it easy to load and transport as much or more than its competitors. There isn't quite as much cargo capacity as in the nonhybrid RAV4, but it still has more than most other compact crossovers.

The RAV4 Hybrid is also capable and easy to drive, with a well-tuned, compliant suspension and smooth, quiet highway manners. But compared to most rivals, handling and the overall driving experience aren't as engaging or as confidence-inspiring. That includes the supposedly sportier SE, which just doesn't boost handling enough to counter its rougher ride.

Unfortunately, interior quality and design trail that of top competitors, which tend to look and feel richer even in their lower trim levels. You can't even get leather. The RAV4 is very utilitarian at a time when compact SUVs are emulating luxury models.

The RAV4 Hybrid's four trim levels (LE, XLE, SE and Limited) pretty much represent an increasing amount of equipment, though the SE does possess sportier styling and suspension tuning. To figure out which of these might work better for you, Edmunds pricing information, inventory and review content will be there to help.

2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid SUV Overview

The 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid SUV is offered in the following styles: Limited 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT), XLE 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT), LE 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT), SE 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT), and LE Plus Fleet 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT).

What do people think of the 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid SUV?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid SUV and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2018 RAV4 Hybrid SUV 4 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2018 RAV4 Hybrid SUV.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid SUV and all model years in our database. Our rich analysis includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2018 RAV4 Hybrid SUV featuring deep dives into trim levels including Limited, XLE, LE, etc. with careful analysis around pricing, features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving and performance. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Read our full review of the 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid SUV here.

Edmunds Scorecard

Overall7.2 / 10

Driving

7.5 / 10

Acceleration9.0 / 10
Braking6.0 / 10
Steering6.5 / 10
Handling7.0 / 10
Drivability8.0 / 10

Comfort

7.5 / 10

Seat comfort7.0 / 10
Ride comfort8.5 / 10
Noise & vibration6.5 / 10
Climate control7.0 / 10

Interior

7.5 / 10

Ease of use7.0 / 10
Getting in/getting out7.5 / 10
Driving position7.5 / 10
Roominess7.0 / 10
Visibility9.0 / 10
Quality5.5 / 10

Utility

7.0 / 10

Small-item storage6.5 / 10
Cargo space9.0 / 10

Technology

6.5 / 10

Audio & navigation6.0 / 10
Smartphone integration6.5 / 10
Driver aids7.0 / 10
Voice control6.0 / 10
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What's a good price for a New 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid SUV?
2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid SUV Limited 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)

The 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid SUV Limited 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $35,480. The average price paid for a new 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid SUV Limited 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) is trending $4,295 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

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The average savings for the 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid SUV Limited 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) is12.1% below the MSRP.

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2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid SUV XLE 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)

The 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid SUV XLE 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $30,484. The average price paid for a new 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid SUV XLE 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) is trending $3,822 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

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The average savings for the 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid SUV XLE 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) is12.5% below the MSRP.

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We are showing 114 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid SUV XLE 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.

2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid SUV LE 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)

The 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid SUV LE 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $28,499. The average price paid for a new 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid SUV LE 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) is trending $3,742 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $3,742 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$24,758.

The average savings for the 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid SUV LE 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) is13.1% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 33 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid SUV LE 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.

2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid SUV SE 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)

The 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid SUV SE 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $34,316. The average price paid for a new 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid SUV SE 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) is trending $3,959 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $3,959 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$30,357.

The average savings for the 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid SUV SE 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) is11.5% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 9 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid SUV SE 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.

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2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid SUV Listings and Inventory

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Should I lease or buy a 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid?

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