Toyota Goes Rugged with Lifted 2018 RAV4 Adventure
New Trim Level Includes Fender Flares, Black Exterior Accents, Higher Ride Height
Toyota hopes to capture the outdoorsy crowd with the 2018 RAV4 Adventure, a new trim level for the company’s popular small crossover. Featuring darkened exterior accents, the Adventure takes a page from Subaru’s handbook, giving the RAV4 a more rugged, trail-friendly stance.
A standard towing package adds transmission fluid and engine oil coolers, an upgraded radiator, and a suspension with a higher ride height. Toyota hasn’t announced the Adventure’s towing capacity, but we expect it to hit a round 2,000 pounds, enough for a small camp trailer or a two personal watercraft. The RAV4 Adventure’s black-painted roof rack provides both some styling verve and added cargo-hauling capability.
Modifications made to the exterior of the RAV4 include silver-painted guards on the front bumper, rear bumper, and rocker panels, plus black headlight bezels and foglight trim. The Adventure also includes black-painted 18-inch alloy wheels and a somewhat silly black hood graphic that apes the Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk. A dark finish also graces the model designation and the very cool Adventure logo badge.
Inside, the rugged RAV4 gets carbon-look interior trim, a leather-wrapped shift knob, and floor mats with the Adventure logo. Those floor mats and the standard cargo area liner are of the all-weather variety, giving the RAV4 Adventure four-season utility. Aiding that versatility is 110V power outlet in the cargo area, perfect for providing campsite power or tailgate-party tunes.
Although Toyota didn't specify, we expect the RAV4 Adventure to be equipped with only the standard 2.4L I-4 that makes 176 hp and 172 lb-ft, with no hybrid model available. Though a two-speed transfer case is still unavailable in the unibody crossover, the RAV4 Adventure makes the most of its sporty image with the front-drive version’s automatic limited-slip differential and the all-wheel-driver’s Dynamic Torque Control system. These features won’t embarrass a Jeep Wrangler driver, but they should be enough to tackle the dirt roads and snowy lanes to your favorite outdoor activities.