The 2018 Toyota RAV4 is certainly a step up from the previous generation, but with the next facelifted model coming out for the 2019 model year, is the current RAV4 really worth $32,000? Let's go over our thoughts about the 2018 Toyota RAV4.
2018 Toyota RAV4 Overview
In all fairness, the 2018 Toyota RAV4 is a much better improvement over the previous generation, and the overall exterior design is quite nice compared to Honda, Kia, and Hyundai models. The led running lamps make the entire car look very composed and modern, but some of the sharp lines make the RAV4 look a little odd from certain angles. I'm overall happy with the design of the RAV4, even if some of the lines don't look the best. When compared to other models in its class, the RAV4 looks the best.
Another piece of the 2018 Toyota RAV4 that I really appreciate is the attention to detail in the wheels on the SE model. Most compact SUVs have HIDEOUS wheels, but the RAV4 actually looks sporty and modern.
Here's where things go downhill. The interior of the 2018 Toyota RAV4 looks nice upon first look, but once you step into the vehicle, you start to notice a huge downside about it. The quality of the interior is terrible, and it feels like Toyota has lost their desire to create a quality product when compared to Honda, Kia, and Hyundai. I'm sorry, but a Toyota has always had an underlying meaning of quality and reliability. While I'm sure the parts in the RAV4 are reliable, I'm uncertain about their overall durability.
Toyota models of previous generations never had the highest quality plastics and trim pieces in them, but they at least felt decent. In the most recent models, however, the entire vehicle feels like a piece of recycled rubber. It's hard to explain how mushy and floppy the buttons and switches felt in the 2018 Toyota RAV4, and it's truly something you need to experience for yourself.
I'm truly shocked that Toyota is charging $32,000 for a vehicle with this lack of quality, and I'm overall unimpressed with the 2018 RAV4 model. This is one of the first vehicles I've reviewed in a long time that I have had so little to say about. There are good points to the 2018 Toyota RAV4, but for $32,000, you have a plethora of options that outweigh every part of the RAV4. For the money, I'd go with 2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport. While it's a few thousand dollars more, it's still a much better vehicle with better features.