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2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Review

The 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid finishes near the middle of our compact SUV rankings. Although it has a roomy cabin and plenty of standard safety tech, it's held back by subpar interior quality.

Pros & Cons

  • Fantastic gas mileage
  • Loads of cargo space
  • Comfortable, spacious seats
  • Lots of driver assistance features
  • Subpar cabin materials

Rankings & Research

The 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid's #6 ranking is based on its score within the 2018 Affordable Compact SUVs category. Currently the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid has a score of 8.3 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 26 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.4
Performance: 7.2
Interior: 7.6
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.8
Safety: 9.3
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2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Overview

Is the 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid a Good Used SUV?

Yes, the 2018 RAV4 Hybrid is a good used compact SUV. It's a fuel-efficient and well-equipped choice in the class, but it's not the most luxurious on the inside.

The RAV4 Hybrid has several strengths:

  • Wealth of standard driver assistance features
  • Expansive cargo area
  • Spacious seating throughout the cabin
  • Tons of standard active safety technology

It has minimal weaknesses:

  • Interior has too many hard plastics
Why You Can Trust Us

To give you a complete overview of the 2018 RAV4 Hybrid – and make your car-shopping experience easier – we analyzed 26 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid reviews alongside performance specs, interior dimensions, and more.

U.S. News Best Cars has been ranking and reviewing vehicles since 2007, and our crew has more than 75 years of combined experience in the auto industry. To ensure our objectivity, we do not accept expensive gifts from carmakers, and an external company manages the ads on our site.

How Much Is the 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid?

The 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid has an average list price of $30,200 on our site, which is on the high side for the class. Prices range from $27,000 to $33,000 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Cost to Own?

The 2018 RAV4 Hybrid’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be about $21,140, or $4,230 per year. That’s below average for a compact SUV.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New RAV4 Hybrid?

The RAV4 Hybrid was fully redesigned for the 2019 model year. Its starting price of $27,700 isn't much higher than the average price for a used 2018 model. The redesigned RAV4 Hybrid gains a stronger powertrain, refreshed interior and exterior styling, and larger infotainment displays (7- or 8-inch display versus 6.1- or 7-inch display). It also comes with extra standard safety features, including rear cross traffic braking, automatic lane tracing assist, and traffic sign recognition. Go with the 2019 RAV4 Hybrid.

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The 2018 RAV4 Hybrid is part of a generation that debuted for the 2016 model year. Toyota added a bundle of advanced safety features for 2017, including a pre-collision system with lane departure alert, active steering assist, adaptive cruise control, pedestrian detection, and automatic high beams. There were no major changes for the 2018 model year.

Unless you want the 2017 RAV4 Hybrid's additional safety features, we recommend the 2016 RAV Hybrid instead. It still comes with a decent amount of standard safety tech, and it's a relatively similar vehicle to the 2018 RAV Hybrid.

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How Reliable Is the 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid?

The Toyota RAV4 Hybrid has an above-average predicted reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power.

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2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Recalls

At the time of writing, there are no safety recalls for the 2018 RAV4 Hybrid.

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Which Used Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid comes in four trims: LE, XLE, SE, and Limited. The base LE trim comes with a decent number of features, including a rearview camera and a 6.1-inch touch screen. For additional tech including navigation, opt for the XLE trim and up. The last two trims provide additional safety and comfort features such as blind spot monitoring and synthetic leather upholstery.

  • Toyota RAV4 Hybrid LE: The base LE trim comes with an Entune infotainment system with a 6.1-inch touch screen, voice recognition, a USB port, and Bluetooth. Other standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera, and pre-collision braking with lane departure alert, lane keep assist, automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, and pedestrian detection.
  • Toyota RAV4 Hybrid XLE: The XLE trim adds navigation, HD Radio, Siri Eyes Free, and satellite radio.
  • Toyota RAV4 Hybrid SE: The SE trim features blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, a power liftgate, 18-inch wheels, a power-adjustable driver's seat, synthetic leather upholstery, and heated front seats.
  • Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Limited: The Limited trim comes with a 7-inch touch screen and parking sensors.

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What Does Toyota's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Toyota offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 85,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. Toyota provides a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty on all its certified pre-owned vehicles, and it extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years from the initial sale date or 100,000 miles. Each CPO Toyota must pass a 160-point inspection. Additional benefits like a CarFax vehicle history report, towing, and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Toyota warranty page carefully.

Toyota’s CPO program is about average for an affordable carmaker, according to our research. Mazda, Hyundai, and Honda all have better programs.

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How Safe Is the RAV4 Hybrid?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety did not perform crash safety tests on the 2019 RAV4 Hybrid. However, the nonhybrid RAV4 was named a 2018 Top Safety Pick. It received the highest rating of Good in five crash tests and the lowest rating of Poor in a passenger-side small overlap front test. The 2018 RAV4 Hybrid received the highest rating of Superior for front crash prevention, as well as the second-lowest rating of Marginal for how well the headlights illuminate the road ahead.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the RAV4 Hybrid an overall rating of five out of five stars, with four stars in frontal crash and rollover tests and five stars in the side crash test.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • rearview camera
  • pre-collision braking
  • pedestrian detection
  • lane departure alert
  • lane keep assist
  • automatic high beams
  • adaptive cruise control

Available advanced safety features:

  • blind spot monitoring
  • rear cross traffic alert
  • front and rear parking sensors
  • surround-view parking camera system

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2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid or 2018 Honda CR-V?

The 2018 Honda CR-V may not be a hybrid vehicle, but it has an available turbo engine that provides some of the highest fuel economy ratings for a nonhybrid compact SUV. This turbo engine is also livelier than the RAV4 Hybrid's powertrain. Additionally, the Honda is available with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, two features you can't get in the RAV4 Hybrid. The Toyota does have a higher predicted reliability rating, but overall, the Honda is still a better crossover.

Which Is Better: 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid or 2018 Nissan Rogue Hybrid?

The 2018 Nissan Rogue Hybrid is the only other hybrid vehicle in the class. It has great fuel economy figures like the RAV4 Hybrid, but the Rogue Hybrid has a more attractive interior than its Toyota rival. Still, we recommend sticking with the RAV4 Hybrid. It has more standard safety tech, a roomier back seat, quicker acceleration, and standard all-wheel drive.

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2018 RAV4 Hybrid Performance

How Does the 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Drive?

The 2018 RAV4 Hybrid delivers a smooth ride, and it remains composed around corners. This Toyota also comes standard with all-wheel drive, which is a rarity in the class. A four-cylinder engine and two electric motors power the RAV4 Hybrid. Its acceleration won't wow you, but it's fine for daily driving.

  • Base engine: 194-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder
  • Drivetrain: all-wheel drive
  • Transmission: continuously variable automatic (CVT)
Does the 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 2018 RAV4 Hybrid has superb gas mileage estimates for the class.

  • 34/30 mpg city/highway

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2018 RAV4 Hybrid Interior

How Many People Does the 2018 RAV4 Hybrid Seat?

The 2018 RAV4 Hybrid is a two-row SUV that seats up to five people. The seats are comfortable and supportive, and adults will find ample space both up front and in the back. 

Standard seating features:

  • cloth upholstery
  • manually adjustable seats
  • reclining second-row seats

Available seating features:

  • synthetic leather upholstery
  • power-adjustable driver's seat
  • heated front seats
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid?

The 2018 RAV4 Hybrid has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats and an upper tether on the rear middle seat.

2018 RAV4 Hybrid Features

The 2018 RAV4 Hybrid's Entune infotainment system is easy to use. In addition to touch-screen controls, it has physical buttons integrated with the center of the control panel.

  • Standard infotainment features: the Entune system with a 6.1-inch touch screen, voice recognition, a USB port, and Bluetooth
  • Available infotainment features: a 7-inch touch screen, navigation, HD Radio, Siri Eyes Free, and satellite radio
  • Additional standard features: dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Other available features: a power liftgate

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2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Dimensions

Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Cargo Space

The 2018 RAV4 Hybrid has one of the roomiest cargo areas in the compact SUV class. There's 35.6 cubic feet of space with the rear seats up and 70.6 cubic feet of space when the back row is folded down.

These cargo dimensions are for comparative purposes. There is no substitute for visually examining the storage area in any car you’re considering.

2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Length and Weight
  • Length: about 15 feet, 1 inch
  • Curb weight: 3,925 to 3,950 pounds

Where Was the 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Built?

Toyota built the RAV4 Hybrid in Japan.

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