Do people really go on an adventure in their crosses, or do they just like the idea that they can attack in the jungle at any time? Although these high carts embody practical utility, they rarely offer off-road skills to explore unknown regions. In spite of everything they are so trendy now that the extremely popular Toyota RAV4 has overtaken the Camry sedan as the company’s best-selling salesman, with more than 407,000 sold throughout the country in 2017. That makes it the best selling car in the United States that no pick-up. By 2018, Toyota will please people who love the concept of a crossover that overcomes everything with the new RAV4 Adventure model.
Although this middle model has added a ground clearance (6.5 inches versus the 6.1 standard) and robust design elements, it is not exactly ready to tackle the Rubicon Trail. However, every adventure has a standard trailer preparation package with reinforced cooling components, including an improved radiator and additional oil for the engine coolers and transmission. This allows the front-drive versions to weigh up to 2,900 pounds; the four-wheel drive model has a maximum of 3500 pounds. These are modest classifications, without doubt, but they are substantial improvements compared to the regular RAV4, which can carry up to 1,500 pounds.
The RAV4 Adventure with all-wheel drive that we tested came with a standard black strip for the optional Ruby Flare Pearl cap and paint (for example, a red one), an option of $ 395 for those who do not want shades of gray. The sticker on the window also reflected the additions of mudguards ($ 40) and decorative trim ($ 209). Although it shares exterior elements with the sporty SE upholstery, this exterior version features prominent mudguard extensions and striking black accents on the grille, headlamps, mirrors and roof rails, so that everyone knows that this is not the case with your librarian’s RAV4. In the same way, the adventure uses lower gray-painted panels to display pseudo-skate boards. Rad. Despite the faux-off-road shtick (the SE has the same height and height of tires and tires, but has no towing package), the adventure looks heavier than the rest of the line-up.
Toyota stores its ordinary 2.5-liter inline four, combined with a six-speed automatic transmission, on all RAV4 models. The engine has the same 176 hp and 172 lb.t. from the couple as his siblings, and the Adventure specification is not available with the hybrid powertrain. We ventured from our base in Ann Arbor to Chicago and the quiet and relaxed driving and the powertrain remained diligently out of sight and from the heart. While the constant traffic jams of the city caught us by the hair, the RAV never made it worse.
Yet it is not comparable with rivals such as the Honda CR-V and the Mazda CX-5 that are faster, more fun to drive and more economical. The soft suspension of the Toyota was comfortable, but the lifeless steering and the insensitive throttle are boring. Our test vehicle needed 8.3 seconds to accelerate to 60 mph and 6.0 seconds to get from 50 to 70 km / h; both figures are at the slow end of the class. Their braking performance, when stopped at 70 km / h in 175 feet, and the grip in the corners (0.79 g) were average at best. Fuel consumption was also disappointing. We observed 21 mpg in mixed driving and recorded 25 mpg in our 75 mph highway fuel loop, performing significantly worse compared to the EPA estimates of 22 mpg in the city, 28 on the highway and 25 combined.
The Adventure is the attempt to fix Toyota to the uneven interior and inexpensive aspect of RAV4 stamping the cut name and logo of the mountain on the mats all weather and protective doors, add panels similar finish to fiberglass carbon and the wrapping the dial with leather. Unfortunately, that does not save the unholy mixture of hard plastics and the squeaks and bells that spread through the cabin. At least, the ample passengers and freight up to the promise of practicality, keeping a small margin in the last measure on the large Honda CR-V.
Our tester was equipped with interior lighting kit ($ 185) and grab extra energy value premium ($ 2490). In addition to the passive entrance, an electric tailgate height adjustable blind spot control and rear cross traffic signaling, the package contains a number of updates infotainment. It is unfortunate that the archaic interface responds slowly and lacks carplay Apple, Android Auto or options mobile hotspot for Wi-Fi, omissions rarely today. Each RAV4 has advanced driver assistance, including Forward Collision Warning with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Warning, automatic high beams and adaptive cruise control.
Despite its limited off-road capabilities and aging architecture (the current generation exists since 2013), the RAV4 remains immensely popular, with more than 91,000 submissions in the United States after the first three months of 2018. We hope that it will continue when new 2019 RAV4 comes later this year, including a new version of Adventure theme. Although there are several existing alternatives that prefer the sticker price of $ 32,714 from our test vehicle, for many buyers, the RAV4 rating plate and Toyota’s reputation are apparently more convincing than driving dynamics and the quality of the interior. If it’s our money, we would jump this adventure and hope that the new and improved version.