Toyota is ready to reclaim its status. It wants to get some edge back in the hardcore SUV and truck market.
To do this, it is creating adventure and sport trims for the Tundra, Sequoia, and RAV4. It also throws in some new safety tech on the two biggest models. Our thought? Oh yeah.
2018 Sequoia and Tundra Sport
First, let’s look at the 2018 Sequoia and Tundra offerings. These two get a new sportier trim. It runs under Toyota Racing Development, TRD, badging. Its handling upgrades are specially tuned Bilstein Shocks and front and rear anti-sway bars.
The TRD Sport Tundra and Sequoia go in different directions style wise. The truck goes flashy. Case in point, it gets 20-inch alloy silver wheels and LED headlights with smoked chrome bezel. Cap it off with the new mesh grille and a special bedside graphic.
On the other hand, the Sequoia TRD Sport goes dark. Accordingly, it sports black 20-inch wheels, metallic black mirror caps, darkened rear taillights, and black front door badging. The lift gate logo still shines out though in chrome.
The Sequoia and Tundra also start out the 2018 model year with some small, across the board, touch ups. And we mean small. Take note of the new grilles and some minor lighting updates.
Though they do get nice safety upgrades. Both now come with Toyota Safety Sense-Plus or TSS-P. This means they now come with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and auto high beams.
2018 Rav4 Adventure
Let’s switch gears to the crossover RAV4 Adventure. Oddly, it comes with front-wheel-drive, but it does add an auto slip differential. However, all-wheel-drive takes things seriously with Dynamic Torque Control.
No matter your wheel drive choice the Adventure offers some nice style upgrades. These include over fender flares, 18-inch black wheels, lower bodyguards, black headlights, and Adventure badging.
Inside are door sill protectors and all-weather mats with the Adventure logo. All things considered, it might not really be ready for a hard-core Colorado adventure. But it would make a great car for a family with boys.