Toyota is taking its popular RAV4 off the rails, or at least off the road. It’s creating an Adventure version of the 2018 model that begins arriving in dealerships this month.
Interestingly, Toyota decided not to sell it with standard AWD but with standard front-wheel drive. Those will serve you fine in literally pulling you out of most sticky road situations, but if you really want to go off the pavement, there’s the optional all-wheel drive.
The two-wheel drive base RAV4 Adventure model starts at $28,695. All-wheel drive bumps it up by $700. A price point that puts it right between the RAV4 XLE and SE trims.
Front-wheel drive comes standard with an Automatic Limited Slip Differential while All-Wheel comes with Dynamic Torque Control. Both versions of the Adventure model come standard with the Rav4 Tow Prep Package. It adds a more effective radiator, supplemental engine oil, and transmission fluid cooler. Front-wheel drive tows up to 2,900 lbs while All-wheel tows up to 3,500 lbs. The ride height is also up from the normal 6.1-inches to an adventuresome 6.5.
But visually it stands on its own from the other trims. Special exterior details include large over-fender flares, 18-inch black alloy five-spoke wheels, black rocker panel guards, special gray lower valance, black headlight bezels and fog light surrounds, and black roof rails. The matte black nose strip is what really does it for me. And just in case these don’t tip off just what Rav4 it is, there are black Adventure badges.
There’s only one optional package; the Cold Weather Package. It adds heated seats and steering wheel and wiper de-icer. The Cold Weather Package is new for 2018 and is offered on non-Adventure RAV4s as well.