2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid vs. Its Competition

Andrew Ganz Andrew Ganz Senior Editor

You can—and probably will—spend all month test-driving compact crossovers.

The Honda CR-V is the country’s most popular, and it’s easy to see why.

The CR-V delivers a good driving experience with a roomy, flexible interior.

The Ford Escape is greying at its temples but is still a pleasure to drive and is often discounted.

The Mazda CX-5 is the segment’s sports car in every way but acceleration.

It’s roomier this year, too.

Subaru’s popular Forester offers good off-road ability and tremendous flexibility inside, even if it too is showing its age.

And the Nissan Rogue has emerged as one of the segment’s heavy-weights.

Skip its cramped optional third row, though.

2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid
2018 Toyota RAV42018 Toyota RAV4
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2018 BMW 3-Series2018 BMW 3-Series
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2018 Honda CR-V2018 Honda CR-V
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2018 Toyota Highlander2018 Toyota Highlander
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2018 Kia Niro Plug-in Hybrid 2018 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid
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The 2018 Toyota RAV4 has a lot going for it, including a hybrid model, but you’d be wise to cross-shop its rivals as well.
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The 2018 Toyota RAV4 has a lot going for it, including a hybrid model, but you’d be wise to cross-shop its rivals as well.
6.7
The 2018 BMW 3-Series makes its strongest case in performance for luxury compact buyers’ attentions.
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The 2018 Honda CR-V may be light on personality, but this compact crossover checks off every other box. It’s a very smart choice.
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The 2018 Toyota Highlander delivers much of what families want in a three-row crossover at a reasonable price; the Highlander Hybrid is icing on the cake.
MSRP From     
N/A$24,660$34,900$24,250$31,230$27,900
Gas Mileage     
22 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 43 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy
Engine     
N/ARegular Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Gas/Electric I-4
EPA Class     
N/ASmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDCompact CarsSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD
Style Name     
N/ALE FWD (GS)320i SedanLX 2WDLE I4 FWD (Natl)LX FWD
Drivetrain     
N/AFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
N/A55585
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
N/ASport UtilitySedanSport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
Transmission     
N/AAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODCVT w/ODAutomatic w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/OD
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