The RAV4 is now Toyota's top-selling vehicle, having last year outsold the venerable Toyota Camry, itself the best-selling passenger car in the U.S. for many years running. It was the top-selling non-pickup in the U.S. in 2017. And its popularity shows no sign of waning, with sales up more than 15 percent last year — pretty good for a compact SUV that arguably birthed the segment. Here you'll find all the information you need to make an educated buying decision if you're considering a 2018 Toyota RAV4, including safety and reliability ratings, engine specs, horsepower, fuel economy ratings and pricing. And we'll summarize what Autoblog's professional auto reviewers think of the RAV4. Is the 2018 Toyota RAV4 Safe? The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gives the 2018 Toyota RAV4 an overall crash-test rating of five stars, giving it top marks for protecting the driver and passengers against injury. Breaking it down further, the RAV4 gets five stars in side-crash tests and four-star ratings in both frontal crash and rollover resistance tests. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, which also provides ratings for new vehicles based on its own comprehensive crash tests, has given the 2018 Toyota RAV4 its "Top Safety Pick" award. It earned "good" ratings for five of six crashworthiness tests but a "poor" rating for passenger-side small overlap crashes, which replicate crashes involving the front corner of a car. (For an overview of the "hellish" small overlap test, see this behind the scenes article.) IIHS gives the 2018 RAV4 a "superior" rating for front crash prevention and an "acceptable" rating for headlights, its newest ratings measurement, and a "good" rating for its LATCH anchors for child seats. Ratings may differ for RAV4s from other model years, so be sure to visit the NHTSA and IIHS websites to review ratings on the specific vehicle you're researching. At the time of this writing, the 2018 Toyota RAV4 has not been included as part of the widespread Takata airbag recall. Is the RAV4 reliable? J.D. Power most recently reviewed initial quality in the 2017 RAV4 – which is extremely similar to the 2018 model. It gave the RAV4 three out of five possible stars — "about average" — for overall quality, overall performance and design, and predicted reliability. Diving deeper, J.D. Power gave the RAV4 five stars for both overall mechanical quality and body and interior mechanical quality, but just two stars for features and accessories, and ease of using controls or other features. A note about J.D. Power's methodology: we have some rather serious issues with the way it weights serious and less serious reliability issues. Read more about that here. Find 2018 Toyota RAV4 pricing, information, and even ones on sale near you In December 2017, Toyota issued a small recall of certain 2017-2018 model-year RAV4s, among six other Toyota and Lexus models, for having incorrect load-carrying capacity modification labels, which could prompt drivers to overload vehicles and increase the risk of a crash. The company said it would …
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