Toyota rolled out a new Adventure trim level for the 2018 RAV4 at the Chicago Auto Show. With a taller ride height than the normal RAV4, the Adventure model should have some appeal for shoppers who prefer a little extra capability for exploring the great outdoors. That appeal, however, relies more heavily on cosmetic changes than actual off-road ability.
Like the existing RAV4, the Adventure will be available with all-wheel drive at an additional cost (front-wheel drive is standard). For shoppers intent on driving on anything besides pavement, the all-wheel-drive option is a must. Combined with the increased ground clearance, the RAV4 Adventure will be able to tackle trails and rough dirt roads, but not serious rock crawling. The lack of underbody skid plates, all-terrain tires and adequate power are the limiting factors.
More likely, shoppers will gravitate toward the RAV4 Adventure’s looks. The large plastic fender flares and lower body panels are the most prominent addition, with black alloy wheels, standard roof rails and badging rounding out the rest. Inside, unique trim panels, doorsill plates and all-weather floor mats continue the theme.
If you’re looking for more serious off-road capability, Toyota’s own 4Runner is a better bet. For those who just like the idea of something a little more rugged-looking than the average RAV4, however, the Adventure could be just the ticket.