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Old 10-12-2017, 07:31 PM   #1
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New RAV4 for 2018

Just received my copy of Club Toyota magazine and for 2018 Toyota will be selling RAV4 Trail in Canada ( may be Adventure nameplate in US ). It has 3,500 lb tow capacity and Trailer Sway Control. Tow prep package includes upgraded radiator and supplemental engine oil and transmission fluid coolers.
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Old 10-12-2017, 07:40 PM   #2
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The Adventure model looks to be a great fit for a smaller trailer. Has all the things you look for in a tow. I still think it's marginal for a 2nd Generation 17B, depending on how it's equipped. Those could come close to or exceed 3500 lbs when loaded.
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Have to admit, I'd likely move up to a Highlander if I were purchasing.
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I'm waiting for a real world report on towing with the new Rav4 Adventure. But I like what I've seen so far. Just wish it was a V6.
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Why the Highlander?
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Old 10-12-2017, 07:58 PM   #6
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Why the Highlander?
Just a guess, but probably the extra 1500 lbs of towing capacity.
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Why the Highlander?
Could be Pilot, or Highlander.
I'm very happy with my Toyota for all the usual reasons, quality, service, resale.
But, I'd look at the Pilot, even if it is huge compared to my RAV4.
4Runner, Tacoma, etc would have to have an escalator optional before my wife would consider it.
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I'm waiting for a real world report on towing with the new Rav4 Adventure. But I like what I've seen so far. Just wish it was a V6.
I'd also ask where the full-size spare is.
And, magazine article says all new RAV4s have a 2.5 liter four-cylinder engine.
My RAV4 V6 has a 3.5 liter engine.
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Having towed a 17B many, many miles with a V6 RAV4, I don't think I'd be interested in doing the same with a 4 banger, no matter what the tow ratings. Now, that V6 made the RAV4 a tiger! I was not impressed with the same engine in a Highlander...
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Pipe dream: a smaller, quality SUV, with a Ford 2.7L EcoBoost V6 engine.....
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