Is the 2018 Toyota RAV4 the Right Car For My Family?

Toyota RAV4Continuing on our car hunt, the next vehicle in line is the 2018 Toyota RAV4. If you have missed out on my last post go here to catch up. As a refresher, here on the items on my list of must haves. I’m looking for a comfy bench 2nd row or a third row with captains chair, leather seats, and a reverse camera. Not a whole lot to ask for but definitely things I know I will need with 3 rambunctious boys.

I see many Toyota RAV4 on the road all of the time and they seem like a fairly popular SUV for families. I’ve never been a huge fan aesthetically from the outside because I never dug the tire well on the back.  Silly, yes, but I like what I like.

2018 Toyota RAV4

When the Toyota RAV4 arrived in our driveway, I was actually immediately in like with the outside. It had a sporty exterior and was painted a deep red with black accents. The car looked really sporty and really struck a chord with me. When I opened the driver door I was a little bummed to find cloth seats. To be a sporty vehicle, I would expect leather seats for easy cleanup.

The front dash had a thick lip which contained the air controls and was an immediate turn off for me. It seemed that if you had something go wrong with your controls that it would be a lot of work and repair to fix being in that “lip” portion.

Once I got the Toyota RAV4 on the road however, all my dislikes faded and I started to fall in love with the SUV. The RAV4 had all of the must haves I was looking for and drove like a champ. The car was very centered when driving and though only a v4, it had pep in its step and didn’t struggle to accelerate in speed.

Would I buy the 2018 Toyota RAV4?

After a week of driving around in the Toyota RAV4, would I actually buy the RAV4 in the long run? The verdict is in and the answer is yes, just throw some leather seats in! Initially, the exterior sold me but the interior wasn’t my favorite. However, after driving the RAV4 and seeing how well it handles the road, I was back on board again. I believe the Toyota RAV4 is a great competitor in the smaller SUV market and would rate it an 8/10.

Toyota RAV4



  1. February 19, 2018 / 2:46 pm

    This is such a great review of the car, I love that you mention how well it handles the road. I am moving to Colorado in May and really wanna buy my first car and thinking of this now. Thanks!

  2. February 19, 2018 / 10:33 pm

    It looks like a great car. I have 3 kids and a wheelchair to deal with, so I’m not sure it would be best for my family at this time.

  3. Annreeba
    February 20, 2018 / 4:21 am

    This car looks great. I am moving to Colorado in May and really wanna buy my first car and thinking of this now. Thanks!

  4. February 20, 2018 / 3:41 pm

    The Rav4 has so many awesome reviews. Hard to believe it won’t work for you!

  5. February 20, 2018 / 5:27 pm

    Your son is so adorable and he makes the car look good. You gave an excellent review on the RAV4. Sounds like a good car,

  6. February 21, 2018 / 2:40 am

    wow this car looks absolutely amazing. It is also roomy enough for a family

  7. February 22, 2018 / 2:46 pm

    Toyotas are such great cars. I’ve heard a lot of great things about the RAV 4.

  8. February 23, 2018 / 1:35 pm

    Great review! My mom has a Toyota Highlander and she loves it! I have always heard great things about Toyotas and how well they run.I’ll have to keep the Rav4 in mind. Thanks for sharing!

  9. February 26, 2018 / 9:36 pm

    Aww wish you would have included more photos of the car, would have loved to see the inside. We are in the process of buying a new car. This looks like a good one!

    • February 28, 2018 / 1:56 pm

      I have a video I’ll be sharing shortly!

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