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Among the reasons Toyota has ruled atop the crossover SUV class for so long is the automaker's attention to detail. In particular, the Toyota RAV4 is often held up as a gleaming example of a very family-friendly crossover SUV that offers plenty of seating, space for cargo and a long list of standard features. For the new model year, Toyota has welcomed a new version of its popular compact crossover SUV to the showroom, the Adventure. The upgrades made for the newest version has opened a new world of competitors. A comparison of the 2018 Toyota RAV4 vs. 2018 Jeep Compass is interesting on a few different fronts. Buyers who typically consider Jeep vehicles first may have some new options to consider before their next crossover SUV purchase.
Certainly, the Jeep Compass comes from a strong off-road pedigree, but the new Adventure version of the 2018 RAV4 closes that gap quickly, if not completely. The newest member of the RAV4 lineup sits on taller suspension setup which will help it take passengers off-road. Additionally, Toyota has included a choice of drivetrains with the 2018 RAV4 which will give drivers extra peace of mind while driving through a wider range of conditions. Both the 2018 RAV4 and 2018 Jeep Compass have an official seating capacity of five passengers. However, owners of the RAV4 will have more space to work with. When properly configured, the 2018 Toyota RAV4 can have up to 73.4 cubic-feet of cargo volume compared to less than 60 cu.-ft. with the Compass.
Advocates of the 2018 Jeep Compass may be quick to point out the small advantage it holds over the 2018 Toyota RAV4 in terms of performance output. However, its fewer than five-horsepower difference and the RAV4 can do more than what can be gleaned from reading numbers on a page. Both vehicles use four-cylinder engines as a primary powerplant. The 2018 RAV4 can produce 176 horsepower with the 2018 Compass recording 180 horsepower. When properly equipped, the 2018 Toyota RAV4 can tow up to 3,500 pounds where the 2018 Compass tops out at just 2,000 pounds.