The Ultimate Toyota SUV Buying Guide from Keyes Toyota

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The balance of cars to SUVs around Los Angeles has gone topsy-turvy. SUVs used to be the rarity, but these days, it’s sedans and coupes losing ground to an ever-growing lineup of new Toyota SUVs. If you’re in the market for something a little bigger, and a little more versatile — or even something that’s relatively compact but offering big performance — Keyes Toyota has you covered.

2018 Toyota RAV4

2018 Toyota RAV4 Details

  • Engine: 2.5 Liter 4-Cylinder
  • Output: 176 hp / 172 lb.-ft. torque
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Max. Cargo Volume: 73.4 cu. ft.
  • MPG: 23 City / 30 Highway

Toyota Motor Company didn’t invent the SUV. But they did invent the crossover, and the original — this year in the form of the 2018 Toyota RAV4 and 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid — remains the yardstick against which the rest of the segment is measured.

This year’s model sees an IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus and five-star NHTSA safety rating thanks to standard Toyota STAR safety system and Toyota Safety Sense. It also gets a new Adventure trim that’s specifically built for off-road prowess, a tow prep package for the times you want to bring the big toys, and a cold weather package that’ll come in handy if you leave LA behind for the slopes.

2018 Toyota Highlander

The 2018 Toyota Highlander gets no significant changes this year. But after last year’s redesign, this popular three-row SUV didn’t really need much of anything. It has ample storage, and plenty of room for optional features like leather accents, keyless start, and second-row captain’s chairs. Like the Toyota RAV4, you can also get a Toyota Highlander Hybrid that, unlike the gas models, has all-wheel drive standard.

2018 Toyota Highlander details

  • Engines:
  • 185 hp four-cylinder
  • 295 hp V6
  • Transmission:
  • Eight-speed automatic

2018 Toyota C-HR

2018 Toyota C-HR Details

  • Engine: 2.0-liter engine
  • Power: 144 horsepower, 139 lb-ft torque
  • Transmission: CVT
  • Fuel Economy: 29 combined MPG

There’s a new addition to the family this year: the 2018 Toyota C-HR (Coupe-High Rider), which combines style and economy in a high-functioning compact footprint. There are only two trims right now, which means less mixing and matching to get what you want. Be sure to ask your Los Angeles area Toyota dealer about the well-specced XLE Premium trim.

There are other new Toyota SUVs on offer, including the Toyota Sequoia and the legendary Toyota Land Cruiser. You can find those, and a whole lot more, at the Keyes Toyota showroom, located at 5855 Van Nuys Blvd in Van Nuys, CA.