Do you know what the “RAV4” in Toyota RAV4 stands for? It means “recreational activity vehicle 4-wheel-drive.” The 4-wheel drive part is optional, though. The versatility and optional packages are why the 2018 Toyota RAV4 is projected to be a top-selling SUV, much like most of its predecessors in the model’s 22-year history.

With the exception of a few years, most Toyota RAV4 model years outsold the previous year’s release. The 2017 Toyota RAV4 was the best-selling model year, with 407,594 units sold. More than 50,000 of those units were the hybrid version.

Will the 2018 Toyota RAV4 continue the tradition and outsell its predecessor? It might, but it will certainly not be an easy feat. After all, the 2018 model marks the sixth year of the SUV’s current generation. This means buyers may wait and hold out for an extra year or two for the next-generation release.

We suggest visiting the Weekly Driver to learn more about the Toyota RAV4 and its sales history.

What about the 2019 Toyota RAV4? This model was unveiled at the New York International Auto Show. What we know so far is that the upcoming model will have a slightly longer wheelbase, thus creating a more spacious interior.

The most noteworthy change, though, is the engine upgrade. While it will still utilize the same Dynamic Force 4-cylinder engine, the power has been improved to 203 hp. This is significant because that figure makes the compact crossover the most powerful in its segment for an entry-level engine.

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