2017 Toyota RAV4

Starting MSRP: $24,910 - $36,150

Estimated MPG: 23 city / 30 hwy

2017 Toyota RAV4 Review

The Toyota RAV4 was one of the earliest compact SUVs, and it continues to be one of the segment's most compelling choices. With its smooth ride and generous cargo capacity, the 2017 RAV4 is an appealing pick for small families seeking comfortable transportation.

By Warren Clarke
Last Updated 07/05/2017

For 2017, the Toyota RAV4 adds a wealth of standard safety features. All models now come with active safety technology such as forward collision mitigation, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control and automatic high beams. The current model year also sees the introduction of a new Platinum trim level that sits at the top of the lineup.

Toyota's RAV4 seats five and is offered with front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. Buyers have a choice of five trims: LE, XLE, SE, Limited and Platinum. The Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is also available and covered in a separate review.

Exterior

Exterior

The 2017 Toyota RAV4 has an aggressive look that is underscored by its scowling front fascia. A narrow upper grille spans the distance between the SUV's standard halogen projector-beam headlights, with a skid plate adding sporty flair down below. Standard 17-inch wheels and a roof-mounted shark-fin antenna are visible in profile. A rear view of the RAV4 reveals a color-keyed spoiler and a rear skid plate.

Base LE models come with halogen daytime running lights, color-keyed outside door handles, power-folding side mirrors, rear privacy glass, roof rails and a noise-reducing front windshield. Available exterior upgrades include LED headlights, LED daytime running lights, LED taillights, 18-inch wheels, heated side mirrors, a sunroof and chrome exterior door handles.

Interior

Interior

While its design and materials quality are average, the Toyota RAV4's cabin impresses with a roomy rear seat, wide door openings and superb visibility. Cargo volume behind the second row stands at a stellar 38.4 cubic feet, and with the second row folded, this figures grows to 73.4 cubic feet.

The list of standard features on base models includes air conditioning, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a six-way adjustable driver's seat, a four-way adjustable front-passenger seat, a 60/40-split folding and reclining rear seat and power windows and door locks. You can upgrade your RAV4 with dual-zone automatic climate control, an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel and premium leatherette upholstery.

Performance

Performance

The Toyota RAV4 is a pleasure to drive, with good acceleration and smooth handling. All models come with a six-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available. A 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine lives under the hood, and it provides 176 horsepower and 172 pound-feet of torque. Front-wheel-drive RAV4 models achieve fuel economy of up to 23/30 mpg city/highway, while all-wheel-drive models get mileage of up to 22/28 mpg.

Technology

Technology

The RAV4 offers a competitive array of technology features. Base models come with a rearview camera, a 4.2-inch display, hands-free phone capability, Bluetooth music streaming, an auxiliary audio jack, a USB 2.0 port and a six-speaker sound system. Available features include satellite radio, a navigation system, HD radio, a 7-inch touch screen with split-screen display and a premium 11-speaker sound system. All RAV4 models come with active safety features such as a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, lane departure alert, adaptive cruise control and automatic high beams. Available safety features include blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.