2017 Toyota RAV4 Overview
Pros & Cons
- Easy-to-use infotainment system
- Spacious cabin
- Impressive standard safety features
- Unimpressive acceleration
- Plastics-heavy interior
Notable for 2017
- Toyota Safety Sense now available in all trims
Toyota RAV4 Rankings and Research
The 2017 Toyota RAV4 ranking is based on its score within the Compact SUVs category. Currently the Toyota RAV4 has a score of 7.8 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 35 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.
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2017 Toyota RAV4 Review
The Toyota RAV4 helped introduce a new form of family car to the U.S. market in 1994, but that distinction isn’t reflected in its ranking. Now in its fourth-generation, the 2017 RAV4 is merely an adequate compact SUV, according to the reviews and data that drive our rankings. Neither the style nor the single engine option will wow you like the Ford Escape or the CX-5, but it has impressive safety features in all trims and one of the most spacious cabins in its class.
Although the interior design draws mixed reviews and features heavy use of plastics, the dashboard is well-organized with a clean and simple layout. It also features an easy-to-use infotainment system. The seats are comfortable, however, no trim in the RAV4’s lineup offers upgraded leather seats (only leatherette is available), despite its slightly above-class-average price.
Lackluster Engine, but Composed Handling
The 2017 Toyota RAV4 offers only one engine, and it isn’t very exciting, but it gets the job done. The 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine makes 176 horsepower, which is average for the class. The RAV4 is more about comfort than speed. It has secure and comfortable handling and goes around turns and over bumps with ease, thanks to its well-tuned suspension. The available all-wheel drive can help get you through hazardous road conditions.
Function Over Fun
The RAV4 strives to provide reliability more than racing abilities. Though its engine provides adequate power for around-town driving, the throttle can respond slowly, leading to some lag. The Sport mode, however, improves throttle response. If you’re looking for a vehicle with blood-pumping acceleration and power, you won’t find it with the RAV4. However, if you want a vehicle to feel safe and secure in, the RAV4 provides that peace of mind.
More Substance, Less Style
As with its performance, the RAV4’s interior is focused on function. You won’t get an elegant interior with high-quality materials like you will with the Nissan Rogue, but you will get a simple layout that’s easy to navigate. The infotainment controls are user-friendly and strategically placed, making it easy for both the driver and passenger to get the most out of them. However, some of these controls feel frail. The instrument cluster is also something of a concern. The harsh dashboard lights make it difficult to read the display.
The RAV4 has decent interior materials. Plastics are used throughout the cabin but still add a bit of style with their contrasting colors. Cloth upholstery is standard and leather is not available. Instead, Toyota uses SofTex, a leather substitute, which is more resistant to wear and tear and better for Mother Nature, according to the company.
The infotainment system isn’t fancy, but it has competitive standard and available features: Bluetooth and a six-speaker sound system are standard, while a 7-inch touch screen and a 360-degree camera are available. It does have knobs for those who prefer physical controls over finicky touch screens.
Room For More
The RAV4 may lack style, but it does not lack space. It has 38.4 cubic feet of space with the rear seats in use and 73.4 with the rear seats folded – plenty of room for people and cargo. It fits up to five adults comfortably, and the rear seats recline, adding even more room. The seats are well-cushioned, ensuring an enjoyable ride. The available power-adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar support keeps the driver comfortable during long drives. There is ample room for child seats, with easy access to the LATCH system’s lower anchors. There is no need to move front seats up to accommodate rear- or forward-facing car seats.
RAV4 Pricing, Options, and Trims
The 2017 RAV4 seats five and comes with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, a six-speed automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive in all models. All-wheel drive is available in all models.
The base LE trim starts at $24,910 ($25,750 with all-wheel drive). It comes standard with a rearview camera, cloth upholstery, a six-way adjustable driver’s seat, a four-way adjustable front passenger seat, a 60/40-split rear seat that reclines, remote keyless entry, pre-collision alert with pedestrian detection, a lane departure warning system, automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, hill-start assist and the Entune infotainment system. This system includes a 6.1-inch touch-screen display, a six-speaker sound system, a USB port, advanced voice recognition, and Bluetooth. Optional LE features include Siri Eyes Free, navigation, HD Radio, real-time traffic and weather updates, and satellite radio.
The XLE trim comes standard with LE trim features, plus dual-zone automatic climate control, navigation, Siri Eyes Free, HD Radio, satellite radio, and weather and traffic updates. Blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alerts, push-button start, front and rear parking sonar, and a height-adjustable power liftgate are also available. The XLE starts at $26,830 ($27,670 with all-wheel drive).
The Limited trim starts at $31,830 (with all-wheel drive it starts at $32,910). It comes standard with lower trim features. Additional standard features include a 7-inch touch screen, push-button start, a SofTex-trimmed eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, blind spot monitoring, heated front seats, rear cross traffic alert, a height-adjustable power liftgate, and the premium Entune infotainment system. Options on the Limited include an 11-speaker sound system with subwoofer and a 360-degree camera.
The highest trim, Platinum, starts at $34,750 ($36,150 with all-wheel drive). It comes standard with lower trim features plus a 360-degree camera, an 11-speaker sound system with subwoofer, a heated steering wheel, ambient footwell lighting, a hands-free and height-adjustable power liftgate, and a smart key system.
The Convenience package is available on the XLE and costs $2,215. It includes the upgraded infotainment system, navigation, blind spot monitoring, and front and rear parking sensors.
The Advanced Technology package is available on the Limited model and costs $1,435. It includes a 360-degree camera, an 11-speaker JBL audio system, navigation, and smartphone app integration.
RAV4 Safety and Reliability
The 2017 Toyota RAV4 receives an overall five-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It receives four out of five stars in frontal crash and rollover tests and five stars in side crash tests.
New for 2017 is the now-standard Toyota Safety Sense package. Once only available in certain trims, this package includes pre-collision alert with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, automatic high beams, and adaptive cruise control. Other standard safety features include a rearview camera and hill-start assist. Available safety features include blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and a 360-degree camera.
The 2017 Toyota RAV4 comes with a three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.
Other SUVs to Consider
If you’re looking for a more upscale interior, the GMC Terrain may be up your alley. With a lower starting price, you’ll get nicer materials and upgrades that the RAV4 doesn’t offer. The Terrain is full of high-quality materials and features a combination of laminated glass and a gracefully-curved dashboard that add style and class. It comes standard with cloth upholstery, but you can upgrade to leather, as opposed to the RAV4’s synthetic leather. The GMC’s active noise-cancellation technology makes for an extremely quiet cabin.
For more power, look to the Chevrolet Equinox. The Equinox offers two engines: a 2.4-liter four-cylinder that makes 182 horsepower and a 3.6-liter V6 that makes 301 horsepower, exceeding the RAV4’s 176 horsepower. The available V6 is one of the strongest in its class. It has energetic acceleration and a pleasant ride.
Details: 2017 Toyota RAV4
The 2017 Toyota RAV4 seats five and comes in four trims: LE, XLE, Limited, and Platinum. A 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, a six-speed automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive are standard. All-wheel drive is available. The Toyota RAV4 was last redesigned for the 2013 model year and has been slightly refreshed since then. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2013 through 2017 model years.The Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is reviewed separately.
The RAV4 comes standard with a six-way adjustable driver’s seat, four-way adjustable front passenger seat, cloth upholstery, a reclining 60/40-split-folding rear seat, remote keyless entry, a rearview camera, and the Toyota Entune infotainment system, which includes a 6.1-inch touch-screen display, a six-speaker sound system, a USB port, advanced voice recognition, and Bluetooth.
Available features include a leatherette trimmed eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, heated seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, an 11-speaker sound system with subwoofer, a 360-degree camera, satellite radio, a 7-inch touch screen, Siri Eyes Free, and a premium infotainment system.
- "The 2017 Toyota RAV4 ups the ante in the fiercely competitive compact SUV class by including advanced safety features for every trim level. Once you factor in the RAV4's reputation for reliability, this carlike crossover is definitely worth your consideration." -- Edmunds
- "Despite the sea of competitors swimming in the compact-SUV pool, the 2017 Toyota RAV4 remains the gold medal champ. The RAV4 succeeds on so many levels because it doesn't try to be too many things. The 2017 RAV4 isn't as off-road-ready as the Jeep Cherokee or Subaru Forester, but it does offer good ground clearance and a capable all-wheel-drive (AWD) system for dealing with deep snow. The RAV4 doesn't offer lots of expensive engine options and premium features like the Ford Escape, so even well-equipped models remain within reach of the average buyer." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "RAV4's large-for-the-class dimensions give it great passenger and cargo room, and fuel economy is quite respectable as well. Starting prices seem a bit steep, but they're somewhat justified by the high levels of equipment and Toyota's strong brand reputation. Particularly if you're torn between a compact SUV and a midsize one, RAV4 is well worth a look." -- Consumer Guide (2014)
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