2017 Toyota RAV4
The 2017 Toyota RAV4 is a unique crossover SUV in a market that is filled with underperforming knockoffs. The RAV4 is one of the oldest running names in the crossover SUV class, but this doesn’t mean the current RAV4 is dated. Toyota’s constant tinkering and updates have helped this amazing vehicle stay relevant to date. The different trim levels for the 2017 Toyota RAV4 include the LE, XLE, SE, Platinum, and Limited. Such a wide array of models and price ranges ensure that you only pay for the features that you desire.
In the 2017 model, the RAV4 is filled with quality safety features that were absent from older models. Some of the premium safety features introduced in the 2017 model include a collision alert and mitigation system, cruise control, a lane departure alert and a driver alert monitoring system.
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The 2017 Toyota RAV4’s interior has been completely redesigned to give it a refined and luxurious feel. The general shape of the car has remained unchanged but a few tweaks have been made to the exterior to make it look more aggressive.
The front has been thinned out while the rear and the taillights remain the same. The 2017 Toyota RAV4 has continued to have small changes made to it that keeps it relevant even when so many years have passed. The back bumper has been changed a bit too to conform to the aggressive profile of the 2017 Toyota RAV4.
The Platinum model has a uniquely designed monochromatic interior that delivers a visual punch. The rocker panels are now painted in the body color to give the interior a posh look. The Platinum’s unique interior makes it an extremely appealing choice. The interior is filled with smart storage solutions, compartments, and bins that you can use to store all of your different small items.
Comfort and Utility
The interior of the 2017 Toyota RAV4 is now decked in a higher quality material that gives the interior a better feel. Compared to the previous model, the 2017 RAV4 looks far more striking inside and out.
Higher trim levels such as the Platinum model carry better features that enhance the overall comfort and functionality of the car. The unique SofTex upholstery and heated seats make a world of difference when it comes to comfort. The LE and XLE models are performance-oriented models that impress more with their amazing ability and durability.
All models have very comfortable seats that have been designed to provide perfect back support and look appealing at the same time. Passengers in back rows will be extremely happy with the legroom and headroom. The back seats can be adjusted to suit the needs of passengers, and they can be reclined to let passengers lounge on longer trips.
The 2017 Toyota RAV4 has plenty of cargo space. When the seats are folded down you get a total of 73.4 cubic feet of cargo space. When the seats are not folded down the trunk has about 38.4 cubic feet of cargo space. The 2017 Toyota RAV4 has a liftgate that makes loading and unloading cargo very convenient. The liftgate is only available on the Platinum models.
The 2017 Toyota RAV4 is available with a standard gas engine or with a hybrid. It is extremely rare to see an SUV that is offered with a hybrid system considering that SUVs are primarily chosen for their performance over lower running costs.
The hybrid version of the 2017 Toyota RAV4 is able to deliver impressive fuel economy of 32 MPG – far higher than competitors on the market.
The gas engine can generate 176 HP with the help of its immensely powerful 2.5-liter inline-4 engine. The 2017 Toyota RAV4 comes with a 6-speed automatic transmission as standard. The transmission is tuned to perfection ensuring that you get the best fuel economy and performance. The Sport trim in particular has great acceleration thanks to smoother downshifts that help the car accelerate faster.
Buyers can also go for a 4WD option. The 4WD mechanism is regulated through an electronic system that ensures the perfect distribution of power to the rear as well as front wheels. The 50/50 power absorption mechanism make it easier for the 2017 Toyota RAV4 to operate on rough and snowy roads.
The Hybrid version of the 2017 Toyota RAV4 has the same engine composition as the Lexus NX 300h. With the help of the hybrid engine, the RAV4 can clock 194 HP. The Hybrid model is equipped with Hybrid Synergy drive technology developed by Toyota that is also found on the likes of the Toyota Prius. The Hybrid model can go from 0 to 60 mph in just 8.1 seconds.
The RAV4 Hybrid has filled a key spot that has been vacant since Ford withdrew its Escape Hybrid in 2012. The 2017 Toyota RAV4 is the only 4WD hybrid SUV that you can get on the market.
The LE and XLE models deliver the best performance from a fuel economy perspective, as least when it comes to the gas engines. FWD models are able to deliver 26 MPG, while 4WD models dish out a slightly lower but still impressive 25 MPG.
Due to the larger wheelbase and sport-tuned suspension on the Limited and Platinum model the higher trimmed RAV4 is only able to deliver 25 MPG on the FWD and 24 MPG on the 4WD. Still, this is only a small dent in economy and still beats most competitors.
If fuel economy is your no.1 concern, then you have to consider the 2017 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid. The Hybrid version outclasses all other models when it comes to fuel economy. The amazing powertrain on the hybrid model does not compromise on power but still delivers an exceptional 32 MPG despite being completely 4WD. Considering the size and performance of the 2017 Toyota RAV4 it is a feat that only a few vehicles have been able to come close to.
In 2017, Toyota has introduced an all-new Platinum model to appeal to buyers who desire luxurious features in their SUV.
The base LE model contains quality features such as a tilt and telescoping steering wheel, power locks, power windows, power mirrors, audio controls mounted on the steering wheel, air-conditioning, cruise control, a quality infotainment system, LED lighting, a storage compartment in the front, and a 110-volt power outlet.
The XLE version has all the standard features of the LE model. Other unique features on the XLE model include automatic climate control, a sunroof, and foglights.
The SE model is designed for speed and performance. It contains a uniquely designed sports suspension that provides the next level of power and performance from the RAV4. Standard features on the SE model include 18-inch alloy wheels, a uniquely designed interior, a stunning grille design, LED headlights, an adjustable driver seat and a black interior option.
The Limited edition is the beginning of upper trim levels in the 2017 Toyota RAV4’s lineup. It is packed with luxurious features. Some notable features on the Limited model are its SofTex interior, auto-dimming rearview mirror, and 18-inch alloy wheels. The Limited edition has a little more bulk due to the addition of larger tires.
The Platinum model contains a navigation system, heated steering wheels, and a uniquely designed monochromatic interior.
Notable options for the 2017 Toyota RAV4 include a navigation model for the XLE and Limited models. The navigation system comes with an 11-speaker audio system and satellite radio. The 2017 Toyota RAV4 has a small selection of infotainment system that buyers can choose from. Choosing the premium Entune system includes Pandora, Yelp, iHeartRadio and Bing features.
The 2017 Toyota RAV4 is packed with some amazing safety features. The standard safety features on the RAV4 include cruise control, emergency braking, a lane departure alert, automatic high beams, and a pedestrian detection feature. Due to all these amazing features and a sound body design, the 2017 Toyota RAV4 earned top scores in IIHS crash testing. The 2017 Toyota RAV4 also managed to earn a spot on the Top Safety Picks of 2017 list.
Overall, the 2017 Toyota RAV4 is a classy SUV that presents all the power packed features of a crossover SUV while providing the comfort and handling of a luxurious sedan. Having this car in your garage means long family trips are extremely fun and easy to handle. The safety, power, and performance of the 2017 Toyota RAV4 are unmatched in its class. Considering the price, the 2017 Toyota RAV4 is a perfect family vehicle.
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