2017 Toyota RAV4 Review

The 2017 Toyota RAV4 comes with some new model trims compared to last year, including a top-of-the-line Platinum trim for gas-powered RAVs and a more affordable base SE trim for the hybrids. Platinum trim gets owners a standard surround-view camera, heated steering wheel, hands-free connectivity system, and a rear liftgate with foot-activated power.

Drivers in Brunswick, Freehold and Lawrence who are interested in these new options or who want to explore a new RAV4 call Dayton Toyota at (866) 408-5129 to schedule a test drive.

Exterior

The 2017 Toyota RAV4 boasts some remarkable styling, especially considering the typical attire of the economy-focused compact CUV segment.

Foremost is the RAV4's striking front fascia, which looks over its tall, pronounced grille with a squinty-eyed earnesty that feels stylistically ahead of its time. A relatively short hood length gives way to an innovative canopy design. Swooping windshield curves and an angled C pillar convey a sense of both dynamic movement and rugged utility, similar to Toyota's late Matrix hatchback but with more contemporary flair.

On the sides, the RAV4's tall wheel wells and subtle body moldings are perfectly complemented by color-keyed character line cladding. Finally, the rear hatch of the RAV4 culminates in a rounded, utilitarian shape with defined taillight shapes vaguely reminiscent of Toyota's bold, youth-oriented FJ Cruiser.

Overall, the RAV4's exterior styling is playful and fun while still speaking to the task-focused attitude of the vehicle.

Performance

Toyota offers two choices of powertrain on the 2017 RAV4: a gasoline-powered 2.5 liter four cylinder rated at 176 hp and a hybrid powertrain with a combined power rating of 141 hp.

The gas-only option is coupled to a responsive six-speed automatic transmission and offers a choice of front-wheel drive or AWD. In all-wheel configuration, the RAV4 offers exceptional grip and control in corners even with a full load, but the standard FWD powertrain also delivers satisfactory handling that feels decidedly car-like.

The hybrid setup for the 2017 RAV4 has a standard AWD mode that uses a rearward electric engine to intermittently power the two back wheels as needed.

Overall, auto journalists describe the performance of the 2017 RAV4 as "practical, comfortable and easygoing."

Interior

Like its exterior, the interior of the 2017 RAV4 exudes an unexpected bit of personality and playfulness.

Most prominent is the jutting dashboard, which somewhat resembles a running board setup from the 1960s "beach wagons" along with intriguing circular air vents. A well-arranged center stack consolidates dash space without being overly compact and offers plenty of tactile control even in the midst of driving.

Seats are comfortable and spacious, including the second row that easily fits two to three adults. Speaking of spacious, the RAV4 can change from a typical-for-its-class 38 cubic feet of rear space to a cavernous 73 cubic feet by way of a nifty flat-folding rear seat design.

Standard goodies are numerous, including a standard power moonroof on all trims except the base LE and privacy tinting on all trims, period.

Safety

As part of their dedication to safety, Toyota gave all 2017 RAV4 trims standard lane departure warning, pre-collision braking, adaptive cruise control and automatic high beam headlights.

The NHTSA awarded the 2017 RAV4 a perfect 5 star overall safety rating, and last year's RAV4 of a nearly identical design earned a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the IIHS.

Test Drive the 2017 Toyota RAV4

Brunswick, Freehold and Lawrence drivers interested in a fun, functional vehicle can come to Dayton Toyota to see the 2017 RAV4. Search our inventory now and then schedule your test drive today!




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