One of the car makers that practically pioneered SUV is Toyota. In 1994 they introduced RAV4. The biggest jump, RAV4 experienced when the third generation was unveiled and sales doubled in the first year. From then, the popularity of this small SUV is growing even more to achieve a record of 315.412 of sold units in 2015. Not even the introduction of other entries like Kia Sportage, Ford Escape, Mazda CX-5 and Hyundai Tucson have managed to jeopardize popularity of Toyota’s SUV. This Japanese manufacturer continues to upgrade its famous SUV and for 2017 model year, most notable are changes in term of safety. But that is not all since they also shuffled some trim levels. So 2017 Toyota RAV4 comes with SE trim out of the picture but includes new Platinum trim.
2017 Toyota RAV4 – Interior
We won’t go through design changes since there are no notable ones. But for new model Toyota Safety Sense P comes as standard on all models. On the long list, there are a forward-collision warning, lane-departure alert, adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, as well as automatic high-beam headlights. This alone is a major update. As for the interior, there is ample of space for five occupants with enough head and legroom. Unlike some other SUV’s RAV4 doesn’t have the third row of seat either standard or optional. There is also ample of cargo space which amounts 38 cubic feet. If you fold the rear seat, cargo space nearly doubles, with a total of 73 cubic feet. New 2017 Toyota RAV4 is packed quite well that even those who opt for hybrid version won’t give up much space since battery pack occupies only 2 cubic feet.
2017 Toyota RAV4 – Platinum Trim
Other than that, Toyota added the most pricey Platinum trim with many luxury features. Some of them are 18-inch 5-spoke SuperChrome alloy wheels, heated steering wheel, a power liftgate, and Bird’s Eye View Camera which is practically Perimeter scan, a 360° view. There is also Premium JBL audio system with integrated navigation and App suite and a 4.2-inch TFT multi-information display and a leather-trimmed shift lever with silver accents.
2017 Toyota RAV4 – Engine Lineup
More interesting is that in the entire lineup there is only 2.5-liter engine available. With Toyota’s dual VVT-i, it produces 176 horsepower and 172 lb-ft of torque. Those who choose hybrid option will have 18 more horsepower, so a total of 194. While all non-hybrid versions have six-speed automatic transmission, hybrid comes with a CVT and Toyota’s Electronic On-demand AWD with intelligence. FWD comes as standard for all non-hybrid versions, but then again, all of them can be equipped with AWD with $1.400 extra.
2017 Toyota RAV4 – Safety
RAV4 had the struggle to achieve anything more than worst “P” (poor) rating in small overlap crash test done by the IIHS. That has changed later on and RAV4 managed to get a highest “G” (good) rating in mentioned test. So RAV4 proudly wears Top Safety Pick award for 2015 and Top Safety Pick+ for 2016. With these upgrades, 2017 Toyota RAV4 will surely continue good tradition of highest marks. So safety won’t be an issue.
2017 Toyota RAV4 – Price
Although SUV segment is strong, Toyota manages to keep sale numbers high. Even with higher prices for 2017 model year, good sales will probably continue with above-mentioned updates. To view detailed information about trim levels and MPG estimates take a look at the table below. But there are also some good rivals to look at too, such as Ford Escape and Mazda CX-5.
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