A longtime staple of the compact crossover class, the RAV4 continues to rack up sales with its sheer practicality and sterling reliability record. Like other successful Toyota models, the RAV4 delivers exactly what the majority of buyers want in its segment.
What's New for 2017
Every RAV4 now comes with adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, and automatic emergency braking. That's big news for this class. The plush Platinum model joins the lineup.
Choosing Your Toyota RAV4
The RAV4 once again shines on the inside with legitimate room for five passengers and 38.4 cubic feet of cargo. With the rear seat folded, you're looking at 73.3 cubic feet of virtually flat load space, a figure that's unsurpassed in this class.
All models are powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 176 horsepower, matched to a six-speed automatic transmission. As expected, the RAV4 is a front-driver with all-wheel drive optional. You can expect about 26 mpg in combined city and highway driving, or 25 mpg with all-wheel drive. (The hybrid version is reviewed separately.)
The RAV4 is available in four trim levels:
The XLE offers the most attractive balance of price and features, and can be dressed up as you see fit. We're skeptical of the new Platinum, which is priced like a luxury crossover, but doesn't even offer genuine leather seats.