John Diether
Automotive Editor - December 6, 2016

2017 Toyota RAV4 OVERVIEW

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.

Toyota RAV4

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:


Comes well equipped for family life with a rearview camera, rear privacy glass, roof rails, a split-folding and reclining rear seat, Bluetooth phone and audio, and a six-speaker sound system with Toyota's Entune touchscreen interface. Newly standard safety features include adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning with active lane keeping assist, and front collision mitigation with automatic braking. The available Entune Audio Plus package adds a smartphone navigation app, traffic and weather data, and satellite and HD radio. The LE rolls on 17-inch steel wheels.


Gets the LE's audio upgrades as standard, plus a sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, alloy wheels, foglamps, and heated mirrors. You also get more supportive seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The XLE is eligible for the Entune Premium Audio package, which adds an integrated navigation system, a full suite of smartphone apps, and a larger touchscreen. Those upgrades are included when you step up to the Convenience package, which also gets you rear cross-traffic alert, front and rear parking sensors, and blind spot monitoring. A power tailgate is included with both packages and can also be added by itself.


Comes standard with all of the XLE's options, plus 19-inch chrome wheels, leatherette upholstery, a power driver seat with memory, and programmable smartkey access. The available Advanced Technology package tacks on a surround-view camera system and an 11-speaker JBL sound system.


: Includes everything available on the Limited, plus a heated steering wheel, a hands-free power tailgate, body-color exterior cladding, and special floor mats.

CarsDirect Tip

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.

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