2017 Toyota RAV4 Review: A Top Safety Pick But Nothing More?

Jan 07, 2017 09:18 PM EST | JP Olvido

The latest model in a long line of compact crossovers from the Japanese car manufacturer is the 2017 Toyota RAV4. It offers a comfortable, smooth, and quiet ride that pleases just about everyone.

The 2017 Toyota RAV4. The RAV4 was one of the first compact crossovers introduced in the 90's. It is still a big player in its designated market even after more than a decade. The RAV4's reputation as practical, reliable, and comfortable compact crossover has given competitors a run for their money despite it not being a standout in the industry.

What does the 2017 Toyota RAV4 have to offer this time? The 2017 Toyota RAV4 offers the same features as its competitors like Bluetooth connectivity, steering wheel audio controls, power windows/locks/mirrors, a 36,000-mile warranty, and a 1,500 towing capacity for more or less US$30,000.

However, it does level up in the safety credentials department with a five-star overall rating from the NHTSA and a Top Safety Pick + from the IIHS. It features quite a long list of active-safety systems and equipment. The Toyota Safety Sense-P in the 2017 Toyota RAV4 features forward-collision warning, lane-keeping assist, lane-departure alert, automated high-beam headlights, and adaptive cruise control.

Interior-wise, the 2017 Toyota RAV4 is spacious and versatile. Legroom and headroom are quite plentiful. Cargo space is at 38 cubic feet but can get to 73 cubic feet with the rear seats folded into the floor.

The 2017 Toyota RAV4 design remains identifiable with square compact crossover it has been for the past two decades with a few new details added to it the previous year. The front offers an evolving look that is present in Toyota's latest passenger cars while the rear remains upright with bold taillights.

The RAV4 has better noise isolation than its competitors which allows comfortable quite ride. Its standard 2.5 liter four-cylinder engine, however, can't seem to provide responsive acceleration and only offers 26 miles per gallon, falling short of competitors such as the 2016 Mazda CX-5 and its 29 miles per gallon.

Although not top of the line, it also doesn't sit at the back of the pack. The 2017 Toyota RAV4 comes in at the middle amongst other compact crossovers that is its competition.

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