2017 Toyota RAV4 Overview
In a highly competitive segment, the 2017 Toyota RAV4 easily manages to stand out from the crowd with its versatility, available hybrid powertrain, fun to drive nature, and readiness for adventure. Even the non-hybrid RAV4 is efficient, and there are five main trim levels to choose from, letting you customize your crossover SUV to meet your needs.
The exterior of the Toyota RAV4 has a bold front end that gives it a chiseled appearance while the side lower exterior panels add even more style. The RAV4 looks refined yet athletic, showing off what it is capable of. You can enjoy integrated fog lights, LED headlights, LED taillights, and LED daytime running lights so the road in front of you is always bright with efficient and stylish light. The SE trim offers an S-Code paint treatment with silver accents on the bumpers, fenders, and side lower trim for refinement. To help you customize your RAV4, every trim has its own set of wheels, such as 17-inch steel or alloys with wide-vented spokes, 18-inch alloys with a SuperChrome finish, and 18-inch machined alloy wheels.
To truly stand out wherever you go, consider the 2017 RAV4 Platinum trim. The full body-colored trim works with the badging to create a stylish appearance. This trim also has a five-door Smart Key System that lets you touch the liftgate or a door handle to easily get inside when the key is present. There is even a lock sensor right on the handle so you can secure your SUV as easily as you unlocked it. This trim has a foot-activated power liftgate as standard that will open when you wave your foot underneath the center of your rear bumper with the Smart Key fob nearby. The power liftgate is also height adjustable so you don’t have to worry about hitting a low garage’s ceiling.
The interior of the Toyota RAV4 is elegant and filled with features, like available dual-zone automatic climate control and heated seats. This SUV has a nice, quiet cabin thanks to reduced vibration, noise, and harshness. If you have the Smart Key System, you can start your SUV with the touch of a button. Top trims offer even more interior features, such as a heated steering wheel so your hands never get too cold, leather on the steering wheel, specially designed doorsill protectors, and other premium accents. Opt for SofTex trimmed front seats with multi-stage heating and 8-way power adjustment plus power lumbar and memory for the driver to find your perfect position. There is also a HomeLink-capable mirror for added convenience. Even the cup holders show innovation with their unique design that fits a travel mug, including its handle.
Since Toyota knows drivers take advantage of the RAV4’s interior space, the second-row seats slide, recline, and fold 60/40, letting you expand the cargo area to 73.4 cubic feet. There is an available cargo net hammock to help with organization. You can also get a sportier interior on the RAV4 SE trim with its paddle shifters, distinctive black headliner, and red gauge cluster illumination. You can enjoy the outdoors by choosing a RAV4 trim with the power moonroof.
The Toyota RAV4 comes standard with Entune Audio complete with its 6.1-inch touchscreen to control your AM/FM radio and CD player. You also get six speakers, advanced voice recognition, Bluetooth, Siri Eyes Free, USB input, and auxiliary audio input. Upgrade for SiriusXM Satellite Radio and HD Radio. Configure your RAV4 with connected navigation via the Scout GPS Link App or traditional Integrated Navigation complete with weather and traffic. The App Suite is also available with access to your favorite apps, like Yelp, OpenTable, and more.
On the RAV4 Hybrid, the unique gauge cluster makes it easy to monitor your Hybrid Synergy Drive. It lets you track the power going to the wheels, charging, and more. This model also has an energy monitor that lets you track the operation for the hybrid battery, electric motor, and gas engine with real-time information.
Performance and Efficiency
The main powertrain on the 2017 RAV4 is a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder that gives you 176 horsepower and 172 pound-feet. The available RAV4 Hybrid takes this engine and pairs it with an electric motor to deliver 194 net horsepower and give you a Super Ultra Low Emission Vehicle. The non-hybrid RAV4 lets you choose from front-wheel drive and Dynamic Torque Control AWD. The RAV4 Hybrid always has Electronic On-Demand AWD with intelligence, along with instant torque on the rear wheels from the electric motor. The Dynamic Torque Control system constantly monitors then distributes engine power among the rear and front wheels for maximum traction. The RAV4 Hybrid also increases fuel economy to 34 mpg in the city from the already respectable 23 mpg in the city and 30 on the highway of the regular 2017 RAV4.
The suspension in the RAV4 was enhanced to give you a smoother highway ride, and the RAV4 SE has a sport-tuned suspension for more spirit. You can also configure your Toyota RAV4 to include paddle shifters that make it easy to shift gears with your hands on the wheel. There are also as many as three driving modes. Most models have ECO Mode to let you maximize your efficiency and Sport Mode for a bit more spirit. The RAV4 Hybrid adds EV Mode so you can use just the battery power for a short amount of time.
For the 2017 model year, the RAV4 is one of the many Toyota models that now come standard with Toyota Safety Sense P, the suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive features. This system gives you a Pre-Collision System featuring Pedestrian Detection, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Automatic High Beams, and Lane Departure Alert featuring Steering Assist. The result is a system that works hard to prevent a collision at all times, whether it is by stopping you from blinding other drivers, stopping imminent frontal collisions, or preventing you from drifting out of your lane and causing an accident. Factor in the standard Star Safety System and eight airbags, and you are always protected, whether you add the Blind Spot Monitor.
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