2017 Toyota RAV4

As new models enter the crossover market, existing models are
getting their game better and better. One such model is the
Toyota RAV4. In this class, Toyota leads from the front with
the RAV4. The 2017 Toyota RAV4 offers a good balance of various
aspects including performance, convenience, comfort and
functionality among others. Read along for more information:

2017 Toyota RAV4 Exterior

Toyota has revised the exterior look of the 2017 RAV4 to be
more enticing to customers. The new changes commence at the
front where the crossover flaunts a new, narrow radiator
grille, which is flanked by compact headlamps. A gigantic
bumper lies below the grille. The lip of the bumper seems
lifted higher compared to the 2016 model. The bumper also holds
new round-shaped fog lights. Large glazed doors and flared
wheel arches, characterize the sides. In addition, the side
mirrors are integrated with LED light strips, which double up
as turn signals.

You will also notice the models neat roof rails that enhance
its appealing look. At the back, Toyota has revised the
taillights and the bumper. A shark fin has also replaced the
antenna on the outgoing model’s trunk-lid resulting in a sporty
look. The new Toyota RAV4 rides on a set of 17-inch aluminum
wheels. There is an option for 18-inch wheels on the Limited
and Platinum trims.

2017 Toyota RAV4 Interior

Toyota has also refreshed the cabin for the 2017 model year.
The RAV4 accommodates five passengers. It new seats have
received an extra padding to offer more comfort even during
long drives. Designers used scooped-out front-door panels to
provide extra room for the driver and front passenger. The SE
trim is upholstered in a quality cloth with higher trims
receiving SofTex, a material used as a substitute for leather.
SofTex is environmental friendly and is also more water
resistant. With rear seats in place, the RAV4 offers a cargo
space of 38.4 cubic feet that expands to 73.4 cubic feet upon
folding of its 60/40 split rear seats.

The cabin features awesome equipment such as a rearview camera,
keyless remote entry, and Toyota’s Entune infotainment system
that features a 6.1-inch display screen. The infotainment
system also features a USB port, voice recognition, Bluetooth
connectivity and a 6-speaker sound system among others. A
7.0-inch screen, Siri Eyes Free, dual-zone climate control and
an 11-speaker audio system are standard on higher trims.

Engine Specs and performance

Toyota offers two engine options for the RAV4, a conventional
as well as a hybrid engine. The conventional engine is a 2.5 L,
4-cylinder petrol unit that is capable of producing 176 horses
and 172 lb-ft of torque. This engine is paired with a 6-speed
automatic gearbox. With this engine, the crossover accelerates
to 60 mph from standstill in under 10 minutes.
Front-wheel-drive is offered as standard but buyers can opt for
the AWD system at an extra cost. With FWD, the model returns 23
mpg and 29 mpg on city and highway drives respectively while
with an AWD system, it returns 22mpg and 28 mpg on city and
highway drives respectively.

For the environmental conscious buyers, Toyota offers the 2.5
L, 4-cylinder mill that combines with two motors mounted on
each axle for a total of 194 hp and 2016 lb-ft of torque. This
hybrid drive-train mates to a CVT system and AWD as standard.
The hybrid mill returns 34 mpg, city and 30 mpg on highways.

Price and release date

Price of the new Toyota RAV4 has changed slightly compared to
the 2016 model. The MSRP of the base LE trim is set at $26,700.
The top Platinum trim fetches as much as $37,200. The hybrid
model starts at $30,000. The new Toyota RAV4 is already
available in Toyota dealerships.

Competition

The 2017 Toyota RAV4 competes with the likes of Subaru
Forester, Honda
CR-V,
Hyundai Tucson,
Mazda CX-5, Kia
Sportage and Nissan
Rogue.