2017 Toyota RAV4

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2017 MODEL
$24,410 - $36,150 See Inventory Prices

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Detailed Review

The first RAV was introduced by the Japanese manufacturer more than two decades ago. The CSUV concept car steadily gained popularity in the US market and emerged as one of the most popular SUVs of North America. The reasons for CSUV's popularity were better cargo space, decent power, higher visibility, and four wheel drive option, all these at fuel economy of a compact car. The CSUV has always been competitive in the segment and has offered cut-throat competition to its rivals in the entry level CSUV segment. Currently, Toyota is wending fourth generation of its RAV4 CSUV.

Toyota RAV4 has a legacy of offering latest features at a reasonable cost; the car is also known for its sturdy build and durability. The Japanese automotive giant has recently unveiled latest model of RAV4, named as "2017 Toyota RAV4 CSUV". The 2017 model follows the same design language of its predecessor with some minor tweaks on the exteriors. The significant changes in the 2017 model include addition of advance safety features as standard i.e. automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, forward collision Mitigation system, and lane departure warning system. A premium "Platinum" trim is also added in the lineup this year.

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Pros

Acceleration

Riding and Handling

Advanced driver assistance and safety features are standard

Passenger Volume

Cargo Capacity

Cons

Braking performance

Ground clearance

Interiors quality can better

What's New?

2 colors added to the lineup

No significant Change


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$24410

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

120 mph

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

152 cu. in.

horsepower

176 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

172 lb.-ft. @ 4100 rpm

transmission

6-speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

independent rear double wishbone suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

11.2 in. ventilated front disc/10.8 in. solid disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

104.7 in.

length

183.5 in.

width

72.6 in.

height

67.1 in.

curb weight

3455 lbs.

ground clearance

6.1 in.

capacity

passenger volume

101.9 cu ft.

cargo volume

38.4 cu ft.

towing capacity

7200 lbs.

payload capacity

900 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.7 sec.

standing ¼-mile

15.7 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

23/26/30 mpg

highway range

477 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 years/36000 miles

drivetrain warranty

5 years/60000 miles

corrosion warranty

5 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

No



Styles

 2017 Toyota RAV4 in Barcelona Red Metallic color  2017 Toyota RAV4 in Black Currant Metallic color  2017 Toyota RAV4 in Black color  2017 Toyota RAV4 in blizzard pearl color  2017 Toyota RAV4 in Electric Storm Blue color  2017 Toyota RAV4 in Galactic Aqua Mica color  2017 Toyota RAV4 in Magnetic Gray Metallic color  2017 Toyota RAV4 in Silver Sky Metallic color
Barcelona Red Metallic

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Ratings

Features

7.7

Engine

6.6

Fuel Economy

7.7

Interior

7.8

Exterior

7.3

Safety

7.1

Comfort

7.5

Driving

7.5

7.4

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2017 Toyota RAV4 LE

LE

power
176 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
26 combined

$24,410 - $25,810


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
LE 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $24,410 MSRP (23/26/30) 176 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2.5 L, I4, regular unleaded
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6-speed automatic front wheel drive 5
LE 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $25,810 MSRP (22/25/28) 176 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2.5 L, I4, regular unleaded
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6-speed automatic all wheel drive 5

 2017 Toyota RAV4 XLE

XLE

power
176 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
26 combined

$25,500 - $26,900


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
XLE 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $25,500 MSRP (23/26/30) 176 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2.5 L, I4, regular unleaded
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6-speed automatic front wheel drive 5
XLE 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $26,900 MSRP (22/25/28) 176 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2.5 L, I4, regular unleaded
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6-speed automatic all wheel drive 5

 2017 Toyota RAV4 SE

SE

power
176 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
26 combined

$28,790 - $30,190


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SE 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $28,790 MSRP (23/26/30) 176 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2.5 L, I4, regular unleaded
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6-speed automatic front wheel drive 5
SE 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $30,190 MSRP (22/25/28) 176 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2.5 L, I4, regular unleaded
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6-speed automatic all wheel drive 5

 2017 Toyota RAV4 Limited

Limited

power
176 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
25 combined

$30,905 - $32,305


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Limited 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $30,905 MSRP (23/25/29) 176 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2.5 L, I4, regular unleaded
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6-speed automatic front wheel drive 5
Limited 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $32,305 MSRP (22/24/28) 176 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2.5 L, I4, regular unleaded
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6-speed automatic all wheel drive 5

 2017 Toyota RAV4 Platinum

Platinum

power
176 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
25 combined

$34,750 - $36,150


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Platinum 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $34,750 MSRP (23/25/29) 176 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2.5 L, I4, regular unleaded
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6-speed automatic front wheel drive 5
Platinum 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $36,150 MSRP (22/24/28) 176 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2.5 L, I4, regular unleaded
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6-speed automatic all wheel drive 5

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8.4/10

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MPG: 32 combined

2018 Toyota Highlander
8.2/10

Engine: 185 hp @ 5800 rpm, 2.7 L I4

MPG: 22 combined

2018 Toyota Tacoma TRD Double Cab
8.8/10

Engine: 278 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.5 L V6

MPG: 18 combined

2017 Toyota Camry hybrid Sedan
9.0/10

Engine: 200 hp @ 5700 rpm, 2.5 L I4

MPG: 40 combined

2019 Toyota Avalon hybrid Sedan
8.2/10

Engine: 215 hp @ 5700 rpm, 2.5 L I-4

MPG: 44 combined

2018 Toyota Highlander hybrid SUV
8.5/10

Engine: 231 hp @ 5800 rpm, 3.5 L V6

MPG: 29 combined

2017 Toyota Highlander hybrid SUV
9.3/10

Engine: 306 hp @ 5800 rpm, 3.5 L V6

MPG: 29 combined

2017 Toyota Avalon hybrid Sedan
8.7/10

Engine: 200 hp @ 5700 rpm, 2.5 L I4

MPG: 40 combined


Expert Review


CARHP Editorial September 24, 2018

7.4

Overall Rating


7.7/10
Features

 

6.6/10
Engine

 

7.7/10
Fuel Economy

 

7.8/10
Interior

 

7.3/10
Exterior

 

7.1/10
Safety

 
 
 

Starting at a price of $24,410, Toyota RAV4 five trims including the base trim. Interestingly, AWD is available at all trim levels at an additional cost of $1,400. Themain highlights of 2017 Toyota RAV4 include a decent 2.5L I4 engine, HLED headlights, sturdy build quality, and impressive cargo capacity. The major rivals of "2017 Toyota RAV4 Compact SUV " are Ford Escape S, Honda CR-V LX, and Mazda CX-5 sport. Let's find out, How does the 2017 RAV compete with its competitors in different segments ?

2017 Toyota RAV4 Features

7.7/10

2017 RAV CSUV features five trims named as LE, SE, XLE, Limited, and Premium, with price tags of $24,410, $28,790, $25,500, $30,905, and $34,750 respectively. All trims are equipped with the same 2.5L I4 engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. Front wheel drive is standard on all trims though AWD can be added in each trim at an additional cost of $1,400. The main highlights of the LE (base) trim are 17-inch alloy wheels, Halogen projector-beam headlights, Power outside mirrors with folding, Tilt/telescopic steering wheel, and a backup camera on the baord. The XLE trim adds dual-zone climate control, improved seat contours, and an advanced Entune multimedia system to the base trim. The SE trim adds Daytime Running LED lights, LED projector-beam headlights, 8-way power-adjustable seats, 4-way adjustable front passenger seat, and steering mounted paddle shifters to the XLE trim.

Trim

LE

SE

XLE

Limited

Platinum

MSRP

$24,410

$28,790

$25,500

$30,905

$34,750

MSRP

(AWD)

$25,810

$30,190

$26,900

$32,305

$36,150

Key

Features

  • Halogen projector-beam headlights with auto on/off feature
  • Power outside mirrors with folding feature and blind spot mirrors
  • Tilt/telescopic urethane steering wheel with audio, Multi-Information Display (MID), advanced voice recognition12 and Bluetooth®14 hands-free phone controls
  • Backup camera5 with projected path
  • LED projector-beam headlights with auto on/off feature
  • LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL)
  • SofTex®-trimmed 8-way power-adjustable drivers seat with power lumbar support, sport bolsters and seatback pocket; 4-way adjustable front passenger seat with sport bolsters and seatback pocket
  • Steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters
  • Color-keyed heated power outside mirrors with blind spot mirrors, turn signal indicators and folding feature
  • Tilt/telescopic leather-trimmed steering wheel with audio, Multi-Information Display (MID), advanced voice recognition12 and Bluetooth®14 hands-free phone controls
  • Dual zone automatic climate control with air filter
  • LED projector-beam headlights with auto on/off feature
  • LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL)
  • SofTex®-trimmed 60/40 split, reclining, fold-flat second-row seat with center armrest
  • SofTex-trimmed 8-way power-adjustable drivers seat with memory function, power lumbar support, sport bolsters and seatback pocket; 4-way adjustable front passenger seat with sport bolsters and seatback pocket
  • Hands-free, foot-activated power liftgate with jam protection
  • LED projector-beam headlights with auto on/off feature
  • LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL)
  • Smart Key System23 on all doors with Push Button Start and remote power liftgate function
  • Entune Premium JBL Audio with Integrated Navigation and App Suite

The upper "Limited" trim offers bigger 18-inch alloy wheels, premium-tweaked interiors, and driver seat memory function along with all the features of SE trim. The latest and uppermost "Premium" trim offers unique interiors, smart key function, power liftgate, and Entune infotainment system with Premium JBL Audio with Integrated Navigation and App Suite. Advanced safety features including forward collision mitigation system, lane departure warning, automatic high beams, and adaptive cruise control are standard on the 2017 Toyota RAV4 .

We Recommend

We recommend users to opt for the SE trim as it is the best-valued trim. It offers better interiors, power-adjustable driver and front passenger seats, Steering mounted paddle shifters, and daytime running LED lights on the board as upper trims doesnt offer much value for money.

 

2017 Toyota RAV4 Engine

6.6/10

"Much like the rest of the car, the Toyota RAV4’s driving manners can be best described as ‘sensible’. Whilst far removed from anything that could be considered exciting or lively, the Toyota RAV4 is nevertheless a stable, straightforward and incredibly easy vehicle to spend time driving."-CarBuzz

Engine & Transmission

2017 Toyota RAV4 boast with a 2.5L, 4-cylinder engine which produces above average power and torque counts in the segment. The 2.5L I4 engine throws power at 176 hp @ 6000 rpm which is decent for an entry-level SUV. The competitiors like Ford Escape S, Honda CR-V LX and Mazda CX-5 sport produce power counts of 168 hp @ 6000 rpm, 184 hp @ 6400 rpm, and 187 hp @ 6000 rpm. Ford Escape's I-VCT engine lacks in power when compared with the competitors; on the other hand, Honda CR-V and Mazda CX-5 are equipped with potent engines that produce impressive power and torque counts.

Models

Toyota RAV4 LE

Ford Escape S

Honda CR-V LX

Mazda CX-5 sport

MSRP

$24,410

$23,750

$24,045

$24,045

Engine

2.5L I4

2.5L i-VCT

2.4L I-4 16-Valve DOHC i-VTEC

2.5L DOHC 16-Valve 4-Cylinder

Transmission

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

CVT automatic

6-speed automatic

Horsepower

176-hp @ 6,000 rpm

168 hp @ 6000 rpm

184 hp @ 6400 rpm

187 hp @ 6000 rpm

Torque

172 lbs.-ft. @ 4,100 rpm

170 lb-ft @ 4500 rpm

180 lb-ft @ 3900 rpm

185 lb-ft @ 3250 rpm

2017 RAV4 SUV produces a decent amount of torque considering the car's entry-level SUV nature. The torque amounts at 173 lb-ft @ 4,100 rpm for the Toyota RAV4. Competitors like Honda CR-V and Mazda CX-5 sport still excels in the torque count as they feature more powerful engine technology. At last, 2017 RAV4 is loaded with a competent engine which produces above-average performance, but some competitors i.e. Honda CR-V and Mazda CX-5 are offering better engine specifications and power counts in the segment.

Acceleration

It's a matter of fact that we cannot expect thrilling acceleration performance from entry-level SUVs; the Toyota RAV4 also fits in the above definition. 2017 Toyota RAV4 offers competitive acceleration counts in the segment, as the CSUV takes 8.3 seconds in boosting from still to 60 mph. The 0-60 acceleration results are best in class for RAV4, as the competitors like Ford Escape S, Honda CR-V LX, and Mazda CX-5 sport show slower acceleration performance and take 9.1, 8.6, and 8.9 seconds respectively in the 0-60 acceleration test.

Models

Toyota RAV4 LE

Ford Escape S

Honda CR-V LX

Mazda CX-5 sport

0-60 MPH

8.3 sec

9.1 sec

8.6 sec

8.9 sec

Quarter mile

16.7 sec

16.8 sec

16.7 sec

16.6 sec

Engine

2.5L

2.5L

2.4L

2.5L

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

6.8

7.3

6.3

6.5

Quarter mile results are again impressive for 2017 Toyota RAV4 as the car takes just 16.7 seconds in measuring a quarter-mile distance. The competitiors also show almost similar results as the quarter-mile test results are 16.8, 16.7, and 16.6 seconds respectively for Ford Escape S, Honda CR-V, and Mazda CX-5 sport respectively. At last, Toyota RAV4 features slightly better acceleration performance when compared with the competitors in the budget SUV segment.

Ride & Handling

2017 RAV4 is boosted with a competent, though not the most powerful in the segment, engine that offers best-in-class 0-60 acceleration results. Though the acceleration performance isn't thrilling or brisk, It was still better than competitors. The 6-speed automatic transmission is flawless, and steering mounted paddle shifters (available in upper trim levels) adds more convince to the offering. The interiors are spacious and as good as expected from the RAV4,seats are comfortable enough though power and adjustable seats aren't standard in the base trim; interior quality isn't the best in segment as there's a lot a plastic stuff which doesn't feel premium at all. The suspension perform below average in the RAV4 , as the car struggles a bit on the rugged roads. The tilt and telescopic steering wheel along with drive assist features like steering assist (Lane departure warning) and automatic braking adds more starts to the riding experience. The handling is quite impressive in the segment and steering offers good grip and confidence. At last, the riding experience is commendable in the 2017 RAV4 though interiors quality isn't the best in the segment.

Braking

Toyota RAV4 is equipped with advanced braking technology that offers automatic emergency braking feature on the board. 2017 Toyota RAV4 offers small-sized braking pads which are convenient in use. Though the latest RAV4 offers advanced braking features, performance is below-average for the SUV as it slides 125 feet while decelerating from 60 mph to still which isn't impressive at all.

Model

Toyota RAV4 LE

Ford Escape S

Honda CR-V LX

Mazda CX-5 sport

Brake Front (in.)

 

12.8

11.1

11.77

Brake Rear (in.)

10.8

12.0

10.2

11.9

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3455

3515

3307

3527

60-0 MPH (ft.)

125

112

117

126

Some other competitors in the segment like Ford Escape S, Honda CR-V offer commendable braking performances in the Entry-level Compact SUV segment as they slide just 112 and 117 feet in 60-0 deceleration test. On the other hand; Mazda CX-5 is also equipped with a feeble braking tech as it slides 126 feet in the 60-0 deceleration test. At last, advanced braking features are most welcome in the 2017 RAV4 but the below-average braking performance still bother sometimes.

2017 Toyota RAV4 Fuel Economy

7.7/10

Toyota has stressed well on the fuel-efficiency while making its latest RAV4 for the budget-CsUV market. The fuel economy for the 2017 Toyota RAV4 measures 23 and 30 mpg on cityroads and highways respectively which is above-average in the segmen. Though Ford Escape S offer a less fuel-efficient engine, Honda CR-V and Mazda CX-5's powerful engines are impressively fuel-efficient.

Model

Toyota RAV4 LE

Ford Escape S

Honda CR-V LX

Mazda CX-5 sport

MPG (city)

23

21

26

24

MPG (highway)

30

29

32

31

MPG (combined)

26

24

28

27

The combined fuel economy of 2017 Toyota RAV4 stands at 26 mpg while the competitors like Ford Escape S, Honda CR-V, and Mazda CX-5 sport feature combined fuel economies of 24, 28, and 27 respectively. Honda CR-V emerges as the most fuel-efficient SUV in the segment and beats Toyota RAV4 with a marginal difference.At last, RAV4 has acquired the fuel-efficient trait of its predecessor though it's not the most fuel-efficient CSUV in the segment.

2017 Toyota RAV4 Interior

7.8/10

"Though the overall design of the cabin may be considered bland to some, the Toyota RAV4’s interior can’t be faulted with regards to build quality."-CarBuzz

Seating & Comfort

2017 RAV4 offers passenger capacity of five which is standard among competitors. There is a slight improvement in the interior from its predecessors as interiors are quite comfortable in the 2017 Toyota RAV4 CSUV. The seatings are spacious, and passenger volume is generous through the quality of the interior doesn't seem premium; overuse of plastic materials is ruined the impression further. The upper trims are equipped with premium interior styling and leather upholstery which is pleasingly good for the CSUV. Features like power-adjustable passenger seats, dual-zone automatic climate control system, Steering mounted paddle shifters, and driver memory seat is available in the upper trims but isn't standard, unfortunately.

Model

Toyota RAV4 LE

Ford Escape S

Honda CR-V LX

Mazda CX-5 sport

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.8/57.3/42.6

39.9/56.0/43.1

40.1/57.9/41.3

39.7/57.1/41.0

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.9/55.4/37.2

39.0/55.3/36.8

39.2/55.6/40.4

39.0/54.8/39.6

2017 Toyota RAV4 is boosted with a Multi-Information Display (MID) infotainment system which features advanced voice recognition. The connectivity features include AUX, USB ports and Bluetooth (hands-free phone controls) on the board but Android Auto and Apple CarPlay isn't present in the 2017 Toyota RAV4 SUV. The upper trims feature premium "Entune" infotainment system which features intuitive interface and best-in-class features including smartphone integration, advanced navigation features, and premium multi-speaker sound systems ( JBL Premium Audio system in the uppermost trim).

Cargo Space

2017 Toyota RAV4 amazed us with its huge cargo volume of 38.4 ft.cube which is commendable in the entry-level SUV segment. The boot is convenient in use and is easily accessible. The foldable rear seats are standard though automatic power liftgate is only available in upper trims. The boot can easily hold three large size cargo bags and a medium sized suitcase which is impressive. 2017 RAV4 has more than enough cargo space for all the storage needs of your family.

Model

Toyota RAV4 LE

Ford Escape S

Honda CR-V LX

Mazda CX-5 sport

Cargo Volume to rear seat up (ft.3)

38.4

34.3

39.2

30.9

Cargo Volume to rear seat folded (ft.3)

73.4

67.8

75.8

59.6

The competitors like Ford Escape S, Honda CR-V LX, and Mazda CX-5 feature boot capacities of 34.3, 39.2, and 30.9 ft.cube respectively. Honda CR-V again impresses us with its best-in-class, huge cargo volume of 39.2 ft.cube which is slightly higher than Toyota RAV4 though other cars lose in the segment when compared with RAV4. At last, Toyota has stressed well upon the boot volume while designing the 2017 RAV4 SUV; it's impressive cargo volume can easily handle luggage of a large family which is commendable for an entry-level SUV.

Towing Capacity

As equipped with a decent 2.5L I4 engine, Toyota RAV4 offers an average towing capacity of 1500 Ibs which is acceptable as most competitors in the segment offer almost same towing capacities. The towing capacities for Ford Escape S, Honda CR-V, and Mazda CX-5 are 1500, 1500, and 2000 lb-ft respectively. At last, Towing capacity is acceptable in the 2017 RAV4 though Mazda CX-5 offer better-towing capacity as it is equipped with a more powerful engine.

Model

Toyota RAV4 LE

Ford Escape S

Honda CR-V LX

Mazda CX-5 sport

Towing Capacity (lbs.)

1500

1500

1500

2000

2017 Toyota RAV4 Exterior

7.3/10

As a major facelift is promised in the 2019 model of the RAV4, the 2017 RAV4 hasn't undergone a drastic makeover when compared with the 2016 model. The exterior design language is similar though there are slight, unnoticeable at first look, exterior changes in the exteriors. The major exterior highlights of the 2017 Toyota RAV4 include 17-inch alloy wheels, H-LED headlights, Power-folding outside mirrors, similar cutting-edge design, and the inherited aggressive front design. Power liftgate and a moonroof is available in the upper trims of 2017 Toyota RAV4. The dimesnsions measure 183.5, 72.6, and 67.1 inches in length, width, and height respectively for the 2017 Toyota RAV4.

Model

Toyota RAV4 LE

Ford Escape S

Honda CR-V LX

Mazda CX-5 sport

Curb weight (lbs.)

3455

3515

3307

3527

Length(in)

183.5

178.1

180.6

179.1

Width(in)

72.6

72.4

73.0

72.5

Height(in)

67.1

66.3

66.1

65.3

Ground clearance (in)

6.1

7.9

N/A

7.6

Wheelbase (in)

104.7

105.9

104.7

106.3

Track width (in) F/R

61.8/61.8

61.5/61.6

63.0/63.7

62.8/62.8

The ground clearance is low in the Toyota RAV4 when compared with the rivals as the Compact SUV offers jusr 6.1 inches of ground clearance in the segment. On the other hand, competitors like Ford Escape S and Mazda CX-5 sport offer impressive groud clearances of 7.9 and 7.6 inches respectively. The wheelbase and track width (F/R) measure 104.7 inches and 61.8/61.8 inches (F/R) respectively for the latest 2017 Toyota RAV4.

2017 Toyota RAV4 Safety

7.1/10

2017 Toyota RAV4 is well-equipped in the safety segment. It features advanced safety 5 including Pre-collision warning and Pedestrian Detection, Lane departure warning system with steering alert, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Blid spot monitoring system and rear cross traffic alerts system as standard safety features which is impressive as most of the segment's SUVs aren't equipped with these sort of advance safety and driver assistance technology or they chage a high amount for these features. For child safety, LATCH points are also standard in the 2017 Toyota RAV4 .

  • Toyota Safety Sense (TSS-P)
  • Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection26 (PCS w/PD)
  • Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist (LDA w/SA)
  • Automatic High Beams (AHB
  • Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC)
  • Blind Spot Monitor (BSM)4 and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA)

For driver and front passenger safety, dual stage driver and front passenger airbags are standard in the 2017 Toyota RAV4. The car is equipped with smart parking Assist features along with a 360-degree view backup camera with projected path. The smart safety features including driver assistance technology and Toyota safety sense are welcome this year in the latest 2017 RAV4. The toyota has scored impressive 4.5 /5 overall in the NHTSA ratings test which is better than most of the competitors in the segment. The IIHS results are decent for the SUV as it is rated superior in the front crash protection because to its advanced safety features like automatic braking and steering assist system. Though the car lacks in "Smart overlap front passenger side" and headlights, the other safety standards are rated "Good".

IIHS Ratings

Small overlap front driver side

Good

Small overlap front passenger side

Poor

Moderate overlap front

Good

Side

Good

Roof strength

Good

Head restraints & seats

Good

Front crash prevention

Superior

Headlights

Acceptable

Child seats anchors (LATCH)

Good

NHTSA Ratings

Overall rating

5 star

Overall frontal barrier crash rating

4 star

Frontal barrier crash rating driver

4 star

Overall side crash rating

5 star

Side barrier rating

5 star

Side pole rating driver front seat

5 star

Combined side rating rear seat

5 star

Rollover rating

4 star

Side barrier rating driver

5 star

2017 Toyota RAV4 Competition

Toyota RAV4 vs Ford Escape

2017 Toyota RAV4's engine offers better power and torque counts along with more powerful acceleration experience than the Ford Escape S. RAV4 excels in segments including handling, fuel economy, pasenger volume, driver assistance and safety, and cargo volume when compared with Escape S. On the other hand Ford Escape S outshines RAV4 in segments like Ground clearance, interiors quality, braking and infotainment system.

Toyota RAV4 vs Honda CR-V

Honda CR-V LX features slightly better power and torque counts though the acceleration experience is slightly better in the Toyota RAV4. Honda CR-V is the closest competitor of the popular RAV4 in the segment. CR-V excels in braking, fuel-efficiency, ground clearance, interiors and cargo capacity with slight margins though RAV4 offers slightly better passenger volume, acceleration, and safety features.

Toyota RAV4 vs Mazda CX-5

Mazda CX-5 sport is loaded with the most powerful engine among competitors which offers best-in-class power and torque counts but the acceleration performance is slightly better in RAV4 because of its low curb weight. The Mazda CX-5 excels in fuel economy, interiors quality, and ground clearance when compared with RAV4. On the other hand, Toyota RAV4 outshines Mazda CX-5 in segments like braking, handling, passenger volume, cargo capacity, and driver assistance and safety.

2017 Toyota RAV4 Final Verdict

Already popular, 2017 Toyota RAV4 is a decent package in the entry-level SUV segment as the front-engine equipped with a competent 2.5L I4 engine which offers best-in-class acceleration performance. The major highlights include four wheel drive option, strong riding and handling experience, spacious seats, advanced driver assistance and safety features even in the base trim, and commendable cargo capacity. But the Toyota lacks in some segments including interiors quality, suspension, and braking.