2017 Toyota RAV4 review

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Toyota RAV4 highlights

Customer rating


  • A quiet, enjoyable-to-drive commuter choice
  • Efficient Hybrid model impresses with more than just EPA estimates


  • Gas-engine RAV4 can't match performance of turbocharged rivals
  • Hybrid model's brake pedal feels artificial under your foot

Mileage (EPA estimate)

22 city, 29 highway, 25 combined

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2017 Toyota RAV4 adds driver aids and more luxury with Platinum trim

For most of its life, the Toyota RAV4 has been competent in all the key areas that buyers of compact crossover SUVs appreciate but didn't stand out in any particular one. That changed with the 2016 launch of the RAV4 Hybrid model. It offers top EPA fuel consumption estimates, along with better performance, thanks to a pair of electric motors supplementing the 2.5-liter gasoline engine's output. The fuel savings and the boost in performance are enough to make up for the typical price bump it has over the regular RAV4. That's not to say we don't recommend the standard RAV4. Its strengths all remain: It's spacious, comfortable, refined, and decently equipped, with a nice range of trim levels at competitive prices. And for 2017, the RAV4 gains a host of standard driver-assist features, including lane departure warning, automatic high beams, and adaptive cruise control.

The lineup starts with the LE, but we'd opt for the next step up, the XLE, because it adds desirable features like alloy wheels, better seats, and dual-zone climate control. The SE gains sport tuning, but its handling isn't much different, and the Limited above it adds larger alloy wheels, which do little to improve the ride quality. The new-for-2017 Platinum tops the lineup, adding distinctive trim inside and out as well as a few more luxury features. The Hybrid is offered in XLE, SE, and Limited trims, and equipment slightly varies. All RAVs except the Hybrid are standard with front-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic, but all-wheel drive is available if you need the extra traction. With the Hybrid model giving the entire range a bit of a boost, there's a lot to like about the RAV4 as a compact crossover SUV.

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What is new for the 2017 Toyota RAV4?

  • The RAV4 is available in a new trim called the Platinum.
  • RAV4 trims have been upgraded with Heated Steering Wheel and JBL Sound System as standard equipment this year.
  • The XLE trim now comes with Automated Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning, and CD Audio as standard equipment.
  • The SE trim now comes with Automated Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning, and CD Audio as standard equipment.
  • The LE trim now comes with Automated Cruise Control and Lane Departure Warning as standard equipment.
  • The Limited trim now comes with CD Audio as standard equipment.

2017 Toyota RAV4 trims

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  • Includes roof rails, 17-inch steel wheels, automatic limited-slip differential, tilt/telescopic steering wheel, six-way adjustable driver's seat, driver-assistance package, available all-wheel drive, and more.

  • View all Toyota RAV4 LEs in stock

XLE and Hybrid XLE

  • Adds power tilt and slide moonroof, leather-trimmed steering wheel, and more. This trim also opens up the optional Convenience Package, which adds integrated navigation, a height-adjustable power liftgate, and more.

  • View all Toyota RAV4 XLE and Hybrid XLEs in stock

SE and Hybrid SE

  • Adds 18-inch sport alloy wheels, Entune Audio Plus, steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters, SofTex® seat upholstery, eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, heated front seats, and more. This trim also unlocks the Advanced Technology Package.

  • View all Toyota RAV4 SE and Hybrid SEs in stock

Limited and Hybrid Limited


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5 reasons to buy the 2017 Toyota RAV4

1. Hybrid powertrain option

2017 Toyota RAV4 Review: Engine | CarMax

If you're shopping for a crossover with fuel-sipping credentials, the 2017 RAV4 Hybrid model delivers an EPA-estimated 32 mpg combined.

The RAV4's standard 2.5L engine pairs with onboard hybrid technology, meaning you can go farther between fill-ups and make the most of your mileage. If you choose a model with the base engine, you'll get a respectable EPA-estimated 26 mpg combined.

2. Engaging passenger cabin

2017 Toyota RAV4 Review: Cabin | CarMax

Small details can mean so much. The 2017 RAV4 is very roomy, with thoughtful touches for all your passengers. From the XLE trim upward, dual-zone climate control, seat bolsters, and convenient bottle and cup holders are just some of the standard features that make journeys feel easier. You'll love how the RAV4 drives, and your passengers will be comfortable, too.

3. Versatile second row

2017 Toyota RAV4 Review: Cargo Space | CarMax

You don't have to sacrifice cargo- and family-hauling capability with a compact SUV. The 2017 RAV4 seats five, and the second row offers good hip room and legroom (48.9 and 37.2 inches, respectively), a recline function, and a center armrest. Switching to cargo hauling? That same second row has a 60/40 split and fold-flat functionality. Whether you're moving friends into a new apartment or picking up large items from the home improvement store, the RAV4 is the helpful hauler you need.

4. Plenty of trims and packages

2017 Toyota RAV4 Review: Gear Shifter | CarMax

Finding your match in a used car is the fun part of vehicle shopping. The 2017 RAV4 offers two powertrain options, five trims, and two optional packages to suit your lifestyle. The mid-level SE trim has subtle sport-style touches like five-spoke sport alloy wheels and steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. The range-topping Platinum trim has every luxury and convenience you may want. Toyota also makes many of those features available via two optional packages: Convenience and Advanced Technology.

5. Eye-catching paint options

2017 Toyota RAV4 Review: Front Vehicle Exterior | CarMax

The Toyota RAV4 has a great set of exterior color options. Want to stick with a classic? The 2017 RAV4 serves up monochrome blacks and pearl whites with shades of gray or silver in between. Or, what about a joyful blue the color of a California sky, or a deep green that's reminiscent of a plush forest floor? Add a juicy red, and you'll see that the RAV4 color palette has something for everyone.

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Totally redesigned for 2018, the Chevrolet Equinox gained power through a choice of turbocharged four-cylinder engines, including a 1.6L diesel. The nine-speed automatic transmission is fast and smooth, sending power to the front with standard FWD, or all four wheels with optional AWD. You can get the 2016-present Equinox in the base L trim or step up to the high-end Premier trim. The huge choice of options includes bold colors, internet connectivity, driver-assistance technology, and a slick e-AWD system that disconnects the rear wheels for improved efficiency.

The 2017 Chevrolet Equinox Premier delivers these standard features:

  • Heated front seats

  • Lane-departure and forward-collision warning

  • Leather upholstery

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

Based on customer reviews, the 2017 Toyota RAV4 is a reliable small SUV. Customers like the car's smooth ride, comfortable interior, and lots of cargo space. Customers also like the car's sunroof.

RepairPal gave the Toyota RAV4 an overall reliability rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Excellent. This rating ranks Toyota RAV4 4th out of 29 among Compact SUVs.

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Toyota RAV4 features and specs

Platinum 2WD 4D Sport Utility

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • CD Audio
  • Entune
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • JBL Sound System
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Leatherette Seats
  • Memory Seat(s)
  • Navigation System
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Hatch/Deck Lid
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Sunroof(s)
  • Traction Control
  • Full Roof Rack
  • Remote Start
  • Running Boards

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

Engine size




Torque (ft-lbs)


Engine type


Fuel capacity




Overall length






Leg room

F 42.6"/R 37.2"

Head room

F 38.9"/R 38.9"

Front tires


Rear tires


Seating capacity


Max towing capacity

150/1500 lbs.



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More about the 2017 Toyota RAV4

2017 Toyota RAV4 Review: Top Colors | CarMax


  • Barcelona Red Metallic

  • Black

  • Black Currant Metallic

  • Black Sand Pearl (Hybrid models only)

  • Black/Silver Sky Metallic (SE trim exclusive, additional cost)

  • Blizzard Pearl (additional cost)

  • Electric Storm Blue

  • Electric Storm Blue/Silver Sky Metallic (SE trim exclusive, additional cost)

  • Galactic Aqua Mica

  • Magnetic Gray Metallic

  • Silver Sky Metallic

  • Super White

  • Super White/Silver Sky Metallic (SE trim exclusive, additional cost)


  • Ash

  • Black

  • Cinnamon (XLE trim and higher)

  • Nutmeg

Interior details

The 2017 Toyota RAV4 is a capable SUV with a comfortable cabin, offering either fabric or SofTex synthetic leather upholstery. There are plenty of cup holders, deep door cubbies for bottles, and seat back pockets for travel essentials. Move up the trim levels for heated front seats, as well as a leather-trimmed dash, steering wheel, and shift lever. Adjustable front-row seating and a recline function for the rear row ensure everyone can get comfortable for the journey. Whether you want to turn up the Entune Audio system or enjoy the otherwise hushed cabin, the 2017 RAV4 is a peaceful and comfortable place to while away the miles.

Child seat details

The 2017 Toyota RAV4 has two full sets of LATCH restraints (upper tether and lower anchors) in the second-row outboard seats. The slim-fit middle seat also has an upper tether restraint. With the outboard seats offering the full LATCH fixtures, it is suggested that no more than two child seats be installed in the RAV4. The second row is spacious, however, and can handle booster, convertible, and front- and rear-facing seats.


All 2017 Toyota RAV4 gasoline-only models are powered by a 2.5L four-cylinder engine paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, delivering a total output of 176 hp and 172 lb-ft of torque to the standard FWD or optional AWD. According to the manufacturer, the base trim RAV4 LE has a zero-to-60-mph time of 8.3 seconds, when new.

The 2017 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is driven by on-demand AWD and derives power from the 2.5L gas engine. With the added benefits of two onboard electric motors, the RAV4 Hybrid delivers a combined output of 194 horsepower. All hybrid models get an EPA-estimated 32 mpg combined.

Year comparisons

2013-2018 Toyota RAV4 (Fourth Generation)

Heralding the start of its fourth generation, the 2013 RAV4 had a complete redesign that brought in a new lifting tailgate and a four-cylinder engine to replace the outgoing V6.

A mid-generation refresh in 2016 added more features, including additional Entune infotainment system options and a sport-styled trim (SE). The RAV4 Hybrid was also introduced.

2017 highlights include the range-topping Platinum trim and the addition of Toyota's suite of driver aids as standard. There were no significant changes for 2018 except the introduction of the Adventure trim.

2019-Present Toyota RAV4 (Fifth Generation)

For its fifth generation, the RAV4 gained a more athletic exterior appearance and additional standard driver aids. In 2020 more connectivity features were added as standard, including Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto connectivity. An off-road trim was also introduced. The 2021 model year brings no significant changes.

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