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2017 Toyota RAV4

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2017 Toyota RAV4

Toyota RAV4 highlights

Customer reviews

4.9 out of 5

RepairPal reliability rating**

4.5 out of 5


  • 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)

23 city, 30 highway, 26 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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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.
5 Stars16
4 Stars2
3 Stars0
2 Stars0
1 Star0
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 2nd out of 26 among Compact SUVs.

RepairPal reliability rating**

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LE 2WD 4D Sport Utility

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