2017 Toyota RAV4

The crossover segment continues to see more entrants, which makes competition in the segment ever stiff. However, despite the rising competition, the Toyota RAV4 has managed to maintain its status as the “top dog” of the segment. Toyota success is due to the automaker’s decision to keep the model simple. The model does not even offer expensive engine options but rather it offers a single but capable conventional mill plus hybrid a drive-train.  Toyota says the new 2017 Toyota RAV4 is made for those individuals looking for a worry-free automobile in a common-sense body design. Such individuals are many going by its excellent sales. Read along for more information:

2017 Toyota RAV4 Exterior

The 2017 Toyota RAV4 has undergone a significant exterior upgrade. At the front, the new model features a narrow radiator grille. Attractive compact headlights flank the grille. Below the grille is a huge bumper whose lip is lifted higher. The bumper is also integrated with round fog lights.  On the flanks, the model features slightly flared wheel arches, large glazed doors as well as neat roof rails. The side mirrors are integrated with LED light strips that serve as turn signals. The crossover rides on a set of 17-inch light alloy wheels.

At the rear, the bumper has been upgraded while the taillights have also been revised. The automaker has also replaced the antenna on the trunk-lid with a shark fin, which has created a sporty look for the model.

2017 Toyota RAV4 Interior

The interior of the 2017 Toyota RAV4 has been upgraded for extra comfort and convenience. The crossover accommodates five passengers on well-padded seat that are even comfortable for long journeys. While the rear feels more squeezed, the front feels bigger courtesy of the scooped-out front-door panels that provide extra room for the driver as well as the front passenger.

Although plastics are used on several surfaces, the cabin still features quality materials. Lower trims feature cloth upholstery with higher trims boasting of SofTex, a substitute of leather. This material is more resistant to wear and is also more environment-friendly.

The cabin is well equipped. Keyless remote entry, rearview camera and the automaker’s Entune infotainment system are standard. The infotainment system features a 6.1-inch touch-screen display. The system also comes with a 6-speaker audio system as standard. It also features a USB port, Bluetooth connectivity and voice recognition among others. Higher trims get as standard a dual-zone climate control, a 7.0-inch infotainment system, satellite radio, Siri Eyes Free, a 360-degree view camera and an 11-speaker premium audio system. In addition, higher trims feature an advanced infotainment system with various apps and real time fuel prices, traffic, weather stocks and sports information. These features are optional for lower trims.

The crossover also offers excellent cargo space compared to its rivals. It offers 38.4 cubic feet of space, which is expanded to 73.4 cubic feet by folding its 60/40 split rear seats.

Engine Specs and performance

Under the hood, the RAV4 continues with two drive-train choices, a conventional mill and a hybrid drive-train. The conventional mill is a 2.5 L, 4-cylinder mill that produces 176 hp and 172 lb-ft of torque.  The engine is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission system. This helps the crossover to run from 0-60 mph in under 10 seconds. The model is offered in front-wheel-drive as standard with an option for an all-wheel-drive system. In terms of fuel economy, the engine returns 23 mpg on city and 29 mpg on highway drives when paired with a FWD system and 22 mpg on city and 28 mpg on highway with an AWD system.

The second mill is a hybrid drive-train that features a 2.5 L, inline-4 that combines with two electric motor at each axle to produce 194 horses and 206 lb-ft of torque. The model is offered with a CVT automatic transmission as standard. Hybrid models are also offered with AWD systems as standard. The engine is rated to return 34 mpg on city and 30 mpg on highway drives.

Price and release date

The base 2017 RAV4 LE has an MSRP of $26,700 while the range topping Platinum trim will cost you $37,200. On the other hand, the base RAV4 XLE hybrid has an MSRP of $30,000. The model is already available in Toyota dealerships.

Competition

Top rivals of the 2017 Toyota RAV4 are the likes of Ford Escape and Honda CR-VMazda CX-5, Hyundai Tucson, Nissan Rogue and Kia Sportage will also pose some rivalry.

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