Toyota practically invented the tight crossover with the first RAV4 in the mid-1990s and it’s still a gigantic contestant in the part with the fourth-aeon RAV4 that has been around since 2012. Like its precursors, the 2017 RAV4 is a little, car-based SUV car with five rooms, no third line supplied in this aeon and either front or all-wheel steer. Also as it did in the ’90s, the RAV4 competes head-on with the Honda CR-V, although abundance of brand-new entries have popped up in the proving years including the Ford Escape, Kia Sportage, Hyundai Tucson and Mazda CX-5. With merely normal performance and relatively obvious styling, the current RAV4 isn’t a standout among its agonistic set. Despite, the RAV4’s honor for utility, serenity and responsibility means it’s giving the CR-V a run for its cash in the 2016 sales race. Toyota has vended 286,809 RAV4s through October to the Honda CR-V’s 293,799 units.
Similar to many other Toyota versions, the 2017 RAV4 now has a long database of safety tool named Safety Sense-P as regular in all versions, which includes forward-collision informing, lane-departure alert, lane-keeping help, adaptive cruise command and auto high-beam headlights.
The RAV4 roll also reaches a bit high than before with an extent topping Platinum cut that’s brand-new for 2017. For a noble value of $35,690 for a front-wheel-steer model, increase $1400 for all-wheel steer, the Platinum includes a monochromatic out and indulgence features such as a heated driving wheel, an energy liftgate and a 360-degree-view camera system. Utility reigns supreme in the RAV4, as this crossover has a large and varied indoor that’s well encase for moving people and substance. The breed seat boasts abundant legroom and headroom and it also reclines. The RAV4’s merchandise location also has a debased lift-over dimension, making it uncomplicated to raise dense or large parts into the large 38-blockish-foot hold that grows to 73 blockish feet with the back rooms folded even into the floor. Those curious in the more RAV4 hybrid won’t have to give up much area, since its artillery pack takes up only two blockish feet of merchandise space. The RAV4 also has a cozy and peaceful steer, with acceptable sound separation than some of its oppositions such as the Honda CR-V and the Mazda CX-5. The hybrid model is a relatively uncommon in this segment, the Nissan Rogue is the only other tight crossover to offer a gas, electric powertrain and the all-wheel-steer, only RAV4 hybrid productions a helpful ratio transformation for just $800 over a cognition XLE AWD or Limited AWD gas model.
Unclear and lifeless driving with soft mixture, the RAV4 isn’t much enjoyable to steer, even for a little crossover. Neither the quality 2.5-liter four-cylinder nor the hybrid powertrain provides responsive acceleration, with the hybrid crawling from zero to 60 mph in 8.3 seconds and the RAV4 SE AWD acting 8.4 seconds.
While the hybrid makes sluggish with an EPA 32 mpg combined, the quality four-cylinder’s advanced had combined of 26 mpg falls abbreviated of fast, acceptable-to-steer oppositions such as the 2016 Mazda CX-5 and its 29-mpg. Given that high-cut versions outgo well into the top $30,000, the dashboard’s unexciting design and use of solid plastics are dull. The mostly tasteless out styling doesn’t look so upmarket, although a refresh for 2016 at least gave the front and breed extremities a more modern impression.