The 2017 Toyota RAV4 is a compact SUV with a starting price of $24,910. It ranks around the middle of its class and comes as either front-wheel or all-wheel drive.

The RAV4 comes with an impressive list of standard features and the 2017 model now also includes the Toyota Safety Sense as standard on all models. The RAV4 has an easy-to-use infotainment system and a large cabin which is let down somewhat by the use of plastics in the interior.

The RAV4 has seating for up to 5 people and comes equipped with a 2.5 liter 4-cylinder engine that delivers 176 horsepower. It’s the only engine available on the RAV4 which is a shame because it feels a little underpowered and can struggle on steep inclines.

Performance

The 2017 Toyota RAV4 comes with one engine that is standard on all models. It’s a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that makes 176 horsepower. It’s paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. The driving power and acceleration is average and some reviewers have noted that the RAV4 can be slow to respond when you press on the throttle and the transmission can have difficulty finding the right gears when driving up slopes.

The RAV4 has average fuel economy with 23 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. It comes as either front-wheel or all-wheel drive. AWD is slightly less fuel efficient but makes driving much safer on wet or slippery roads.

The 2017 RAV4 has a towing capacity of 1,500 lbs. The focus is more on comfort than performance so it has a well-tuned suspension to smooth out any bumps in the road. The RAV4 is not an off-road vehicle so don’t expect it to perform well when you’re off the city streets.

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Interior

The RAV4 has seating for up to 5 people in well-cushioned seats, making long journeys more enjoyable. The rear seats are reclining so all passengers will be able to find the best position for them.

The RAV4 has decent interior quality although many plastics have been used in the cabin. Cloth upholstery comes as standard in the RAV4 and unfortunatly no leather seating is available. Instead Toyota use a material called SofTex, which is a replacement for leather.

The RAV4 has 38.4 cu.ft. of space behind the rear seats and this jumps to 73.4 cu.ft. of space with the rear seats folded flat. Some of the standard features in the RAV4 include a 6.1-inch touch screen, 6-speaker sound system, USB port, Entune infotainment system, Bluetooth and advanced voice recognition.

Price

The Toyota RAV4 has a starting price of $24,910 which is more expensive than other compact SUVs but it also comes with a longer list of standard features.

Alternatives

The Toyota RAV4 is an average compact SUV and sits in the middle of its class. If you’re looking for something to handle off-road situations a little better try the 2017 Subaru Forester. Other options include the 2017 Mazda CX-5, 2017 Hyundai Tucson or the 2017 Honda CR-V.