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2017 Toyota RAV4 review: What they are not telling you about this SUV



Whoa! Where’s the steering feel? And who’s responsible for that styling? Who cares? Not 2017 Toyota RAV4 owners. They’re kept this compact crossover atop America’s SUV sales heap for years. For 2017, strivers get a new flagship, the Platinum model. More important, every RAV4 buyer gets the Toyota Safety Sense system, no matter which model they choose. It’ll automatically apply the brakes to prevent a frontal collision. Oh, there’s stellar reliability, room, and comfort, too. But what if you like to drive? Is there a ’17 RAV4 for you? Get the answers in our lively video review.

Questions we may answer in this review of the Toyota Rav4 2017:
How safe is the 2017 Toyota Rav4?
How popular is the 2017 Toyota Rav4?
How many miles per gallon on a 2017 Toyota Rav4?
Will there be any changes in the 2017 Toyota Rav4?
Will there be a new 2017 Toyota Rav4?
Will the 2017 Toyota Rav4 have interior upgrades?
Will the 2017 Toyota Rav4 have a side camera?
Will the Toyota Rav4 be redesigned in 2016?
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Will the 2017 Toyota Rav4 change?
Will the 2017 Toyota Rav4 have a CVT transmission?
Will 2017 Toyota Rav4 offer new colors?
Will gas mileage improve on 2017 Toyota Rav4?
Will anything change on the 2017 Toyota Rav4?
Will 2017 Toyota Rav4 have a heated steering wheel?
Will 2017 Toyota Rav4 be updated?
When will the 2017 Toyota Rav4 be revised?
When will the 2017 Toyota Rav4 come out?
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  1. I just purchased a 2017 Rav 4 XLE today. Was tired of the same Jane colours everyone has, so I chose the metallic black currant (metallic purple) it's a great, reliable fuel efficient crossover that is hugely under rated. I traded In my 2014 Dodge Ram 1500 sport model for the RAV4. And I will never miss that gas hog.

  2. I like vehicles with some muscle, that is why I have kept my 2012 Rav4 Limited with a genuine V6; the engine is noisy, but it has excellent pick up and excels with guts to pass cars quickly and safely, even up a mountain highway, and I still get 26-30 mpg, depending on whether there is a head wind or not.

  3. I thought Honda CR-V is the best selling? I sat in the Rav4 at the dealer and I can't help to feel how cheap everything feel in the interior. Try harder Toyota, Honda is kicking your ass.

  4. Although trying to be witty, you came of whiney. Please explain what 25-35k small SUV is race car fun? I was irritated by bashing. Can everyone in America that buys one of these be an idiot? If you want a sports car rocket you'll buy a Mustang GT or Porsche or…..

  5. Exciting handling has a lot in common with weirdos that jump lanes all the time or drive 200km/h on tiny roads near a cliff.

  6. If you want Sporty handling SUV go for Mazda CX5. But i dont care i like this Rav4. Styling wise and Value i'll go for Rav 4

  7. I love this 2015 le AWD, but now that the extended DIY servicing is coming due I'm finding it is not DIY friendly. So far the oil and engine filter changes were easy, but when I discovered the transmission dip stick is no longer available, this had me worried and I was right. The transmission oil change is complex and requires 3 special machines to do the work. This means you NEED Toyota to be 100% certain to get the job done right and be warrantied. I'm not buying another Toyota, and I'm going back to the next vehicle that still carries the old 4X4 system. Jeep is where I'm going to when this vehicle's life is over. Give me the tough locking front hubs and Dana front axle any day. I know a ploy when I see it, and forcing people out of DIY this way is too obvious.

  8. The SE drives like how he like it but only 5% will pick the SE. The rest has vague steering lol what does that tell you about this guy. I love how my 17 rav4 hybrid feels, smooth and easy. I'm driving a small suv everyday and don't need to feel like I'm working out at the gym every time I drive. If I want to feel every bump on the road and carve corners I wouldn't buy this suv.

  9. Actually I have heard that this Rav-4 is fun to drive it has good handling. Was this car supposed to compete against a BMW M5 or something ? why do you keep on talking about performance and exciting to drive? People who buy this Rav-4, CRV and the rest dont buy any of them because their exciting to drive. Please focus on what these cars are built for and why people buy them.

  10. What do you mean it doesn't have true four wheel drive? What do you think happens under 25mph when you push the button?

  11. I have a 2009 Limited with the V6 and I love it. I got this one shortly after having a WRX and it's almost as much fun to drive. If it had a stick shift it'd be more fun.

  12. The Rav4 is not a true AWD vehicle. Please do some research on youtube about how this AWD system does not work well. I just bought a 2017 Rav4 and very disappointed with it. I am already trading it in for a Subaru. I have owned and raved about Toyotas since I was sixteen and this car is not good in the snow or ice. The Crosstek is far superior. I will debate anyone on this issue.

  13. I own the 2015 awd got new. The car is unsurpassed on snow packed highways and in the snow is great. But it does best w/WINTER tires, not all season(I use Avalanche square lug tires) . This will give a slightly higher road noise on the snow cleared flat top. I was a driver in the army and used to jeeps and tracked vehicles. I've always been a Jeep purchaser. I liked the clearance which was even all around and under vehicle. The one glitch is Toyota decided to run the exhaust pipe dead center under the engine in the front which is visible as a pimple. It lowers OA clearance by 1.5", and in a bad location under any vehicle at that. A reliable car for getting out of snow banks and stuck conditions. The ladies love it too and has heated seats.

  14. I’m expecting a new redesign 5th generation RAV4 2019 or RAV4 2020 will be a bit sportier and more aggressive, more eco, bigger, nicer, safer, stronger, and higher than this 4th generation .

    The front of the vehicle shall be semi- AUDI Q8 2018,
    and the rear of the vehicle shall be semi- BMW X7 2018 .

  15. Hmm i have a 2014 rav4 limited and i just realized that it has the same interior aspects (black and red) than the 2017 one.

  16. I purchased a 2016 RAV4 Limited Hybrid. It is a great little SUV. The only thing I am disappointed is the outdated GPS software. It leaves out many suburb city name (not match Postal Service name address). My Garmin or Magellan GPS have the correct city name.

  17. I have been looking for a new Midsized/compact SUV. The RAV4 has the comfy ride and quiet interior that I am looking for, and nice layout of the dashboard (more tradition design). The RAV4 is nice but this (unfortunately) is more like a hatchback – it sits too low. I guess they now call these crossovers. I want a compact SUV that is a SUV – meaning it should sit up higher for better visibility and safety.. The RAV4 tries to be sport with the lower roofline (not what I am looking for). It's a shame that I can't buy this one.. It really is nice. (Just a note: I looked at the new Honda Pilot. It is larger and sits up nice and high like I like. I love everything about the Pilot but the dashboard design so terrible (very nontraditional) that I can't buy that one either). Oh well, I will keep looking..

  18. Toyota is the best car brand in the world. They know what the majority of people want, a reliable and dependable vehicle. I own a 2016 Toyota Corolla S Premium. It's a a great car that i feel safe in and I know won't let me down. Who cares about performance or if it's boring, they get you from point A to B without any problems.

  19. So, what this guy is basically saying is that the Rav4 is a shitty but reliable car. Maybe not really shitty. But when alternative models are better at everything, that makes the Rav4 the shittiest of the bunch. But isn't that what Toyota is known for?

    If cars had attribute meters/stats, most Toyotas would suck at everything except durability, perceived reliability and possibly safety. Toyota has always been the tasteless, boring, safe choice. Many people know that already, but feel they don't need to be reminded of it, especially those who highly value the brand's perceived reliability. This is especially true in third world markets where Toyota manages to sell turd far worse than the Rav4 just because it has a "Toyota" on it. Toyota reserves all their good stuff for Lexus so they can milk more upmarket buyers.

  20. If I wanted driving excitement, I'd get an MX-5.  However, the MX-5 is noisy, hard riding, cramped and has no storage space.  On the other hand, the RAV 4 is quiet, comfortable, roomy and a pleasure to daily drive.

  21. I drove the 2016 Rav 4 LE last year for a couple days while my truck was in the shop being serviced. We had 8" of snow and the Rav4's AWD system worked great. Plenty of room.

    The 2.5L 4 cylinder has plenty of power. They're not a racecar but they'll get up and move pretty quick if you want them to. The base model LE with AWD has plenty of features and around $24-25k they're pretty well priced.

  22. I beg to differ, the Hybrid is light years ahead of its sister gas model. I did not pay for any "Safety NON Sense" on our '16 XLE AWD hybrid. I stay focused on the road and can do without flashing lights in my mirrors, bells and chimes going off distracting me. It's called pay attention to the road and save yourself the cash on that "Safety NON Sense." Don't play with your phone or cater to your spoiled, screaming brats while driving 70 mph in a loaded 3600 lb. missile on the road, you won't need lane departure warnings or collision avoidance. Pay attention, plain and simple. I just do not trust that extra stuff to function properly. From what I understand the Hybrid alone is on the Lexus NX platform.

  23. I have a 2017 and its perfect..pefect ac..perfect heat…engine has enough pep for living in Ny..I'd buy it again..and it holds its resale..No jeeps for me …

  24. It's dependability. That's what you get with the Rav4. Oil changes are all you need more the most part. Mine was an insurance car from 2006-2015. I got it in 2016 and it's now a realtor car. I've doubled its mileage and the only thing that needed to be done so far was replacing the ORIGINAL battery from 2006.

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