2017 Toyota RAV4 Review

It appears that the 2017 Toyota RAV4 is getting its release ahead of time. It seems that the previous model was just released yesterday and that had just enjoyed a new car from Toyota and they are already announcing some new updates that are going to come out next year. This is not going to be that much of a new design as it will be an update. Thus the new Toyota crossover gets a few changes and new equipment that is going to update it for the future period.

2017 Toyota RAV4 side view, alloy wheels

Sales Update For Toyota RAV4 2017

Hey, folks, we got you the news about this great Toyota model. We researched sales numbers of this model in the U.S in first 2 months of 2017. According to Carsalebase this year numbers are around 5% higher than same months in 2016. To be precise Toyota sold more than 50000 models of new RAV4.

Sales Segment of Toyota RAV4
US Compact SUV’s

The Toyota RAV4 is currently in its fourth generation and this one is going to be only one step forward to the new one which has still not been announced and will be given sometime in the distant future. But as we wait for the new model we can enjoy the immense quality that this update gives us.

The previous model that was announced at the New York Auto show gave us the debut of a hybrid powertrain to the RAV4, which is going to be continued this time as well. The model is going to add some new sleeker looking design parts and is featuring updated materials on the inside but also has something new to offer under the hood.

The new 2017 Toyota RAV4 design comes out next year, but we are not sure when. The update came out so fast that the information is all over the place and a lot of it still needs to be updated and confirmed. Here is what we were able to find out for the time being and you can read all about it in this review.

2017 Toyota RAV4 exterior and interior update

We can expect to see a fresher and updated 2017 Toyota RAV4 model. The car is not going to change significantly and is not going to be drastically different from the current model but there are some updates which are going to give us a fresher and contemporary model. The front end does get a new grille design which is going to be somewhat more aggressive but only a bit. The bumper also has some updates to it but not so big ones and it more or less looks the same as before but the headlights have a completely new look to them with the added updated of the 2017 year. But the appearance is not going to be over the top as Toyota is making this one in the same fashion some of the most luxurious ones are made in the segment. Keeping things modern yet modest is the best way how we can describe this new vehicle.

2017 Toyota RAV4 front view, grille and headlights

What the car is also going to keep for its design are the 16-inch wheels that make it here as well. The lower body trim is also transferred and the most biggest change is actually the addition of new LED lights. The LEDs are offered for the SE models and are also applicable for the Limited one as well. As for the optional wheels, you can get the 18-inch alloy wheels that are also available as optional. The Limited trim also gets a honeycomb meshed grille, black mirrors and various updates on the inside.

2017 Toyota RAV4 rear angle, taillights and tailpipe

So after mentioning the inside, we can say that there are going to be some updated versions of the current erumpent added. The most important part is the carried over Toyota Safety Sense, which is the safety system that has proved to be the best part of the car last year so it is a good thing to bring it back this year as well. Enhancing the safety and the usability of the vehicle are also some systems that are called the Bird’s Eye View Camera with Perimeter Scan. This adds a 360-degree view exterior camera which shows you the surrounding and is perfect for parking. Also all models are going to have a dashboard display-screen GPS mapping, which can be linked to your Smartphone as well, and it also offers integrated navigation as well.

2017 Toyota RAV4 steering wheel, lcd screen and dashboard

As for the comfort levels, they are as good as they always were and there are going to be some new materials that are being given to the update. The vehicle comes with a slew of options as always but only the highest trims get the most expensive and exclusive ones. The model is being fitted with some new upholstery and leather materials that are fitted on the seats and go with the ones that are placed on the door panels.

2017 Toyota RAV4 engine

As for the powerplant of the 2017 Toyota RAV4 is concerned, they are going to continue using the same type of engine that they have started last time. The powetrain in question is the 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 176 horsepower and 172 pound-feet of torque.  The engine is going to combine with the same six-speed automatic which has adequate but not that really exciting shifting ability. The model is also going to receive optional AWD if necessary.

2017 Toyota RAV4 engine

The hybrid version is of course going to be back as this has already started to become a trend among Toyota vehicles. The engine utilized with the 2017 model is going to be the same kind of a setup from last year. A 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine is going to be combined with a two electric engines for a total output of 192 horsepower and 206 pound-feet of torque. The 0-60 mph acceleration is thus achieved in 8.1 seconds, with the second motor driving the rear axles automatically providing an AWD system.

Price and release date

The price is going to be increased for the 2017 Toyota RAV4 but not exceptionally and it is only to be just modesty higher. The base price starts at $25,600, the XLE is priced $27,500, the SE is $30,500 and the highest trim is the limited which gets to a price of $32,700. You can expect that car to be released by the end of the year as we are expecting of getting an early release with this one.

2017 Toyota RAV4 release date


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