Everybody loves the compact crossover SUV. Now the most popular type of vehicle in America, small crossovers are ready for just about anything you need to do, or just about anywhere you need to go, and at just about any time you want to go and to do. Among small crossovers, the 2017 Toyota RAV4 is one of the most popular models. Given that the RAV4 was one of the first crossover SUVs to go on sale in the U.S. more than 20 years ago, its success might be expected, if not deserved.
Toyota understands just how important the RAV4 is to its bottom line. Since its last complete redesign for 2013, the company has continually improved the RAV4, upgrading its crash protection, updating its safety and infotainment technologies, enhancing its equipment levels, refining its appearance and adding a hybrid version to the lineup. For 2017, the trend continues, with all versions of the RAV4 adding Toyota Safety Sense as standard equipment. A new Platinum trim level debuts, too, installing a higher level of standard equipment than Toyota has ever offered for the RAV4. Highlights of the RAV4 Platinum include a monochromatic exterior paint job, the top infotainment system with JBL stereo speakers, a top-down 360-degree view camera system, a heated steering wheel, ambient interior lighting, a power rear liftgate and numerous details designed to give the SUV a more upscale look and feel.
Thanks to standard Toyota Safety Sense (TSS), every 2017 RAV4 is equipped with a forward collision warning system that includes pedestrian detection technology and automatic emergency braking. The TSS package also installs adaptive cruise control, automatic high-beam headlights and a lane departure warning system with lane keeping assist. This change for 2017 means that all RAV4 models should earn the coveted “Top Safety Pick+” rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
Weighing just over 3,600 pounds, my RAV4 XLE AWD test vehicle’s 176-horsepower, 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine supplied merely adequate performance. On the very short, and occasionally non-existent entrance ramps providing access to the highways laced across northeastern Massachusetts, this engine worked overtime to enter traffic flow at a velocity anywhere close to prevailing speeds. Check out the all new 2017 Toyota RAV4 at Yokem Toyota and come take it for a test drive today!