2017 Toyota RAV4 Buyer's Guide
Starting Price: $25,850 | Build
Above Average: Interior room, ride comfort, reliability, resale value
Below Average: Handling and performance
Consensus: This best-seller is comfortable and spacious, with excellent resale value and a strong reputation for reliability.
The original remains a top-seller
It was the launch of the Toyota RAV4 over 20 years ago that first introduced to U.S. audiences the combination of a car-like platform and two-box profile with a semblance of off-road capability. Although larger, more powerful and more refined than the original, the RAV4 continues to offer many of those original attributes, plus refreshed styling and the only hybrid powertrain in its class. For 2017, all RAV4s come standard with the Toyota Safety Sense P suite of safety features.
"While many compact SUVs have expanded beyond their original concept, Toyota’s 2017 RAV4 knows exactly what it is and who it’s intended to serve. The RAV4’s roomy interior can comfortably fit five adults, and its ride is smooth and controlled without being overly soft or floating." Find out more in our 2017 Toyota RAV4 full review.
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Build and Price
Ordering a RAV4 remains a straightforward affair. There are four trim levels, two of which are offered with the hybrid powertrain. The entry-level LE begins at less than $26,000, and the new Platinum model can cost nearly $38,000. Build and price your own 2017 Toyota RAV4 to unlock this week's Fair Purchase Price, 5-Year Cost to Own and more.
The eighth hybrid in the Toyota line, the RAV4 Hybrid uses a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine and an electric motor, a combination that gives the AWD Hybrid fuel economy of 34 mpg city/30 mpg on the highway, compared to 23 and 30 with the standard gas 4-cylinder. The powertrain puts out 194 horsepower and gets the RAV4 to 60 mph from a stop in 8.1 seconds, which is a full second quicker than the RAV4 with the gas engine. Read our first review of the RAV Hybrid.
Band Teacher from CLE has this to say about the RAV4 Limited Hybrid: "This vehicle feels very well built, sturdy, and most of the textured surfaces you come in contact with feel like they came from something more expensive. The fake leather sport seats are nice looking, too! Minor complaints would be the steering is a little vague and non-communicative, and it's not the fastest vehicle (although it is faster than the regular Rav4)." Read more Toyota RAV4 consumer reviews.
More Compact SUVs
At one time the compact SUV field was composed of Honda, Toyota and "the rest." No more. The Toyota RAV4 is still a frontrunner, but be sure to visit our Compact SUV Buyer's Guide before coming to any conclusions.
Photo Gallery: 2017 Toyota RAV4 Inside and Out
Video: Toyota RAV4 Review and Road Test
It was the launch of the Toyota RAV4 20 years ago that first introduced to U.S. audiences the combination of a car-like platform and two-box profile with a semblance of off-road capability. Although larger, more powerful and more refined than the original, the RAV4 continues to offer many of those original attributes, plus refreshed styling and a first-ever hybrid model for 2016.
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