Used 2017 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Consumer Reviews

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Great SUV

cyclenut, 06/07/2017
SE 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
53 of 53 people found this review helpful

It's a truly remarkable combination of technology, quality, value,and refinement that sets a standard for Honda (and others) to chase. I was very interested in the new CRV since I just turned a 2014 in after a 36 mo. lease. The current (spring/summer 2017) Toyota incentives made me look at the RAV 4 and I chose the RAV 4 Hybrid because the deal/value proposition was exceptional. It's my first hybrid car so there's been a little acclimation required with all the extra noises a car with regenerative braking and a CVT entails but since my mileage is 37.8mpg in mixed driving I having no problems getting used to the odd sound or two. I hate cars that have a no get up and go (press the accelerator and nothing happens). This car ain't the quickest but if you hit the gas it actually responds well so I'm okay. The only 'complaint' I have is that it definitely has less internal cargo space than the CRV. The ride is very, very solid. The handling is smooth, about what's to be expected in a small SUV. The safety features are phenomenal especially considering the price. I read lots of reviews dissing this car on one attribute or another but every one of the reviews ends with the same mantra: If you want a car that combines value, reliability, and awesome gas mileage, there's only one, the Toyota RAV 4 Hybrid. Update: I’ve had the RAV for five months and I continue to amazed and pleased with it’s mileage which is better than advertised and it’s Ride/comfort which wasn’t part of my buying calculation. My only complaint is that the NAV system isn’t very good. If Toyota put Apple Car Play in its cars/trucks they’d be the ‘gold standard’ but alas we’re left with ‘Entune’ a vastly inferior product. Update: It’s been a year. I still love this crossover. I use it to deliver for Amazon Flex and it’s been awesome. The combination of reliability and utility makes it a truly great vehicle. Update: 2.5 years into a 3 yr. lease I’m still amazed by the car. I get great mileage and despite the slanted cargo area it’s fully functional as a hauler. The Entune radio/nav system is terrible but I use my iPhone to avoid it. I’ll be considering another in May 2020 if the deal is right. Update: Three years and 30K and it spins like a top. I extended my lease because the ‘deals’ offered by my local dealer was insultingly high. I’m very happy to stay with this wonderful 2017. Update: I just rang up 36K in early December 2020. It still runs like a top. I am completely happy with it. The mileage is down from when it was new but it's still in the 28-33 mpg range for mixed driving. I'd get another if the local Toyota dealership would sharpen their pencils!

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My Rav4 AWD Limited Hybrid SUV

Raina, 11/11/2016
Limited 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
72 of 74 people found this review helpful

I love Toyoya, my first vehicle in 1988 was a Toyota which is why I stayed loyal to Toyota all these years. They have been very comfortable and reliable vehicles. As much as I love the looks and features of the 2017 Rav4 Hybrid Limited I am very diappointed with the look of the Soft Tex fabric which looks cheap. In addition, the passenger seat is extrememly uncomfortable. I have owned numerous Toyotas over the years and this is the first Toyota with an uncomfortable passenger's seat. I would advise anyone planning to get a Rav4 Hybrid Limited to test ride the vehicle as a passenger if they intend to spend time being a passenger. It does get the stated 34 mpg and I love all the safety features.

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This is an OUTSTANDING car.

Nikki_Shops, 03/22/2017
Limited 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
53 of 57 people found this review helpful

I really love this car, and I keep looking at it like I can't believe it is mine. Yeah, I dead serious and really do think that about my RAV 4. To put this into context, I have owned a lot of different cars and have had mostly luxury cars like Mercedes and Lexus. But, I have kids, I work in the city, and I wanted something stylish, functional, economical, environmentally friendly, but most important, SAFE. I work in the transportation industry and know a lot about the up and coming safety technology of automated vehicles, so I wanted a crossover that had the latest safety features and that could be updated as new features come out. I do have expensive taste, so deciding on this car, I looked at every luxury model including BMW X3 and the Lexus NX models. None of them had the features I wanted like this RAV 4 in a hybrid version unless I wanted to spend almost double. I'm not into keeping up appearances or caring what my neighbors think that I wanted to pay $20K plus more for a car that shared a number of the same parts with the RAV4 anyway. I could get a luxury SUV close to what I paid for my RAV4, but it wouldn't have the features, and with the kids in the car, the features are important. The features are definitely worth it in this RAV 4, and I decided paying double and having a much higher car payment was not worth it to me even though I can afford it, especially as nice and high quality as Toyota has made this version of the RAV 4. I'm driving around the city for work and carting kids around, and this car is cool and safe. I'm not crazy about the lesser models, but my car has the extra features that take it up a notch, and it is perfect to me. I'd rather spend the extra money on trips or my house or retirement. Toyota's TSS safety suite in my RAV4 Hybrid Limited is excellent and is not annoying. I love the distance pacing cruise control and collision avoidance system, which paid for itself just the other day as I was trying to merge onto the highway and a car pulled in front of me and slammed on its brakes. My RAV 4 reacted and slowed itself way down and let me know it did much faster than I could have processed the situation in my own head. I love the back up camera and the bird's eye view, as well as the front camera, which has saved me some wheel scratches already while trying to park. This sort of drives itself on the DPCC. This is not a hot rod car, and it is a little weak like on the highway when you try to press on the gas such as to go around a slow vehicle, but that is in Eco mode, and it does have a sport mode that does much better. But, if you can get over the need for power and speed, it is a very safe and economical car. With the distance pacing cruise control on, I am going a bit slower than I had been driving, but I am actually making the same time and using less fuel. In fact, I just drove almost 200 miles on a quarter tank of gas. I don't think I will get 800 miles as it says I have 260 left to go, but my gas gauge is at 3/4 full, so that is not bad. I have been averaging 30 plus mpg. I have the Sensatec interior, and I chose the cinnamon. The car looks sharp and like some of the luxury models in the color combo I chose. You can definitely choose some very sharp options with pretty paint and sleek interior. I don't think it is cheap looking like some have said. The Sensatec is not as nice as my husband's Lexus' leather or the leather in other cars I have had, but it is very nice looking, durable, easy to clean and kid friendly in addition to being vegan friendly. I'm not a vegan, but I do like the leather alternative. I'm also not carting around the Queen, and I have a coffee spilling problem, so the Sensatec is perfect. Some people do not like the front of the RAV 4. It is ok and I wish it looked more like the Highlander front, but this is a sharp looking car from most all viewpoints. Sometimes I cannot tell the difference on the highway between my car and the Highlander until I see it closer. They are very similar looking, but the RAV 4 is just the right size for my family. It has the racks on top for extra luggage, but the cargo area is quite big and not too much different than the Highlander, so I didn't want to cart around extra car when I didn't need to. The technology in it is exceptional and is better than my husband's 2013 Lexus GS 350. The ride is nice and smooth. This is a boring ride car, so if you are Lightning McQueen, this is not for you. But, if you are tech forward, interested in the safest options and want a stylish, high quality, reliable and technologically cool car, this is for you. You will not win the drag race, but you will arrive at your destination safely and with money in your pocket. I also liked the Hyundai Tucson, which actually has one additional safety feature than my car, but I went with the RAV 4 Hybrid for the hybrid option and city gas mileage of 34 mpg, since that is where I drive the most.

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Practically runs on air!

Jennifer M, 10/18/2016
XLE 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
33 of 35 people found this review helpful

We are really pleased with our new 2017 Rav4 hybrid. It looks beautiful and we find it very roomy and comfortable. I love the moon roof and the push button power on switch. This is our second Rav4. I cant believe how many miles it can go before you have to refill it. The cargo space in the rear is very big and it also can be covered with a pull over blind to hide your possessions. The motor is very zippy when in sport mode and I find with in town driving I save so much gas due to the electric side of it and when it switches back and forth between the two you cant even notice. There is plenty of power when driving on the highway and really kicks in for passing. I was sold on it as soon as we were done test driving it, we stopped shopping right then.

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Get the Hybrid RAV4 instead of the Gas Version

Laura, 02/11/2017
Limited 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
48 of 52 people found this review helpful

I absolutely LOVE my new Toyota Hybrid RAV4 Limited. If your considering getting a regular RAV4, I strongly urge you to get the Hybrid instead. The Hybrid is faster than the regular RAV4 and its more economical (higher mpg). When I'm driving in the city, I use ECO mode which is very economical. When I'm on the highway, I use SPORT mode. SPORT mode opens up the throttle so that you have better acceleration, and boy is it fast! I purchased this car because consumer reports said in February of 2017 that consumers absolutely love the Hybrid version of the RAV4 and rated it #1 among small SUVs. I never thought I would buy a hybrid. This one will not disappoint you! Overall, I average 32mpg (highway and city combined). I'm getting 38 mpg in the city. I have had the car four years now and I am very happy with it. I still love my RAV4; especially the safety features. I recommend purchasing the RAV4 Limited which includes many safety features.

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