2017 Toyota RAV4 Platinum SUV Review & Ratings

2017 Toyota RAV4 SUV
Summary

Edmunds Summary Review of the 2017 Toyota RAV4 Platinum SUV

  • The 2017 Toyota RAV4 ups the ante in the fiercely competitive compact SUV class by including advanced safety features for every trim level. Once you factor in the RAV4’s reputation for reliability, this carlike crossover is definitely worth your consideration.

  • Pros

    Generous cargo space; corners with confidence while remaining comfortable; advanced safety features are now standard on all models; feature-rich and easy-to-use infotainment systems.

  • Cons

    Power output is only adequate, and there's no upgrade available; not as fuel-efficient as some rivals.

  • What's New for 2017

    Toyota Safety Sense is now standard, featuring forward collision warning and mitigation, automatic high beams, lane keeping assist and adaptive cruise control. New Platinum trim level also debuts.

Review

It's easy to see why the 2017 Toyota RAV4 is a popular choice among those shopping for a compact SUV. It simply delivers everything expected from full-time family transportation, including a comfortable ride, strong fuel economy, plenty of cargo space, an abundance of safety features, ease of operation, and a good reputation for reliability.

This segment in the marketplace is highly competitive, however. That’s why the RAV4 has been significantly upgraded for 2017. Now standard on all models is Safety Sense, Toyota’s suite of advanced safety features that includes an adaptive cruise control system that is either an expensive option on the RAV4’s rivals or not offered at all. There's also a new top-of-the-line Platinum trim that adds luxury and convenience features typically found on more expensive vehicles.

These additions should help the 2017 Toyota RAV4 hold a slight advantage over other B-rated alternatives in its class such as the Ford Escape, Hyundai Santa Fe Sport and Kia Sportage. The Toyota is also more competitive against the class-leading Honda CR-V and Mazda CX-5, both of which earned strong Edmunds "A"-ratings.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2017 Toyota RAV4 is a compact SUV with seating for five. It is available in LE, XLE, Limited and Platinum trim levels. The RAV4 Hybrid is covered in a separate review.

Standard features for the base LE trim include 17-inch steel wheels, automatic headlights, cargo rails for the roof, cruise control, keyless remote entry, full power accessories, air-conditioning, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, cloth upholstery, a six-way manually adjustable driver seat (four-way front passenger seat), 60/40-split folding rear seats, Bluetooth phone and streaming audio, a 6.1-inch touchscreen interface, Toyota's Entune infotainment system, a rearview camera, and a six-speaker audio system with a CD player and auxiliary/USB input.

The Toyota Safety Sense suite is also standard, and it includes forward collision warning and mitigation, automatic high beams, lane keeping assist and adaptive cruise control.

The XLE trim includes all of the above, along with alloy wheels, foglights, heated mirrors, a sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, additional side bolstering for the front seats, a 4.2-inch driver information display, a smartphone-based navigation app, satellite and HD radio, and Siri Eyes Free iPhone control.

The Limited trim adds 18-inch wheels, LED headlights and running lights, front and rear parking sensors, a power-operated liftgate, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, keyless entry and ignition, remote ignition, SofTex synthetic leather upholstery, eight-way power-adjustable driver seat, heated front seats, integrated navigation with real-time traffic and weather, a 7-inch touchscreen, Entune mobile apps (internet streaming radio, information, social media and reservations) and a universal garage-door opener.

The range-topping Platinum trim includes a hands-free power-operated liftgate, a heated steering wheel, a surround-view exterior camera system and an 11-speaker JBL premium audio system. Many of the features included with higher-trimmed models are available on supporting models as options.

Powertrains and Performance

Powering all 2017 Toyota RAV4 models is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that produces 176 horsepower and 172 pound-feet of torque, and it’s matched with a six-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available at additional cost.

In Edmunds testing, an all-wheel-drive Toyota RAV4 accelerated to 60 mph in 9.2 seconds, which is comparable to other small SUVs in this class.

The EPA estimates fuel economy at 25 mpg combined (23 city/29 highway) for the front-wheel-drive RAV4 and 25 mpg combined (22 city/28 highway) with all-wheel drive. These figures come in just below EPA estimates for its chief rivals.

Safety

Standard safety features for all 2017 Toyota RAV4 models include antilock brakes, stability and traction control, front side airbags, full-length curtain airbags, a driver knee-type airbag, a rearview camera, and a driver mirror with a blind-spot view. New for this year, the Toyota Safety Sense suite is also standard and adds forward collision warning and mitigation, automatic high beams, and lane keep assist. A blind-spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert, front and rear parking sensors, and a surround-view camera system are available on higher-trimmed RAV4s.

In Edmunds brake testing, a RAV4 Limited AWD stopped from 60 mph in 128 feet, which is a few feet longer than average.

In government crash tests, the RAV4 was awarded five out of five stars for overall and side-crash protection, as well as four stars for front-impact and rollover protection. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named it a Top Safety Pick+, with the top score of Good in the small- and moderate- overlap front-impact, side-impact, roof strength and head restraint (whiplash protection) tests. The RAV4 also earned a Superior rating for front crash avoidance and mitigation.

Interior Design and Special Features

The 2017 Toyota RAV4's interior features a selection of decent materials for the cabin, though the overall impression is utility, not style. Front passengers enjoy an abundance of space, and the seats are nicely cushioned for long road trips. By comparison, the rear seats seem narrow, and the seats themselves are positioned very close to the floor. On the plus side, the rear seats can be reclined to a significant degree to improve comfort.

Toyota's Entune infotainment system is easy to operate, and the more advanced units in higher trim levels add plenty of apps such as iHeartRadio, Pandora, and sports and stock updates to keep passengers occupied. Also included are OpenTable, MovieTickets.com and Yelp to help you settle in at your destination. Other controls in the cabin are well labeled and logically placed, though some feel flimsy to operate.

Cargo capacity is generous for the class, with 38.4 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats and 73.4 cubic feet behind the front seats. As an added bonus, the low liftover height and available hands-free power liftgate make loading bulky items surprisingly easy.

Driving Impressions

Most drivers will find that the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine delivers power that’s adequate for moving people and cargo around town. Throttle response isn't as immediate as we'd prefer, and the transmission has a tendency to indecisively hunt for the correct gear on inclines. Unlike other compact SUVs, the RAV4 does not offer a more powerful engine in an upgraded model.

On the highway, the RAV4 is well mannered, and the abundance of sound insulation keeps the interior pleasantly quiet. The ride also draws praise for its smooth, compliant feel, though the 18-inch tires do transmit more road imperfections than the 17-inchers. At the same time, the well-tuned suspension keeps the RAV4 composed through turns, so this crossover feels reassuring even when you’re beyond the city limits.

On the whole, the 2017 Toyota RAV4 is capable and easy to drive, and it's especially easy to park in confined spaces. If you’re thinking about adventures out of town, the all-wheel-drive version has some limited off-road capability. The RAV4 is really about safe, all-around transportation at the right price, so don’t expect the engaging personality found in its competition. Nevertheless, the all-around capability of this crossover will surely satisfy the majority of drivers.

Reviews from owners of the 2017 Toyota RAV4 Platinum SUV



Would be 5 stars

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Vehicle: 2017 Toyota RAV4

Not sure if it is the Bridgestone tires or just the lack of good quality insulation but at highway speeds you can really hear the road. Otherwise in the 6 months of ownership I feel it is a great little SUV. You read the Car Magazines knocking the power but I find this 2.5 4 Cyl does a nice job of acceleration from a stop or otherwise. My prior vehicle was a 3.0 ltr. Honda and it was a rocket ship but I am impressed with the RAV4's Zip.




Lemon

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Vehicle: 2017 Toyota RAV4

This was my first car purchase. Had problems with e-brake as soon as I purchased, took to the dealership THREE times before they agreed to fix it. They told me I didn't know how to engage an e-brake. Very condescending and rude. There was a moldy musty smell in the cabin of the car every time it rained. After months passenger floor was completely soaked through from below. The car continued to develop mold and water, but the dealership denied there was water at all. After 5 months of being told the car was fine, the mold became unbearable and I became sick from driving in it daily. It was finally taken in and the dealership tried to find the cause of the water coming in that was flooding out below the passenger seat and footwell. After 1 month of trying to find the solution they gave up, eradicated the mold and put it back together. After being told by Toyota to go get a lawyer, I did just that and filed a lemon law complaint. The company is now buying back the car but the process has been horrific. If you are buying a white 2017 Toyota RAV4 used in Southwestern area of PA it could be my lemon that they put back together. You have been warned.



6 of 6 people found this review helpful

Dangerous car at night on unlit rural roads!

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Vehicle: 2017 Toyota RAV4

Be forewarned! Test drive this car at night before you buy. This car is extremely dangerous if you live or drive on unlit narrow, curvy, hilly rural roads at night. In designing this car's headlights, Toyota has put form over function. It has packed the RAV4 with all kinds of safety features, including numerous airbags. You will need them, since you cannot safely see to drive at night. The IIHS rates the headlights as "marginal," and states that on curves the high beams are inadequate in all 4 tests conducted. At night with the headlights on, the lack of illumination is dangerous. The top half of the windshield appears dark as if it has black frost on it. You can see through only the lower half of the windshield, which has limited visibility through which you can see straight ahead, but have little peripheral visibility. Going down hills cuts the visibility considerably, at times to as little as 50 feet. Sharp turns to the left or right are blind. Toyota refuses to fix the problem, since the headlights are "working as designed." Great--a design defect. Wish we had known. We have had 3 Toyotas previously, which we loved. We love this one during the day. Too bad we can't drive it safely at night.




Love my car

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Vehicle: 2017 Toyota RAV4

Great experience with Edmunds



4 of 6 people found this review helpful

Not all that it should be!

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Vehicle: 2017 Toyota RAV4

JBL system speakers sounds like an AM box...terrible sound no Base!Terrible sound system if indeed it's JBL. The heated steering wheel only heats in some spots, Gps freezes on the freeways , can't change the color on the Gps black is what you get at night teibble system ,Gps does not show your speed, this car has no digital speedometer and the notches are too small to read ,car is a gas hog for being a 4 cylinder I've never gotten 300 miles on a tank.Switchs for heated seats stay on including the steering wheel switch when you turn back on the car...non electronic switch only mechanical switches...but blue paint is pretty...switches are poorly located.




Raving about my tab 4

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Vehicle: 2017 Toyota RAV4

Number I read on. It's sharp looking great handling very dependable comfortable great on gas sporty and plenty of room. I have the 2013 in black and I love it as much today as I did when I purchased. I would buy another in a heartbeat



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Talk About The 2017 RAV4

2017 Toyota RAV4 Discussions See all Started By

spidpooy
spidpooy
09-12-2016
2017 Toyota RAV4s are now available in the dealerships. Do we know the lease programs that TFS offers for 2017 model ? Interested to know the numbers for LE AWD and XLE Hybrid in Minneapolis, MN...


ardmore
ardmore
10-27-2017
Looking for residule value on Rav4 2018, not 2017, XLE AWD, 36/10 zip 53012...


richard_h88
richard_h88
12-08-2016
For the 2017 Rav4, it seems to be standard even for LE and XLE with the pre-collision features...etc. The Rav4 360 degree camera seems nice....



Features and Specs for the 2017 Toyota RAV4 SUV


Highlights

  • FUEL ECONOMY (CTY/HWY) 23/29 mpg
  • CAR TYPE SUV
  • TRANSMISSION 6-speed Shiftable Automatic
  • BASIC WARRANTY 3 Yr./ 36000 Mi.
  • BLUETOOTH Yes
  • HEATED SEATS Yes
  • ENGINE TYPE Gas
  • TOTAL SEATING 5
  • CYLINDERS Inline 4
  • DRIVE TRAIN Front Wheel Drive
  • CONSUMER RATING
  • NAVIGATION Yes

Colors

Exterior Colors

Blizzard Pearl Galactic Aqua Mica Magnetic Gray Metallic Silver Sky Metallic

Interior Colors

Ash, leatherette Black, leatherette Nutmeg, leatherette

Specifications

LENGTH 15ft 3.5in
WIDTH 6ft 0.6in
HEIGHT
5ft 7.1in
GROUND CLEARANCE
0ft 6.1in
Body style illustration may not reflect the actual shape of this vehicle.

Exterior Measurements

0 ft. 6.1 in. (6.1 in.) 5 ft. 7.1 in. (67.1 in.)
15 ft. 3.5 in. (183.5 in.) 8 ft. 8.7 in. (104.7 in.)
6 ft. 0.6 in. (72.6 in.)

Interior Measurements

38.9 in. 54.3 in.
42.6 in. 57.3 in.
38.9 in. 48.9 in.
37.2 in. 55.4 in.

Fuel

25 23/29 mpg
15.9 gal. Regular unleaded
365.7/461.1 mi.

Weights and Capacities

28 degrees 21 degrees
3520 lbs. 139.1 cu.ft.
4525 lbs. 900 lbs.
1500 lbs. 38.4 cu.ft.
73.4 cu.ft.
** When adequately equipped, which may require engine and/or other drivetrain upgrades.

DriveTrain

Front wheel drive 6-speed shiftable automatic

Engine & Performance

2.5 L Gas
Double overhead cam (DOHC) Inline 4
176 hp @ 6000 rpm 172 ft-lbs. @ 4100 rpm
36.7 ft. Variable
16

Suspension

  • Four-wheel independent suspension

  • Front and rear stabilizer bar

Warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi. 5 yr./ 60000 mi.
2 yr./ 25000 mi.

Features

Interior Features

1st Row Seats


bucket

2nd Row Seats


bench
split folding
folding

1ST_ROW_SEATING_CAPACITY:2
2ND_ROW_SEATING_CAPACITY:3
total_seating:5

Standard seating shown. Other seating may be available as optional equipment.

Front Seats

  • 4 -way manual passenger seat adjustment

  • 8 -way power driver seat

  • Bucket front seats

  • Height adjustable driver seat

  • Leatherette

  • Multi-level heating driver seat

  • Multi-level heating passenger seat

  • Driver seat with power adjustable lumbar support

Rear Seats

  • Folding center armrest

  • Reclining rear seats

  • Split-folding rear seatback

Power Features

  • 1 one-touch power windows

  • Hands-free entry

  • Heated mirrors

Instrumentation

  • Clock

  • Compass

  • External temperature display

  • Tachometer

  • Trip computer

Convenience

  • Adaptive cruise control

  • Electric power steering

  • Front and rear cupholders

  • Front and rear door pockets

  • Front and rear parking sensors

  • Front seatback storage

  • Front, side, and rear view camera

  • Keyless ignition

  • Overhead console with storage

  • Tilt and telescopic steering wheel

  • Universal remote transmitter (for garage door, security system, etc.)

  • Audio and cruise controls on steering wheel

Comfort

  • Electrochromatic inside rearview mirror

  • Heated steering wheel

  • Interior air filtration

  • Leather steering wheel

  • Turn signal in mirrors

  • Climate control

  • Dual vanity mirrors

Memorized settings

  • Memorized settings for 2 drivers

In Car Entertainment

  • 1 subwoofer(s)

  • 11 total speakers

  • 3 Months of provided satellite radio service

  • JBL premium brand speakers

  • USB connection

  • Auxiliary audio input and USB with external media control

  • Satellite radio w/real time traffic satellite radio

  • AM/FM stereo

Features

Exterior Features

Roof and Glass

  • Intermittent rear wiper

  • One-touch power sunroof

  • Power glass sunroof

  • Privacy glass

  • Rear defogger

  • Roof rack

  • Variable intermittent wipers

Body

  • Rear spoiler

Tires and Wheels

  • Alloy wheels

  • Inside mounted spare tire

  • Temporary spare tire

  • 18 x 7.5 in. wheels

  • All season tires

  • P235/55R18 tires

Doors

  • Fixed lifgate window

  • Rear hands-free power liftgate door

Safety Features

  • 2 front headrests

  • 3 rear headrests

  • LED headlamp

  • Auto delay off headlamps

  • Blind spot and lane departure warnings accident avoidance system

  • Child seat anchors

  • Daytime running lights

  • Dual front side-mounted airbags

  • Dusk sensing headlamps

  • Engine immobilizer

  • Front and rear head airbags

  • Front fog/driving lights

  • Pre-collision safety system

  • Stability control

  • Tire pressure monitoring

  • Traction control

  • 4-wheel ABS

  • Emergency braking assist

  • Passenger airbag occupant sensing deactivation

  • Rear center 3-point belt

  • Rear door child safety locks

  • Rear height adjustable headrests

  • Turn signal mirrors

  • Ventilated front disc / solid rear disc brakes

  • First Aid Kit

  • Security System

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Options

Packages

  • Cargo Management Package

  • Preferred Accessory Package

  • Protection Package

Exterior Options

  • Running Boards

  • Door Edge Guards

  • Mudguards

  • Roof Rack Cross Bars

  • Rear Bumper Protector

  • Fog Lights

  • Special Color

  • Rear Bumper Protector

  • Body Side Molding

  • Paint Protection Film (Hood and Fender)

  • Alloy Wheel Locks

Interior Options

  • Door Sill Protectors

  • All-Weather Liner Package

  • Cargo Net - Envelope

  • Cargo Net Hammock

  • Carpet Mat Package

  • Four Season Liner/Mat Package

  • Door Sill Applique

  • Universal Tablet Holder

  • Shift Knob

  • Tonneau Cover

  • Interior Light Kit

Mechanical Options

  • Remote Engine Starter

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