Dynamic performance makes the 2017 Toyota RAV4 an incredibly engaging vehicle to drive. It starts with the 2.5-liter four-cylinder DOHC engine. It churns out 176 horsepower and 172 lb.-ft. of torque. A 6-sped electronically controlled automatic transmission with intelligence is also standard, further enhancing the efficient nature of this SUV.
Front-wheel drive is standard, with paddle shifters for manual gear changes available. The RAV4 is available with all-wheel drive and dynamic torque control. This innovative technology is always measuring for wheel slip, transferring power between the front and rear axles for optimal traction at all times. The independent MacPherson strut front suspension and double wishbone with coil springs in the rear makes for a smooth ride at freeway speeds, plus tightens up handling in the city. SE models gain blue shocks up front, which are made for even more aggressive maneuvers. Drivers can select one of three modes to affect how the vehicle behaves, ranging from Eco Mode all the way to Sport.
Despite being small in size, the 2017 Toyota RAV4 is absolutely packed with safety equipment. The standard Toyota Safety Sense package bundles together some impressive technologies, such as lane departure with steering assist, pre-collision system with pedestrian detection and dynamic radar cruise control. LED headlights and daytime running lights boost visibility always, helping to further avoid tricky situations.
Several technologies boost safety to the next level. The standard integrated backup camera shows a real-time video feed on a 6.1-inch screen. Shoppers can upgrade to a bird's eye view camera, providing a 360-degree view of any obstacles around the vehicle, which is an invaluable tool for navigating especially tight areas.
While the 2017 Toyota RAV4 is easy to park, thanks to its compact exterior, the interior is laid out rather well. On top of that, the driver and front passenger can enjoy some great optional luxuries, such as dual-zone automatic climate control and heated seats. Even the cupholders are designed for convenience, with a cutout for mug handles so they don't tip over. Drivers can be treated to a frameless rearview mirror with an integrated HomeLink transceiver, eliminating the need for a garage or gate opener. An Entune Premium Audio with Integrated Navigation and App Suite makes it easy to get around any city, plus lets you connect your smartphone to the SUV for hands-free operation. Siri Eyes Free can also be added to the RAV4, with a button on the steering wheel to activate voice commands. In the backseat, a 60/40 split makes it easy to expand cargo capacity and still accommodate passengers. Boosting utility further is an optional cargo net hammock, which can be placed in several positions for different situations.