2017 Toyota RAV4

Pros: Outstanding cargo room for the class; rear seats fold flat and level; good fuel economy; available hybrid version; smooth, balanced ride

Cons: Base prices are higher than most rivals; so-so cabin materials

CG Says: For 2017, Toyota RAV4 gains standard Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P) that includes: pre-collision system with pedestrian detection; automatic high beams; lane-departure warning with steering assist; and adaptive cruise control. There is also a new top-line Platinum model with unique exterior trim, navigation, keyless access and starting, surround-view camera, and heated steering wheel. RAV4’s large-for-the-class dimensions give it great passenger and cargo room, and fuel economy is quite respectable as well. Starting prices seem a bit steep, but they’re somewhat justified by the high levels of equipment and Toyota’s strong brand reputation. Particularly if you’re torn between a compact SUV and a midsize one, RAV4 is well worth a look.

The Facts
Class Compact SUV
Body Style(s) 4-door wagon
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Toyota
Nation of Manufacture Japan
Base Prices LE: $24,910
AWD LE: $26,310
XLE: $26,830
AWD XLE: $28,230
Limited: $31,830
AWD Limited: $33,230
Platinum: $34,750
AWD: Platinum: $36,150
AWD Hybrid XLE: $29,030
AWD Hybrid Limited: $34,030

Base Engine
2.5-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
176
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
22-23
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
28-30

Optional Engine
2.5-liter 4-cylinder/electric
Horsepower
194
Std. Transmission
CVT
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
34
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
30