The 2017 Toyota RAV4 is the latest in a long line of crossover compact SUVs to the grace of the showrooms of the automaker. This is one of the oldest identification plates among small crosses, but it has largely kept the times and is offered in a wide range of models, including a hybrid. RAV4s are available in LE, SE, XLE, Limited, and a new Platinum pad for 2017, which means there is one for just about everyone.
2017 Toyota Rav4 Hybrid Design
The front of the crossover shares evolving style elements with the gradually more unusual appearances of Toyota’s latest passenger cars, but the rear remains straight and sturdy, with bold taillights. The tail end has been slightly redesigned, with a revised bumper, but only aficionados are likely to spot the difference.
Inside, the dashboard continues to look busy, but Toyota has improved some of the materials and added more storage areas. The changes are gradual and even though the materials are better, what appears to be tasteful in two tones, sewn and padded padding on the top finishes in the photos turns out to be stamped and molded like the more basic plastics on the lower models Of the range. And the entry level RAV4 LE continues to have dark, recession-hard plastics era in a more expansive era when even the basic models of some competitors do not look and feel like punishment for cheapness.
The RAV4 improves its safety skills, with a five-star overall rating of the NHTSA and a Top Safety Pick + IIHS designation. A suite of previously optional security technology is new this year and standard on the RAV4 Limited. It includes a front collision warning, followed by automatic braking before the collision if the driver does not take action. It also includes a lane start alert, a radar-adapted cruise control, a pedestrian pre-collision system and automatic high-beams. A new surround camera system allows drivers to view their surroundings 360 degrees with four front-mounted cameras, side-view mirrors and the rear of the car. Limited models include blind spot monitors with traffic alerts; A back-up camera is standard on all models, as are eight airbags.
2017 Toyota Rav4 Hybrid Engine
Based on the current fourth-generation RAV4, the hybrid pair a 2.5-liter in-line four with a pair of electric motors to provide a combined power of 194 horsepower. This is not quite as much as the previous V-6 model, but it is a welcome increase on the 176 hp offered by the same engine without electric assistance as shown in the standard model. He will accelerate from 0-60 in a Motor-Trend-tested 7.8 seconds and run the quarter-mile in 16 flat, which are quite impressive numbers. But the real advantage of the hybrid system, of course, is its fuel economy.
The EPA calculates the fuel consumption of the RAV4 hybrid at 34 miles per gallon in the city and 31 on the highway. But the real MPG cycle revealed an even better economy, displaying 34.3 mpg in the city and a staggering 39 on the highway.
2017 Toyota Rav4 Hybrid Price
It might still not be wise to buy 2017 Toyota Rav4 hybrid to save money on gas because, of course, it costs more. For beginners, the hybrid is only available in the higher expensive finish levels. Hybrid prices start at about $ 28,000. Keep in mind that you will only save about $ 300 a year in gasoline, according to the EPA.