The 2017 Toyota Rav4: A Competitive Choice

May 24th, 2017 by

Compact SUVs, they’ve become quite a hot segment within the past few years. They deliver the extra room that sedans don’t offer, but also don’t take up so much space on the road that they are hard to maneuver and see out of. Not to mention, they have the “cute” and “modern” appeal that is hard to resist. Take Toyota’s latest 2017 Rav4 for an example. This compact SUV is a competitive choice with an attractive exterior, spacious interior and plenty of features that make it an enjoyable driving experience. Here’s a closer look:

What’s New
Modestly refreshed in 2016, the Toyota Rav4 received updated exterior styling along with a redesigned cabin. For the 2017 lineup year, the Rav4 sees most of its improvements in safety technology. It gains a host of driver assistance features to increase your safety while on the road with items such as:

Forward collision mitigation system
Lane-departure warning
Automotive high beams
Adaptive cruise control

What’s also new and exciting for the Rav4’s 2017 lineup is its addition of a new trim level – the Platinum.

The 2017 Lineup
Five trim levels make up the 2017 lineup of the Toyota Rav4 – the LE, XLE, SE, Limited and Platinum. So how do you choose? To decide which trim levels is right for you, you’ll have to take a look at the comforts each includes.

The LE and XLE offer entry-level content, but for most shoppers, the XLE is the more worthwhile choice because it comes with things like dual-zone climate control, improved seat contours, and an enhanced Entune multimedia system. It also rides on larger, 17” aluminum wheels.

The SE is another great trim choice from the Rav4’s lineup, delivering sports appeal with sport-tuned suspension, steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters, and sport shift lever and floor mats.

As previously mentioned, the Rav4 shows off an all-new trim level for 2017 – the Platinum. If you want the most the Rav4 offers, then this is definitely the trim level for you. Featuring everything found in lower trim levels, the Platinum tacks on extra perks that you may find worth your while, such as:

Hands-free, foot-activated power liftgate with jam protection
Full-body color exterior
5-door Smart Key system
Platinum doorsill protectors
Bird’s Eye View camera
Driver-seat memory functions

Space and Utility
Some vehicles just don’t provide the level of space and utility that you expect. So when you climb inside the 2017 Rav4, you will quickly learn that both of these vital characteristics are nicely met. Seating up to five, the Rav4 features wide-opening doors that make entrances and exits easy – in both front and rear.

Seats and overall space is good, too, for both the driver and front passenger. Rear passengers won’t feel scrunched, either, due to the Rav4’s generous backseat.

Cargo space is also a definite positive for the 2017 Rav4. Not only is its cargo space class-leading, but it also features a nearly-flat load floor, which helps create more storage room. The power liftgate featured in the Rav4 is another great perk, making it easier to load and unload items. It is also a rare find in the compact SUV segment, which makes a brag-worthy bonus.

Strong Comfort
Having to endure a ride in a vehicle – no matter how long or short – that is uncomfortable can be very tedious. Luckily, the 2017 Rav4 provides great comfort. Seats deliver decent support for a range of body types, and they are notably comfortable on longer journeys.

What also makes the Rav4 comfortable is its ride quality. It drives fairly smooth, but what really helps is its minimal road noise. In fact, it’s quieter than many of its competitors.

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