2017 Toyota RAV4

Buyer's Guide

Once upon a time, Toyota’s Corolla was the benchmark for affordable family transportation for Canadian buyers and the brand's top seller in Canada. And while the Corolla remains one of Toyota’s shining stars, the RAV4 has overtaken it as its most popular vehicle on these shores. It’s not difficult to see why, though. Compact on the outside, spacious on the inside, and offering greater versatility than its stable-mate and many of its rivals, it’s difficult to ignore.

The RAV4 was recently refreshed last year with new styling, plus a much-anticipated fuel-saving hybrid version. For 2017, Toyota continues the momentum with more standard equipment, plus a new trim level.

Standard on all new RAV4s is Toyota’s Safety Sense P package. Safety Sense P includes lane-departure warning with steering assist, radar cruise control, pre-collision warning with emergency autonomous braking, radar cruise control, and automatic high beams. Toyota's decision to make this equipment standard on all RAV4s is an impressive move; these features typically carry a hefty price tag and are usually limited to the top level of trim on rival products.

Speaking of top-of-the-line, the 2017 RAV4 Limited gains a new high-end Platinum package. It includes a hands-free power liftgate, ambient interior lighting, proximity key sensors for all doors and tailgate, unique interior trim, and plush floor mats. It can be distinguished from other RAV4s by its lack of black plastic on the bumpers, wheel arches, and rocker panels.

All RAV4s come generously equipped with a 6.1-inch touchscreen display system, reverse camera, USB, Bluetooth with streaming audio, Siri Eyes-Free, cargo cover, keyless entry, heated front seats, automatic headlights, wiper-de-icer, and roof-rails. Equipment upgrades include an eight-way power driver's seat, heated steering wheel, bird’s eye parking camera, navigation, power tailgate, a moonroof, and more.

The standard engine for the RAV4 is a 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine which produces 176 hp and 172 lb-ft of torque, and comes paired to a six-speed automatic transmission with selectable drive modes. LE and XLE trim levels come standard with front-wheel drive; AWD is an option. AWD comes standard on the SE trim level and the Limited. Consumption on the RAV4 is rated between 10-10.7 L/100 km city, and 7.8-8.4 L/100 km highway.

Hybrid RAV4s feature an identically sized 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine which is backed by a nickel-metal hydride battery pack and CVT. All RAV4 Hybrids receive all-wheel drive as standard; the rear wheels are driven exclusively by electric power, though. Hybrids produce 194 hp total, making them the powerhouse of the RAV4 range. The RAV4 Hybrid, presently the most economical hybrid SUV on the market is rated at 6.9 L/100 km city and 7.8 L/100 km highway.

For 2017, Toyota has shifted the RAV4 Hybrid’s trim range around. The new base model is the LE+; XLE is now an upgrade that includes a leather-wrapped steering wheel, power moonroof, power-operated tailgate, chrome interior door handles, blind-spot monitor, rear cross traffic alert, and scuff plates. The sporty-looking Hybrid SE trim adds 18-inch wheels, unique fascias, plus LED headlamps and daytime running lights, standard navigation, and a multi-angle reverse camera.

Pricing for the 2017 RAV4 starts at $27,395 for the base LE trim with front-wheel drive and spans $38,155 for the Limited AWD. Pricing for the Hybrid starts at $34,405 for the LE+ and tops out at $41,760.

2017 Toyota RAV4 Specifications

There are 9 available trims for this model. View a specific trim for more precise information.
Overview
Specifications
From $27,445 MSRP
8.9
Fuel Economy City/HWY combined
176 hp @6000 rpm
Number of seats 5
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
Body style SUV
Trim MSRP Number of seats Body style
Trim Horse Power Torque Transmission Drivetrain
Trim Length Body Width Body Height Wheelbase
Trim AUX Input Satellite Radio MP3 Play Bluetooth Connect
Trim Standard Seat Trim Heated Front Seats Heated Rear Seats Power Driver Seats
Trim Traction Stability Brake Assist ABS Blind Spot Sensor
Trim Back Up Camera Parking Distance Sensors AC Power Windows Navigation
FWD 4dr LE $27,445 5 SUV
FWD 4dr LE 176 hp @6000 rpm 172 ft-lb @4100 rpm 6-Speed A/T Front Wheel Drive
FWD 4dr LE 181.1" 72.6" 67.1" 104.7"
FWD 4dr LE
FWD 4dr LE Cloth Seats
FWD 4dr LE
FWD 4dr LE
AWD 4dr LE $29,710 5 SUV
AWD 4dr LE 176 hp @6000 rpm 172 ft-lb @4100 rpm 6-Speed A/T All Wheel Drive
AWD 4dr LE 181.1" 72.6" 67.1" 104.7"
AWD 4dr LE
AWD 4dr LE Cloth Seats
AWD 4dr LE
AWD 4dr LE
FWD 4dr XLE $30,800 5 SUV
FWD 4dr XLE 176 hp @6000 rpm 172 ft-lb @4100 rpm 6-Speed A/T Front Wheel Drive
FWD 4dr XLE 181.1" 72.6" 67.1" 104.7"
FWD 4dr XLE
FWD 4dr XLE Cloth Seats
FWD 4dr XLE
FWD 4dr XLE
AWD 4dr XLE $32,950 5 SUV
AWD 4dr XLE 176 hp @6000 rpm 172 ft-lb @4100 rpm 6-Speed A/T All Wheel Drive
AWD 4dr XLE 181.1" 72.6" 67.1" 104.7"
AWD 4dr XLE
AWD 4dr XLE Cloth Seats
AWD 4dr XLE
AWD 4dr XLE
4dr LE+ $34,455 5 SUV
4dr LE+ 194 hp @5700 rpm 152 ft-lb @4400 rpm CVT Transmission All Wheel Drive
4dr LE+ 181.1" 72.6" 67.1" 104.7"
4dr LE+
4dr LE+ Cloth Seats
4dr LE+
4dr LE+
AWD 4dr SE $36,270 5 SUV
AWD 4dr SE 176 hp @6000 rpm 172 ft-lb @4100 rpm 6-Speed A/T All Wheel Drive
AWD 4dr SE 181.1" 72.6" 67.1" 104.7"
AWD 4dr SE
AWD 4dr SE Premium Synthetic Seats
AWD 4dr SE
AWD 4dr SE
AWD 4dr Limited $38,205 5 SUV
AWD 4dr Limited 176 hp @6000 rpm 172 ft-lb @4100 rpm 6-Speed A/T All Wheel Drive
AWD 4dr Limited 181.1" 72.6" 67.1" 104.7"
AWD 4dr Limited
AWD 4dr Limited Premium Synthetic Seats
AWD 4dr Limited
AWD 4dr Limited
4dr SE $38,660 5 SUV
4dr SE 194 hp @5700 rpm 152 ft-lb @4400 rpm CVT Transmission All Wheel Drive
4dr SE 181.1" 72.6" 67.1" 104.7"
4dr SE
4dr SE Premium Synthetic Seats
4dr SE
4dr SE
4dr Limited $41,810 5 SUV
4dr Limited 194 hp @5700 rpm 152 ft-lb @4400 rpm CVT Transmission All Wheel Drive
4dr Limited 181.1" 72.6" 67.1" 104.7"
4dr Limited
4dr Limited Premium Synthetic Seats
4dr Limited
4dr Limited

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Owner Reviews: 2017 Toyota / RAV4

Average Rating

1997 Toyota RAV4

by Jake706 on 10-12-2012
Worst Toyota I ever drove
This 5spd 2 door was a rare find...the engine not dying was it's only bonus however as the bland interior and bubbly annoying exterior certainly didn't win it any design awards...

It ran well over 350,000kms and was re-sold after the fact but I doubt I would ever drive such an ugly beast again...

It was only a FWD Rav-4 which did make it cheap on gas...but only if you kept it under 80KPH!...on the highway it drank more gas that a Hummer it seemed...

Wasn't extremely roomy although it did have a lot of cargo space with the rear seats folded away. The lift gate wasn't very practical...it wasn't really a "lift" gate, but rather a swing out...which made it annoying at times of rain since it provided no shelter while putting the groceries away!
Overall
3.0
Comfort
3/5
Performance
3/5
Fuel Economy
2/5
Interior Design
2/5
Exterior Styling
2/5
Reliability
5/5
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1997 Toyota RAV4

by xSINGHx on 10-12-2012
This little suv is a monster
I had this car for 10 years and it is a very dependable machine. Very good for winter driving and great on gas. Toyota built SUVs will last you a long time, especially the ones built in the 90s. Don't hesitate to buy this.
Overall
4.5
Comfort
4/5
Performance
4/5
Fuel Economy
5/5
Interior Design
4/5
Exterior Styling
4/5
Reliability
5/5
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2001 Toyota RAV4

by born2win on 10-11-2012
best economical car
Amazing performance, comfortable drive, very economical, cool looks, drives smooth can advise to anyone blindly to go for it
Overall
5.0
Comfort
5/5
Performance
5/5
Fuel Economy
5/5
Interior Design
3/5
Exterior Styling
5/5
Reliability
5/5
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