Explore the AMAZING features of the 2017 Toyota RAV4
The Toyota RAV4 is a fun crossover SUV that has shown consistency with high safety ratings and great fuel efficiency for an SUV. Under its skin, it's a practical vehicle that is comfortable, good for the driver who likes an easy ride during the daily commute or on a long road trip. Perhaps the nature of this SUV has much to do with the fact that Toyota more or less invented the crossover SUV with the RAV4 in the mid-1990s. Since then, it has been a major player in the segment, maintaining its popularity as the SUV you want to have when you need the look and feel without the hefty price.
How the 2017 Toyota RAV4 Compares to the 2016 Model
Toyota beefed up a few things with the 2017 RAV4, starting with its safety features. Just as Toyota has done with most of its models, the RAV4's list of active-safety equipment has gotten longer, and it all comes standard. Take Toyota's Safety Sense-P, for instance. It consists of lane departure alert, forward collision warning, lane-keeping assist, automatic high-beam headlights, and adaptive cruise control.
The RAV4 even gets a boost with its Platinum trim, which is new for 2017. It is the highest-priced trim but is available in both all-wheel-drive and front-wheel-drive versions. The Platinum has luxury features, such as a power liftgate, a heated steering wheel, and a camera system with a 360-degree view
The 2017 RAV4 comes with
lots of headroom and legroom, and the seats recline. The cargo area sits low so
that it is easy to load heavy items into the 38-cubic-foot area. If you fold
the back seats down, you get an additional 35 cubic feet of cargo space. If you
prefer a RAV4 Hybrid, you aren't going to get as much cargo space because the
battery pack takes up around 2 cubic feet, but that's not a lot of space to
give up when you want the more fuel-efficient option.
The RAV4 Has a Great History
The history of the RAV4 is rather storied, as its production began in 1994, which was the year it debuted in Japan. It made its debut in the U.S. in 1995, and people took to it rather quickly. This is due in part to the RAV4 being the answer to the desire of consumers to have a vehicle that had the benefits of an SUV with the fuel economy of some of the smallest cars. This is why it initially shared elements with the Corolla and the Carina but also had SUV features. There were three- and five-door options available.
The second generation, launched in May 2000, had some of the same features as the first generation. It came with an appealing exterior redesign. The RAV4 also came in a diesel model. An antilock braking system, height-adjustable seats, and electronic stability control were integrated into this generation.
The third generation, which began in November 2005, came with another redesign. The crossover no longer used the Corolla and Carina platform. Instead, an all-new platform was used. In 2008, it received a mid-cycle refresh for the 2009 model year, with another light facelift to follow in 2011
Every time Toyota has redesigned the RAV4, it has been for the better. In the fourth generation, which began in December 2012, the RAV4 received a complete redesign. In previous years, the vehicle had a V6 engine. Now, it is outfitted with an inline-4-cylinder engine. This allows for better fuel efficiency, which has most likely contributed to the 352,154 RAV4s that were sold in 2016. This is up from the 56,709 RAV4s that were sold when sales figures were released in 1996.
Visit Toyota of Boerne for a Test Drive
The RAV4 is a great crossover SUV, as evidenced by the increase in sales throughout the years. It has been recognized as a crossover that has great SUV features with the desired fuel economy. At Toyota of Boerne, we have a great selection of Toyota cars, trucks, and SUVs, including the RAV4, for you to test-drive. Many car buyers in Boerne, Texas, have entrusted us with their car-buying experience. Come and see us today so we can put you in the vehicle you are looking for.