Drive around town for a bit and you'll probably notice that there's quite a few RAV4's on the road these days. In fact, there's several right here in our subdivision, and our next door neighbors even own an SE. The reason we're seeing so many is that families looking for a sizable, yet still compact SUV can find a lot to love in the RAV4 - and they can be built to accommodate many tastes and budgets from simple to luxurious. With nine different trim levels available, the base model LE starts around $24K, while the top-of-the-line Platinum (this one) will end up in the $37K range.
The interior of the RAV4 has much of the "Toyota feel," and it's both comfortable and functional without being overly flashy, and that's okay here. With two car seats in the back, our girls had plenty of room, and that means transporting grownups in the rear will be fine as well.
Trunk space for me is really important in this category, and the RAV4 is top-notch. While you can certainly purchase optional carpeted floormats and cargo mats, I like the pure functionality and easily-cleaned RAV4 Cargo Tray (a $100 option). The trunk doesn't need to be plush - it needs to be able to get dirty. In the midst of our deck project, I had to make a run to The Home Depot (I practically live there) to rent a Post Hole Auger. Both the machine and its drill bit fit perfectly...
The 2.5L 4-cylinder engine is ample, but I didn't find it to be particularly quick from a stop, though I do enjoy Toyota's Sport handling option. The overall performance is comfortable, but not necessarily exciting. What I really love are the safety features, and with family in mind the RAV4 includes Toyota Safety Sense - a package that comes standard and features a pre-collision system, lane departure alert, automatic high beams and dynamic radar cruise control. There's also pedestrian detection, back-up camera and a birds-eye camera included on this one.
Overall, the 2017 Toyota RAV4 Platinum AWD is a vehicle that both I and my family enjoyed, and as the 2018 models are starting to hit dealers, there's a good chance that you'll start seeing some attractive offers on the 2017 model year in the months ahead.
Build and Price yours at Toyota.com/RAV4
P.S. - Yes, I was digging holes...
Vehicle provided for review on-loan from Toyota, delivered by DriveShop USA.